Published: Thursday, 19th Nov 2020

Update on Bolton Council’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Childcare bubble

Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Anyone can volunteer during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, there are measures in place to keep them and others safe.

This guidance is for people who run volunteer-involving organisations or groups, or manage volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering yourself, or are an existing volunteer, read guidance on how to volunteer during the coronavirus pandemic and on how to help others safely.

Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

The government has updated the guidance for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities on safely re-opening multi-purpose buildings in line with national restrictions.

Bolton opens new donor centre for COVID-19 plasma trial

The NHS Blood and Transplant service has opened the doors of its new plasma donation centre at 120 Bark Street in Bolton and has issued an urgent call to anyone who has had COVID-19 to register as a donor.

Plasma collected at the centre will be used in clinical trials to determine whether the antibody-rich blood plasma found in people who’ve had coronavirus – known as convalescent plasma – could be an effective treatment for COVID-19.

The plasma is transfused into patients who are struggling to develop their own immune response. The antibodies could slow or stop the virus spreading, which could save lives.

After becoming ill with coronavirus earlier this year, James Findlow was among the first to donate his plasma at the Bolton centre.

James, a football coach from Worsley, said: “I was very keen to donate when I heard it could be useful. It’s such a small thing to do but must be a huge thing to receive. It’s very easy and all the staff were welcoming, caring and grateful. It was just 15 minutes from where I live, too.”

Self Care Week

It’s Self Care Week and as the national lockdown continues, it’s never been more important to look after ourselves.

You may be feeling down and struggling to cope, lacking the motivation to exercise, finding it hard to maintain a healthy diet or drinking more.

Small changes can make a big difference and can help to protect your physical health and mental wellbeing for the future. Find out more.

Something on your mind?

Mental health is an important topic that many men find difficult to understand, admit to how it affects them and know where to turn when they have an issue.

Today, Thursday, November the 19th is International Men's Day and the theme this year is Mental Health. This year, more than ever, there is a real need to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer , mental health, and male suicide. 

Mental health can cover things like problems sleeping, or dealing with stress at work or feeling suicidal. Many things can affect our mental health, for instance drinking alcohol which contains depressants can make us feel low, or smoking cigarettes can be a coping mechanism which distracts us from thinking about a problem we're experiencing.

There are things that can positively affects our thoughts and emotions, like eating a healthy diet which can give our brain the chemicals it needs to work effectively or keeping active which can release chemicals that make us feel more energetic and able to cope.

Get support for your mental health – visit or call 0800 321 3137

Community advisors needed for Census 2021

The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. It helps to plan and fund public services.

The Office for National Statistics is looking for Community Advisors to engage with specific communities that have been identified as needing extra support and encouragement to understand the benefit of the census. There may be practical or motivational barriers to overcome and will engage with the community to get the maximum number of people to complete the census questionnaire. 

Applications open on 19 November. Contract hours are 25 per week and pay rates range from £13.01 to £16.93. The role will be advertised on the census jobs website.

Bolton residents asked for views on clean air and taxi plans

Bolton residents and businesses have until December 2 to have their say about new plans to improve air quality in the borough.

Proposals to introduce a Clean Air Zone in Greater Manchester in 2022 will see the most polluting commercial vehicles charged for driving on local roads.

Meanwhile, new minimum standards for taxis and private hire vehicles are being put forward with the aim of making journeys safer and more reliable.

Greater Manchester Police and Bolton Council obtain closure order on a property in Bolton

A three month closure order was successfully secured at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on Monday 9 November 2020, for a property on Carlton Street, Farnworth.

The order prohibits access to the property to all persons. The order follows multiple reports of anti-social behaviour and breaches of Covid-19 regulations at the property between July and October 2020.

Is panto season cancelled? Oh no it isn’t!

Every pantomime story needs a happy ending, and this year is no exception.

Live performances of Beauty and the Beast at Bolton Albert Halls have been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the show must go on!
Instead, families can enjoy a special edition of the festive fairytale favourite Sleeping Beauty from the comfort of their own homes.

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