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ConnectUp is the exciting new project from Age UK Wigan Borough, designed to help people feel more a part of their local community, know what’s available and make new friends.

ConnectUp has 3 elements:

Face-to-Face befriending

This part of the project matches volunteers with people wanting a weekly visitor. Because of the limited number of volunteers, this part of the project is only available to those people unable to get out of their home, aged over 65 and with no other services going in.

Call in Time

Fancy a weekly telephone call? A friendly voice on the other end of the line can make all the difference in helping you feel better. There are no restrictions on who can use the service.

ConnectUp Groups

ConnectUp groups occur in different locations across the borough, for example, ConnectUp Ashton,  and offer short-term support to enable people to get out of the house, find out what’s happening in their local area and meet new people.

The idea is that people come along to the group for a short period of time, and are introduced to the wide range of things happening across the area, from tea dances to bingo, trips out to reading clubs, knit and natter to singing in a choir. It’s hoped that with support and encouragement from our staff and volunteers, people will then use the local ConnectUp group as a way to connect to the various activities and so feel more fulfilled and do the things they enjoy.

We are also looking to recruit volunteer buddies, so that if people need a little bit of support and encouragement to go along to something for the first time, we can link them up with a buddy to help them get over that feeling of newness…we know that it can sometimes be difficult to go into a group or club for the first time as a stranger.

For more information, please contact us:

Telephone: 01942 241972