IRU - Saturday 17th July 2021

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IRU 17.7.21

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Latest Statement from The Director of Public Health

Message from Alison North (Stockport Council)

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

Coronavirus rates are still extremely high and rising, with cases now at their highest ever, and even exceeding the highs seen last November. Rates in Stockport are currently at 485.6* cases per 100,000 and 204 new cases each day. Rates are especially high in the 0-17 and 18-29 age groups and also in children aged 0-9. The latest published data can be found here.

The statement focuses on the easing of restrictions on Monday but also that the pandemic is far from over. Covid still poses a risk so we are asking people to please consider the risk to themselves and others and thinking about taking personal responsibility for others as we come out of these lockdown restrictions.

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 will also be sharing Government and Greater Manchester messaging including messages from Transport for Greater Manchester. We are also encouraging the public to continue to wear face coverings in our public buildings from Monday via signage in these venues.


Stockport LGBTQIA+ Network

Message from Tina Carnally (Forward LGBT+)

This is a reminder of the first network meeting next week - 20th July 10-11.30 AM.

We have a lot to cover in a short space of time so I kindly request that you arrive a few minutes before 10, so that we can hit the ground running.



10-10.20 - introductions and ice-breaker

10.20-10.40 - your priorities 

10.40-11 - shared values of this network

11-11.20 - moving forward together

11.20 - next steps and close


Please have a think about these questions in advance. If you are unable to make the meeting but are able to send a representative then please feel free to do so. 

I will be asking for someone to volunteer to minute the meeting and also for a co-chair for future meeting. 

I'm very much looking forward to getting this off the ground!

If you want to be involved in this network and book on to this meeting please contact Tina Carnally at


COVID-19 Safety Measures Still in Place in Stockport GP Practices

Message from Andy Callaghan (Stockport CCG)

Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), together with Stockport GP Practices, has confirmed that safety measures to protect patients, staff and public from COVID-19 in GP surgeries and health centres across Stockport, will continue from Monday, 19 July, despite the easing of restrictions elsewhere.

This means all staff, patients and visitors must continue to follow guidelines, including wearing a face covering, and complying with social distancing and hand hygiene guidance as before. The NHS will continue to support staff in ensuring that the guidance is followed in all healthcare settings.

Everyone still has a part to play in helping to control COVID-19 by getting vaccinated and acting responsibly. It is vital, that in healthcare settings, we all do what we can to reduce the risk of infection for those working in our services and those who need our care.  

Safety measures in primary care have helped to protect staff, patients and visitors over the past year, and enabled Primary Care to continue to provide services. As well as face masks, social distancing and hand hygiene other innovations have been put in place. This includes an increase in online consultations and telephone advice services, which have been proven highly effective with patients and families.

With cases of infection still spreading both locally and nationally, GP practices across Stockport are continuing to keep these measures in place to provide ongoing protection.

It is important for the public to continue to play their part when visiting NHS and care settings to help protect our staff and patients, particularly those who may be more vulnerable to infections. 

Dr Cath Briggs, Chair, NHS Stockport CCG, said: “It is fantastic that we have had a high rate of COVID-19 vaccination uptake in Stockport, but unfortunately people can still catch the virus, without feeling any ill effects, and then pass it on to others.

"It’s very important the public can be confident about accessing or visiting local healthcare services safely and that we continue to protect our patients who remain vulnerable to COVID-19.

"That’s why even though restrictions are being lifted elsewhere, we’re asking staff, patients and visitors to continue to play their part to help to protect ourselves and each other.”


COVID Doesn’t Care About Dates So Let’s Ramp Up Our Protection with Second Jabs

Message from Tori Hywel-Davies (Stockport CCG)

COVID doesn’t care about dates and deadlines, so it’s vital that everyone has their second vaccination, say health bosses at NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Dr Cath Briggs, Chair of Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “So far, we’ve done so well with our first jabs but we really do need an extra collective push on our second ones. So we encourage everyone in Stockport to do their bit by booking in for the second jab, which can now be done as soon as 8 weeks after their first dose.

“Some people may wonder whether they need the second vaccination when they have already had the first one and the answer is yes – absolutely. The first dose offers good levels of protection, but it’s the second dose that ramps it up to maximum protection, not just for the individual but for everyone else in the wider community.

“This means that, as more and more people have their second dose the broader and better that protection around us. It also means that people who have had the second jab are less likely to get serious COVID with symptoms, or be admitted to hospital.”

In partnership with Stockport Council, Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has organised a number of venues and pop-ups across Stockport to help fit the second jab into busy lives and schedules. The dates for July and August can be found on this link:

Stockport CCG website,, is an easy way to find the right booking link or people can use the national booking website:

The links provide people with the information they need to find convenient venues across Stockport, which include some community pharmacies and venues throughout July and August. Stockport’s nearest large-scale vaccination site is the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.

