IRU - Friday 20th August 2021

Healthwatch Stockport's Information Round-up publishing every Friday. Read about the latest news, updates and events in Stockport.
IRU - 20.8.21

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Healthwatch Stockport Information Session 

Join us for an Information Session on Friday 10th September 2021 - 10:30am till 12:00pm. 

What is an Information Session?

We run regular Information Sessions every 4 months to explain the running of Healthwatch Stockport. You can attend to ask questions about what we do and how you can get involved.

At Healthwatch Stockport there are many various volunteering roles that may interest you, you can find out more about these roles at the session.

This session will take place online on Zoom, In hope that our next Information Session will be at our offices the wonderful Land O' Cakes where you can come and have a cup of tea or coffee! 

Numbers are limited to 12 people - if you want to attend the session and either you can't make it or places are full you can contact the Healthwatch Stockport office and register your interest for the next online information session. 

Register your place today

If you have any questions prior to the session please contact the office on 0161 974 0753 or email


Latest Statement from Director of Public Health

Message from Emma Ferguson (Stockport Council)

Date: 13th August 2021

Please find the link to the latest

In our borough, cases are currently at 331.9 per 100,000, which equates to 139 cases per day*. Following the decline in cases over the last few week, we are now seeing case rates rise again. Over the next few weeks, we may see a bumpy road with rates declining and falling as we see the effects of coming out of lockdown and people mixing more.

This week the statement addresses that the 16+ age group are now able to get the vaccination at our weekly pop-ups and that the national booking line will soon be open to this age group (currently at aged 17 and within three months of their 18th birthday). The statement also details changes to self-isolation rules from Monday (16th), which will  mean close contacts who are double vaccinated and those under 18, will no longer have to self-isolate but will be encouraged to undertake PCR testing. We will cover more on this next week.

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.

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


NHS Digital report on type 2 diabetes in children and young people

Message from Lisa Holland (Diabetes UK)

You might have seen some headlines yesterday (13.8.21) about a new report showing a concerning number of children in England living with type 2 diabetes.

This is very worrying, and we’re working to make sure this number doesn’t continue to increase. Read our response to the findings here:  New data reveals true extent of the number of children living with type 2 diabetes | Diabetes UK

We’ve developed  a new webpage which offers support to parents and carers dealing with a type 2 diagnosis in their child or teen, providing answers to some questions we anticipate they may have:  Children and type 2 diabetes | Guide to diabetes | Diabetes UK

Please remember our Diabetes UK Helpline is available for anyone seeking help and advice:

Diabetes UK Helpline | Diabetes UK


Use our libraries to get online

Message from Sarah Burke (Stockport Council)

You can go to all our libraries to use a computer for free or make use of the free wifi on your own device. If you're a member of Stockport Libraries, you can book a computer online. This allows you to select the library you want to use and book a PC at a specific time.

And you can register for Open+ to use some libraries for extra hours each week, outside staffed hours.

‘Open+’ self-service technology lets you into your library using your library card, so you can visit when it’s convenient for you, including Sundays and evenings. You can pick up reserved items, borrow and return books, use the library computers or the Wi-Fi on your own devices.

Open+ is available at Bramhall, Bredbury, Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Hazel Grove, Heald Green, High Lane, the Heatons and Marple libraries. To register for this service, call into one of the Open+ libraries with proof of identity and proof of address.

Library staff are still available to assist you at other times, for example, if you need digital skills support or to use the printing/scanning facilities, and each library will have at least one day staffed until 6pm.

Find out more


Free September online events for GP training and patients - The Alexandra Hospital

Message from Katy Wallace (BMI Healthcare)

BMI The Alexandra Hospital are running a series of free, online healthcare education events in September for GPs, healthcare professionals and patients.

We would be really grateful if you could pass the information along to any staff or patients you know that maybe interested. We would also really appreciate it if you could add these events to any newsletters you may have.

All the events are free to attend and will be conducted virtually over Microsoft Teams. You can easily book a place through the Eventbrite links which I have included below. The events are education and awareness events only and are there to help anyone who feels they would benefit from them – we do not promote specific products and services.

GP and healthcare professional events – September 2021

Patient information events – September 2021


The Sharon Fallows Corner



These webinars are available to watch anytime and have been created by pennine care at the hub, to share learning or helpful information.

