Transforming Your Space Programme
In 2003 Wigan MBC was awarded £650,000 from the Lottery to
support local environmental initiatives. Pathways was employed to work
with ten communities
to assist them in clarifying their ideas and to assess potential projects'
viability and value. In three areas, Pathways needed to conduct consultation
workable proposals. In all, over 40 projects were agreed upon, along with
a package of developmental support.
“Pathways input has been invaluable; in some of Wigan's most environmentally deprived communities they've raised community spirit and enabled them to become greener and cleaner places.”
Claire Greenwood, Senior Funding Officer, Wigan MBC
Community Strategy for Amberswood
Amberswood is a former open cast mining site in Wigan that has
been transformed into a community woodland. In order to stimulate local
people's use of the site, Pathways delivered a marketing and events
programme, in which 400 people took part. Events included storytelling
in the woodland for children; a photography project for a group of
people with learning disabilities; a picnic with music making for families,
a poetry festival and a consultation day for young people.
Seven Acres' Development Strategy
This project worked to understand how a neglected country park in the centre
of a regeneration area could better meet the needs of its surrounding community.
Discussions with local workers and a perception survey found that the park
offers a unique 'door step' countryside experience that could greatly contribute
to the wellbeing of local residents. The work has formed the basis of a development
plan which is guiding substantial investment in the park.