Support

 

 

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.

  

GOV.UK

The best place to find government services and information.

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

https://www.gov.uk/

Wigan Borough School Nursing Team

This service is for children and young people (5-19 years) who attend a Wigan school or live in Wigan and are educated at home.

 The team is made up of;

  • Community Public Health School Nurses (Qualified Nurse Specialists)
  • Registered Nurses (Qualified staff nurses)
  • Assistant Practitioners
  • Senior School Health Care Assistants and School Health Care Assistants
  • Support workers and admin support

School nurses are specialist practitioners that work across education and health to provide a link between school, home and the community. Your School Nurse Team can provide:

  • Health assessments
  • Home visits
  • General health advice
  • Support with concerns
  • Immunisations
  • Care plans in school
  • Health promotion
  • Safeguarding

 

They aim to work with other professionals and agencies in order for children and young people to stay healthy, achieve and attend school.


The team deliver the national immunisation programme across the school aged population.


As well as their core offer, they provide support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities by providing information, signposting and referring onto other appropriate professionals.

Further information about the services can be found on the Wrightinton, Wigan and Leigh website at the address below:

The School Nurse website can be found at www.wwl.nhs.uk/our-departments?service=79

 

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

https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Health-Social-Care/Children-and-young-people/Support-services-for-0-19s.aspx

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:

https://www.cawb.org.uk/

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

https://www.embracewiganandleigh.org.uk/

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.

https://youngminds.org.uk/