My Wigan Borough Update: 30/4/2021

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Local vaccination information

Here are the latest Covid vaccination figures for the borough.
This week’s figures include residents who have had their vaccinations outside of Wigan Borough at national vaccination centres.

This is a remarkable figure and thank you to everyone who has taken up your invitation to be vaccinated.

People aged 44+ are now welcome to book your own appointment at a national test centre or you can wait to be invited to a local site.
Click here to book an appointment online and for more information
This week’s Covid-19 tracker has been published

It shows:Our rates of new infection for the latest 7 days sit at 23 per 100,000 population.
has the lowest rate of new cases in Greater Manchester for the latest 7 days
The over-60s weekly incidence rate for Wigan is the second lowest rate of the 10 Greater Manchester areas.
Wigan is classed as Green for new cases.
For both the latest 7 day new case rate and over 60s rate, Wigan is now below the England average.
Click here to view the full tracker
New funding to help your organisation recover

We know how difficult the last 12 months have been for everyone.

Many of our local voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises (VCSE) have played a vital part delivering crisis support services to vulnerable people in the borough.

Others have not been able to operate due to the pandemic.
To help VCSE organisations to recover, we are launching the first phase of a new community recovery fund.

If you’re part of a VCSE in Wigan Borough, you can now apply for up to £500 for your organisation to help you get back on your feet and bring communities back together as lockdown restrictions ease.
 
Click here to find out more about the funding and to apply
Our Towns to get a makeover

A community initiative to spruce up the borough’s district centres will begin next week, starting in Ince.

In 2020, we pledged £600,000 to improve town centres as part of the Our Town programme, following the Deal 2030 consultation, when residents told us that this should be a priority.

The improvement programme had to be postponed due to the pandemic but will resume in May when 12 areas will get a deep clean and improvements including enhanced road maintenance, more bins, and the installation of new trees and flowers.

An additional £400,000 has been added to the programme this year, bringing the new investment total to £1 million. 
To find out more about the Our Town programme, click here
Have your say about the proposed relocation of Lamberhead Community Library

There are no plans to close the library, but we would appreciate your thoughts on relocating it to a different building within the grounds of the Dean Trust school.

The relocation would allow for the development of an on-site engagement centre for parents and carers.

Library members would also see a new fully refurbished building with books for adults and children, self-service machines, a network of computers and eventually super-fast broadband.
 
The consultation is running until Sunday, May 2nd.
 
To share your views, click here
Election Day

If you’re planning to vote in person next Thursday, May 6th, please be assured that polling stations will be safe places to cast your ballot.

Voting in the elections is an important right, so please take the opportunity to have your say but help us to keep everyone safe by remembering to do the following:
Wear a face covering
Bring your own pen or pencil
Clean your hands and keep a safe distance
Stay at home if you feel unwell
Click here to find out more about the elections
National Gardening Week
 
Finally, did you know this week is National Gardening Week?

If you love gardening or if you’re just getting started, you could get involved in a local group and pass on your skills or find out more.

There are several enthusiastic and committed gardening groups across the borough.
For information on local groups and for tips on growing fruit, veg and herbs, click here