IRU - Friday 10th September 2021

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

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Latest Statement from the Director of Public Health

Message from Alison North (Stockport Council)

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

Coronavirus rates in the borough are still high and are currently at 389.5* cases per 100,000 and 163 new cases each day.

The statement focuses this week again on the importance of testing now schools and colleges have gone back. It also gives some more information on the vaccine programme which is being extended to make it easier for working people to access their vaccinations

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.

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

One of my team attended a webinar on behavioural science and COVID-19 comms. One of the studies showed that there is some confusion between which tests to take and when, and why this is important.

On the back of this, we have put together some graphics and social messages to show when to take a PCR test and when to take a LFT. It would be helpful for you to share these to across your networks


New Information and Advice from Healthwatch Stockport

New advice and information from Healthwatch

What to expect when waiting for care

What should I expect after being referred for mental health support?

How can your pharmacy help you?

What should happen when you're diagnosed with dementia

GP Data for planning and research collection: what you need to know


Healthwatch Stockport's Information Sessions

Join us one of our Information Sessions

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.

Join us at the wonderful Land O' Cakes where you can come and have a cup of tea or coffee and find out more about Healthwatch Stockport.

Numbers are limited to 10 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. 


When are the Information Sessions taking place?

Friday 22nd October 2021 - 10:30am - 12:00pm

Friday 28th January 2022 - 10:30am - 12:00pm

Friday 29th April 2022 - 10:30am - 12:00pm


Where is the session taking place?

Land O' Cakes, 48 Middle Hillgate, Stockport, SK1 3DL

Register your place today

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


Solidarity Drop-in at Disability Stockport

Message from John Pearson (Solidarity Drop-in)

Further to previous correspondence, we are now able to offer limited, pre-booked appointments for new clients, for support with completion of PIP and Work Capability Assessment forms.

There will be two appointment slots available on Mondays, (except bank holidays) - one at 10 a.m. and one at 2 p.m. - located in the good Covid-safe facilities that Disability Stockport have provided for us. Alternatively, if preferred by the client and if suitable, we can offer telephone based support.

Contact details for requesting appointments are on the About Us page of our website :


Active workplace workshops

Message from Sam Fielding (Stockport Council)

GreaterSport along with our trusted partners will be running a series of workshops to support workplace health and wellbeing. As well as events on being an Active Workplace you can expect sessions on the psychology of work and support for employers as the world starts to get back to normal after the Covid-19 Pandemic. Find out more and book on here. Please do also share these opportunities with any partner organisations you work with.


Mental Health and Wellbeing - Public Health England

Message from Public Health England

A range of data showing self-reported mental health and wellbeing, use of remote support services, and related risk factors, are included.  These include some inequality breakdowns of the data.  The WICH tool data complements the COVID-19: mental health and wellbeing surveillance report and we recommend reading these together.

  • New indicators showing use of several remote support services have been added
  • Data from surveys of children and young people have been added (Co-SPACE and the Mental Health Survey for Children and Young People)
  • Data showing the prevalence of clinically significant psychological distress in adults from the UK Household Longitudinal Study has been added.
  • Other existing indicators have been updated


Support men in your community

Message from Mentell Circle

Do you come into contact with men who would benefit from finding a safe and confidential space to talk, free from advice and judgement?

if the answer is yes, Mentell might be what your looking for  


Creating a marketing strategy / comms plan #ShoutAboutItStockport

Message from Sector3

About this event

In this workshop we'll explore the foundation for a successful marketing strategy and comms plan, including case studies from the sector.

This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn how to get more strategic and efficient with their communications.

You don't need to have a large marketing budget - this is for organisations who have minimal if any marketing budget to spare. You'll also discover free tools and resources to amplify your marketing.

Suitable for all levels of marketing knowledge and groups / organisations with zero or minimal marketing budget.

We'll send out the Zoom log in details on the morning of the event so please look out for this in your inbox.

Please note this workshop is for Stockport based organisation or those that have an active local project running.

Date: 15th September 2021 - 10:00am

Book your place now


National Voluntary and Community Sector grants funding

Message from NHS England

I am letting you know that we are today letting our stakeholders know about additional funding for national Voluntary and Community Sector organisations to support children, young people and adults with a learning disability and autistic people in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This funding is for national Voluntary and Community Sector organisations to provide additional support for children, young people and adults with learning disability and autism and their families as they continue to live with and through the impact of the pandemic.  

Appreciating the significant challenge COVID-19 has had on individuals this is a non recurrent in year grant, funded through the Spending Review, to help provide additional support, advice and information for individuals and families.

The closing date for applications is 15th September

Learning Disability and Autism Programme Grant Application Form

You are welcome to share with any relevant contacts, noting that the funding is for national organisations. The link can also be found here on our website:


Important Information on Information Sharing and Suicide Prevention SHARE

Message from Irene Harris (Mental Health Carers Group)

The SHARE Resource

The Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) has produced guidance for health and social care staff on how to use the consensus statement and how to engage with patients when discussing confidentiality and consent to share information. The ZSA guidance should be read alongside the consensus statement.

