IRU - Friday 30th July 2021

Healthwatch Stockport's Information Round-up publishing every Friday. Read about the latest news, updates and events in Stockport.

Hello and welcome to this weeks Stockport Information Round-up! 

There is some really good job opportunities this week, so make sure to check them out! 

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Have a lovely weekend!

The 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

In our borough, cases are currently at 324.1 per 100,000, which equates to 136 cases per day*. It is likely there are multiple reasons behind this decline, probably including the contribution of protection from vaccination; people spending more time outside in the good weather; some schools finishing for the summer break; and others. However, we must still urge caution as we may well see a slowdown in the rate of decline or even another rise, when we see the impact of the changes in guidance that happened on 19th July.

This week the statement addresses some of the common myths around the vaccination.

We will continue to be asking residents to get a vaccine when called at the weekly pop ups – especially to get two vaccines and to continue lateral flow tests over the summer.


New NHS England Chief Executive Officer – Amanda Pritchard Appointed

Message from Stockport CCG

The new Chief Executive Officer of NHS England will be Amanda Pritchard, who will be the first woman in the health service’s history to hold the post. She will take up the post on Sunday, 1 August, 2021. The full Media Release is available to read on CCG News here.


RECRUITMENT - Lived Experience Panel Member

Message from Jane Coutsavlis (Advancing Quality Alliance AQUA)

Paul Greenwood, Aqua Programme Manager for Mental Health, Lived Experience and Whole System Flow programmes, has asked me to circulated the Aqua website link regarding a vacancy for a Lived Experience Panel Member based within a regional health and care improvement organisation in the North West of England.  The closing date for applications is close of play, Wednesday, 11th August, 2021.

The Aqua website page link is here:


Children and Young People Mental Health Inpatient Competence Framework

Message from Health Education England 

We are pleased to share the Children and Young People Mental Health Inpatient Competence Framework.

On behalf of HEE, NHSE/I Specialised Commissioning team, the Quality Improvement Taskforce, and CAMHS Clinical Reference Group, we would like to extend our thanks to the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health and all those involved with the Expert Reference Group (ERG) for their contributions to developing this framework.  

Please share this framework widely with your children and young people's mental health networks. In the upcoming months, we will support further discussions to inform high-quality practice using this framework. 

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please email or visit the HEE CYP Mental Health webpage

Sign up to the Mental Health Programme stakeholder database to receive our updates, latest news and find out about HEE opportunities.  

HEE is part of the NHS, and we work with partners to plan, recruit, educate and train the health workforce. 


Updates from Stockport Council

Updates from Sarah Burke (Stockport Council)

Covid-19 vaccination resources for communities

The best way of stopping coronavirus is the full course of vaccination. The latest community resources on our website include resources to encourage take-up of the vaccine among people with learning disabilities or autism.

Tell us what you think about Greater Manchester’s Gender-Based Violence Strategy

GMCA have developed a plan to end gender-based violence and want to hear what you think about their priorities and commitments. As part of the consultation they are hosting two online surveys on GM Consult. Both cover the same content but one is an easy read version. Complete the survey at closing date is Sunday 1st August.

Stockport Council to seek White Ribbon accreditation in commitment to ending domestic violence

Stockport Council is to seek the prestigious White Ribbon accreditation, to demonstrate a commitment to improving organisational culture, safety and morale, and help staff and communities address the serious issue of violence against women.

White Ribbon are a leading charity aimed at ending male violence against women by engaging with men and boys to make a stand against violence. Their mission is for all men to fulfil the White Ribbon Promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women. For more information on the White Ribbon organisational accreditation, visit:

Summer campaigns to get more active

The Better Health adult obesity summer 2021 campaign has just been launched. The campaign will encourage adults across the nation to lose any excess weight, eat more healthily and get more active. As restrictions have eased, the summer offers a unique opportunity to motivate and encourage adults to make positive changes to their health. Visit the Better Health website for support, guidance and great free apps to help those working towards a healthier weight.

Public Health England have also teamed up with Disney to help get kids active throughout the holidays. New 10 Minute Shake Up games, inspired by favourite characters from Disney, Pixar and Marvel aim to inspire children, rebuild their confidence in being physically active, develop new and longer-term physical skills and most importantly, have fun! Order your free Shake Up pack or try some of the games at:

To find out more about local support and activities to help you move more and reach a healthy weight visit Healthy Stockport



The Sharon Fallows Corner

Message from Sharon Fallows (Viaduct Care)

Useful links

Stockport SEND local offer

Whether you’re looking to learn a new skill or develop existing ones, we can help you connect with local training providers, courses and events - all in one place.

