IRU - Friday 9th July 2021

Healthwatch Stockport's Information Round-up publishing every Friday. Read about the latest news, updates and events in Stockport.
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Hello and welcome to the third IRU to make it online to our website! 

This week is a big round up and is packed full with information. As always if you have any information you want to appear on the IRU contact

Enjoy your weekend..#IT'SCOMINGHOME

Kind Regards, Liam


Latest Statement from the Director of Public Health

Message from Emma Ferguson (Stockport Council)

Please find the link to the latest Statement from the Director of Public Health - Stockport Council

We are still seeing high rates of Coronavirus in Stockport. Rates are currently at 366,7* cases per 100,000 and 154 new cases each day. The latest published data can be found here.

The statement this week focuses on what the ending of restrictions on Step 4 of the easement roadmap may look like from 19 July, after the government makes its final decision on whether on whether this can take place on Monday (12 July). However, this is balanced by acknowledging that the pandemic far from over, rates are still high an dwe will all have to make informed decisions over whether to keep up with the behaviour changes we have adopted during the pandemic

We will continue to be asking residents to get a vaccine when called at the weekly pop ups and take twice weekly lateral flow tests along with the hands, face, space and ventilation messages.

We are continuing to ask all older children and their families to take a lateral flow test on Sunday before their children return back to school. If they are positive or have any covid symptoms we are asking them not to return to school and to isolate to help break the chain of transmission.

If you can help share this messaging amongst your networks that would be helpful.


NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group Annual General Meeting

Message from Andy Callaghan (Stockport CCG)

NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is inviting members of the community and partners from across Stockport to attend its Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The meeting will be held online on Microsoft Teams on Wednesday, 28 July, 2021, at 9:30am-10:30am.

During the event, the CCG will present its Annual Report and Financial Accounts for 2020/21 and highlight achievements from the past year.

The AGM will give attendees an opportunity to learn about the CCG, hear about the work the CCG has done, listen to future plans, and ask questions to members of the Governing Body.

To book your place at the event, or to raise a question, contact the Communications and Engagement Team via email at including your name, organisation (if appropriate) and contact details. Questions must be submitted by 12pm on Wednesday, 21 July, 2021.

A link to the event will be issued on the day prior to the meeting.


Community Funds open

Message from Louise Evans (Stockport Homes)

Foundations Stockport community fund opens to applicants on Monday 5th July until 9am on Monday 26th July, they can apply here.


The Big Listen 2021 

Message from Sharon Edwards (Samaritans of Stockport and District)

The 24th of July - 24/7 - is a key date for Stockport and District Samaritans as it gives us the chance to remind people that volunteers are available to listen, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This year we’re delighted, with restrictions easing, to be celebrating our first face to face outreach event at Stockport Railway Station. Volunteers from our branch will be around from 10am - 4pm sharing information and raising awareness of our vital service.


Communities Addressing Gambling Harms funding launched

Message from Jo Evans (Greater Manchester Combined Authority)

I am delighted to announce that the Communities Addressing Gambling Harms fund is now open for applications until 13th August 2021! To support the development of projects and proposals, the following documents are attached – please share these among your network:

  • Communities Addressing Gambling Harms Funding Prospectus (this includes slides and case studies presented at the event, along with details of how to access funding, inc. eligibility criteria)
  • Summary of discussion during the ideas generation sessions

For any queries either contact me directly or via the email (in case I don’t pick up your message).


Diabetes Is Serious

Message from Lisa Holland (Diabetes UK)

(07.07.2021) Today we are launching our major new campaign ‘Diabetes is Serious’, calling on the Government to make diabetes a priority. We know the pandemic has been life-changing in so many ways, but now is the time to help policy-makers across the UK understand that people with diabetes have been particularly impacted by coronavirus.

The main focus of our campaign is to put diabetes firmly centre stage on the national agenda in England, where we have a new Health Secretary and an imminent change in NHSE Chief Executive, and as the Westminster Government develops its spending plans for the coming years.