Jennifer Connolly, Director, Public Health Stockport, said: “While it might be understandable to worry, there are no safety concerns with the second dose. The vaccine was developed as two separate doses and the clinical trials show that this provides the greatest protection to fight off the virus.

“Public Health England says that the maximum protection only kicks in with the second dose. Getting the two vaccination doses means that we can all keep ourselves safe but also keep our loved ones, friends and community safe – it’s now critical we pull together as one community to secure Stockport’s levels of protection.”


Eating Well with Diabetes

Message from Lisa Holland (Diabetes UK)

Just to let you know that we have revamped and updated our food guide which is now called  ‘Eating Well with Diabetes’.  It’s packed with answers to all the biggest food questions, including what a healthy diet looks like, healthy food swaps, tasty recipes, myth busters and more.  Its has everything people can need to enjoy food whilst managing their diabetes well. 

We have been working on simplifying and streamlining this guide, and we think the new title will make it more useful for people living with diabetes and their families.  We’ve also made the guide smaller, so it’s A5 size, and we’ve reduced the word count. This is to make it easier to navigate for people who have just been diagnosed with diabetes. We’ve included new recipes and photography, as well as new quotes from people who live with diabetes to make the guide feel inviting and friendly. 

The following guides can also be ordered from our online shop:

  • Enjoy Food – African-Caribbean diet
  • Enjoy Food – South Asian diet, including information in Bengali, Urdu and Gujarati
  • Enjoy Food – Welsh

Copies for all these guides can be ordered or downloaded for free from our online shop: Enjoy Food - helping families with diabetes shop, cook and eat - Diabetes UK


Research Internships for Registered Health & Care Professionals in Greater Manchester

Message from Sam Wilkinson (Health Innovation Manchester)

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Greater Manchester (ARC-GM) is currently looking for registered health and care professionals to join their upcoming 2021/2022 Research Internship Programme.

If you’d like to understand more about research and are interested in combining your current role with a future research career… this programme may be for you. It offers successful applicants:

  • The chance to enhance research knowledge and skills through first-hand supervised experience of applied health research
  • A training budget and the option to undertake a fully funded Masters’ level research module
  • A chance to explore opportunities for postgraduate study in research.

The Internship Programme starts in Sep 2021, it involves 30 unfunded days (or 225 hours) to be used flexibly over a 12 month period.

The deadline for applications is the 29th July 2021 and all applications require a letter of support from the individuals line manager.

More information about the programme and the application pack can be accessed from the NIHR ARC-GM website here


Get Online Week 18-24th October 21

Message from DigiKnow

This year’s Get Online Week will be held on 18-24th October and we are keen to have all our partners involved in planning and developing some exciting events and activities that can be delivered during the whole week.  We’ll be promoting Get Online Week heavily and hope to offer events all week long at a number of locations.

You’ll have seen our recent email about the One Stockport Hub (OSH) in Stockport Town Centre that has been made available for that week for partners to deliver digital inclusion activities. It’s a great space, centrally located, with lots of room and free to use PCs and tablets to help residents needing assistance. Or they can bring their own devices and use the free wi-fi.  We’ll also have a number of Digital Champion volunteers who’ll be on hand to assist.

Additionally, we have free to use public computers and wi-fi at all our libraries and community meeting rooms at many of these, if you prefer to put on an event in a specific locality.

We’d like to hear your ideas and anything that you may have planned already. Attached is an Excel spreadsheet with some of the areas we’d like to cover but do add any others that you’d like to deliver online, at your own venue, at the One Stockport Hub or at a Stockport library and return to


-anchester self help free managing stress and sleep workshops – zoom – 27th July (available to Stockport residents)
Manchester self help free mindfulness work shop - zoom – 22nd July (available to Stockport residents)
Women’s centre offering arts group/book group and ESOL
what to do if you are feeling anxious about returning to work visual
Independent Mental Health Network information
GM LGBTQ+ on live dementia support groups
6 facts visual covid 19 vaccination
Stockport county community foundation walking football session – Fridays 11am till 12:30 – power league
Walthew house walking group – Tuesday  11am till 12noon
Family fun day – Stockport Together – Saturday 24th July – Adswood
Wave of change – Women of Adswood – 15th & 22nd July
- Walking 30 mins a day benefit - great visual – delays aging had me hooked!
Orange umbrella – we have been out putting banners up to promote this project across Bramhall Neighbourhood, we still have 3 more and we are looking for places with footfall to place them so if anyone would let us use their railings let us know!


Foundation for Fun - Holiday Club Leaflets (Free summer Holiday Clubs)

Message from Molly Bradley (Stockport Homes)

Please see attached Foundation for Fun – Holiday Club leaflets. There is a leaflet for each area, Brinnington, Offerton and Bridgehall. Feel free to share with parents/families/young people you are working with who may benefit from this service over Summer.

