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Jigsaw Foundation grant funding to Wigan Youth Zone and Homeless Support Project

Jigsaw Foundation grant funding to Wigan Youth Zone and Homeless Support Project

Wigan Youth Zone has been awarded £25,000 from the Jigsaw Foundation. It is a state-of-the-art youth facility for young people that offers a place for youngsters to meet friends, learn news skills, enjoy new experiences and access the support they need to develop and achieve their potential.

The funding will help the Youth Zone reach out to our residents across Wigan and Leigh. They offer a range of targeted services which include counselling, mentoring, employability and enterprise programmes, days out and holiday clubs.

The Youth Zone is open for 40 hours each week. Once signed up, children can go along to any of the sessions to access a range of activities. These include art sessions, design, music and pampering sessions. They can also enjoy general play and low-price food.

The Homeless Support Project in Leigh has also been awarded £14,688 from the Jigsaw Foundation Fund. The funding will provide a vehicle to transport food from all donation points to the project. Additionally, it will also fund a chef who will cook the food at the centre in Leigh.

The project helps people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Residents are able to access the services provided at the centre. The services available include a food bank, hot meals cooked daily and a food garden (where users can grow their own fruit and vegetables). A technology training room is also available with access to various partner services who provide work experience opportunities.

Jigsaw Foundation is an exciting new fund to support local projects run by charities, resident and community groups, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and partner agencies.  It replaces our former GREAT Neighbourhoods fund and Breathe Investment Grants.

Applications are open with funding of up to £25,000 voted for by tenants through our Jigsaw Rewards surveys. Entries over this amount will be approved by the Jigsaw Homes Group’s Executive team.

Jigsaw Foundation supports Jigsaw Group’s vision of ‘We want everyone to live successfully in a home they can afford’ and mission of ‘Creating homes. Building lives.’

Our Jigsaw Homes tenants can help decide how funding is allocated from Jigsaw Foundation to community and resident groups, charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations by signing up to Jigsaw Rewards . Tenants can receive rent credits or high street vouchers in exchange for providing their feedback on this and other services.