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Since starting, back in May 2013, Taz has been involved in virtually every area of Wigan Youth Zone, from tuck shop to outreach, and has always been willing to jump on board and help whenever and wherever needed…



Here at Wigan Youth Zone, We like to acknowledge our volunteers for their hard work so each month we identify a volunteer who deserves recognition for their contributions to Wigan Youth Zone.


Wigan Youth Zone would like to thank Clare Higham for sponsoring the ‘Volunteer of the Month’ award and Gallimore’s Restaurant for their excellent service in making sure our volunteers have a fantastic thank you meal and experience at their restaurant.

See our most recent Volunteers of the Month below;

February 2019 – Jackie Salt

volunteer of the month: jackie saltJackie Salt is our Volunteer of the Month for February. Jackie is always willing to help and has created some great working relationships with the young people and staff during the time that she has been volunteering here at Wigan Youth Zone. Jackie has given up her time as a mentor, giving guidance and advice to a young person who was going through a difficult time in their life.

She has also gone above and beyond as an active and valued member of the enterprise team, forging relationships between Wigan Youth Zone and local businesses within the borough, and even taking time off from her busy work schedule to share her wealth of knowledge with the young people in the enterprise group. Jackie is well respected, dedicated and liked by everyone! Jackie’s enthusiasm and caring nature for people makes her a great role model for our young people.

January 2016 – Philip Rendle

January 2016 – Paul Morgan


April 2016 – Paul McNamara

May 2016 – Ryan Winstanley

ryan-winstanleySince starting as a volunteer Ryan has been involved with a variety roles, working in the rec, supporting the health and participation programme, Wigan Youth Zone events and more recently, a key member of the outreach teams ‘walking bus’ and the football coaching team. Ryan has a great relationship with the young people he works with and is respected by his fellow team members.

As part of the ‘walking bus’ Ryan ensures that our junior members can attend Wigan Youth Zone safely. Without Ryan’s commitment Wigan Youth Zone would not be able to have as many spaces on the ‘walking bus’ as we do.

June 2016 – Brittany Bird

Brittany has been a volunteer for just short of a year.  When Brittany first came to volunteer she was quite nervous and shy but keen to make a difference.  Choosing to volunteer in the art department, Brittany has gone from strength to strength both as a person and as a youth worker.  Brittany regularly plans her own activities to deliver in the art room every Tuesday and Sunday as part of the juniors offer, becoming an integral part of the team.  Brittany’s enthusiasm, commitment and determination is second to none.  The juniors, who use the art room look up to her, respect her and thoroughly enjoy the activities she delivers.


July 2016 – Thomas Wright

thomas-wrightThomas is an absolute delight to have as a volunteer, oozing enthusiasm, unwavering commitment and always smiling. He is a joy to be a round. Working with the ‘Triple A’ team, Tom has become a fantastic role model for the young people he works with and makes the ‘Triple A’ very proud to have him on board. Tom is always engaging young people and commits 110% to everything he is tasked with including opening the ‘quiet room’ where he engages young people by playing board games or building Lego as well as any general tasks that need to be done. You will never see Tom standing around looking lost as he is always doing activities with the young people. Tom has also taken time to attend all the training that is relevant to his voluntary role to make sure he can do his role to the best of his ability. He is a credit to himself and Wigan Youth Zone.


August 2016 – Daniel Palin

daniel-palinDaniel volunteers on the holiday club and brings his unique way of working with children. Using his talent as an impersonator he has encouraged the children to take part in imaginative play; encouraged the children to take part in the drama club and perform in front of others; even getting up and doing his own comedy sketches to entertain the children.

He is a reliable, fun loving and creative volunteer who is loved by the children he works with. Whether it’s helping on the lockers or impersonating Tom Jones, he is always willing to get stuck in, for this Daniel is held in the highest regard by the Wigan Youth Zone team.

  • Flogert Cera, 16


    “I love my time at Wigan Youth Zone, I’ve gained loads of confidence and thank all the youth work staff for their help!”
    Sabrina, 13
  • Stephanie, 16


      “I love coming to Wigan Youth Zone, joining in activities and to get out the house – I’ve met tons of new friends”
    Stephanie, 16
  • Adam, 23


    “Since attending the Youth Zone, I’ve become more confident, made new friends and even got a job through the employability course!”
    Adam, 23
  • Danny, 11


      “I love the Youth Zone especially the Skate Park. My confidence has grown so much that now I even enter tournaments!”
    Danny, 11
  • Nathan, 18


      “The Gym at Wigan Youth Zone has had an important impact on my life – making me stronger, fitter and healthier.”
    Nathan, 18