Abbie’s Story

Tell us about how your Wigan Youth Zone journey started?   Being part of the Youth Zone has made me more confident in being able to do what I want to do, or say what I think and not just following the crowd. It has helped me to believe in myself a bit more, that […]

Matthew’s Story

Matthew’s story illustrates the importance of being there for young people through each of their personal journeys to strengthen and increase the long term impact of targeted programmes

WYZ WEEKLY WOW – Sunflower Project, using nature to help with mental health.

WYZ WEEKLY WOW – Sunflower Project, using nature to help with mental health. At the beginning of June, Wigan Youth Zone began their #OnsideSunflowerProject journey, in an attempt to brighten the lives of both staff and young people who attended the centre. The aim of the project is to focus on using nature to positively […]

Sarah’s Story

Sarah has been a member of Wigan Youth Zone for over 5 years and has been a dedicated Dance Studio member since day one. Sarah is now 19 and ended her time with Wigan Youth Zone in September 2020. Sarah is someone who fully appreciated everything Wigan Youth Zone had to offer. Sarah dedicated herself […]

Caitlyn’s Story

Caitlyn, 16 A message from a Youth Worker Caitlyn is an extraordinary young person, who is always willing to help others in any way she can, and shows a clear passion for trying to make the world around her a better place in any way she can. She hasn’t had an east ride, and has […]

Gemma’s Story

  Gemma’s, 16 A comment from a Youth Worker “I am so proud of Gemma for how much she has opened up and shared parts of her life that I know she struggles to talk about, it doesn’t seem like it here but it takes a lot to get Gemma to share how she’s feeling […]

Josh’s Story

Josh Smallman, 17 Comment from Youth Forum Youth Worker; “Josh continues to blow me away, I’ve known josh for a long time, and his transformation into who he is today is incredible! He is such a reliable, hardworking and dedicated young person, who to this day can still surprise me with new things he is […]

WYZ WEEKLY WOW – Army of Reds

Wigan Youth Zone is a state-of-the-art purpose-built youth centre in the heart of Wigan. Since it first opened its doors in 2013, it has welcomed over 26,000 young people and 500 staff members and has provided thousands of opportunities for young people across the Wigan borough. This week, Wigan Youth Zone welcomed 14 new staff […]

WYZ WEEKLY WOW – Let’s talk loneliness

Loneliness Awareness Week takes place from 14-18 June and is a campaign to get more people talking about the subject. Loneliness among children and young people under the age of 18 has increased sharply during the pandemic with lockdown measures meaning that many children were spending long periods away from friends, teachers and families at […]