IRU - Friday 3rd September 2021

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IRU - 3.9.21

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

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A massive thanks to Michelle McManus, Sharon Fallow and Mark Emery who have produced lots of fabulous information for you this week! 

Have a nice weekend! 

Latest Statement from the Director of Public Health

Message from Alison North (Stockport Council)

Hope you are all keeping well and are looking forward to the weekend.

The latest statement from Director of Public Health, Jen Connolly, is here.

Coronavirus rates in the borough are still high and are currently at 375.2* cases per 100,000 and 157 new cases each day.

The statement focuses this week on how to reduce the risk of transmission now schools and colleges have gone back. It also gives some detail on antibody testing.

Generally on our social channels we will continue to be asking residents to get a vaccine when called at the weekly pop ups – especially to get two vaccines, to continue lateral flow tests especially secondary school and college students, antibody testing along with the hands, face, space and ventilation messages.


Month of Hope

For info - from 10 September to 10 October, Stockport will be taking part in the Greater Manchester Month of Hope, a month of raising awareness of suicide prevention and sharing hopeful messages.

To mark the Month of Hope, we’re asking everyone in Stockport to share videos and pictures of the things that keep them hopeful. We are asking people to send these to us through a direct message on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

There are also a range of events happening in Stockport over the Month Of Hope, which everyone is welcome to attend. You can see the calendar here on the Council events page.

We are also letting people know of the range of advice and support available in Stockport on the Council webpage  and the Shining A Light On Suicide website.



Community Connector Role

Message from Mark Emery (The Prevention Alliance)

Please see the attached link for the Community Connector Role that is now advertised on The TPA Website.

Stockport TPA Jobs


Latest blogs from Public Health England

Ensuring every child gets the best start in life – starting with vaccine protection

In the last few years we have seen a decline in the number of children getting their routine jabs. Dr Jenny Harries, UKHSA CEO, discusses how we can start to put this right by ensuring that every child gets the best start in life, starting with their vaccine protection against unpleasant and sometimes serious diseases.


Five reasons to get your COVID vaccine if you are pregnant 

The COVID-19 vaccine is available to pregnant women at any point during their pregnancy. To date at least 62,000 women in the UK have received at least one dose. If you’re expecting, here are five key reasons why you should get the jab


Free NHS Diabetes course

Message from Tracy Hancock (Stockport NHS)


Free NHS courses running in Stockport- in community rooms or now also online.

If you would like to book a place on this 6 week including free handbook - contact us:

Telephone    0161 835 6689

or email

Do you have lots of questions about what you can eat with your diabetes? Do you want to know how to work out your carbohydrate intake and how to reduce it? Are you worried about complications and want to know how to prevent them?

The X-PERT will help understand more about diabetes and how you can manage it through lifestyle changes. It is suitable for anyone newly diagnosed and those who have had diabetes for a while but want to learn more.

Contact us to find out more!


Invitation to North West Ambulance Service Annual General Meeting 2021

Message from North West Ambulance Service

Here at NWAS we are holding our virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 14 September, 10.30am-11.30am.

ThE Annual General Meeting (AGM) gives us the opportunity to present the Trust's annual report and accounts for 2020/21.

Everyone is invited and you can register your attendance using this Eventbrite invitation

The AGM will be hosted via Microsoft Teams and once you have registered, joining details will be emailed to you prior to the event.

We want to hear from you

If you are a patient or community group that would like to know more about what we do, we would love to join you and provide an insight into the work that we do. A reminder that we are still undertaking our patient engagement virtually so if you are meeting online and would like us to join you at a meeting/session, please get in touch with us at – alternatively, if you are beginning to meet face to face with the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, we would also love to hear from you and hopefully we can look to meet you/your group in the future.  


How Charities Can Build Communities Through Facebook

Message from Media Trust

Join us on Wednesday 15 September for our free masterclass with Facebook, on building communities through Facebook groups to drive positive impact, increase awareness and fundraise. Participants will also get free access to Facebook’s Community Manager Certification Programme.

