Wigan Council Weekly Update

Welcome to your weekly email update from Wigan Council

Activities for all ages in libraries

Did you know that over 60 groups meet at our libraries across the borough each week?
From knitting groups to book clubs, there’s something for everyone. There are also activities for children, and we work closely with Start Well to deliver groups in our libraries. 

All our libraries are open and welcoming spaces where you can get involved with our wide range of activities and access digital support, ways to take care of your mental wellbeing and, of course, take out a book or two.

You can also sign up or see a demonstration of our e-books and e-magazine service.
Click here to find out what’s on offer
This week’s Covid-19 tracker for the borough shows:
In the latest 12 weeks 11.4% of new cases in Wigan Borough were possible reinfections.
The rate of new cases for Wigan Borough is 386 per 100,000.Office for National Statistics survey data suggests the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 increased in the two weeks up to 5 February. 
The percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 remained high across all regions of England, but the trends varied substantially in the week ending 5 February.Wigan Borough has the seventh highest rate of new cases in Greater Manchester for the latest complete week (3-9 February).
Wigan Borough currently has the 7th highest total rate in Greater Manchester.The over-60s weekly incidence rate for Wigan Borough is the third lowest of the 10 Greater Manchester areas.
Wigan Borough is lower than both the Greater Manchester and the North-West average for rate of new cases in the latest 7 days.
As at 14 February, there were 54 COVID-positive patients in Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh hospitals, a decrease from this time last week.

We continue to recommend that you take small precautions to reduce the spread of Covid-19:
Wash hands regularly, especially if you’ve been out and about.
Wear a mask in crowded public places and watch your distance from others.
Keep your home well ventilated if you have visitors and regularly sanitise frequently touched places in your home, such as door handles and light switches.
Click here to read the latest Government guidance
Be Kind
This week we celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Day and were out and about in the borough, handing out small free gifts and thanking local people for their kind acts to others.
A big thank you to Leigh Market Hall and traders and the Grand Arcade in Wigan for accommodating us on the day, to all the local businesses who supported the day, and to everyone who got involved!
Click here to watch a video of the day
Local vaccination information 
More than 650,830 Covid vaccinations have now been given out to Wigan Borough residents.

If your children are on half-term next week it may be a good time to get them vaccinated.

Check the image below to find details of local walk-in clinics this month.

You can also book an appointment at one of the regional vaccination centres through the NHS website.

If you can no longer attend your vaccination appointment, please make sure you cancel it. This means the slot can be used by someone else.
Click here to read more about vaccinations and to book or manage a vaccination appointment online
Let’s innovate
Have you got an idea that could help unpaid carers? If so you could get funding to make your idea a reality.

Are you a community group, organisation, individual trader, or local business bursting with bright ideas that could help unpaid carers to connect with peers, manage their respite time or maintain their health and wellbeing?
Our brand new series of events, Let’s Innovate, can help you to help others – and there is up to £5K available from the Council to help you bring your ideas to life!
Whether you own a hair and makeup business and could develop a programme to treat unpaid carers, are a florist who could offer respite by teaching a new hobby or have the skills to build a community network – if you could help unpaid carers to feel valued and supported, we’d love to hear from you.
Based on the Soup community concept popular in the USA, we’re encouraging organisations to submit their ideas. A handful will be shortlisted and invited to make a five-minute presentation to an audience next month, and will be followed by a vote to select which projects will be backed.
Click here to find out more
Group Booking Window For UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 Extended! 

Due to popular demand, the Group Booking Window deadline has been extended to 3pm on Monday 28 February. 
Round up your friends, teammates or classmates! Groups now have three more weeks to secure their tickets to UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 this summer. 

Purchase your group tickets today using code GROUP 
Click here to get your tickets
Be kind to our town’s nature
Our borough is home to a diverse range of habitats, from ancient woodlands and wildflower meadows, through to bogs and waterways.

Each of these environments are a home to our local wildlife, plants, and animals.

From Soprano Pipistrelle bats, Bittern birds, Water Mint to the Marsh Marigold, many species populate our borough.

If you look closely at Pennington Flash, you will also find Willow Tits, of which our borough is home to around 20 per cent of the total population in the UK. 

Climate change poses a huge issue for plants and animals.

As temperatures and weather conditions are changing, our wildlife is struggling to survive in these new conditions.

We’re working with partners, such as the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, on some fantastic projects to tackle a decline in plants and animal species in our borough.
Click here to read more about some of the plants and animals that live in our borough and the work we’re doing to help them survive
Safety Marshals in Wigan, Leigh and Atherton
 Safety marshals will be out in Wigan, Leigh and Atherton town centres this weekend.

They are there for support if something doesn’t feel quite right. Speak to them for advice or information if you see them, they are happy to help.

If you’re in immediate danger always call 999.
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