Published 26 August 2021

The SHARE resource has been developed by the Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA). It is designed to support health and social care staff on:

how to use the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) consensus statement for information sharing and suicide prevention

how to engage with patients when discussing confidentiality and consent to share information

The DHSC consensus statement on Information sharing and suicide prevention:-

The DHSC consensus statement sets out how and when clinicians should share information about patients, within the legal framework, where this may help prevent suicide. The ZSA SHARE resource should be read alongside the consensus statement.

Published 26 August 2021

Information sharing and suicide prevention: consensus statement

The Sharon Fallows Corner

Message from Sharon Fallows Corner

- Check your breasts, following the sad news about Sarah Harding

- Connect support group -  GM pregnancy loss group  

- Home instead – friendship café – funky money every Tuesday 10am till 11:30am

- Menopause information

- SPACE ADHD support group, parents and carers back face to face -

- Starting point coffee morning every Thursday 9am

- What’s going on the Offerton magazine

- You don’t know what is going on in people lives x 4 good visuals

Sharon Fallows Corner - 10.09.21

Mark Emery updates

Message from Mark Emery (The Prevention Alliance)

Please see the recent updates regarding training courses, employment opportunities and a great new course starting for WOmen at Startpoint.

Please share far and wide

EMPLOYER - Jobs Fair Flyer 22Sep21
Legal Advice Poster
Yellow and Black Bee Inspiration Card
CAP Life Skills

Heaton Norris Community Centre - New Timetable September 2021

Message from Nadia Ali (Heaton Norris Community Centre)

timetable sept 2021


Message from Rachel Smith (Stockport Council)

Please see leaflets about cuckooing that has been identified as a growing issue across Stockport and noted in the Lancashire Hill Area. Please read and if anyone has any questions or would like to know please speak to our GMP colleagues or Shenade Hegarty at Stockport Homes ASB Team.

Stockport’s Health and Care Awards Open for Nominations

Message from Polly Riggs (Stockport Council)

It’s been a difficult 18 months for everyone, but particularly those who have worked or volunteered tirelessly in the health and care sector. Stockport’s first Health and Care Awards, a joint initiative between Stockport Council, Stockport NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, is designed to recognise the dedication and hard work of those in the sector.

But we need your help. Do you know a colleague or organisation that has gone above and beyond during the pandemic? Perhaps they’re dedicated to ensuring everyone is included, or they work hard to promote mental wellbeing in Stockport?

Now you can nominate individuals or organisations for a Stockport Health and Care Award. There are ten categories to choose from, such as the Volunteer Award, Inclusion Award and Leadership Award.

To see all categories and nominate, simply fill in the online submission form. Nominations close on Thursday 30th September, so make sure you get yours in to avoid disappointment.

All shortlisted nominees will be invited to a ceremony on 23rd November.

Nominate your health and care heroes now, and remember to spread the word to all colleagues and residents – anyone who lives or works in Stockport can nominate!

The Stockport Health and Care Awards are now OPEN!

Heaton Norris Chatty Wednesdays

Message from Lizzie Austin (Wellbeing Network (WIN) in the Community)

Chatty Wednesdays 1pm – 3pm

Christ with All Saints’ Community Hall Heaton Norris.  £2:00 refreshments included

Chatty Wednesdays Poster Sept 2021

Stockport Homes - STAR Awards

Message from Louise Evans (Stockport Homes)

Could you include our Star Awards are now open for nominations, for volunteers, community groups and community project in Stockport neighbourhoods. More details are available here

SHG STAR Awards 21

Suicide Prevention event - Coffee Morning

Dementia Welcome Cafe - Gatley

Starting Point - 'Women Wellbeeing' Group Sept/Oct

Message from Rachael Pritchard (Startpoint)

Starting Point’s Women’s ‘Wellbeeing’ (bee theme, not a typo) group is starting again towards the end of September!

The group will meet weekly, on a Tuesday - 1pm to 2pm, for four weeks; 28th Sept, 5th Oct, 12th Oct and 19th Oct. We meet in our new Community Room, located within Start Point Coffee Shop, Woodley Precinct

The group is for ladies aged 55 and over, to come together, meet new people, in a new location and to find out more about the activities taking place across Stockport. We have ABL (A Better Life) attending one session, hopefully Smart Works too and we will be visiting the local community allotment where wellbeing sessions are run by a local doctor’s surgery. We will also be connecting over mindfulness colouring and talking about sessions and groups running across Stockport that may be of interest to the ladies.

The flyer is attached with a QR code link to a form to register interest (, or I can be emailed directly. Spaces are limited, so everyone must book their place.

Women's Wellbeeing Sept 21

Healthwatch Manchester

Admin Support Officer

We are advertising for an Admin Support Officer who can support the administration requirements and activities of the organisation.

You will provide daily support keeping the organisation running smoothly.

The main details of the role are:

  • Part time, 20 hours per week.
  • Grade 5 - £20,903 (pro rata for this role will be £11,945)
  • 26 days annual leave (pro rata for hours worked)
  • 6% pension contribution.

If you think you would be interested in this role, or know somebody else who would, please click here to view the jobs opportunities on our website where you will find an application form and full job description.

Please send completed application forms to

We do not accept CVs.  

Closing date Friday 24th September 2021 at 5pm.

Quality Care of Cheadle

Quality Care of Cheadle September 2021 Newsletter

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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