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About Us

For the past ten years Compassion in Action have met the needs of people in crisis with provision of furniture, food and clothes, accommodation, skills training, education and advocacy. We have a holistic approach to a person’s life in crisis, helping people to live independently from total dependency.

Message From Our CEO

Welcome to Compassion in Action.

I am delighted that you’re taking the time to look at our website. I founded Compassion in Action in 2006 from humble roots in St Mary’s Church Hall, Lowton. My vision was to unite a community; meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in society.

Our clients experience crisis for many reasons: family breakdown, substance misuse, alcohol and gambling addiction, domestic violence and poverty. Our aim is to support them though that period of immediate crisis.

From those humble roots in 2006 we now have a charity that operates over many sites including Patrick House & Haven House, Leigh; food distribution and furniture recycling in Atherton; and furniture distribution throughout the Wigan borough.

As need continues to be evident in our local area we will continue to expand our activities to meet that need. Of course, we cannot do this without the support of our partners, employees and volunteers who are crucial to our success; success that has brought a number of awards and which, in 2014, was recognised with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

I passionately believe in the work that we do and our evidence proves: ‘Together we can make a difference’.

Pam Gilligan

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