Fun Poster 1
Fun Poster 2
Fun Poster 3


Engagement on Stockroom

Message from Alison North (Stockport Council)

I just wanted to update you on our most recent survey we have live at the moment about Stockroom. If you could help share this on your networks that would be great


Stockport has successfully bid for £14.5m of Government Future High Streets Fund money to transform vacant units in the heart of our main high street, Merseyway. 

The Future High Streets Fund bid was for Stockroom.  A 21st century, universal learning and discovery space which could give the people of Stockport an opportunity to learn new skills, practice arts and crafts, enjoy live music and performances, use free services, and benefit from cutting-edge learning and IT facilities.  

Stockroom could offer a range of services, from registering a birth or marriage to accessing help with finances, careers and parenting advice.

If there is support to create an enhanced 21st Century library offer within Stockroom, this could result in library services being relocated from the existing Central Library Building on the A6. However a formal consultation on the relocation of library services from the existing Central Library Building would be held before any decision was made. The frequently asked questions (FAQs) accompanying the survey provide more information about this.

Stockroom would be located in the heart of Merseyway, with easy links to public transport, car parking and close to Redrock and the Old Town.

We want to talk with as many residents, communities and business from across Stockport, about what uses Stockroom could have and how those uses could benefit our children, young people, adults and the town as a whole.

We would be really grateful if you could share this information, along with the link to the survey Stockroom web pages  to the members of your networks for their input as well as for them to be able to share it with their staff, community groups and forums, as appropriate.

Information is also available at any one of our Stockport Libraries where it is possible to view this information and complete the survey there.  

The survey is open until Sunday 2nd August.  If you require the survey in an alternative format, please email:

I have also attached the following documents:

  • Single slide promo - this can be used on electronic boards/during meetings with either staff or clients.  It gives a very quick overview but contains the link to the survey;
  • Printable PDF Stockroom survey – this has the same information as on the web link below but can be printed and displayed to help bring it to life with the imagery.  We would encourage people to give us their feedback through the online survey but if this is not possible there are paper copies available in all the Council's libraries or on request;
  • Stockroom FAQ – again available on the engagement website but we wanted you to have a pdf copy for ease.
Single slide promo link
Printable PDF Stockroom survey
Stockroom FAQ


Diabetes UK free online Emotional Wellbeing CPD module

Message from Lisa Holland (Diabetes UK)

Emotional Wellbeing Module

  • Did you know that 7 out of 10 people told us they feel overwhelmed by the demands of managing their diabetes?
  • Or that poor emotional and psychological wellbeing is associated with poorer quality of life, poorer management of diabetes and an estimated 50% increase in healthcare costs?

Our free online Emotional Wellbeing CPD module, tailored for non-specialist primary care roles but suitable for anyone wanting to gain confidence in this area, has been tested and approved by people with diabetes, just 25% of whom told us they felt they got enough support for their emotional needs. This is a great way to build your confidence in broaching the topic of emotional wellbeing, feeling able to signpost to appropriate services and of course, making sure your own emotional wellbeing is looked after.

The Emotional Wellbeing course takes around 90 minutes and you can do it on your computer, or from a mobile or tablet.  The module can be accessed through  Home | Diabetes UK CPD

Please do share this with your colleagues who may be interested in the module.  You can print and display the attached poster which is also available on the shop or alternatively like and share one of our social media posts:

Thanks for your continued support.

Emmotional Wellbeing module posters


Updates from Stockport Council

Updates from Sarah Burke (Stockport Council)

Get your vaccine to stay safe

As restrictions are lifted, the best way of stopping coronavirus is the full course of vaccination. Even if you've had your first dose, it's vital that you get complete protection by getting your second dose when you can. All over 18s are now eligible for their vaccination.

If you live in Stockport there are several convenient ways for you to get your vaccination. As well as dedicated sites, Stockport's Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is currently running pop up clinics (see timetable) and a mobile vaccination bus. Or you can call 119 or book online here.

Vaccines for carers

Are you a Carer wondering how to get your vaccine because you look after someone and not sure how? Please contact the vaccine helpline on 0161 426 9910 or email  and we will arrange for you to have a confidential conversation with one of the vaccine team.

We can offer

  • first appointments of the day,
  • quiet appointments,
  • ‘no wait’ appointments,
  • let you know where is the most convenient vaccine clinic for you to get to
  • assistance whilst at the clinic if you need to attend with the person you care for
  • something more tailored for your circumstances

Events calendar

As many groups return to offering community events over the summer, don’t forget you can take advantage of Stockport Council’s online Events Calendar to publicise them. The council promote the Events Calendar through their online channels, so it’s a great way to reach a wider audience for free. To add your event, use the ‘Add your event’ button at the top of the page.

Practical tips for getting online

Download this handy guide for help improving your broadband speed and getting a better connection to the internet.

Find out how to get online or improve your digital skills, borrow devices or data, and get support from Digital Champions or group classes by visiting the DigiKnow web pages or calling the DigiKnow Helpline on 07537 127095

A5 pop up vaccines
Wi-fi speed and connectivity tips

Information and Signposting

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