Our Head of the North of England, Clare Howarth will be speaking at our Parliamentary event this afternoon to talk about the impact on diabetes care on the north of England and to share the experiences of our diabetes community.

Please do support us by signing our open letter to the new Health Secretary Sajid Javid. We want him to make diabetes a top priority in England as he settles into his new role in Government, and your voice can go a long way to helping make sure that happens.

Diabetes Can't Wait - our report that shows that diabetes is serious

Our 'Diabetes Can't Wait' report outlines our learnings and insights about the experiences people with diabetes have had during the coronavirus pandemic. In it, we make recommendations to Government to build on the successes achieved in recent years to address the significant gaps and inequalities that remain in diabetes care and prevention. Read our report here

To find out more about our campaign please visit our website:  Diabetes Is Serious | Diabetes UK


Diabetes UK - Join our Friends of the North virtual meet-up

Message from Lisa Holland (Diabetes UK)

Join our Friends of the North virtual meet-up 

On 21 July we’ll be getting together we’ll be bringing together friends across the North affected by diabetes for a virtual meet up and we’d love for you to be there! 

The evening event, which will run from 7.30pm until 9pm will be an opportunity to hear about everything Diabetes UK are doing across the region, how you can get involved and what support and information we have to offer.

We know that lots of people have joined our ‘Your Friends in the North’ Facebook group since it was launched in 2020 and this is your opportunity to connect with the Diabetes UK North of England team as well as each other.

It won’t just be presentations either, we’ll have ‘break-out’ sessions and discussions happening throughout the night.

To register click here:

If you would like to speak to one of our helpline team who will be available on the evening, or if you have any questions please contact Evie:


Events and or display opportunity at One Stockport Hub

Message from Michelle Shine (Stockport Libraries)

As you may be aware One Stockport Hub (OSH) opened in March as a Cultural and Community Hub.  When social distancing ends a number of Library services are decanting back to Central Library. 

OSH will still host a variety of services, including a range of fiction titles, books for families, PC and Wi-Fi access, a museum shop and Community Flow Test provision.

However, we now have a public space to host events/activities which I hoped your services would be interested in utilising.  The space is suitable for promotional activities where services could engage with visitors and promote their services.  There is also an opportunity to provide events and activities for residents to attend. 

The new community space is at Merseyway at One Stockport Hub, 16-22 Merseyway, SK1 1RA.

This is to be a space for all the community and is available for events and displays or to promote your group or initiative. If you would like to enquire about using the space please contact Eddy Hornby and Martin Roberts For further details see below.


Answer Cancer Events

Message from Vanessa Fisher (Answer Cancer)

Hope you are all well, don’t forget to register for the upcoming Stakeholder Event coming up in July.

Answer Cancer July 2021 (Online) Stakeholder Collaborative

LGBT+ health awareness, summer planning, news, updates, and networking

We’re feeling optimistic and hopeful as we prepare and plan for summer – so come along, join us and share in our unclouded vision for the season ahead.   Our next Answer Cancer Get Together (Stakeholder Collaborative) is taking place on Tues 20th July at 10.00am – 12.00pm (with an optional 30 mins Q&A at the end).  This time round, we’ll be focusing our online event around LGBT+ Health Awareness (ahead of Pride in August). We’ll also cover ‘planning’ engagement activities.

Come along and:

  • Hear the latest news and updates
  • Hear about LGBT+ health inequalities and ways to raise awareness
  • Learn how to promote LGBT+ best practice within your group or workplace
  • Get new ideas to help you engage with LGBT+ community members
  • Take a sneak peek at Answer Cancer’s new training resources for use when planning events/activities
  • Find out how Answer Cancer staff can help and support your work
  • Network!  We’ll make time for people to meet, catch-up and share news

We particularly want to invite Answer Cancer Champions and Voluntary Sector organisations, but anyone with an interest in cancer screening, cancer prevention and early detection is welcome.

Register in advance for this meeting: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you want any further information, please email   

We look forward to seeing you online in July

Answer Cancer, is the Greater Manchester Cancer Screening Engagement Programme, working to increase screening by supporting Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations.


