My Wigan Borough Updates 12th July 2022

The UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 has arrived!
We hope you will have all seen the amazing scenes in Leigh on Wednesday as we welcomed thousands of Netherlands fans as part of the UEFA Women’s EURO tournament.

Our two remaining fixtures take place this weekend and then next Friday, with the free fan parties at Leigh Civic Square open to all residents.

Sunday’s party, ahead of the Sweden v Portugal match, takes place between midday and 4pm.
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How to stay safe in the heat

More hot weather is on the way and whilst lots of people are enjoying the sunshine, the heat can sometimes be dangerous, especially for older or very young people.

Top ways to stay safe:

Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
Stay cool indoors by closing curtains on rooms that face the sun – and remember that it may be cooler outdoors than indoors

Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially young children or animals
Check that fridges, freezers, and fans are working properly
Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest
Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen, and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
Make sure you always take water with you if you are out and about
Check medicines can be stored according to the instructions on the packaging.
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Don’t risk swimming in open water

The hot temperatures mean it may be tempting to take a dip to cool off but open water swimming (when not part of a professionally organised session) is full of hidden dangers.

Even on a hot day, cold water shock can be deadly and you don’t know what could be lurking below the surface.

If you know a young person, make sure you chat with them today about the dangers of open water and find safe, organised swimming sessions for them to attend instead.

Stay Safe. Stay waterside.
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Come see our exciting plans for a brand new, inclusive, adventure playground at Pennington Flash

Our information event is open to everyone, this Saturday, 16 July, 12-4pm , at Pennington Flash nature reserve.

You can view our proposals, offer your feedback, and help shape the final design.

There’ll be swings, climbing frames and other equipment for children up to age 11 as well as those with additional needs, so families and friends can play together and have fun.

We want this to be a place everyone can enjoy so please drop in anytime on the day and have your say!
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Are you ready to get fitter but not sure where to start?

Whether you’re taking your first steps to a more active lifestyle, pushing yourself to the limits, or having a great time with friends, your local Be Well leisure centre and pool has the facilities to support your health, fitness, and wellbeing.

Our facilities are for everyone, regardless of your age, ability, health conditions and fitness levels.

Sign up for a Be Well membership today and get your first two months half price – just use the voucher code summer22.
Find out more and sign up
Chance to be part of Wigan Pride parade

If you’re involved in a community organisation and would like to be part of Wigan Pride’s parade this year, there are still a few places available.

If you’ve already signed up, the Pride team will be in touch over the next few weeks with information about what to do on the day.

The event is on 13 August in Wigan town centre with the march starting at 11am and free, family friendly entertainment on the main stage from 12.

Come along to show your support for equality and celebrate our diverse borough.
Find out more and sign up for the parade
Queen’s Baton Relay event at Haigh Woodland Park

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay is coming to Wigan Borough this Sunday as part of the countdown to this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

The arrival of the Queen’s Baton, which has been all around the globe in the build-up to this summer’s games (28 July – 8 August), will cap a fun-packed day of free family entertainment at Haigh Woodland Park on Sunday, July 17.

There will also be an artisan market (10am-4pm) and children’s activities (2pm-4pm) plus a full programme of live music with the return of the always popular ‘A Summer Serenade’ event (10.30am-5pm) hosted by Wigan Music Service.
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Energy rebate update
Approximately 125,000 Energy Rebate £150 payments have now been paid to people in Wigan Borough.

If you have received an invitation to apply for your rebate, but haven’t applied yet, the process is still open.

When completing the application form you must enter your details exactly as they appear on your Council Tax bill and the unique code must match exactly to that quoted on your invitation to apply, which is case sensitive.

If you are not eligible for the main rebate scheme, you may be eligible to make a claim under our discretionary scheme.
If you have received your invitation to apply, claim your payment now
Further details about our discretionary scheme
Have your say on polling stations

Is your local polling station handy for you?

Ahead of the 2023 local elections, we’re reviewing the borough’s polling stations.

Have your say and it will help us plan ahead for all future elections and referendums.
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This week’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) infection survey shows:For the week ending 29 June, the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) continued to increase across the UK
In England, the estimated number of people testing positive for COVID-19 equated to 3.95% of the population, or around 1 in 25 people
Rates continued to increase in all age groups and across all English regions; the rate for the North-West was 4.2% (in the previous week it was 3.6%).Please continue to wash hands or sanitise regularly, wear a mask in crowded public places, sanitise frequently touched places in the home, and open windows occasionally to let in some fresh air.

These small actions will help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.

Being fully vaccinated is still the best way to protect yourself from the most serious effects of Covid-19. 
Read the ONS data
Read the latest Government guidance
Read more about vaccinations and book or manage a vaccination appointment online
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