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Support for Wigan Arrivals Project supports asylum seekers and refugees who are living in the Wigan Borough.

Our vision is for everyone living in Wigan to feel welcome, to be given an equal chance to build a decent life, and to know where and how to access support when necessary.

What We Do

SWAP operates from Penson Street Community Centre, Penson Street, Wigan

SWAP also includes SWAP Leigh, meeting each Tuesday at Kingsleigh Community Centre, Leigh from 11:00 to 14:00

SWAP provide practical hands on support through a range of services, including 1:1 advocacy and case work, educational and support groups working across Wigan Borough.

Volunteers play a key role, helping to deliver group work, casework and other support.

Working Together

We also have close working relationships with a large number of specialist providers that we can signpost people to. Please note that SWAP does not give legal advice on immigration matters, and we are unable to help clients to fill in legal forms, but we can signpost people to agencies that provide this help.


If you are unable to give your time but would like to help us financially, you can make a donation. Every donation makes a difference to us, no matter how little you can give, and all donated money goes towards helping some of the most vulnerable people in our borough.

Other donations like Long-life food items or warm clothes, baby equipment in good condition or toys can be donated to other projects in the borough which take these donations. We refer our clients to these organisations if and when necessary.

We know that many people aren’t happy with hostility which is sometimes shown to new arrivals in the borough and more generally across the country, but may lack the information to challenge the prejudices. Why not get informed – come to a training session so that you have “facts at your fingertips” to do some myth-busting with your friends and family!