Current Wigan Council Volunteer Opportunities

Improve Communities and Estates

If you're fair minded and keen to see change for the better and are looking for a volunteering opportunity, becoming a member of Tenant Voice may be for you.

As a member of Tenant Voice, you will act as a link between ourselves, partner organisations, tenants and residents to help improve communities and estates. What would you do? – Provide tenants and residents with contact details to resolve any issues they may have / Signpost any sensitive information to the correct departments or staff / Lead by example and act as a role model to other tenants and residents / Suggest improvements to services and the visible appearance of the estate / Attend formal estate inspections, where applicable / Assist the Housing Advisory Panel.

Housing Advisory Panel

Are you a Wigan Council tenant looking to make a real difference in your community?

We’re looking for tenants to join our Housing Advisory Panel to help shape the future of services and influence local issues. This joint panel of tenants and Councillors will look at all aspects of housing and has already made tremendous steps to help reduce the time it takes to re-let properties.

What will you do? Act in the best interests of Wigan Council and our tenants / Provide leadership and support to the executive management team and challenge issues in a constructive manner / Participate in constructive decision making with the aim of reaching a consensus / Accept joint responsibility for panel decisions / Ensure that confidentiality of all information is maintained / Sign and adhere to the Member Code of Conduct as operated by Wigan Council / Ensure regular attendance at Panel meetings and forums, preparing for and fully participating in them / Be available to attend evening meetings/weekend events.

Youth Offender Panel

We’re looking to recruit volunteers from the community to sit on Youth Offender Panels.

These panels give the community a say in creating a plan of action to ensure young offenders put right the harm they’ve done and are given help to prevent further offending. By volunteering as a Panel member, you can help:- Ensure young offenders take responsibility for their behaviour. Repair harm to the victim. Reintegrate young people back into the community. Reduce crime in your area and make communities safer. What does the role involve? – A young person will attend a panel meeting if they have been given a referral order by court. Referral orders are the main sentence given to the majority of 10-17 year olds who plead guilty on a first-time conviction. Panel members meet with the young person, parents or guardians and sometimes the victim, to talk about the reasons for the offending behaviour and agree a contract aimed at repairing harm done to the victim or community. Panel meetings can take place throughout the borough. Full training and regular support / supervision is provided.

Neighbourhood Justice Panel

We’re looking to recruit volunteers from the community to sit on Youth Offender Panels.

These panels give the community a say in creating a plan of action to ensure young offenders put right the harm they’ve done and are given help to prevent further offending. By volunteering as a Panel member, you can help:- Ensure young offenders take responsibility for their behaviour. Repair harm to the victim. Reintegrate young people back into the community. Reduce crime in your area and make communities safer. What does the role involve? – A young person will attend a panel meeting if they have been given a referral order by court. Referral orders are the main sentence given to the majority of 10-17 year olds who plead guilty on a first-time conviction. Panel members meet with the young person, their parents or guardians and sometimes the victim, to talk about the reasons for the offending behaviour and agree a contract aimed at repairing harm done to the victim or community. Panel meetings can take place throughout the borough. Full training and regular support / supervision is provided.

School Governor

Could you be a school governor? Do you want to give something back to the community?

Are you open to new ideas and ready to learn? Do you have time to spend a couple of hours a month to go to meetings and read documents and reports? Are you motivated and interested in education? Would you like to make a positive impact on the education of thousands of children and work towards better schools and communities? If the answer is yes to any of these and you have enthusiasm and commitment then you could be a school governor. If you are appointed as a governor there is an expectation that you will attend induction training.

Supporting Vulnerable People

Shared Lives Champions, we are looking for people with big hearts, who can make a difference to the lives of our vulnerable customers across the borough.

We support with day sessions, respite and full time placements. Shared Lives Champions do receive a modest payment for their time and expenses as well as a programme of Wigan council training and the full support of the staff team. Champions are able to choose who they support, they are carefully matched to customers based on shared interests, hobbies or simply because they get on well.

Be An Online Champion

What does an Online Champion do?

If you’re confident using computers and the internet, then you’re probably already an Online Champion! Are you the person that friends and family come to for help using computers? If so, you could be just the person we’re looking for.

You’ll be helping people to use the internet and do new things. This is a volunteer role, so you can be flexible in when you are available. Based in one of the borough’s libraries you will meet new people and provide valuable assistance. You will also have the opportunity to learn new skills yourself. If you’re looking for work, this is a great way to gain experience.Who will a Be Online Champion help?

You’ll be helping adults of all ages that need assistance to get online and learn more about computers. Around 17% of adults in Wigan Borough have never accessed the internet. Most people you will be helping may not have used a computer before or, if they have, they are likely to still have questions. Some might want to know the basics (turning on a computer and using a mouse), some will have questions about the internet, and some will be looking for assistance with completing forms online and setting up email addresses and registering for, and using, MyAccount and Report IT.

You will also be offered the opportunity to support a number of events within community settings.

If you would like to see our other volunteer opportunities