Here are a few support services that may be of use to you. If you have any suggestions for other areas or subjects to be considered for this page please contact us through the form on our Contact Us page (found under the Statutory Information heading). 

Simply click on the links or images to access their websites.



The best place to find government services and information.

Areas include Benefits, Education and Learning, Childcare and Parenting, Housing, Employment and much more.


Wigan Council Gateway Services

We offer free support and guidance for young people aged 0-19 (or 25 if they have learning or additional needs).

By addressing any concerns as quickly as possible we can make sure that young people get the support they need to reach their full potential.

What support is available?

We provide impartial and confidential support, advice and information for young people and their families including:

  • Parenting advice and guidance to help address any concerns about behaviour in a positive way
  • One-to-one support with an allocated worker
  • Help with issues such as school attendance, teenage pregnancy, unemployment, risk-taking behaviour, housing, health and child poverty
  • Support for 16-19 year olds to access employment, training and education
  • Help for young people who are experiencing difficulties with change, for example the move from primary to secondary school
  • A home based service called 'Portage' to help parents of children under 5 (with two or more additional needs) to develop play activities that encourage learning and development specific to the child's individual needs
  • A range of developmental support activities for families throughout the year
  • Telling families about other appropriate opportunities. 

Locality 4 (Leigh, Lowton, Golborne) can be contacted on 01942 200899


The A Team Hub

The A Team Hub supports children and young adults living with additional needs along with their families and carers in their safe, freindly centre based in Leigh.

They run weekly activities for children and parental training and support groups. 

Check their social media accounts for more information: Facebook (A Team Hub); Twitter (@Ateamhubleigh); Instagram (the.ateam2020)


Citizen's Advice

Their offices and outreaches provide a range of information and advice services in the following areas:

  • debt
  • welfare benefits
  • housing
  • employment
  • asylum & immigration
  • family, relationship & personal issues

Further information and details of facilities in Leigh are available on the Citizen's Advice - Wigan Borough website:


Embrace Wigan and Leigh 

Embrace Wigan and Leigh provide support to parents/carers of children and young people with additional needs or a disability. Their support is person centred; therefore, it is difficult to describe what they do, as this will be different for each family they support. 

The key areas they provide support are:

  • Attending meetings; school, social care, health, housing etc…
  • Applying for grants; food parcels, sensory equipment, car seats etc
  • Benefit advice or support; form filling, support to tribunals etc.
  • Linking into community activities; attending with you, sign posting, arranging transport
  • Giving advice on a range of topics; health, social care, education etc


Young Minds

Young Minds want to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, and all young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

Worried about a child or young person? Contact the Parents Helpline for free, confidential advice via the phone, email or webchat.


Teen Mental Health - A Guide for Parents

Your child’s teenage years are an exciting time, but they can be tricky too. With hormones going wild and bigger pressures at school, challenging mood swings are par for the course. With mental ill-health on the rise though, you’ll want to keep watch on whether their moods are normal, or if they need a bit of help.

MyTutor have provided a guide for parents to help identify issues, break-down of some key pain-points, and show what you can to do help as a parent.