A GRANT of £340,000 has been awarded to Wigan Council to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping.

Funds from the Government's rough sleeping initiative grant will be spent to help pay for services in the borough including two overnight accommodation and support hubs in Leigh and Wigan.

People at risk of rough sleeping and support to move individuals to permanent homes will be supported with the investment.

A rough sleeping coordinator will be appointed to ensure plans are put in place for each service user and there will be extensive outreach support at evenings and weekends with people on the streets.

Activities for people at risk of homelessness to improve skills, confidence and resilience will be introduced.

More than 5,000 cases of potential homelessness have been prevented by Wigan Council in the last year.

Cllr Terry Halliwell, cabinet member for housing and welfare at the council, said: “This funding allocation is very welcome and will help us implement some excellent new initiatives in Wigan borough which will impact directly on the frontline.

“We are committed to helping every individual who is at risk of homelessness and the prevention of rough sleeping is a particular priority.

“These very practical measures will have a direct impact on reducing rough sleeping in the borough and we hope they will see tangible results particularly in the run up to winter.”

The Government has given £30 million to 83 councils with Wigan Council being one of three local authorities in Greater Manchester to be successful in the bidding process.

The council launched its Homeless Champions scheme last month which will involve trained volunteers checking people on the streets daily and learning how to provide more support.

If you see a homeless person on the streets, e-mail roughsleep@wigan.gov.uk with as much information as possible, including their location.