Book your spot here.


Diabetes UK - Registration for this year's Type 1 and Tech event is now open

Message from Lisa Holland (Diabetes UK)

This year Diabetes UK’s very popular online event connecting the type 1 diabetes community with healthcare professionals and researchers will take place on Saturday, 16 October from 10:00am to 2:00 pm.

The conference offers a variety of topics in engaging and interactive formats, such as live poll, and it features a jam-packed agenda of researchers, healthcare professionals and people living with type 1 sharing their experiences. This year we’ll cover issues highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic through presentations, conversations and opportunities for questions and debates with experts, as it analyses the ever-growing role of technology in diabetes care.

Sign up for the event is now open – please do share with your contacts

If you have any questions about the event, please contact the type 1 and tech event team:

The Sharon Fallows Corner 

The corner everyone loves to see! Sharon has managed to share over 40 pieces of Information this week. If you know Sharon or see Sharon, please say thank you for pulling all this information together week after week, there is so much information here and she does this all in her own time so kudos Sharon and thank you! 

As there is so much information this week, we actually can't upload all the attachments one by one. So we have included all the attachments into three downloads. 

The Sharon Fallows Corner (1) Includes; 

  • 1 day child minding course
  • 5 benefits of an outside run – great visual
  • 8 ways social prescribing can improve mental health – this approach takes a holistic person centred approach to wellbeing and the addressing the wider determinants
  • A reminder about moti8 service
  • Acton for happiness September calender
  • All Hallows Café reopened – Wednesday 9am till 2pm
  • Ask for Angela – are you on a date and it is not working out?
  • Domestic abuse support for Gypsy, Roma, travelling women
  • Ex armed force and construction work support
  • Five ways to get your Childs sleep on track before they go back to school – great visual
  • Great visual of the spectrum of empathy
  • Great visual on hidden Long Term Condition
  • Great visual what do we really mean by self care
  • Heaton Chapel Active Neighbourhood Trail information
  • Is your child anxious about going back to school – great visual
  • Kooth what on in September
  • Marple public living room – every Thursday 12noon till 2pm
  • Mental Health First Aid, England  (SE) – great visuals on 7 tips on wellbeing  

The Sharon Fallows Corner (2) includes; 

  • Mental Health First Aid, England  (SE) – great visuals on 7 tips on wellbeing  
  • Mental Health First Aid, England (SE)  - Sources of Stress
  • Military veterans info
  • My grief journey
  • National Counselling Society -
  • Olive Branch – Anxiety management group – group starting 9th September
  • Olive branch – Shop well , cook well, eat well – group starting 17th September
  • Optimal football, reminder about this great community offer on a Friday at 9pm
  • Perfect cakes in Bredbury are looking at a monthly peer support group around mental wellbeing they also have created a Facebook page to link this too. Perfectly clear minds  
  • Reminder about the fantastic Owls drop in – Domestic Abuse – Wednesdays 10:30am till 12:30pm
  • Signpost wellbeing for carer – fortnightly session – for people who have cared for someone who has passed away or gone into care
  • Stockport advocacy – Group 48 back face to face – please book
  • Suicide prevention coffee morning – pure innovations – the space – Thursday 9th 10:30am till 1pm
  • The Good Grief Trust – online (zoom) every Sunday 6pm to 7pm
  • Things I can control – great visual
  • Things I can’t control – great visual
  • To all students returning to school – great visual
  • Visual on cyber bullying
  • Visual on how to support a bereaved person

The Sharon Fallows Corner (3) includes; 

  • The fantastic Autisk are back face to face, attached are a number of their community offers (3)

Message from Sharon Fallows 

Useful links

Evidence increasingly shows that communal eating promotes social bonding and feelings of well-being. It also enhances people’s connections to their communities.