Free Stockport Council Suicide Awareness for Professionals training

Message from Stockport Council

We are offering new dates for the popular Stockport Council Suicide Awareness for Professionals training, which is free of charge for anyone working or volunteering in Stockport. All courses take place using Zoom. Please circulate to your teams and networks. No prior experience is required.  

Course Details:

Delivery Time: 2 hours 

  • Develops understanding and compassion
  • Tackles myths, stigma and barriers
  • Introduces concept that suicide is not inevitable – people can be helped, and module includes the latest research and evidence
  • Helps delegates understand how distress develops and how people can be best supported
  • Develops common language between community, services and those in distress
  • Gives delegates the confidence and the skills practice of talking to someone in distress
  • Develops a compassionate approach for demanding and time-pressured environments
  • Equips the delegate with the knowledge of how to use to make their own Safety Plan

The next sessions available are scheduled for:

August 2021

Wednesday 4th 9.30-11.30

Thursday 12th 13.30-15.30

Wednesday 18th 13.30-15.30

Thursday 26th 9.30-11.30


September 2021

Wednesday 1st 9.30 - 11.30

Thursday 9th 13.30-15.30

Wednesday 15th 13.30-15.30

Wednesday 22nd 13.30-15.30

Thursday 30th 9.30-11.30


October 2021

Thursday 7th 13.30-15.30

Wednesday 13th  09.30-11.30

Thursday 21st 13.30-15.30

Wednesday 27th 09.30-11.30


To book a place for any of the sessions, please CTRL & click on the following link: 


For anyone not able to attend but wanting to avail themselves of relevant online self-study options, please find attached a list of alternative training options. 

If you require any further information please email  



Lawn/Crown Green Bowling open sessions

Message from Inge Challinor (Stockport Council)

Who knew lawn/crown green bowling would be the next, new, big thing?

Due to the success before COVID hit we are now re-starting the open sessions at the Brinnington Bowling green. 

We also have been supporting Heaton Norris to set up similar sessions on the park and Steve Flynn has started adult sessions in Reddish.  See all flyers attached.

There are many benefits to bowling. As well as being out in the open (we are hoping for sunshine) you might find it helps with the following:

  • Improve your fitness level: Playing crown green bowls can help to improve muscle strength (e.g. in your arms, shoulders, and leg muscles). It can also improve your flexibility and endurance.
  • Enhance your mental health and wellbeing:  Doing so can also help to alleviate depression and anxiety disorders.
  • Improve and increase your coordination and skill development: Bowling involves an element of problem solving skills. Thus, it can help to improve the way you co-ordinate and concentrate. 

There is no booking required for Brinnington and Heaton Norris but please be aware that we will keep to covid restrictions to make sure everyone is safe and can enjoy a fun afternoon without worrying about the virus. 

If you already bowl and would love to pass on your skills to others or if you have second hand bowls you don't use anymore and are happy to donate, please get in touch.

crown green bowling brinnington
Heaton Norris Bowling


Stockport Roadshow

Message from Nick Hill (Services to Place)

Please see information regarding the Stockport Roadshow for Kickstart that is being hosted by Jobcentre Plus. Please could you promote to eligible young people that you are working with.

Stockport Roadshow


Information on Togetherall

Message from Roisin Lynch (Togetherall)

Here is some information regarding Togetherall

·Togetherall Member Video – external facing video can be used on websites and social media: Member Facing Video - 2 Minute Overview

·Togetherall Overview Webinar – Internal use demonstration of the platform to give employees an overview of the service: Inside Togetherall - 12 Minute Overview

·Togetherall one pager (Interactive PDF) - The purpose of this document is to remain a digital asset, whereby you can email and attach the flyer to provide more information to your colleagues and the population you support.  All buttons and URLs are hyperlinks and will take the end user straight to your unique registration/landing page.

·Togetherall Courses Guide & Example snapshot of a Togetherall course (Managing Depression & Low Mood)

·Togetherall Prescriber/referrer guide – Step by Step guide on how to refer people into the service.

