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On Wednesday 9th September, the Government made an important announcement about new measures to suppress COVID-19 and keep the number of infections down.

From Monday 14 September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. This change will simplify and clarify the rules on social gatherings, so they are easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce. There will be a limited number of exemptions.
COVID-19 Secure venues, such as places of worship, restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups.

This rule will not apply to individual households or support bubbles of more than 6 who will still be able to gather together. Education and work settings are unaffected, and organised team sports will still be able to proceed, as will weddings and funerals up to 30. From Monday, this limit will be enforceable in law.


“Hope is part of everyone’s lives but it’s something we don’t always actively think about. It’s an important part of what helps to keep us well, but also having hope helps us when we are experiencing difficult times. Hope helps us to see that recovery is possible…”
Click below to read the latest column by Diane Warburton, Matron for Quality at North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. https://www.nwbh.nhs.uk/newsandevents/Pages/news-article.aspx?ID=267


Our AGM will take place on Friday 2nd October at 12noon. It will be held online using Microsoft Teams and any members of the public are welcome to join us to hear us present our annual report and take questions. More details including joining details will be sent soon!


Are you looking for new skills or experience? Do you want to keep busy and social and meet new people? Are you passionate about reducing the isolation some people are feeling during this time?
Are you the person everyone turns to for a chat, listening ear or a catch up or even to help them with their technology – joining the zoom quiz, looking up hobbies online or help with checking their emails ?!

Wigan and Leigh Carers needs your skills for their exciting volunteer roles – carers wellbeing phone befriender and carers tech support volunteer. Based at the carers centre in Hindley or even at home , you can support local people through making weekly phone calls to carers and their families to offer a listening ear to help reduce loneliness and isolation or even help them with their technology and getting online. Training and support is given and out of pocket expenses reimbursed . in turn you will be part of our team and gain valuable new experiences .
Check out the opportunities on www.do-it.org or contact [email protected] or 01942 705959


COVID-19 pandemic has put hospital discharge under the spotlight again, as the usual processes hospitals follow have changed to free up beds. While these changes have successfully got people out of hospital and helped the NHS manage the demand created by coronavirus, we don’t know how the new processes are working for both patients, their families and healthcare professionals.

We are working with Healthwatch England to collect people’s experiences of the new hospital discharge process via. This feedback will be used to help the NHS plan how people leave hospital now and in future busy periods.

The survey has been tested with seven local Healthwatch and eight partner organisations, including the British Red Cross.
We are asking patients and/or carers to take part in our survey by click one of the following links

We are asking patients and/or carers to take part in our survey by click one of the following links:



You may prefer to request a paper copy or go through the survey questions on the telephone with a member of Healthwatch staff. Please contact Karen Wilson on 01942  834666 or email [email protected].


We’re living through difficult times. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, there is help available via Shining a light on suicide website or you can also call the Mental Health Crisis Line (open 24/7) on 08000513253


After a tough year, lots of kids are feeling unsettled. Every Mind Matters has created tips and advice to help you look after the mental wellbeing of the children and young people in your life.


As some children return to school after months away, it may cause anxiety or increased feelings of stress Remember NHS mental health services are still available for anyone who needs support.

 Are you struggling with IT, Zoom, Facetime etc? For two months, we have a Switch On IT Helpdesk, where we will talk you through how to get going. If you, or people you know are struggling with IT, please ring us on 01942 615880 to get booked in for an initial appointment.

If you have any items you would like to include on a future newsletter please just let us know! You can get in touch with Nicky Ainscough or Rachel Richardson via [email protected] or 01942 482711