The new Social Eating Guide and supporting documents have been created after a two-year programme delivered by a partnership of organisations, led by Talk, Listen, Change, (TLC), who designed and tested a range of social eating project in Greater Manchester.

National Counselling Society

Dementia Talking Point online forum

Perfectly clear minds  

The Sharon Fallows Corner (1)
The Sharon Fallows Corner (2)
The Sharon Fallows Corner (3)

Useful information from Mark Emery

Message from Mark Emery (The Prevention Alliance) 

TPA walking poster Mooch and Mingle
TPA walking poster Abney Hall Walk
TPA walking poster
TPA walking poster womens wellbeing walk
Explore - 7th September
Women's Wellbeing Sept 21

Useful Information from Michelle McManus 

Message from Michelle McManus (Healthwatch Stockport Member)

Calm Connections - free programme
Cycle September - GM
JAMH is now offering free counselling and therapy for children and adults
Savoy cinema - Autism Friendly
Savoy cinema - baby friendly
Savoy cinema - Captioned Screening (2)
Savoy cinema - Dementia Friendly (2)
State of Caring Survey 2021 - Carers UK
World Alzheimer's Month

Group 48 is finally back at Stockport Advocacy!

Message from Matthew Cossar (Stockport Advocacy)

Group 48 is finally back at Stockport Advocacy! Group 48 is a social group for people with Autism. We meet every Monday (in term time) in our main meeting room at The Land O’ Cakes on the ground floor  from 4:30-6:30pm for a chat, games and more! The first session back takes place on Monday 6th September and will carry on the following Mondays. We ask for £5 per session and for people to book in advance due to limited numbers. Please call 0161 480 8979 or email for more information or to book a place! See you there at The Land O’ Cakes, Stockport Advocacy, 48 Middle Hillgate, Stockport, SK1 3DL.

Group 48 Poster


Stockport Without Abuse Leaflet

Autism Social Group - First Thursday of the month

Allergy Friendly cafes and restaraunts in Stockport?

Stockport Allergy Mamas want your help!!

We are trying to find allergy friendly café/restaurants in Stockport. Help us make Stockport an inclusive place to eat. Drop us an email with your suggestions at

Suicide Prevention Event - Coffee Morning

Message from Lizzie Austin (Wellbeing Network in the Community)

Ahead of Suicide Prevention Day,

Please see the attached info for the     Suicide Prevention Event on 9th September 10:30am – 1:00pm  at The Space, St Petersgate.

Please share & for more info please contact our Mental Health Community Champion – Lucy Crank  07925148511

Dementia Welcome Cafe - Gatley

Baby and toddler groups romiley

September posters
Signol stay and play

New Skills for Life+ Employment Video, "Top 10 Mistakes When Looking for Work"

Message from Christopher Hughes (Stockport Homes)

After a long pause for breath, we have a brand new SFL+ Employment Video: Top 10 Mistakes When Looking for Work.

This short video (8 mins) has been compiled from information given by our brilliant employment team, and covers the most common errors people make when applying for jobs.

In addition we have several other employment videos to help anyone looking for work:

Explore - 7th September

Updates from Stockport Council

Updates from Sarah Burke (Stockport Council)


Speak up and help beat coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is seeking volunteers to take part in a study to explore how algorithms can use voice data, including cough recordings, to detect COVID-19. Using voice sounds to identify if someone is more likely to need a test could help find more cases and help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Anyone over the age of 18 who has had a COVID-19 test (lateral flow or PCR) within the past 72 hours can take part. Volunteers will need access to a smartphone or tablet, laptop or desktop computer, to be connected to the internet, and their COVID-19 NHS test kit barcode number. More on website.


Afghan evacuee donations

Thanks to people’s generosity and a combination of local health and care, government, local businesses and established charities, no further donations are needed at the moment, however volunteers may be needed to help sort donations. Please check Care4Calais’ Facebook page for when they need help.