I have also included a link to Sam’s story, which is a member testimonial video, that you may also wish to view.

Sam's Story

The facebook link is @togetherallUK

The twitter link is @togetherallUK

Togetherall Courses Overview_2021
Togetherall Overview - Stockport Council - 7th July 2021
Prescribing Togetherall Support Network


Heaton Norris Community Centre Timetable

HNCC final timetable MAY 2021


Food for Thought - Online Course

Message from Marcus Raymond (Stockport and District MIND)

A free project we are re-launching, online this time, is 'Food For Thought'. This has been promoted on social media so I've seen Viaduct account has shared already (great!), and it will hopefully be in some of the e-bulletins as well, but wondered if you wanted to share direct to Viaduct staff? And if it would be useful for GPs in your practices to also be aware and there's a forum to let them know? 

It's an online course around food, nutrition and mental health. We delivered this face-to-face in 2019, so we have a track record on this topic already and it is very similar course content this time.

The eligibility criteria (set by the funder) is people who:

  • Were aged 16+ on 21 August 2020
  • Live in Greater Manchester 
  • Have the right to work in UK
  • Are currently not in employment, education, or training

The modules are:

  1. Food and Mood
  2. Portion Control
  3. Eating well on a budget
  4. Food Labels
  5. Mindset

Poster attached, which you'll see points potential participants to register their interest here > 

There will be an initial enrolment required at our office and we have Volunteer mentors on hand to help support people through this.

Food for thought Poster


Join us for an evening with novelist Caroline Hulse  - Stockport Libraries

Message from Stockport Libraries

Stockport Libraries is pleased to host Manchester-based writer Caroline Hulse in our Stockport Speaker Series. Join us as Caroline talks about her latest novel All the Fun of the Fair, her approach to writing and more.

All the Fun of the Fair is a deeply poignant coming-of-age novel described as fresh, hilarious, and perfect for fans of The Trouble With Goats and Sheep and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

Caroline Hulse lives in Manchester with her husband and a small controlling dog. Her books have been published in fourteen languages and optioned for television. All The Fun of The Fair is her third novel.

Join us Tuesday, 13 July at 7pm over Zoom. Book your FREE place on Eventbrite.

All the Fun of the Fair

The Fair is the only good thing that happens every year. And 11-year-old Fiona Larson is the only person in town who’s never been.

She’s pretended to go - but she’s never been allowed. Because before Fiona was even born, her sister died there. Her perfect sister. Who always ate her greens and always tidied her room, which is still an untouched shrine.

But this year everything will be different.

Fiona is about to turn twelve - older than her sister was. This summer, Fiona will save some money, make new friends, and finally have some fun at the fair.

But what she’ll actually do is:

-Find a mysterious bag in a bush

-Spy on everyone

-Lose her only friend

-Make a lot of lists

-Learn the truth about what happened at the fair...

Caroline Hulse Author Event Poster


Your help needed - sharing and promoting the GM LGBTQ+ Online Dementia Support Group

Message from Helen Pratt (Dementia United)

Greater Manchester (GM) has a reputation for being a place where there is a strong commitment to improving the lives of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans citizens. There is a wide network of LGBTQ+ support throughout Greater Manchester. Evidence shows that people in this community often desire to seek support from inside the community itself and to be supported by mainstream inclusive services. With this in mind, we are setting up a new GM LGBTQ+ Online Dementia Support Group, that will meet the first Tuesday of every month 2-3:30, via Zoom. The flyer attached has the details about the group, the Zoom link and contact details for anyone who is interested in finding out more and/or joining on the day. The first meeting of this group will be 3rd August 2021.

What can you be doing to support?

We are asking for your support with sharing the attached flyer, in order for this to be widely disseminated across GM. We have attached a comms action table that has some suggestions, where we think the flyer could be put up and printed off, for people to pick up, in your locality. This is shaded in green on comms action table. We appreciate that you will have a number of other places too, to be asking for this to be printed off and available. We will also be sharing the flyer widely, across GM as per the other areas in this table. Please can you also share it on social media, add it to any e-newsletters and share widely with your networks.

