We like to work with the people of Wigan to help create an inclusive community for all. The arts belongs to everyone, so take a look at how you can get involved with our community projects.


Over 50’s Jammers

In collaboration with Age UK we have a weekly jamming session held in The Grand Vault. Initially attended by a small handful of attendees, this group has grown to reach 30+ performers who have amassed a sizeable repertoire and have performed live on numerous occasions.

Wednesday’s 1pm | £5 per session | Just turn up


Wigan Autistic Theatre Company (WATC) is a new inclusive project set up by writer Martin Spencer and filmmaker Sammy Holden with the support of The Old Courts Arts Centre. The project launched back in June 2019



The service was initially born through COVID-19, when The Old Courts staff along with many volunteers rallied to support those who were isolated and lonely, by offering support calls for a friendly chat, food bank deliveries and more.

As COVID-19 restrictions eased, it was clear that there was still a need for support, as COVID-19 is not the only cause of loneliness and isolation.

We have worked towards a formalisation of the service which includes support and training for volunteers, and we are now currnely recruiting.

Do you have a minimum of 2 hours a week for a minimum of 3 months? Please apply to volunteer!

Have a question? Get in touch by e-mailing


Wigan and St Helens Community Media CIC has been awarded the Small-Scale DAB licence for Wigan and St Helens, this opens up the opportunity for 24 new digital radio stations to launch in our area!

Wigan and St Helens Community Media CIC is a new, not-for-profit Community Interest Company led by resident social enterprise leaders of Arts At The Mill CIC (known locally as The Old Courts) and backed by local and community radio services.

The successful bid proposes to operate the Wigan Small-Scale (SSDAB) multiplex for community benefit – to reinvest into the management of the SSDAB multiplex and into supporting the development of local and community radio in our area, and therefore increase the amount of volunteering, skills, and social impact opportunities available for people in Wigan and St Helens.