1. Children’s Trust Lunchtime Learning Session: The next lunchtime learning session will be “Supporting victims of stalking and harassment”. The session will be presented by Tahira Zulfikar, Community Safety Officer at Bury Council. The session will take place on 18th September at The New Kershaw Centre from 12noon-1pm. The sessions are free but a place must be booked at See attached flyer for more details.

2. A £4.2 million Challenge Fund to support people with mental health or musculoskeletal conditions to stay in work has been launched by the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton, and the Minister for Mental Health and Inequalities, Jackie Doyle-Price. The fund is open for applications until the 5pm on the 17th August. More information at: Challenge Fund

3. Looking for an activity this summer? Safe4Summer is a label that brands all the activities that are going ahead over the summer period. Please enter the website at and click on the borough of your choice. It will take you to a page that lists what’s going on in your area

4. The Voluntary community Faith Alliance (VCFA) enhances local community and voluntary action by enabling Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise sector organisations (VCF) in Bury to provide support and deliver services. They will do this through effective strategic engagement with statutory partners and by forging alliances with local businesses and communities. The VCFA produce a fortnightly newsletter full of interesting and informative articles, to find out more and to register for the newsletter please visit:

5. Government publication on reproductive health and pregnancy planning.

6. Bury’d Treasure has set sail in Bury until 2nd September. Bury’d Treasure is a free pirate themed activity in which families can follow a treasure map and hunt for clues which will unlock the pirates code. There are 7 different adventures based in seven different parks across Bury. Families can register and submit the pirate codes to have a chance of winning a number of prizes for themselves and the schools their children attend. The more codes entered, the more chances of winning! To register and get more information on Bury’d Treasure visit the website at

7. Early Help means taking action to support a child, young person or their family as soon as a problem emerges. The Children’s Trust Early Help vision is that children and young people will have access to the right help at the right time and from the right person. The right person could be you. To help you to know how to provide early help and support, you can now go to the Children & Families Staff Area of Bury Directory and find information on a range of issues that affect children and young people, including useful links, contacts, training opportunities and referral information. Click on the link to find out more. The section is still under construction and more topics will be added in due course.

8. Government news story on plans to help children in foster care experience stable and loving homes:

9. Childcare options and holiday clubs for the school holidays can be found on the Bury Directory at

10. Love your park week at Nuttall Park in Ramsbottom, 4th – 12th August. Lots of activities throughout the week and the tea room is open every day. More information and timetable of events at

11. Summer holiday craft activities available at Bury Fusiliers Museum, see events guide for more details

12. Funimals reading Challenge will launch on Friday 13 July and run until Monday 10 September. During this time we challenge you to read 6 library books of your choice; we have excellent books to choose from! Those who complete the challenge will be entered into our prize draw. The prize will be revealed soon, last years’ was a fantastic Amazon Fire Tablet! You will also get a certificate, which we can send to your school for an awards assembly if you like. It is free to join in, and is for children between 4 -12 years, so sign up at Bury, Prestwich, Radcliffe or Ramsbottom Library between 13 July and 10 September.

13. Come down to St Michael’s Hall in Whitefield for this Family Fun Day! There is certainly a lot of fun in store for the whole family this August at the family fun day! On Saturday 4th August, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at St Michael’s Hall, Whitefield, there will be a bouncy castle, face painting, reptile holding, chocolate fountains, candy carts, football coaching, stalls, music and even more!

14. Article about how parents of disabled children struggle to stay in employment

15. Please see  poster for more information and contacts relating to Female Genital Mutilation