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Free family fun for Armed Forces Day

There will be a free family fun day this Saturday (25 June) on Leigh Civic Square (outside the town hall and library) to mark Armed Forces Day, featuring a ceremonial parade.
Find out more about the fun day
Countdown to the UEFA Women's Euros
The tournament is only a matter of days away and tickets are still available for all four matches being held at Leigh Sports Village.

Don't miss out on what promises to be a groundbreaking competition for our borough and the entire country.
Full ticket information here
Levelling up fund bid - have your say
👆 We're developing our Levelling Up Fund bid for Leigh town centre.

🏗️Please take a look and provide feedback on the draft proposals, building on our town centre strategic regeneration framework.

🗨️An online consultation for this stage is available until June 30, a follow-up to the previous consultation in March.

👀 A drop-in session is taking place at Leigh Market on June 27 (11am to 2pm). 
Link to the consultation
Book your stall now at Wigan Pride

Wigan Pride, a celebration of our diverse borough, will be in Wigan town centre on Saturday 13 August (approx.11am-5pm) and will feature a community parade and two stages of entertainment.

Local organisations are now invited to book a gazebo at the event to share information and showcase the services you offer.

Organisations that are relevant to the borough’s LGBTQ+ community are especially encouraged to apply.

Costs for a plot on the day are from £50-£250. All funds raised contribute towards the running of future Wigan Pride events.
Book your stall at Wigan Pride
Open event for children’s social workers

Are you a practicing children’s social worker looking for a new challenge?

Join us at our next virtual open evening to find out more about working for us.

We’ve worked hard to make our children’s social work team a positive and supportive place to work, and we have some exciting new roles available.

Come along on Thursday 30 June at 6pm, meet the team and ask any questions about working with us.
Book your place on the digital event
Chance to win family fun day

If you’re a parent or carer of a younger child, we’d love to hear your views on local childcare services.

Your answers will help us plan for the future so we can make sure that there is enough good quality childcare across the borough for all parents who need it.

If you fill the survey, there’s also the opportunity to win a fun local day out for you and your family.

Survey will close on 31 August.

If you’d prefer to share your views with us directly, you’re invited to come along to our live digital event on 20 July at 7pm.
Book your place at the event
Fill in the short survey
It’s Digital Leaders’ Week

We’re proud to be supporting this national week as we’re passionate about finding digital solutions to challenges, encouraging the next digital generation, and supporting residents to stay ahead of digital developments.
Read more about some of the digital projects from this year and plans for next year
Part of our commitment to a #DigitalWigan is to involve our residents in deciding how we interact with you online.

Are you a social housing tenant? Have you contacted us about a repair in the last 12 months? 🏠👨‍🔧 If so, we’d love to hear from you!

We’re currently planning a series of face-to-face workshops across the borough where you’ll be able to pop in, have a biscuit* and a brew ☕🍪 and tell us about your experiences.

Email mailto:digitalinnvovationdelivery@wigan.gov.uk for more details.

*Cookies optional 😉

It’s also Refugee Week!
Refugee Week is a UK wide week, which aims to share some of the many positive things that refugees contribute to local communities and highlight the different reasons why people may need to leave their home countries.
Read more about local people’s experiences and the small things we can all do to show support
Manchester Bee monument to visit Wigan Borough
A striking and powerful sculpture that carries a serious message about crime is set to visit the borough.

The Manchester Bee is made up of thousands of guns, knives and weapons taken off the streets of Greater Manchester. 

Greater Manchester Police officers are taking it around schools to emphasise its anti-violence message.

It is a collaboration between GMP and creators, The British Ironwork Centre. 

In addition to visiting schools across the borough, the sculpture will visit:
  • Leigh town centre (afternoon of July 7)
  • Atherton town centre (afternoon of July 8)
  • Wigan town centre (Saturday, July 9)
  • Haigh Hall (Sunday, July 10)
This week’s Covid-19 tracker for the borough shows:
  • In the week ending 11 June 2022, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimate that around 1 in 50 people in England had COVID-19
  • The ONS survey suggests that the percentage of people in England testing positive increased in all age groups. We advise taking caution in over-interpreting any small movements in the latest trend
  • As at 21 June, there were 44 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
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