|Woodhouse Park Active Lifestyle Centre is set to launch a scheme to reduce its carbon footprint after securing a £1.2 million Government grant.|
|Manchester City Council has been awarded around £300,000 in the latest round of the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme and will contribute the remaining £879,000 to cut 52 tonnes of carbon emissions a year by making the leisure centre and community facility more energy efficient through the installation of an air source heat pump and LED lighting.|
The money has been awarded in the latest round of the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which is initiated by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and delivered by Salix Finance, as part of a joint bid administered by Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
The Council has previously secured around £30m in funding for carbon reduction schemes to install solar PV cells, air and ground source heat pumps, LED lighting and other energy saving features in key buildings across its estate. Since 2019/20 a 30% reduction in carbon emissions has been achieved.Work on the Woodhouse Park Active Lifestyle Centre scheme is due to be completed by the end of March 2024.
Baguley councillor Tracey Rawlins, Executive Member for Environment for Manchester City Council, said:
“Our buildings are the Council’s biggest source of direct emissions and one of the areas where we are leading by example in cutting greenhouse gases. This latest scheme will be another contribution to that cause.”
And Salix Director of Programme Ian Rodger said: “We are looking forward to working with Manchester City Council on this project which will help cut carbon emissions and will make this well-used community facility more energy efficient. We will support the Council throughout this decarbonisation journey, helping it meet its net zero targets.
Manchester begins the roll-out of the new Covid 19 vaccine today at the Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre in Wythenshawe.
Patients who are registered with a GP practice in Wythenshawe, that are aged 80 or above and are able to travel have been invited to receive the vaccine at the centre in Wythenshawe.
Wythenshawe was identified as the best initial location to roll out community-based vaccination in Manchester, with other sites to be announced in the coming weeks.
A second dose of the vaccination will be given to patients 3-4 weeks after receiving their first injection.
Health bosses have assured those invited to have the vaccine that it is safe. The city’s director of public health, Dave Regan countered claims that it can rewrite DNA. This claim has also been rejected by independent fact checkers, Full Fact.
Patients will be notified they are eligible to get a vaccine by their GP, either by phone or letter.
Arrangements will be made to get the vaccine to people in this age group who may have difficulty travelling or who are housebound.
David Regan said: “From day one our priority has been to protect as many people as possible from Covid-19. The successful development of an effective and safe vaccine will allow us to save thousands of lives over the coming months.
“This is, however, just the first step and we will not see results overnight. Until the vaccine is being widely distributed our first line of defence will still be quick and accurate testing, as well as adhering to social distancing, good hygiene and the wearing of masks.”
Dr Manisha Kumar, Medical Director Manchester Health and Care Commissioning, said: “The launch of our first vaccination site, marks the start of the largest vaccination programme we have ever undertaken in Manchester. Our primary care staff across the city are working together to set up more sites in our communities so we can vaccinate people safely.
“I am so proud my GP colleagues, across the city, who have worked tirelessly to set these sites up – so we can protect our patients against the virus. But we can’t do this without the support of the people of Manchester; and so, I would urge all our patients to book in straight away when they are called up for the vaccine.
“We know that many of our patients are keen to get their vaccinations as soon as possible, but please don’t call your practice to book in unless you have been invited to do so, your practice will contact you as soon as you are eligible to be vaccinated.”
Councillor Bev Craig, Executive Member for Adult Health and Wellbeing for Manchester City Council said: “The coming weeks will be crucial for Manchester as we work to get this vaccine to the people who need it most. This is the first bit of light at the end of what has been a very long tunnel.
“The work we will begin next week is a positive start but we do face a long road ahead. Our priority will be protecting our older residents, medically vulnerable people and our NHS and care workers who have been putting themselves at risk this entire year. “Our roll out depends on the vaccine supply from government, so as the vaccine is rolled out we will still need to be vigilant and take the precautions which have become commonplace since March. Mancunians have shown just how resilient they can be and I have no doubt this resolve will continue.”
The Wythenshawe community is pulling together in the face of Covid 19.
This week Wythenshawe Foodbank thanked local businesses and the community for their support as well as Wythenshawe Community Housing Group who donated a vehicle for the distribution of food to those in need.
A spokesman said: “We are receiving a lot of demand for our service. We are seeing an incredible rallying around of the community and if you want to get in touch with Wythenshawe Food bank you can get in touch through our social media.”
Express Solicitors dontated £1000 to the foodbank.
The United Estates of Wythenshawe gym closed last night following government advice but earlier last week was helping deliver food to those in need and provided a space for people to chat.
In the 23 years since we opened we have NEVER missed a Saturday. Today we will not be open. We closed our doors at 8pm last night in accordance with the Govt. To all our customers, WE WILL BE BACK (say it in an Arnie voice). Take care everyone and we will see you all soon #uew— United Estates of Wythenshawe (@united_estates1) March 21, 2020
A Facebook group – Wythenshawe COVID 19 Community Support – has been established with nearly 4000 followers and is coordinating support for the most vulnerable in the town.
And Tesco in Baguley will will be opening its doors early on Sunday morning exclusively for health workers from Wythenshawe Hospital as a thank you for their hard work during the crisis.
To NHS Staff from Tesco— Kieran Jones (@baguleycomchamp) March 19, 2020
From this Sunday as a thank you for all your hard work and in understanding the difficult hours you work.We will be allowing you into our large stores an hour before we open to shop. All we ask is that you bring some ID with you to show you work in the NHS pic.twitter.com/ULLETuSdd4
Community Centres in Wythenshawe will be changing the way it provides its services from Monday March 23. Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre and Benchill Community Centre will be closed except for the distribution of lunch-packs for the vulnerable at the venues between 12.00 and 1.30pm, Monday to Friday.
And Wythenshawe Good Neighbours Project is also involved in co-ordinating services in the community.
It’s weekend and you may be organising how you are going to continue to care for your older relative? Wythenshawe have amazing community groups geared up to connect people to the things they need. Wythenshawe Good Neighbours is one of them. Give them a call. pic.twitter.com/9S3CGHtGDN— WythyGoodNeighbours (@TheGPprojects) March 21, 2020
COVID 19 has also hit sport in the town, with all league games suspended until further notice. But the clubs have been doing their bit for the community.
Our chairman has been doing his bit to lift the spirits in the community by delivering chocolates to the NHS staff at Wythenshawe Hospital who have been working so tirelessly🙌🏻🍫— Wythenshawe Town FC (@WTFC1946) March 18, 2020
Top stuff, Chris!🤝 pic.twitter.com/jpLvgarQmx
Manchester City FC’s City in the Community delivered free soccer school sessions in Wythenshawe recently in a bid to help tackle “holiday hunger”.
The soccer school at Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre was delivered to youngsters from primary schools in the surround area during the February half term. Continue reading “Free soccer schools aim to tackle “holiday hunger””