March 2021 news bulletin

Welcome to the latest GMCA newsletter - where we bring you updates from Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Mayor of Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service 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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As the national lockdown continues in England, the single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

Please follow the national guidance and don't leave or be outside of your home except where necessary. This includes shopping for basic necessities, going to work if you cannot do so from home, or if you are at risk of harm, such as domestic abuse. 

You can read the full guidance on the Government

Thank you for doing your bit to help bring the number of COVID-19 cases down across the city-region, and please do continue to keep yourself and others safe.

Find out more on
our website and from your local council about how you can help.

The Census is coming on March 21

Households across Greater Manchester are being invited to take part in the Census survey, which happens every ten years. More on Census website.

Statement from Mayor of Greater Manchester

Andy Burnham has shared a statement on Sarah Everard, following her disappearance in London earlier this month.

Greater Manchester Mayoral and local elections - May 6

If you want to have your say in the local and Mayoral elections on May 6, and you're not already registered, then you need to register by April 19

Violence Reduction Unit's (VRU) annual report

More than £5m has been invested into community safety partnerships and pilot schemes to tackle and prevent crime. Read full report on our website.

As this year's International Women's Day was celebrated, Greater Manchester's Women and Girls' Equality Panel shared this important message.
Have your say on Greater Manchester's Fire Plan
You are invited to have your say on our Fire Plan. Your feedback will help shape the strategic priorities for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and its commitments to the people of Greater Manchester. Tell us what you think by March 26.

StreetGames hosts event to help local young people

Greater Manchester's Violence Reduction Unit has commissioned StreetGames to advise, support and train local clubs to help reduce crime among young people.

Smokers offered support to help them quit

If you've recently quit smoking, or would like to quit, then you could get six months' free access to the Smoke Free app with 24/7 support.

Updates from Greater Manchester Disabled People's Panel

Calling for new members of the Disabled People's Panel

The panel is searching for new organisations to help influence its decisions and policies. If you would like to apply you can do so until 11.59pm on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

You are invited to an online event on March 18, 2-5pm

The panel is inviting you to virtually join 'applying the United National Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities at local level'. If you would like to attend the session please register in advance.

New Recycle for Greater Manchester Community Fund

Do you have an idea for a project that could improve waste and recycling in Greater Manchester? Find out more about this on R4GM's website.

There's still chance to win a free compost bin

It's not too late to enter Recycle for Greater Manchester's competition to be in with a chance of winning a free 220 litre compost bin or a Bokashi bin. Good luck.

GMCA secures Green Homes Grant funding

Thanks to joint working between GMCA and E.ON, local grants for household energy efficiency improvements worth £10,000 will be available until September.

Cyber Resilience Centre's free membership package

Businesses can access a range of resources from the Cyber Resilience Centre, including webinars like 'Don't be a fool with your Cyber Security' on April 1.

Follow us

We've recently launched some new social media accounts to provide advice, support and guidance to the people of Greater Manchester.

GM Elects - @GMElects (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)

GM Elects Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts are now being used to share information running up to and during the local and Greater Manchester Mayoral elections on May 6. Be sure to give the accounts a follow to find out everything you need to know ahead of the big day.

Night Time Economy - @NTEoffice (Twitter)

The Night Time Economy office aims to support and signpost people and businesses who are part of Greater Manchester's night time economy - from bar owners and music venues to taxi drivers and takeaway workers.

The last year has been especially tough for people working in this area, and this new Twitter account will provide people with advice on practical business things like licencing and training, or ideas about how you might innovate your business or where to go for mental health support.

Young People/GMACS - @YourGMACS (Twitter)

The pandemic has also put unprecedented pressure on young people in our city-region, with a recent survey showing that students in Year 10 feel less hope and optimism for the future than they did last year.

GMACS - Greater Manchester's one stop hub for information and advice about careers, apprenticeships and education, has broadened its remit over the last few months to include a whole range of issues affecting 11-30 year-olds, including how to keep well and staying digitally connected. 

Follow us for regular updates.
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Find out more about Greater Manchester Combined Authority
People often ask what GMCA is and what we do. More information about how the Combined Authority works, what our powers are and how we run can be found by clicking this link.
Our People, Our Place - the Greater Manchester Strategy
The Greater Manchester Strategy sets out our vision to make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on in life, and grow older. It's been written by all 10 councils, the Mayor, the NHS, transport, police and the fire service, with help from businesses, voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, and members of the public. Find out more at
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GMCA News Bulletin March 2021
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