Welcome.

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 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, including Leigh, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Hindley, Standish, Golborne and the areas in-between.

Volunteers play a key role, helping to deliver both group work and befriending support, as well as volunteers from our client base who help with interpretation and translation.

SWAP recently moved into Penson Street Community Centre and this has allowed us to develop and deliver additional group work to help a larger number of asylum seekers settle into the Borough and contribute to community life.

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.

For more information about SWAP, our services and how you can get involved call us today on 01942 516572.

Donate

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 us or to other projects in the borough which work with this client group, and are always welcome. If you want to drop things at the SWAP office, please call beforehand so that we can make sure someone is there to welcome you.

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!