We specialise in providing education and training opportunities for people age 16+ with a range of needs including; learning disabilities, physical difficulties and mental health issues. At ACE our aims include providing a comprehensive student centred service. ACE caters for all levels of learners, from Pre-entry to Entry Level 3 who are seeking to improve their Personal Development skills or their Work Awareness skills. Learners can work toward nationally recognised awards and qualifications via ASDAN. This includes the Towards Independence Awards Programme and the Employability Qualification. Our aims include providing a comprehensive learner centred service working to enable learners to make informed choices about their lives, by encouraging them to take an active part in their own community for their own and the community's benefit.
Amberswood Environmental Services Ltd
We are a work based skills and education provider, giving skills recognition, social skills and community presence. Our work is sorting, recycling and redistribution of a wide variety of consumer and environmental products. Our client base target are those members of our community who have special needs and who would benefit from a friendly and relaxed education and work environment which can promote the skills they have and teach them new ones.
Connecting Together CIC
“Together we believe the best in each of us enriches all of us”
We are a day service for people with varying disabilities. We are a dedicated team with over 40 years combined experience, every member of our team is DBS checked. We strive to be the best in what we do.
We are flexible and able to adapt to the changing needs of our service users. We always work towards a person centred approach and involve service users and their families/carers’ every step of the way. Our day service is easily accessible by all local road networks.
Our vision is to create a ‘Community Hub’. This will be a safe place, enabling intergenerational opportunities and conversations for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to meet and have access to new opportunities which, in turn, will enrich their lives. We work in partnership with colleges and training organisations to enable us to roll out training and workshops for members of the community all year round. Training to focus on soft skills such as confidence, self-esteem, CV building, employability skills and personal development.
Embrace Wigan and Leigh is a local user-led organisation that works with a whole variety of people at different stages of their lives. We assist people with any disability of any age to ensure they have a voice to be heard, a life to live and a community that values them.
Expanse Learning believe that everyone, regardless of their current situation and starting point can achieve and make progress towards their goals and aspirations with the right package of education and care provision.
Our programmes include:
- Post 16 SEND Education ‘Launchpad’
- Supported Internships
- Specialist Support (Residential, Access to Work, Independent Travel Training, Personal Care, SEND advice and brokerage)
- Personal Independence Programmes (PIP)
- Wigan Independent Specialist School (SEND/SEMH)
- Pre 16 Alternative Education Programmes
- Continuous Professional Development courses through ‘Expanse on-line’.
The team at Expanse Learning are passionate about supporting young adults with Special Education Needs & Disabilities (SEND/SEMH) to achieve and progress. Similarly through our Apprenticeship programmes we are focused on developing education professionals to continuously improve their practice when it comes to supporting people with a SEND need.
Fix-it UK Ltd is a Wigan based charity primarily aimed at young people between the ages of 14 to 25 years.
Our aim is to improve the life chances, career choices and opportunities of young people who prefer to learn by doing things rather than an academic route into employment via further education.
Ian Tomlinson (Fix-it UK’s project director) founded the Charity in 2004 in partnership with Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council, as an alternative practical option for local schools to offer their students who could benefit from this type of learning experience.
Why become a Crew Member?
- We are based at Lilford Park in Leigh and St Peters Pavilion in Wigan
- Meet new friends
- Work outside
- Be part of a team
- Help others
- Help the environment
- Grow fruit, veg, plants and flowers
- Get healthy
- Make a real difference in your community
- Learn loads of new skills
- Use power tools and hand tools
- Work with great staff
- Travel in the vans
- Visit and work in the countryside, canals, parks, gardens, orchards, veg gardens, green spaces, peoples’ gardens and much more.
You can have free taster days. Contact Green Crew (external link) to make arrangements.
Offering young adults with additional needs a 6 year programme in a supportive work-related environment to develop skills linked with a range of different vocations. It aims to integrate young people within their local area, supporting them to work, develop and progress both within and as part of the wider community.
