Christmas wishes come true for vulnerable young people in Wigan and Leigh
This Christmas, Wigan Youth Zone, in partnership with Wigan Athletic Community Trust and Wigan Council are launching the ultimate Christmas campaign to give vulnerable young people across Wigan and Leigh, a Christmas that they deserve.
Based in Wigan, Greater Manchester, Wigan Youth Zone operates in an area where the effects of long-term deprivation on young people are acute. They work to raise young people’s aspirations and, ultimately, to help to inspire a generation to achieve their potential, regardless of individual challenges they face.
Given the uncertainty around the Omicron variant of Covid-19, Wigan Youth Zone have adapted their original Christmas plans from a large-scale event at the Youth Zone to continue on from last year’s legacy by bringing some Christmas Sparkle to families doors. Santa’s elves will help deliver a Christmas decorated truck full of presents and food hampers to families who wouldn’t have the best Christmas time otherwise.
Kate Rigby, the Volunteer and Training Coordinator at Wigan Youth Zone, who is leading on the Christmas Appeal said:
“Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, however, it can be a very challenging time for some of our vulnerable young people and added pressure families. Covid has also presented many challenges and with the unknown of further restrictions around Christmas, we are now seeing the damaging impact on our families across the borough. With the help of donations from the local community, this campaign will at least ensure more of our local young people can enjoy the warmth and comfort of a hot meal over the festive period.”
Wigan Youth Zone has launched the WYZ Christmas in the Community campaign this year to make Christmas extra special for the borough’s young people. The support is only possible through to the generous support of the Wigan and Leigh community. In past years it has become tradition for people across the Wigan Borough to come together as one to donate food, presents and household products to give to the families who need it most. But with coronavirus restrictions in place Wigan Youth Zone is making changes to ensure the Christmas festivities can still go ahead.
Families will be receiving gifts off Santa for the whole family, food hamper and household supplies, and receive treats to help them through the festive season and beyond.
Wigan Youth Zone is also on the hunt for Secret Santa to help give vulnerable young people and families the Christmas they deserve. Last year, the community of Wigan and Leigh helped raise over £10,000 which enabled the charity to support over 330 children, young people, and families across Wigan and Leigh. You too can support people in need by clicking here.
There are different ways to donate to the Mission Christmas appeal, including:
- Donate a present to a young person (any age and gender)
- Donate selection boxes and non-perishable household items (items can be dropped off at the Youth Zone)
- Donate to via Wigan Youth Zone’s Website by becoming a Secret Santa, you can help bring food, joy and a Christmas to remember for hundreds of vulnerable people. https://www.wiganyouthzone.org/support-us/donate-this-christmas/