Why is there a need for a support group like this?

Due to the long history of discrimination experienced by many LGBT+ people when accessing mainstream services, LGBT+ people are wary or reluctant to access services today. This is despite greater legal protection from discrimination for LGBTQ+ people (such as The Equality Act, 2010). Anecdotal evidence tells us that LGBTQ+ people living with dementia face particular challenges when accessing services. These challenges can include;

  • Being unable to ‘come out’ about sexual orientation, gender identity and trans status for fear of discrimination from care, housing or other service providers
  • Being less likely to have wider family support, and may rely more on their “chosen family” (friends rather than blood relations)
  • More likely to be anxious of accessing services and support as an LGBTQ+ person because of historic or current discrimination from staff, residents and service users
  • More likely to be isolated due to the lack of services and support

Further information and resources

If you have any questions,  please contact or

Thank you for your support.

GM LGBT virtual group comms actions table v3
Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ online support group



Please see attached relevant documents. Please can you circulate amongst the group.



The Sharon Fallows Corner

Message from Sharon Fallows (Viaduct Care)

Attached a good visual on speaking listening and understanding

An interesting read on alcohol and mood

visual on speaking listening and understanding


Stressbuster Course

Message from Chris Hughes (Stockport Homes)

We still have a couple of places left on our Stressbuster course running 12th July – see attached flyer for details.

This free, short, interactive session covers lots of tips and techniques for dealing with stress and reducing anxiety. As the title suggests, it’s a very relaxed course which we’ve run many times previously as people love it and find it very useful.

Anyone wanting more information or to book a place should contact us:

Tel: 0161 474 2862



Priority will be given to Stockport Homes’ customers.

Stress Buster July 2021


Your Local Pantry

Message from Elena Vacca (Stockport Homes)

I just wondered whether you’d be able to share the attached flyers/posters with your contacts to promote the pantries. We have a standard membership of £3.50 and a family membership of £6.50 (double the amount) and thought it would be good promoting in time for the summer holidays.

Summer A4 Poster - Families
Summer flyer - families


Free Online Event next Tuesday at 10am- supporting ‘Women into Logistics.’

Message from Paul Wilde (Mantra Learning)

Please see attached a flyer for our Free Online Event next Tuesday that is supporting ‘Women into Logistics.’

The idea of the event is to provide career advice and support regarding employment and progression opportunities within logistics.

There will be a number of female guest speakers who will be discussing their experiences of working within the UK’s leading growth sector. With Q and A opportunities and live demos to help break down some of the misconceptions females have around establishing a career in logistics.

If you have any customers or staff you think may benefit from this event please share the flyer with them. The document contains the hyperlink to a form so they can reserve their place. Numbers are limited so please register quickly.

Women In Logistics 240621

North West Ambulance Service

Message from Rachel Bates (North West Ambulance Service)

Please can you use the following link if you wish to complete the survey

North West Ambulance Service Youth Zone Survey (


Viaduct Care

Administrator - see job description and details here.


Stockport and District MIND

Message from Marcus Raymond (Stockport and District MIND)

The Carers Service roles you kindly listed previously - the application deadline has been extended to Thursday 15th July at 12 noon, so if you might be able to include this one more time this Friday for us, that would be amazing 

For more information please click here.


Signpost for Carers

Message from Julia Hewer (Signpost for Carers)

Admin and Communications Assistant (Temp)

If you can circulate the attached that would be great.

Successful applicant must be confident taking and making calls, working with people and have a good eye for detail.

Admin and comms assistant (temp)

Information and Signposting

For up to date health and social care information, signposting and guidance call Healthwatch Stockport on

0161 974 0753 10am - 2pm or email  

Or do you have a health or social care experience you want to share – how did your last appointment with your GP or dentist go? Are you frustrated or thrilled with the service you received – let us know so we can work with local services to influence better commissioners and better outcomes for you and your family. Contact the Healthwatch Stockport office above or submit feedback here at

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