April 2021 news bulletin

Welcome to the latest GMCA newsletter - where we bring you updates from Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) 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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While the national lockdown is now over, it’s still so important we all play our part in stopping the spread of coronavirus and keeping each other safe.

Please follow the national guidance, including only meeting with other people outdoors and in groups of six or with one other household.

You can read the full guidance on the Government website.

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.

Death of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh

Following the death of Prince Philip on April 9, flags at Greater Manchester's community fire stations were flown at half-mast.

Greater Manchester's young people unite against violence

A new campaign to help young people stay clear of violence and achieve their future has been launched by the city-region's Violence Reduction Unit.

Has your household completed its Census? 

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

Fully-funded digital training programmes launch 

Four digital training programmes have been selected to receive funding to support under-employed and unemployed residents into the industries.

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

Mr Motivator supports national health campaign

Need urgent care? You are encouraged to dial 111 whenever possible rather than heading straight to your local A&E department.

GMFRS fire safety team here to support local businesses 
As non-essential retail re-opens in line with the Government's roadmap, GMFRS is reminding local businesses about its specialist fire safety team in place to offer support and ensure legal fire safely obligations are being met. If you are part of a business in Greater Manchester then head to GMFRS' website for all the latest safety advice.

Reminder about dangers of open water

As outdoor hospitality re-opens, GMFRS is urging people to stay safe around local waterways - especially when out drinking alcohol. 

Stay safe when visiting the countryside

Ahead of the Easter break and school holidays, people were reminded about staying safe, preventing fires, and protecting the countryside.

Recycle for Greater Manchester Community Fund

You have until May 31 to share your project ideas to improve waste and recycling in Greater Manchester? Find out more on R4GM's website.

Digital City Festival - Fixing the digital divide 

GMCA are hosting a keynote session in this year's Festival, panellists will talk about Greater Manchester’s ambition and on-going work to become a 100% digitally enabled city region.

Green Homes Grants available until September

Lower income home owners are invited to apply for local grants for efficiency improvements worth £10,000. Go to E.ON's website for more information.

Cyber support for small and medium-sized enterprises

The Home of Skills and Technology is bringing a security operations centre to SMEs, supported by the Cyber Resilience Centre for Greater Manchester.

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