There is information on the website on the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy including a Welcome Pack for arrivals on the Afghanistan locally employed staff scheme.

If you are aware of local groups that need support to link into the wider community response please email


Stockport Council Invite Views on £14.5 Million Stockroom Development in Formal Consultation

Following a successful period of engagement, Stockport Council are moving to a formal consultation around the proposed moving of services from Central Library to the new town centre Stockroom development.

The council successfully bid for £14.5 million of the government’s ‘Future High Street’ fund to create Stockroom, a learning and discovery centre that will attract multiple generations. It’s set to take over currently vacant units in the Merseyway shopping centre.

Now, the council are seeking your views on whether services should be moved from Central Library to the Stockroom development. The council has promised to safeguard the Central Library building so it will remain for public use. You can find out more on this here.

You can have your say on the proposals by taking the short survey here. Your views matter so make sure you have your say before the consultation closes on 18th October. Click here to make your views heard.  Paper copies are also available from your local library. Drop in to get yours.


Get involved with Get Online Week

Stockport’s DigiKnow alliance are planning a week of special events 18th – 24th October to help residents to get online. All community organisations are welcome to take part and free training is available for volunteer Digital Champions. Volunteers only need basic digital skills - the most important skill they’ll need is to be enthusiastic about the benefits of being online and willing to share this with others.

There’s information on how to sign up as a Digital Champion on the council website and an online DigiKnow Partners event on 22 September that it is open to organisations who are interested in joining. If you are interested in attending, please email

If you know someone who needs help to get online, please call the DigiKnow Helpline on 07537 127095.


Free social media workshop for VCFSEs

APS Group, a member of the DigiKnow network, are organising a free social media workshop for VCFSEs during Get Online Week. If you’re interested in attending please email the DigiKnow team and let them know what platforms you use or would like to use, what level of proficiency you currently have, what you struggle with the most and what new skills you would you like to take away from the workshop. The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, 20th Oct.


Vodafone offers free connectivity to help not-for-profit organisations tackle digital exclusion

Vodafone have launched charities.connected, an initiative giving any charity in the UK the opportunity to apply for free connectivity, either to help the individuals and families it supports to get online, or to improve its own digital capability.

Registered charities can apply for SIM cards with 20GB of data, plus free calls and texts every month for six months which will work in any SIM-enabled device (a phone, tablet, laptop, MiFi or dongle). Registered charities of any size can apply. Multiple SIMs can be requested, and repeat applications can be made if the organisation has a range of digital exclusion projects under way.

Complete the online application form, including information on how free connectivity will support the project and the number of people set to benefit. Read more on Vodafone’s Press Release.


Have your Say on the Local Plan

The council has launched a survey that will help to create our Local Plan – a land-use plan to deliver the vision set out in the Borough Plan for the next 15 years. It will:

· Make sure that Stockport has the right land, the right homes and the right infrastructure in the right places for current and future generations.

· Address the key issues facing the borough, such as the climate emergency and some of the impacts of covid-19.

·Identify those places and sites where change and development can best be accommodated, and make sure we get the right development in the right places.

The Local Plan will be shaped by national legislation and wider policy, but we can make sure that it is the right plan for Stockport and that it reflects what our communities think is most important. If you can spare a few minutes, your views would really help in helping to shape the future of the borough and you can complete the survey on our consultation pages here:


Mentell Referral Pathway Now Open

Mentell provides circles for men aged 18+ to talk in a safe and confidential space, free from advice and judgement. As the Mentell team have found that an introductory call significantly increases the chance of someone joining a circle, services are now able to book a Mentell phone call on behalf of a client or service user.

You can find out more about Mentell here, and book a phone call here. Please note that this service isn’t appropriate for 1:1 support or mental health crisis.


