Horwich Advertiser Issue 585

The Advertiser July 6th 2022 Page 11 Subscribe to our digital edition by visiting www.horwichadvertiser.co.uk/subscribe Email: contact@horwichadvertiser.co.uk xplor- navi- ridges, re! aging wood “I am e com- 2-hole rse at urse. in line phic of olf is a e and by all . of the along- of the e and ments f show to the y and YOUNG people who want to make a difference in Horwich, Westhoughton and Blackrod will have the chance to pitch for funding thanks to a new national scheme. Bolton Council is a delivery hub for Inspire 2022, which offers young people the chance to design and plan projects or events that will have a positive impact on their community. Young people aged 11 to 25 can form an ‘Inspire Team’ consisting of a minimum of six members. Selected teams can then pitch for up to £800 for their project at one of the pitch events held across the borough. Events or projects should respond to community need and have a focus on leaving a legacy of skills and knowledge for future social action. Successful teams will be supported to research, plan, organise, promote and deliver their project. Possible ideas include events that raise awareness of men- tal health issues, encour- age community cohesion, combat climate change or tackle health inequalities. Anne Galloway, the council’s executive cabinet member for children’s services, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to bid for funding and create a project that will make a real difference. “We meet so many enthusiastic and community-minded young people in Bolton and I am sure they will have innovative ideas to address the issues that matter most to them. “I encourage all young peo- ple in Bolton to find out more and to consider forming an Inspire Team.” Nationally, Inspire 2022 is delivered by UK Youth in part- nership with British Red Cross and regional youth organisations. It is funded by £1.2million from Spirit of 2012 and £500,000 from the #iwill Fund, and is designed in partnership with Local Trust. People interested in signing up to be an Inspire Team in Bolton can contact postive.activities@ bolton.gov.uk for more details and the dates of planned pitch events. You’re having a laugh! Comedy club delivers giggles PICTURE SPECIAL A chance to make a difference THE fun-loving folk living at a Horwich care home enjoy a good chuckle. And there were plenty of laughs on offer when they held their own comedy club to celebrate World Laughter Day. Residents and team members at St Cathe- rine’s Care Home took to the stage with a smile and tales to tell. They shared their funniest jokes, sto- ries and impressions to kick off the event ‘Laughter and Sun- shine’, which took place in more than 150 Four Seasons care homes across the UK. Some of the activ- ities residents took part in over the month included Laughter Yoga sessions, listen- ing to local children’s favourite jokes and enjoying performances by visiting comedians and singers. The homes’ ‘Magic Moments Coordina- tors’ also put together ‘Happiness Hand- books’ full of resi- dents’ own tips and ideas to bring laugh- ter and sunshine into older life. Top tips included: “Think about the most embarrassing thing that happened to you when you were young and I’m sure you’ll laugh about it now”. Another tip was: “Try singing ‘Bring me Sunshine’ and doing the Morecambe and Wise silly walk; it never fails to make me feel cheery.” St Catherine’s home manager Gillian John- son explained the thinking behind the Laughter and Sunshine events and the smiles they raised. She said: “After the challenges of the last two years we decided it was time to celebrate the joy of laughter and the benefits it brings. “Research says that children laugh on aver- age 300 times a day but adults only 17, so we’ve got a lot of catching up to do! “ S h a r i n g f u n moments is a great way to connect with each other and laughter increases the release of feel-good endorphins, aids muscle relaxation and stimulates circu- lation which are all good for health and well-being.” St Catherine’s resi- dent Michael Allison, 78, said: “That was great fun! I really didn’t know we had so many jokers living here, I’ve been laughing all afternoon.” Janet Tait, also 78, added: “They say that laughter is the best medicine and I couldn’t agree more. Even though some of the jokes were terrible as soon as other people started to laugh it set me off too! “It was a lovely way to forget old age aches and pains, everyone should try and laugh more.”