Volunteer transport for children

Get help doing things on line – help other people on line

Stockport health visitors and school nurse help line – just a reminder as the children break up for the summer
Lets ride, summer of cycling, 23rd July till 22nd August -
Life leisure HAF (holiday activity and food) offer – for those that want to know more about the HAF offer
Love parks week – 23rd July till 1st Aug – good visual
Heaton Norris - Lancashire Hill summer programme – children need to live in these areas and be eligible for free school meals
the frogs are back!
carer visual to encourage people to register, if people can share on their platforms this would be great
A reminder about the Stockport School Nurse service (Chat Health) 11- 16 year olds
another great visual – PCR and LFT explained
Jewish action mental health – free counselling
walking group – PossAbilities – open to everyone
A visual around self care

Some Information from Stockport

Message from Michelle McManus (Healthwatch Stockport Member)

A survey from Kooth
Independent Mental Health Network - Next Meetings
Greater manchester pharmacy awards
Active 8 group on Facebook that promotes lots of groups

Feasts of Hope Tuesday 14th September 5-8.30pm

Message from Shelly Shine (Stockport Libraries)

I know some of you have already got back to me saying you can join us for our Feast of Hope which I was delighted to hear and if anyone else would like to share an evening of good food, conversation and a dollop of poetry you will be very welcome to join us.

I have attached a schedule for the evening to give everyone an idea of what we have planned.



We want to create a “ Food for Body & Soul”recipe book that includes all the recipes people will be bringing on the evening and if you feel comfortable sharing it, the human rights story you will be sharing on the evening. I would really appreciate the recipes and your stories being emailed to Myself and Sara by 23rd August 2021 so we can put together the booklet and have it ready to share with everyone for our Feast of Hope.

Please could everyone who wishes to attend also send me :

  1. Contact details for the person representing their group and how many people are in the group?
  2. The names of each dishes they are bringing to the Feast and if it is sweet or savoury?

We have been allocated some funding so once I know how many dishes are being prepared I will share it out fairly and get some money to you for buying ingredients.

I am really excited about the wonderful mix of people that are coming together for this Feast of Hope, it is shaping up to be a wonderful evening.

Feasts of Hope Schedule 14.9.21

VIG Update - NHS Letter

Message from Matt (Public Health)

Please find attached an NHS letter, which states that you do not need a GP or NHS number to access the vaccine.

SPARC's Young Persons' Project

Message from Megan Hyland (SPARC)

I wanted to update you on what SPARC4Youth is currently offering, and remind you of our referral criteria. 

SPARC4Youth is open to anyone in Stockport aged between 18 and 30 that has had contact with a health professional regarding their mental health - including their GP. We offer a range of on-and-offline workshops that introduce our group members to others their age that have similar experiences, and encourage creativity, confidence, and peer support.

I have attached our referral form and latest information leaflet to this email, and you can find additional information on our new webpage:

In the meantime, I would greatly appreciate if you could circulate this information to your staff, as well as those that access your service, and let us know if anyone is interested. I am more than happy to complete our referral form with them unless you would be able to fill out the form with them and send a completed version to this email.

I would also be happy to provide some physical leaflets via the post or by making a drop-in visit if this would be of interest?

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me on this email or call 0161 429 9744.

new leaflet with workshops
Youth Referral form

Stockport Homes Foundations Fun

Message from Julie Nelson-Hall (Stockport Homes)

Please see attached our flyers for secondary aged children over Summer. Please can you help us promote far and wide.

Arc Creative Leaders Photography course

Message from Phill Howley (Young Person's Arc)

I'm getting in touch to share with you an opportunity that we will be offering over the summer holidays.

 We will be running a 5 week photography course that will be available for Stockport based young people aged 16 to 19.Over the course of the project the participants will take part in two guided photography walks around Stockport, they learn how to shoot and edit their own photographs using their smart phones as well as how to curating their own online exhibition. 

please see the attached flyer for more detailed information and please feel free to share around your networks or if you are working with a young person who you think would benefit from taking part in the course please don't hesitate to get in contact with via the phone number below.

0161 474 146

YPA 2021 CL Photography Flyer-2

Stockroom Survey

Please note that this survey is open until Sunday 1st August,

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.

Below is some background information about Stockroom which you could use in any newsletters, emails or other communications as well as a link to the survey. I would be grateful if you could share this with members of your community and encourage others to contribute their views so that these can be taken into consideration.

Thank you again for your support.

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.

The council wants to talk with you about what uses Stockroom could have and how those uses could benefit our children, young people, adults and the town as a whole. Please take 5 minutes to visit the Stockroom web pages to find out more, complete the survey and help create something special that everyone can enjoy.  

You can also visit your local Stockport Library to view this information and complete the survey there. 

The survey is open until Sunday 1st August. If you require the survey in an alternative format, please email: 


Fundraising and Marketing Manager - Beechwood Cancer Care

Message from Amy Geldard (Beechwood Cancer Care)

Do you have strong fundraising and marketing skills? Are you a great relationship builder? Would you like to be part of a team working to support those affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

We are looking for a Fundraising & Marketing Manager who will lead on the development and implementation of the Charity’s post-pandemic fundraising and marketing strategy.

To apply for this role, please submit a CV and covering letter (no more than two A4 pages) to

Please note that the advert may close early if the Charity receives sufficient applications to shortlist. Also, CVs received without a covering letter stating how you meet the criteria will not be considered.

job description

Adult Carers Manager - Signpost for Carers

Message from Julia Hewer (Signpost for Carers)

We’re re-advertising the team manager position here at Signpost.

Application form
ATM advert
ATM description

Health Navigator Role - Stockport Homes

Message from Julie Nelson-Hall (Stockport Homes)

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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