Horwich Advertiser Issue 563

Email: news@horwichadvertiser.co.uk Page 2 The Advertiser September 29th 2020 Follow us on Facebook: Horwich Advertiser Editor: GEDHENDERSON ged@hendersonnewsandmedia.com PublishingManager: JAYNEMEADOWCROFT Tel:01204478812 Email: jayne@independentnewspapers.co.uk AdvertisingSales: JAYNEMEADOWCROFT Tel:01204478810or07703045189 Email: jayne@independentnewspapers.co.uk Classifieds: TERESA BOND Tel:01204478812Email :teresa@independentnewspapers.co.uk. Website: www.horwichadvertiser.co.uk Twitter: @HAdvertiser Facebook: www.facebook.com/horwichadvertiser No part of this publication may be used or reproduced without the express permission of the publisher. Every effort is made to ensure that the articles and advertisements that are carried are authentic, however the publisher of the The Advertiser accepts no responsibility for claims made. Investors in Publishing Ltd 2020. The Advertiser is published monthly by Investors in Publishing. Publishing House, 3 Bridgebank Industrial Estate, Taylor Street, Horwich, Bolton BL6 7PD. Tel. 01204 478812 Fax. 01204 667345. Advertiser Horwich, Westhoughton, Blackrod and Adlington Distribution Check MARK HURST Plastering And Ceramic Wall & Floor Tiling Telephone: “The Dolls House”, Chorley on 01257-270101 or Mobile: 07767-416797 FREE ESTIMATES & ADVICE THE government is being urged to provide extra support for Bol- ton borough – including Horwich, Westhoughton and Blackrod – as the rate of Covid-19 infections continues to climb. A sudden increase in cases saw local infection rate jump to nearly 200 per 100,000 and prompted the government to impose restrictions on household mixing and the hospi- tality sector. Now the council is lobbying govern- ment asking for help and changes to guidance in a number of areas. Council leader David Greenhalgh said: “Working with our partners, we are asking government to look at three key areas that need to be addressed with some urgency: avail- ability of tests, additional support for local businesses affected by the new restrictions, and childcare provision. “We need Bolton to be prioritised with extra testing capacity. Two new test centres have opened in the borough with another to open in the next day or so, but we are seeing over- whelming demand for appointments, and residents consistently unable to access that extra capacity through the nationally run booking scheme. “This is not acceptable, and we are asking the government to give us additional tests through the national portal for our symptomatic residents. “We are also asking the gov- ernment to look at expanding the definition of bubbles for childcare. Households who don’t live together or who are not in a social bubble, cannot meet under the Bolton restrictions. “This is also putting a strain on many workers who rely on family for childcare, particularly around school pick-ups. “We are proposing for the defini- tion of bubbles in the town to include another dedicated family who can provide this childcare support. He added: “The Treasury has announced that businesses which have had to close will be able to claim £1,500 grant every three weeks and smaller firms can claim £1,000, and this is welcome, but we are asking government to re-consider the level of support as under the previous fur- lough arrangements of 80 per cent.” The council is also lobbying on behalf of after school clubs, play centres, the beauty industry and other businesses who continue to be adversely hit by restrictions. A LOCAL foodbank and Adling- ton Town Council have teamed up to help families in the area hit by the impact of the corona- virus pandemic. It is working with Chorley-based LW Storehouse to provide food parcels for households that are in crisis. They are being paid for mainly from a grant obtained by the town council from the Community Foundation for Lancashire’s Covid-19 Programme and a contribution from the council’s own budget. A council spokesman said: “These food parcels are intended to help families whose household income has fallen possibly due to the impact of the coronavirus or who are in crisis. “They are intended as extra support to prevent families in need from going hungry at this difficult and uncer- tain time.” “The food parcels comprise a mix of cupboard staples and fresh foods and will be created to include any dietary needs.” The support is aimed at families with children of school or nursery age in Adlington, Anderton, Heath Charnock, Rivington and Anglezarke. LW Storehouse will also refer fam- ilies to other local advice or support agencies where appropriate. LW Storehouse, which is based at the Living Waters Church on Bolton Road in Chorley, is making up the parcels which can either be delivered or collected. Families who collect their parcels will be offered a free meal in the LW café and lunch and activities will be available for children. The spokesman added: “All local schools have been asked to refer families who might benefit from this type of extra health directly to LW Stonehouse. Families who would benefit from the food parcel support are asked to contact either Simon or Helen on 0788 9757045, or email storehouse@ lwchurchuk or www.facebook.com/ LWStorehouse using messenger. SOCIAL care leaders have praised care home operators and staff in Horwich, West- houghton and Blackrod as they strive to protect their residents while helping them maintain contact with their loved ones. The praise for the sector across Bolton borough comes as a sud- den and unexpected jump in the local Covid-19 infection rate has emphasised the need to protect the older and more vulnerable members of the community. While government regulations have prevented families in the borough from visiting loved ones in care homes since March, pro- viders have used a variety of inno- vative solutions to help residents stay connected. Andy Morgan, Bolton Coun- cil’s executive cabinet member for adult social care, said: “Like everyone else, I am incredibly frustrated and disappointed that care home residents are unable to have visits from their loved ones. “We understand how difficult it has been for people to not visit their family and friends for many months now. “Obviously, there is no substi- tute for face-to-face contact, but our care providers have gone above and beyond to help people stay in touch. “Whether using technology, or other means, they have gone to great lengths to maintain that vital social connection. “As the local infection rate rises, we have to ensure care home residents are kept safe. “Unfortunately, that means sticking to the government’s guidelines and restricting visits as we have done since March.” The government suspended all care homes visits in England when the country was placed in full lockdown in March. This ban was never lifted in Greater Manchester as the region was placed under additional restrictions in July. The measure remains in place in Bolton, along with a number of other areas, on top of the addi- tional restrictions on the hospital- ity sector and household mixing. Cllr Morgan added: “I’ve always known what an amazing job our care workers perform every sin- gle day, but the coronavirus pan- demic has underscored what an invaluable role they play. “We can all help them, and pro- tect our loved ones, by continuing to follow the regulation until this virus is under control.” CORONAVIRUS CALL FOR MORE SUPPORT Foodbank aid for families in crisis Praise for care home workers