Welcome to your weekly email update from Wigan Council 10/6/2022

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Platinum Jubilee events

We hope everyone who joined us to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee or enjoyed your own celebrations at home, had a fantastic time!

You can find photo galleries on our Facebook page of the Beacon Lighting event at Haigh Hall, the Mayor’s Gala at Pennington Hall Park, and the Mesnes Park celebration and UEFA Women’s Euros event.
Nominations are now open for the 2022 Believe Sports Awards

Hosted by our Be Well service, the annual Believe Sports Awards shine a spotlight on volunteers and individuals who help sporting clubs and celebrate athletes and participants.

The ceremony will be in November at the Edge Conference Centre in Wigan and everyone is now invited to nominate inspirational local sporting heroes in a range of categories.

This year’s awards are sponsored by JJH Builders and were launched with the help of the Wigan Warriors Community Foundation and Leigh Genesis players.Nominations should reflect achievements between September 2021 and the closing date for nominations is August 31, 2022.

The categories are:
• Young Sports Achiever of the Year (Sponsored by Leigh Centurions)
• Club of the Year (Sponsored by FCC Environments)
• Inclusion in Sport Award (Sponsored by XN Leisure)
• Volunteer of the Year (Sponsored by Wigan Athletic Community Trust)
• The Wilf Brogan Unsung Hero Award (Sponsored by Agilisys)
• Changing Lifestyle Recognition Award (Sponsored by Technogym)
• Team of the Year (Sponsored by Wigan Warriors Community Foundation)
• The Martin Lynn School Commitment to PE and Sport (Sponsored by Edge Hill University)
Find out more and nominate
This year’s Our Town Awards are coming!

It’s not just sporting achievers and supporters who will be recognised this year. Our annual Our Town Awards are on the way.

These awards offer a chance to nominate someone who makes a difference to your community.

Do you know someone who is a true community superhero?

We’ll let you know what the categories are and how to nominate soon but have a think about someone you know who deserves a little recognition for the work they do in your community.
Share your ideas on Ashton town centre 

There’s now a chance to share your thoughts on the plans to apply for a Levelling Up Fund bid to improve Ashton town centre.

The ideas so far include improved shop fronts, upgraded streets and public spaces and exciting changes throughout the town centre.

It is hoped that the new suggestions will complement the town centre, creating opportunities for more events and providing a more attractive destination for the town’s residents and visitors of all ages.
Read more and share your views before 17 June 2022
Support for Carers

This week has been National Carers Week, and we want to make sure carers know how much we value the vital role you play in our borough.

Do you help a family member, partner, friend, or neighbour regularly?Would this person have difficulty managing without your support?

Make sure you’re getting the support that you need too.

There is help available.

You can email carers.mailbox@wigan.gov.uk
Or find more support for carers here
Get on your bike!

This week is National Bike Week so it’s a great time to learn to ride a bike if you’ve always wanted to or get back on your bike if you’re ready to start exploring some of the borough’s beautiful cycle routes.

Our Be Well service runs a fantastic range of introductory, beginners and intermediate cycling sessions every week.Learn to ride or just improve your confidence.Bring your own bike and helmet or borrow one for the session, it’s up to you.
Read more and book on a cycling session
Falklands – 40th anniversary of the liberation

There will be a flag raising in Believe Square, Wigan, on Tuesday 14 June at 11am to mark the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the Falklands.

On Sunday 12 June there will also be a service at Wigan Parish Church at 12 noon.

Everyone is invited to attend both the flag raising and church service if you wish to.
Four-mile crawl for mental health
Swinley resident Nigel will be taking to his knees on Saturday 2 July and attempting a challenging four-mile crawl from Library Street in Wigan to Standish in an innovative way to raise money for a local mental health charity.

Nigel hopes to raise money for Empathy North-West as well as raising awareness of the community organisation that can support everyone’s mental health.

Nigel is known for completing unusual challenges to raise funds for good causes. He recognised that mental health has become a particular issue for many following the pandemic and wanted his crawl to convey the message that even when we may feel like dropping to our knees, there is always a way to move forward.

Everyone is invited to turn out to watch Nigel attempt his crawl and cheer him on!

Nigel is pictured meeting Latics’ Director Tom Markham.
Read more about Nigel’s challenge and donate if you wish to
Read more about the support that Empathy North-West can offer
This week’s Covid-19 tracker for the borough shows:

In the week ending 27 May 2022, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimate that around 1 in 70 people in England had COVID-19
ONS Survey results suggest that the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 decreased in all age groups except those aged 2 years to school Year 6, those aged 25 to 34 years and those aged 70 years and over for whom the trend was uncertain
As at 7 June, there were 22 COVID-positive patients in Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh hospitals, an increase from this time last week.

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. 
Click here to read the latest Government guidance
Click here to view the full tracker
Click here to read more about vaccinations and to book or manage a vaccination appointment online