The Hamlet now has a permanent home at The Three Sisters Nature Reserve in Ashton in Makerfield. These new premises boast a fully equipped café (The Nest) and printing and graphic studio (Lakeside Printing). These businesses serve the local community with our trainees taking the lead - serving customers and preparing drinks at The Nest and designing and producing personalised gifts to order including canvases, mugs, t shirts, jigsaws etc. in Lakeside Printing.
In addition to our main vocational focus, we also offer our trainees the opportunity to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Awards (Silver and Gold), equipping them with skills for the future and providing another opportunity to grow in independence.
The Harmony, Unity and Belonging (HUB) CIC
We provide day provision for all adults living with the Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley area, we provide a safe and fun filled environment with a person-centred approach, free taster days are available, home visits available on request – all are welcome.
We also offer a free blast from the past coffee morning every Tuesday 10:45am - 12pm. The HUB also offers work experience for adults wanted to return to work and students looking for placements. We have an open door policy.
Hop, Skip and Jump
Hop Skip and Jump provide immediate and flexible respite care for children and young adults with disabilities and SEN. We are able to cater for up to 60 children a day, providing a variety of groups and activities for them to engage with, indoor and outdoor play facilities, all with an emphasis on self-development and discovery. Our centres are equipped with sensory rooms, soft play facilities and art rooms in order to provide a safe and secure space that enriches the lives of disabled children whilst their parents receive a much needed break. We believe not only in helping parents through the difficulties of supporting a disabled child, but also in ensuring that there is a sense of development for their children. Our approach is therefore very much a holistic one – our centres provide both a play-orientated and creative outlet for children, but also offer a comprehensive support service for their parents. Sometimes a break can be everything – to know that your child is being looked after in a safe, secure environment with plenty of support, encouragement and opportunity makes all the difference. At Hop Skip and Jump, we strive to make that difference.
Imagine, Act and Succeed
Imagine Act and Succeed (IAS) is a registered charity supporting people in Wigan, Oldham, Trafford and Salford.
We offer support on an individual basis for life at home, in family life, in the community. Support is available for: Learning Disabilities, Autism, Physical Disabilities, Mental Health, Elderly, Extra Care
We explore what we can do together to achieve better outcomes for people and that they are supported to be in control of their support and funding. We place a great focus on health and wellbeing and getting the support right for people. IAS has done a lot of work over the years to support people to live in the way they want to, in the right environment and with the right people. Whether this be living alone, being part of a small community sharing support with others also in their own places or sharing a house with others.
In Wigan we have three Social Inclusion services:
- Independent Living, offering support and guidance and helping people improve their life skills, maintain their mental and physical health and access the wider community
- Peer Support, where people are introduced and warmly welcomed to user-led groups and activities in community settings across Wigan
- Befriending, where people can either have a Befriender, offering one to one support to help them get out and about, or can become a Befriending Volunteer providing social support to a person they will be matched with.
Visit Imagine Independence (external link)
Individualised Direct Support Services
IDS Services CIC is a person-centred day service for adults with learning disabilities, incl. those that are classed as challenging services, those on the autistic spectrum, with acquired brain injuries, those with communication difficulties.
Just B.U. CIC
The organisation Just BU C.I.C was formed to deliver support and enable individuals with disabilities to have inclusion in the organisation, the community and to enable people to lead ordinary lives. People are enabled by using trained employees, service designed strategies and using the chore values of social care.
Services can be commissioned via the local authorities using direct payments; personal budgets or by arrangement with the company. Just BU C.I.C works in partnership with local authorities, using for example Safe Guarding Procedures and working in line with government legislation. We have high levels of support ratio as part of our safe working practice and to enable people’s independence and inclusion.
Just B.U delivers services that offer structured routines, enables people’s confidence, skills development, widens people's experiences and opportunities. There are elements to our service to offer choice, control, working as part of a team, decision making and activities on and offsite that are fun. Check our projects below to see our fliers that offers work related experiences.
