Welcome to your weekly email newsletter from Wigan Council 14th October 2021

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Local vaccination information
 
This week’s vaccination figures have been published

448,731 vaccines have now been given to Wigan Borough residents.

If you’ve not been vaccinated yet or if you still need your second vaccine, call in to one of the borough’s walk-in clinics.
Click here to find your nearest walk-in clinic
Destination: Bee Network conversation
Accessible, affordable and easy to use, with a daily fare cap and single multi-modal ticket, the Bee Network will join together buses, trams, cycling and walking by 2024, with rail incorporated by 2030, to transform how people travel in Greater Manchester.   
 
It’s important that as part of the journey to the Bee Network, everyone using the network has the opportunity to help shape it. 
 
That’s why Transport for Greater Manchester is inviting people across the city-region to join in the ‘Destination: Bee Network’ Conversation. 
 
Ideas and feedback are being sought on what people need and expect from the Bee Network to help make public transport, cycling and walking the natural choice for most journeys, reducing reliance on the car, and providing greater access to opportunities for all. 
 
Have your say by filling out the online survey or visit the Destination: Bee Network bus, which will be outside Queen’s Hall, Wigan town centre on 3 November, 10am-4pm.
Click here to complete the survey
Go Green Week 
 
We’ve had a wonderful week celebrating how businesses, residents, schools, and communities in our borough can go green and protect our planet.

This #GoGreenWeek, we’ve raised awareness about climate change and the things we can all do daily to go green!

You can find more information, including recipes, spotlights on local businesses and blogs on our website.
Click here to visit the Go Green website
Book your place and get on the starting line
 Wigan Council is teaming up with Haigh Woodland Park and Fylde Coast Runners to bring you the inaugural Fright Night 10k on Saturday 30th October 2021.

The event will form part of the Halloween programme at Haigh Woodland Park. The course utilises the footpath and trails within Haigh Woodland Park and is suitable for novice through to elite runners with fancy dress very much encouraged.

The entry fee is £25 which includes a glow in the dark medal, personalised race number, chip timing, free parking, and free digital event photographs that will be available to download from Facebook following the race.

There is no entry on the night so make sure you sign up in advance.  
Click here for event information and to enter
School of Social Entrepreneurs
Budding entrepreneurs with a passion for cycling and walking can apply for a new programme that could inspire travel change across Wigan Borough.

In partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs, we’re launching a free 12-month ‘Social Innovators in Health and Wellbeing’ programme, which will support the creation and development of new businesses that will use innovative ways to improve the wellbeing of residents through walking and cycling.
Click here for more information or to express an interest
This week’s Covid 19 tracker has been released
It shows:

Wigan currently has the 6th highest total rate in GMThe rate of cases in Wigan is higher than the previous week

Wigan is lower than the Greater Manchester and North West average for rate of new cases in the latest 7 days.
Click here to see the full tracker
Make sure you’ve applied for your child’s secondary school place
If your child will turn 11 between 1st September 2021 and 31st August 2022, they will transfer to secondary school at the start of the new school year in September 2022.

The closing date for applications to secondary schools is 31st October 2021.
Click here to get more information
Funding available for community groups
 Our Community Recovery Fund is available to all voluntary and community organisations in the borough to help them get back on their feet after the pandemic. 

Groups can now apply for up to £2,000 to support projects that aim to promote community spirit, encourage volunteers and bring communities back together. 
For more information and details
By-election result
 A council by-election was held on Thursday for the Leigh West ward. The results were as follows: 

RESULT: Leigh West
Turnout: 16%
LAB: 1,004
CON: 432
IND: 257
LD: 103

Samantha Brown (Labour) is elected