Veterans looking to get into construction

Project Recce runs online courses to help give veterans the training they need to get into the civilian construction industry after service. Regardless of experience, veterans are trained up and then given an interview with one of the Project’s strategic partners, which include heavyweight names in the construction industry such as Balfour Beatty and Morgan Sindall.

Sign up for their next course 27 September – 8 October at:


Challenge yourself with the Stockport Urban 5k- Saturday 18th September

Compete as an individual or put in a team for this exciting chip timed 5k course, on fully closed roads. The race starts and finishes at St Peters Square, where the atmosphere will be buzzing with activity from the Enduro and Cycling Festival.

This run is perfect for beginners who just want to experience a race or see their efforts rewarded as well as experienced runners who want to improve their time. All finishers will receive a medal and goody bag and water will be available on the route. The race entry fee is £15 per person and all profits go to The British Heart Foundation and Beacon Counselling. Download the flyer below.

Don’t delay, sign up today!

5K running leaflet

Stockroom consultation

Stockport Council has been awarded £14.5 million Future High Streets Funding by the government to spend on Stockroom, redeveloping empty retail units in Adlington Walk, Merseyway.

Thanks to the people who took part in the first phase of engagement on Stockroom which received 1299 responses to an online survey as well feedback from various stakeholder groups.

Following the positive response to the proposal to include 21st Century library facilities in Stockroom, we now want to consult with people about moving the Town Centre library services from Central Library into Stockroom. We are asking people to complete a short questionnaire to understand people’s views on the proposal.

Whatever the result of this consultation process there is no intent from the Council to demolish or abandon the Central Library building – it is a Grade II listed building and is a much loved and important part of our town’s heritage, which we want to preserve. The questionnaire has more information about the Council’s plans for the building should library services move.

Nationally library visitor numbers have been declining over the past decade. Stockport Central library has seen visitor numbers fall by almost half (42%) from April 2012 to March 2020. In addition, loans have fallen 35% among 10 to 14-year-olds between April 2017 and March 2020, while loans have fallen 61% among 15 to 19-year-olds between April 2017 and March 2020.

But the Council believe Stockroom will be able to attract more people to use the fantastic services our libraries provide. Where other local authorities have re-imagined their library services for the 21st Century there has been a substantial increase in the numbers of people using those services.

More information on the proposal and a questionnaire to let us have your views is available on the Council’s website.

By taking part you can help shape our plans for the future and also have the chance to win a £100.00 of High Street shopping vouchers.

You can also visit your local library to view this information and complete the questionnaire there.  

The consultation is open until 18th October 2021. If you require the questionnaire in an alternative format, please email: 

FAQs Consultation

Age UK Stockport 

AGE UK Stockport - Newsletter - September 2021

Stockport and District Mind

Food For Thought, £4000 raised and Workplace Wellbeing blogs: e-newsletter August 2021


Signpost Stockport for Carers

Working & Caring: Your August update


Stockport Council

Stockport Review EXTRA - 20th August 2021

Stockport Review EXTRA - 27th August 2021


Department of Health and Social Care

Adult Social Care Update 20 August 2021

Adult Social Care Update 1 September 2021


Ambition for Ageing

New guide to delivering Social Eating activities

Age-Friendly Places in Practice online workshops - Book your place  now



Grants to support the promotion of the free early education offer for  2 year olds to Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities

GM BAME Network eBulletin, August 2021

Health and Social Care eBulletin Issue 93 - 2nd September 2021

GMCVO eBulletin - September 2021


Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Networks

Summer Maternity Safety Newsletter

Palliative and End of Life Care Newsletter: 26 August 2021


Voluntary Sector North West

VSNW August Update


Digital Stockport

Self-service technology extends opening hours in three more libraries



S-REP E-Newsletter September 2021


End The Fear

News – Home Office – New online map allows public to report unsafe areas to police



WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Situational Report – 20th August 2021

WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Situational Report – 27th August 2021

WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Situational Report – 3rd September 2021


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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