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Active Living support people in the Wigan borough who might need a bit of help to get started on their journey to a more active lifestyle. So if you have a health condition or a disability, would like to lose weight or just need a helping hand to get more active, get in touch and we will support you every step of the way.

For information about local, low cost activity sessions and programmes visit the web site by clicking the link below

Active Living

Age UK

We know that growing older doesn’t come with a manual but we do have a range of information guides and factsheets to help you deal with some of the challenges faced in later life.

Our information is impartial and easy to digest - it’s also free of charge.

Visit their website

Alzheimers Society

Alzheimer's Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Many of our 25,000 members have personal experience of dementia, as carers, health professionals or people with dementia themselves, and their experiences help to inform our work.


British Heart Foundation

If you or someone close to you has a heart condition or if you are keen to look after your own heart health, we're here to help.

Whether you are after information, need support or want to find out about our training programmes and funding opportunities find out about how we help.

Carers UK

Carers UK is an organisation led by carers for carers find out more and visit their website at


cabCitizens Advice

Get legal, financial and many other kinds of help that Citizens Advice offer.

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Our site allows us to give you up to date information on what’s happening around disabilities in our area and changes in legislation nationwide. We have also included helpful information on what we do, how we impact change and our goals for the future.

It’s also packed full of photographs which you can comment on through Facebook, like our articles and get more involved with our Charity. Why not also visit our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and eBay pages?

What we do

We have also described in detail what we do at Embrace and how we impact the lives of people in our Borough.

These can range from Activities and the Duke of Edinburgh to Advocacy Support and Disability Equality Training.

We provide lots of services in the Borough and help people who have newly diagnosed children, parents and carers as well as those parents with learning difficulties who are going through child protection.

If you know of anyone who we can help then why not give us a call?

To visit the web site click the link below


Wigan& Leigh Young Carers Charity ( formerly Friends of Young Carers)

A young carer is a child or young person under the age of 18 who provides care to another family member who have a physical illness, disability, mental ill health, a sensory disability or a problematic use of alcohol or drugs.

The level of care they provide would usually be undertaken by an adult. As a result of this, it has a significant impact on their childhood. The care can be practical, physical and emotional support.

Are you a Young Carer?..then visit

Friends of Young Carers

Pensioners Link

Wigan & Leigh Pensioners Link are based in Leigh and provide support, advice, activities and many services for older people throughout the borough.

Pensioners Link

The Stroke Association

Working for a world where there are fewer strokes and all those touched by stroke get the help they need

Every year an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke. Of all people who suffer from a stroke, about a third are likely to die within the first 10 days, about a third are likely to make a recovery within one month and about a third are likely to be left disabled and needing rehabilitation.

Want to know more? visit

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There are many useful contacts and resources for carers, all are available to view online.

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Check out the online community of young carers where advice and support is available from qualified youth workers.

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The duties of a carer

Just as the reasons why someone becomes a carer vary greatly, the variety of tasks that a carer fulfils is diverse. They can include the following duties:

  • Practical household tasks such as cooking, cleaning, washing up, ironing, paying bills and financial management.
  • Personal care such as bathing, dressing, lifting, administering medication and collecting prescriptions.
  • Emotional support such as listening, offering advice and friendship.

Although the distinction is often made between a full-time or part-time carer, there is not a minimum time requirement or age restriction that “qualifies” someone as being more or less of a carer.