Interesting read on brain fog

Find information and support for your mental health.

frogtastis craft events
30 hour free childcare deadline 31st August
Marple Bridge and Mellor U3A coffer morning – 17th September
Brinington life leisure – free kids classes – free adult membership and free 2 weeks
small acts of kindness – great visual I have shared this before
Get online week – 18 – 24 Oct
depression is not –good visual
Space group hopefully returning to face to face in September
LOST is a one day exploration for males in Marple, Romiley and Stockport – October
LOST is a one day exploration for males in Marple, Romiley and Stockport – October (1)
St Paul – Heaton Moor Little fishes opening again on 9th Sept
the Thursday club in Bramhall will be restarting Thursday 9th Sept at Bramhall Methodist Church form 10am

National Immunisation Month

Message from Vanessa Fisher (Answer Cancer)

This month is National immunisation month.

We have created a tool kit attached focusing on the HPV vaccine.

Please feel free to share these posts across your networks and social platforms.

You can also down load all the images for this tool kit by clicking the link below, you do not need to sign up or pay anything to access these images.

HPV Tool Kit v2

Live Well Move More online courses

Message from Lisa Holland (Diabetes UK)

Live Well Move More

Our online courses are open to anyone living with Diabetes and would like to become more active and there are still spaces to fill for the September courses. I’ve attached a poster with all the information and a draft social/email post below that can used to signpost people  to the courses.

‘If you’re living with diabetes and finding it hard to get active in your day-to-day life, Diabetes UK is here to help. Join a Live Well Move More course this September for 10 weeks for free.  The online physical activity classes help to inspire you to move more. If you are living with diabetes and currently doing less than 30 minutes of activity a week, we’d love you to come along.

  • Try a different gentle activity each week
  • Get tailored diabetes information and support
  • Meet other people living with diabetes
  • There are also chair-based classes available

To find out more and sign up visit:

Get Moving online classes poster (002)30


Post Covid Support Group

Message from Inge Challinor (Stockport Council)

Post covid support group poster's

post covid support group poster

New online LGBTQ+ group for people living with dementia and their family or carers

Message from Maggie Murdoch (Alzheimer's UK)

A new online LGBTQ+ group for people living with dementia and their family or carers

Please share far and wide!

GM LGBTQ+ poster

Stockport Without Abuse Leaflet

Message from Katie Westland (Stockport Without Abuse)

Please find attached leaflet highlighting SWA’s DA services for children and young people.

SWA CYP Team Leaflet (Updated June 2021)

AGE UK Stockport & Life Leisure Brinnington Walking Football

Message from Lizzie Austin (Pure Innovations)

We are currently running a Walking Football session in partnership with Life Leisure at Brinnington Leisure Centre SK5 8LS every Monday 12.30- 1.30PM.

It is open to both men and women that want to enjoy a slowed down version of the beautiful game.

The sessions are £3 each and you can sign up either at , or simply turn up on the day, pay and play.

It is a great way to meet local people and stay active enjoying a popular sport at a slower pace.

walking football poster

The Orange Umbrella Project

Orange umbrella is a community lead project that raises awareness in communities across Stockport.  Projects are currently running in, Brinnington, Lancashire Hill, Reddish and in the Bramhall and Cheadle Hume Locality. Caitlin and Sharon from Viaduct Care have been busy in the Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme Locality this week working with volunteers to promoting this initiative by putting banners up, engaging with local businesses about the project and asking them to promote the flyers, which have support numbers and a safety plan on them.  A fantastic piece of partnership working, between a number of services and Owls and volunteers that is making a difference.

if you want to know more about the orange umbrella please contact Marie OMalley

Domestic Abuse Safety Plan
Do you need a red card in your house

NHS111 Survey

About this survey

Survey now open around NHS 111, a joint piece of work with other local Healthwatch's in Greater Manchester.

From 1 December 2020, NHS England launched a campaign called NHS 111 First. This campaign encourages the public to call NHS 111 before attending A&E or seeking urgent medical care, to ensure they are directed to the most appropriate service. For the first time, callers to NHS 111 can now receive a pre-booked timeslot to attend their local A&E, as well as receive a same-day appointment booking at the GP and some other urgent health services. This aims to reduce waiting times at emergency departments and limit the number of people in waiting rooms to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This survey aims to take a closer look at people’s experiences and attitudes to NHS 111 generally, as well as the new time-slot booking service being rolled out through NHS 111 First. The survey will take around 15 minutes to complete and the results will help us inform the NHS about how the delivery of NHS111 services can be improved for you and your loved ones.

For the following questions, please remember that your answers are always treated confidentially and are never analysed individually. We have provided you with a "Prefer not to say" option if you would rather not share your experiences.

Take the survey here

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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