Wigan and Leigh Pensioners Link provide a wide range of services, targeted to helping older people by working with older people. Our superb Volunteers support our Service Coordinators in ensuring that our Clients get the best help and support.

Books & More is a continuation of the library's Home Delivery service that served our borough for many years.  The service involves the delivery and collection of library books to those who are unable to access their local library themselves and who would not normally see anyone on a regular basis.

​In addition we offer the opportunity for a chat, and support in accessing other activities and services in the community.  

​For more information, please contact us (quoting the Books & More service):

Call us: 01942 261 753
Email us: contact@pensionerslink.org.uk

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We provide a free monthly Benefits Advice session, at our premises in Leigh, where people over the age of 50 can receive advice on Benefits availability and access.

For more information, please contact us:

Call us: 01942 261 753
Email us: contact@pensionerslink.org.uk

Wigan & Leigh Pensioners Link provides a FREE professional counselling service to anyone who is aged 50 and over and lives in the Wigan Borough.

Person centred counselling is offered on a one to one basis giving a person the opportunity to explore problems in a confidential and none judgemental setting.

At times it can be difficult to speak to friend and family about a problem for fear of worrying or maybe upsetting them. Speaking to a counsellor who is not connected to you or the problem creates an opportunity to talk openly and honestly about problems.

The sessions last for 1 hour.

We can help you with:​

  • Depression and low mood

  • Bereavement

  • Relationships

  • Anxiety panic attacks and many more


For information or to make an appointment, please contact us (quoting the Counselling service):
Call Us: 01942 261 753
Email Us: contact@pensionerslink.org.uk



Seniors Socializing

Our Independent Financial advisers provide free advice to people over the age of 50 on Investments, Long Term Care Planning, and Pensions.

  • Meeting by Appointment Only 

For more information, please contact us (quoting: Independent Financial Advice):

Call us: 01942 261 753
Email us: contact@pensionerslink.org.uk

Our Independent advisers from McHale Baker provide monthly advice session, at our centre in Leigh, where people over the age of 50 can receive free advice on Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney.

  • Drop-in sessions on the Last Friday of each month
  • Alternative dates by Appointment only

For more information, please contact us (quoting: Wills, Trusts, and Power of Attorney advice):

Call us: 01942 261 753
Email us: contact@pensionerslink.org.uk

We have an extremely lively and vibrant range of social activities and events that take place at our Hub and across the borough.  

Everyone over 50 is welcome to attend any of our groups.

​We currently have the following groups: 

​Coffee Clubs

Exercise Classes

Drop In Computer and IT Support

Friendship Groups

Art & Craft Classes

Knit & Crochet Clubs

'Move & Tone' Groups

Family History Sessions

Please note that some of our groups require a contribution towards running costs.


For more information, please contact us (quoting Group Activities):

Call us: 01942 261 753
Email us: contact@pensionerslink.org.uk

Visit our Group Activities blog Group Activities and let us know your views or interests​

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A Helping Hand  

Are you worried about getting your regular shopping? We also offer “ A Helping Hand”, a shopping service that suits your needs. A team of volunteers will organise  your shopping and bring it to your door. The service can be arranged once a week or fortnightly. A home visit assessment is carried out before starting the service. 

To find out more information, including our charges, please contact us, (quoting the Helping Hands service):

Call us: 01942 261 753
Email us: contact@pensionerslink.org.uk

Bringing you home safely

'HomeSafe' is one of our services available across the whole Wigan Borough.  Working in partnership with Wigan Council and the Wigan, Wrightington and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, we offer companionship and reassurance for the patient when they are discharged from hospital. 
 

The service is available to people who have been discharged from one of the foundation's hospitals who are over 50, live alone (or with a dependant), are mobile and live within the borough.

We give the patients a follow up call with a few checks to make sure that they're safe and comfortable at home.  We also provide one of our 'Welcome Home' bags that include essentials (such as tea, coffee, bread and soup) to help people get back into their usual routine.

If appropriate, we can also help the patient connect to wider social services and events that they may need.  An important intervention that helps to reduce re-admission into hospital and social isolation.  

This popular service relies on the help, support and commitment from our team of volunteers who - without their help - this service would not be able to function.    
 

​Please note that this service can only be booked by medical staff responsible for hospital discharges and cannot be booked directly by the public. 

For more information, please contact us (quoting the Homesafe service):

Call Us: 01942 261 753
Email Us: contact@pensionerslink.org.uk
 

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Pensioners Link offers a Telephone Contact service. This service connects our Client with one of our Volunteers, to facilitate telephone contact on an agreed basis. 

For more information, please contact us (quoting the Telephone Contact service):

Call us: 01942 261 753
Email us: contact@pensionerslink.org.uk

Wigan & Leigh Pensioners Link offers a “Time Limited Contact Scheme”, which provides low - level support for a maximum of six visits for people aged 50 and over, who are experiencing changing times.  


We help by providing :
 

  • Information

  • Home visits

  • Low level advocacy

  • Regular shopping

  • Help to become more involved in social and community activities


The scheme provides support for people aged 50 and over who are experiencing a time of significant change, for example:  
 

  • Coming out of hospital  

  • Experiencing practical difficulties resulting from the loss of a family member of friend 

  • Coping with a new illness or disability  

  • Moving into a new area 


By providing low level support, the scheme aims to help by reducing isolation, encouraging independence, helping older people to remain active and preventing a situation worsening and turning into a crisis.

For more information, please contact us (quoting the Time Limited Contact Scheme):

Call us: 01942 261 753
Email us: contact@pensionerslink.org.uk


In the Supermarket

We provide a bag of essential food items for people over 50 following discharge from hospital. The bags are supplied free of charge.
 

For more information, please contact us (quoting the Welcome Home Bag service):

Call us: 01942 261 753
Email us: contact@pensionerslink.org.uk