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  • Abram Ward Community Charity, trading as Abram Ward Community Cooperative (AWCC) was established in 2013 to support the development of a Community Hub and Community Assets network within Abram Ward, via the provision of services which reflect local needs and demands within Abram Ward and the Wigan Borough.

    The Cooperative supports the growth of local people around Health, Social care and Training, via Community Group and Social Enterprises. The Cooperative will provide ‘backroom support’ and Business advice for Social Enterprises and Community Groups across Wigan Borough.

    There are currently six members of Abram Ward Community Cooperative. Each of these is an existing business tenant within Platt Bridge Community Zone. The member tenants are the owners of the cooperative.

  • Address: Platt Bridge Community Zone, 81 Ribble Road, Platt Bridge
    Wigan
    Greater Manchester
    WN2 5EG
    United Kingdom
  • Community Book is a new, free resource giving residents a one-stop channel to find community activities, volunteer opportunities and events near them. We're encouraging residents to create a profile so the website can match them to suitable listings in seconds. Dave was one of the first service providers signed up, watch the video below to see what he has to say!Head to communitybook.org or read more here: http://bit.ly/2lzPku4If you would like more information about signing up to community book, please email communitybook@wigan.gov.uk

    Posted by Wigan Council on Saturday, 25 February 2017

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  • Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_AWCC.pdf
  • Social Impact Statements:

    Social Impact Statements

    The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.

    In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.

     


    1) Supporting growth of local people via social enterprise

    Abram Ward Community Cooperative (AWCC) was established in 2013 to support the development of a Community Hub and Community Assets network within Abram Ward, via the provision of services which reflect local needs and demands within Abram Ward and the Wigan Borough.

    The Cooperative supports the growth of local people around Health, Social care and Training, via Community Groups and Social Enterprises. The Cooperative will provide ‘backroom support’ and Business advice for Social Enterprises and Community Groups across Wigan Borough.

    ABRAM WARD COMMUNITY TOGETHER

    In the last year AWCCC started the ACT (Abram Ward Community Together) project on neighborhood planning.

    PLATT BRIDGE COMMUNITY ZONE

    AWCC also undertook ownership of PBCZ (Platt Bridge community Zone) which has enabled the provision of supporting business unit accommodation and meeting/training space to Social Enterprises and Community Groups.

    The building was designed by the local community based on the need for the local community to have the opportunity for people to create their own employment opportunities through Social Enterprise. It also provides opportunities for volunteering and work experience, as well as create opportunities for people with childcare needs through the development of an on-site Nursery.

    Other Services/Projects

    • Food Bank
    • Breadmaking
    • Dementia café
    • Social Enterprise Network
    • Digital Infrastructure—3D Printing / Coding Clubs
    • Music Projects

     


    2) Examples of projects

    ABRAM WARD COMMUNITY TOGETHER

    In 2015, AWCC approached Wigan Council with the aim of establishing a Neighbourhood Forum to undertake a Neighbourhood Plan for Abram Ward. Wigan Council designated the Neighbourhood Forum to undertake a Neighbourhood Plan in August 2015.

    During November / December 2015, ACT developed a survey and spoke to 149 local residents of all ages. In December 2015, AWCC worked with 50 x Year 10 students at Platt Bridge Community School to get local children involved in Neighbourhood Planning via the software Minecraft.

    PLATT BRIDGE COMMUNITY ZONE

    Since 1999, PBCZ has supported community groups that offer activities such as Yoga, Bingo, Painting, Sewing and Youth Clubs. Platt Bridge Community Zone has also housed 22 Social Enterprises with Business Unit accommodation.

     


    3) Outcomes of activities

    ABRAM WARD COMMUNITY TOGETHER

    The Neighbourhood Plan we developed in the last year will support Village Residents Associations and Community Forums across Abram Ward.

    PLATT BRIDGE COMMUNITY ZONE

    PBCZ is the admin Hub for AWCC and supports the growth of local people around Health, Social care and Training, via the provision of Business Units, Nursery, Community Cafe and Conference / Training facilities and other services.

     


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