At just twelve years old Jonathan Ashcroft suffered life changing injuries when a car struck him whilst returning home from school.
Now in his mid-twenties, his road to recovery has not only been a physical test but a mental test. One which resulted in social isolation and a reluctance to entertain the possibility of exposure to any further risk no matter how small.
Nevertheless Jonny tentatively met with Made in Wigan's David Baxter to discuss the creation of a Community Business dedicated to developing skills in people with an interest in wood and metal working and as a result of that initial meeting the Men's Sheds Community Business was born.
Sophie Jones always had a passion for cooking and baking and, having recognised the opportunity that the Made in Wigan initiative was presenting to her, she grabbed it with both hands.
The Platt Bridge Community Zone itself was the perfect place to develop a Café Community Business and so, with the help of the Made in Wigan initiative Sophie's vision is now reality.
Tastebuds is not only a Community Business in it's own right serving the local community, but it's also a meeting point for anyone wanting to find out more about how the Made in Wigan initiative can help them develop their own ideas.
Nicole Robertson is a Project Coordinator for Embrace Wigan & Leigh, a charity that works with people with disabilities and people that may be socially isolated for whatever reason.
Along with another colleague, Nicole is working within the 'Let's Connect' project to help people break out of their confining circumstances in order to meet new people and do new things.
It's in this capacity that she referred Lesley Grimes to Made in Wigan and more specifically, the Miss Places Community Business. As a result Lesley is enjoying a new lease of life!
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COMMUNITY BUSINESS HUB
PLATT BRIDGE COMMUNITY ZONE
81 Ribble Rd, Platt Bridge
Wigan WN2 5EG
Telephone: 01942 732 022