At Childcare & Community Centre, we are all about making new partnerships and meeting all the wonderful community groups that are going on in Ashton and the wider Wigan Borough.
At the beginning of the month I (Eli) had the pleasure of visiting Support for New Arrivals Project (SWAP Wigan) at Penson Street Community Centre. Mick Taylor has been managing the project there for 11 years. Mick was extremely insightful in how the different agencies work together with asylum seekers to slightly ease the arduous process for the people they work with.
On the same day I visited the new premises of Wigan STEAM and Lizzie Parsons, its director. Lizzie runs a fantastic programme activities. Her desire to see children in the borough be literate in coding by helping them understand HTML, Scratch and other programmes to design their own games is infectious.
On the 14th March, I went to see the Ashton Churches Asylum Project at St Thomas’ Church Hall. I spoke to Councillor Jenny Bullen and church worker Anne Wooff who together with her husband Chris runs ACAP. We are seeing what we can do together to help asylum seeker families in the area as we have good resources as a nursery and community centre.
On the 15th March, I visited the Bowl & Plate group at Garswood Hall Community Bowling Club on Nicol Road. It’s an amazing group organised by Nicky Shaw. There were 95 people in attendance and some weeks there are more! I recognised Shirley, one of the ladies from our Diamond group which takes place every second Monday of the month. Shirley told me how brilliant Bowl & Plate was and I saw for myself. The food is prepared by no food waste group Fur Clemt Wigan and people could enjoy a scrumptious fish pie and filling crumble and custard.
Nicky kindly helped me to publicise our new group Photowalks & Wellbeing which runs every Thursday from 10.30 to 12.
Today, Thursday 21st we had people visit from the Bowl & Plate project and parishioners from St Oswald’s so the word is spreading about the group.
The Co-op members have raised £669.37 so far (at the moment of writing) for the Photowalks and Wellbeing group. We will receive our first cheque from them in June and the second one in December.