We help to make lives better for people of all ages who need support to live a good life, including children, young people and adults with disabilities, people with ill health or age-related problems, and people who generally feel lonely or isolated within their communities.
We are also an accredited provider for AIM Awards and our qualifications are for all levels of ability and include a wide range of subjects, including: performing arts, outdoor adventures, animal care and dog grooming, catering and hospitality, gardening and growing, personal development, functional skills, and many more.
We are a membership based organisation and our members stretch from all over the UK, but primarily our work is delivered across the North West region. Anyone can join My Life, including people who need support, their family members, PAs/support workers, volunteers, as well as professionals, businesses and provider organisations.
Midstream offers alternative day care & support for those disadvantaged through learning difficulties, physical disabilities or other complex needs, allowing them to make their contribution in the world of work and access appropriate training to achieve nationally recognised work based qualifications. The whole focus of Midstream is to give these young people and adults the opportunity for progression and social interaction in their working life. We help them to acquire skills, experience and accreditations towards nationally recognised qualifications according to their individual needs. The emphasis is on making a contribution in a ‘real live’ working environment to enhance the quality of lives for all that take part.
More than Words Advocacy
More Than Words is a community interest company based in Wigan. We provide a range of person-centred activities for adults with a range of social needs, communication and learning difficulties, and other health conditions such as Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and mental ill health.
We use drama, music, dance, poetry, singing and creative activities to help people to develop their confidence and social skills, express themselves and achieve their aspirations.
Grow for Giving
Grow for Giving offer a unique experience in modern day care activities for people living with dementia, Alzheimers, autism, mental health problems, physical & learning disabilities. We are multi-generational with people attending our day care from the age of 18 years to 92 years and beyond! So if your loved one does live with dementia, you will be please to know that they will not be attending surrounded by older people only. We encourage all ages to mix and share their time together, while spending their days with us. Our day care facilities include: Fully wheelchair accessible; pathways, growing beds, poly tunnel, eco -friendly toilet and washroom and a warm and cosy cabin to relax, eat, socialise and do activities in on rainy days. We also have our Zen Den cabin, filled with resources to express themselves through various arts and crafts as well as relaxation, meditation, reiki healing and massage
We specialise in providing a quality community service, offering opportunities for people aged 18+ with support needs , to enhance life skills and strengthen quality of life through positive thinking and creative activity.
We base a persons’ support on needs, wants and aspirations. We are passionate about personalising our service. We have a high ratio of friendly staff providing support to design and develop achievable goals, recognising peoples potential whilst developing self-esteem and confidence. We work together to develop a plan that is as individual as you are.
We aim to build on your existing skills and learn new ones whilst promoting wellbeing, citizenship and independence .This will enable greater choice and control in life.
Steps CIC was established in 2011 and was the first of its kind to be set up in the borough of Wigan. We provide opportunities for both male and female adults with a learning disability.
We are a vibrant, professional and forward thinking service, where the achievement and personal development of each individual is recognised and celebrated. We believe that all of our attendees deserve the very best opportunities that enable them to reach their full potential.
We offer a varied selection of activities that include Art and Design, Photography, Woodwork and Construction, Hair and Beauty, Car Wash and Valeting, Gardening, Independent Living Skills, Food and Nutrition, Sports and Leisure, Fishing, Textiles, Floristry and more.
We also offer accredited learning through Open Awards, a nationally recognised qualification. Qualifications include Skills for Further Learning for Employment and Independent Living, as well as units across a wide range of educational settings. We're proud to be a recognised Open Awards Centre.
True Colours CIC
True Colours works closely with families and other professionals supporting people with individual programmes of need, this can include:
- Development of communication skills in partnership with speech and language therapists
- Recognising triggers and supporting and implementing behaviour management programmes
- Working alongside families and other professionals to develop, implement and follow behaviour risk management plans
- Support ratios are based on assessed need.
True Colours is a ‘Community Interest Company’, all surplus income is used to create further opportunities that benefit people with autism and the community.