July 2021 news bulletin

Welcome to the latest GMCA newsletter - where we bring you updates from Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), and Mayor of Greater Manchester, in a bid to keep the people of Greater Manchester informed and ensure they are receiving all of the right advice and guidance in relation to COVID-19.

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From Monday, July 19, most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 will be lifted in England. However, Covid rates are high and the virus is still spreading so we all need to continue to be careful and cautious, even if we have been vaccinated.

We are continuing to strongly encourage people to wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport. Anyone using the Metrolink network, bus stations or transport interchanges in Greater Manchester must still wear a face covering unless exempt. It is also recommended:

  • All adults get both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • If you are meeting up with people try and do so outdoors or if indoors to let fresh air in by opening doors and windows
  • Everyone takes free, regular lateral flow coronavirus tests twice a week
  • Everyone washes their hands regularly for 20 seconds
Face coverings mandatory on Metrolink after July 19
The Mayor has announced that passengers on Metrolink will have to continue to wear a face covering unless exempt when restrictions are lifted.
Have your say on our Gender-Based Violence Strategy
People across the city-region are encouraged to take part in the ongoing consultation on our 10-year strategy until August 1.
Ambitious plan revealed for nine GM districts
Greater Manchester's leaders have unveiled an ambitious vision for homes, enhanced natural assets and revitalised town centres.
Challenges faced by older people during pandemic
A new report was launched to reveal the challenges faced by people aged 50 and over, especially those living in deprived areas, during the pandemic.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's latest water safety campaign is underway, following its launch on June 23.

This year's campaign builds on the successes of the 2020 drowning prevention campaign, and is again focused around the stories of friends and family members who have lost loved ones to accidental drowning.

Read more about the campaign on GMFRS' website and follow on social media using #DrowningPrevention and #WaterSafey.
Doing Digital Differently in Greater Manchester
Councillor Andrew Western shares his thoughts on Greater Manchester's attempts to build and develop a digital city-region.
Violence Reduction Units (VRU) join forces
As the national VRU programme enters its third year, units from across England and Wales are working together to build stronger communities.
Mayor urges school leavers to apply for Our Pass
Greater Manchester's Mayor, Andy Burnham, is reminding young people who are leaving high school this summer to apply for their membership and activate a host of opportunities.
Resources available for I am greater campaign 
Teachers and youth workers are encouraged to get involved with the I am greater campaign by downloading free learning resources to run activities with young people to help prevent violence.
Green Home Grants for homeowners
Homeowners in Greater Manchester have another opportunity to save money on their heating bills while ensuring their homes are energy efficient.
GMFRS urges residents to #CookSafe 
GMFRS is running the #CookSafe campaign throughtout July to remind and urge residents in Greater Manchester to stay safe while cooking.
#BeeWell to launch this autumn

GMCA, Manchester University and the Anna Freud Centre are leading on an exciting new programme, #BeeWell, which looks to survey young people about their wellbeing.

The programme has already received over £1.2 million of funding and a commitment to run the research for at least the next three years.

Around 150 young people from Greater Manchester schools have been involved in the design of the questionnaire, gaining invaluable insight into what wellbeing means to young people, what factors influence their wellbeing, and what makes them thrive.
#BeeWell is set to launch this autumn, with two thirds of Greater Manchester’s secondary schools already signed up. This means that over 45,000 young people will contribute to the survey during their Autumn term. This insight along with academic expertise and youth leadership will give real, meaningful intelligence about how young people are feeling.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has written to all local headteachers encouraging them to sign up to #BeeWell – which is completely free of charge.
Schools can go to: to sign up.
Proceeds of Crime Funding used to help protect Greater Manchester businesses from cybercrime
The North West Cyber Resilience Centre (NWCRC) is proud to announce it has been commissioned to deliver a programme of business resilience support to 300 businesses at a critical time, with many moving online during the pandemic. Find out more on their website.
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Our People, Our Place - the Greater Manchester Strategy
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GMCA News Bulletin July 2021
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