We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Be Wigan Services for Schools ‘Store’.
The Store has been created to improve your experience when browsing, purchasing and authorising financial transactions through Be Wigan Services for Schools.
The Store is accessed via a new tab from your Be Wigan Services for Schools home page; where you will search for, and order from, our existing range of contracts, SLAs and adhoc services or request a bespoke quote.
The Store has been designed to provide a familiar ordering experience consistent with other online shopping providers.
Our aim is to offer you an improved customer journey and we hope that you will find these changes beneficial.
We look forward to hearing your feedback!
Benefits of the New Store:
Store Search - Dedicated searches mean that you can get to the item(s) you want much faster.
Increased Detail and Images - New offers will include more detail and images to support you to make informed decisions about the items you wish to purchase.
Annual Ordering - This option replaces some of the ‘quick buy’ functions by pulling together all items purchased in the previous year to save you time.
Auto Reminders - New reminder emails will let you know if you have contracts/services unchecked out in your shopping basket. If a limited number of items are available please note that adding to the shopping basket does not guarantee availability, items must be checked out.
Shopping Basket - A much improved and more interactive way of displaying the items you are ordering, each item can be clicked to see further detail.
If you have any queries regarding the new Store, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist you.
£1m Funding Pot Launched to Help Young People Realise Their Dreams
Wigan Council has unveiled £1m of funding for schools and community groups in the borough thanks to The Deal 2030.
The money made available from September comes in addition to the £10m already invested by Wigan Council to help community groups tackle some of the most challenging issues in the borough.
Round 7 of The Deal for Communities Investment Fund (DFCIF) presents an exciting opportunity for people to make a real difference to young people living in Wigan and Leigh.
The money forms part of The Deal, the informal contract between the council and residents including a commitment from both sides to work together to make the borough a better place.
The council is looking for enthusiasts to come forward with ideas that address any of our key priorities.
This could be an initiative that improves mental health and wellbeing, improves the uptake of physical exercise to help reduce obesity or identifies an avenue in which our schools can be utilised better whereby facilities are made available for more people and more of the time.
Bids are being invited from a variety of sources including schools, Start Well Centres, community groups, sport clubs and parents as long as the applicant puts young people at the heart of their application and can demonstrate the whole life benefit for them.
But the key to the next round of funding is working collectively with projects demonstrating a high level of collaboration and reach within the wider community inevitably scoring higher.
This is why schools, clubs and community groups are being encouraged to link up and put their minds together so they can understand what their local area needs to help youngsters reach their full potential.
Launching DCIF round 7, Leader of Wigan Council, Cllr David Molyneux, said: “Since its launch in 2013, we've supported many community groups and projects that work towards improving outcomes for local residents.
The latest round of funding once again underlines our commitment to investing in our communities and recognising the transformative role they can play in improving peoples’ lives.
But this time we would like schools and organisations within the borough to take advantage of the cash boost, so they can support ambitions of young people in the borough.
Through the feedback of Deal 2030, we know that young people should be at the centre of everything we do but we want the money to not just be for schools, it’s for families and communities in general too.
So, if you have an idea that you feel could really benefit a young person then please do not hesitate in coming forward to tell us."
The funding has also been welcomed by Will Powell, 15, from Orrell, a member of the UK Youth Parliament for Wigan and Leigh who helps to represent young people’s views at a local, regional and national level.
Will said: "I think it’s excellent that this money will be dedicated to young people, it could make a really big difference to a group or project. I hope lots of people apply to access the funding as it could allow young people’s ideas and dreams to become reality."
To find out more and to gain some advice on a possible bid, please contact: email@example.com
MOD Education Support Fund 2020
The Secretary of State for Defence announced that there would be an extension of the Education Support Fund (ESF) for an additional two years.
The fund consisted of £3 million in 2018/19 and the 2020 ESF bidding round has £2 million to award.
The ESF is open to Local Authority maintained schools, Academies and Free Schools in the UK which are attended by Service children whose parents are subject to frequent mobility and/or deployment. There are several criteria that you will need to meet should you wish to apply to the ESF and these can be found within the grant application pack, a link to which can be found below
Bids opened on Monday 03 June and close at 12pm on Monday 30 September, the application form can also be found within the grant application pack.
If you require any further information about the background to the ESF, eligibility criteria for applying or guidance on completing the application form, please refer to the link below:
Education Support Fund
Fostering in Wigan
Do you have experience of working with children or young people?
The Council's ATOM team is a specialist team that work with young people in care aged 12 and over. As an ATOM foster carer you will work with a Social Worker, Key Worker, Therapist and Police Community Support Officer to help a young person to become a safe and confident adult.
For more information please contact our Fostering Team on 01942 487200 or visit www.wigan.gov.uk/fostering
MEASLES OUTBREAK IN GREATER MANCHESTER
An outbreak of measles has now been confirmed across Greater Manchester.
Wigan Council is working with Public Health England to make sure people are aware of the signs and symptoms of measles and encourage anyone who has not been fully vaccinated to take up the offer of the MMR vaccination.
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness, so anyone with symptoms is also being advised to stay at home and phone their GP or NHS 111 for advice, rather than visiting the surgery or A&E, to prevent the illness spreading further. It is possible for anyone at any age to get measles and the illness can be more severe in teenagers and adults than in young children.
Measles symptoms to be aware of include:
sore, red, watery eyes
aching and feeling generally unwell
a blotchy red brown rash, which usually appears after the initial symptoms
PHE advises people with symptoms of measles to:
Stay away from school, nursery or work until five days have elapsed after the onset of a rash.
Telephone your GP or NHS walk-in centre before attending so that arrangements can be made for you to be treated in a separate area to prevent spread to other vulnerable patients.
Avoid contact with people generally, but particularly babies, pregnant women and anyone who is known to have poor immunity to infection.
NHS Information on Vaccinations