Discover Embrace

Embrace Wigan and Leigh is a user-led charity dedicated to helping people with all types of disabilities and their families who live, work or use services primarily within the borough of Wigan and Leigh, gain the support they need to live a fulfilling life. Embrace offers information, advice, support, training and advocacy to help ensure people with disabilities live a life as inclusive and meaningful as possible. Embrace believes everyone has a right to live the life they choose and not to become isolated.


The History of Embrace

Embrace has been established for 15 years. A public meeting was held at the Town Hall in Wigan circa 2001 to decide what should be done with a pot of money (£150k) that had been sitting in an account for years. The money had been fundraised for Mere Oaks Special School in Wigan, but over the years the group of people that had raised the funds had either passed away or had other commitments and so the money ended up just sitting in a bank account. The public meeting was held to decide if the money should be dispersed to all local charities in Wigan, or whether the public wanted to see another charity set up to serve the people of Wigan and Leigh.

the history