IRU - Tuesday 28th 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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Volunteer Cook - Handy Ladies

Handy Ladies is a voluntary organisation that provides hot meals to 190 vulnerable people of all ages in Stockport.

Our cook is currently off sick and we desperately need help in the kitchen help to enable us to continue to provide meals.   As a volunteer cook you would help either chef or second chef to prepare meals for 190 people some days are light kitchen duties, mashing potatoes and vegetables, preparing gravy.

Hours 9am until 1pm Monday Tuesday and Thursdays 

Handy Ladies are working out of Ladybridge Park Residents Club, Edenbridge Rd, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle SK8 5PX

If you feel you can fill this roll please call Jo on 07895 435232  ASAP


Latest Statement from 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 457* cases per 100,000 and 192 new cases each day.

We have the highest rates in Greater Manchester and there has been a steep rise in the under 18s, with cases three times higher than the next highest cohort. With this in mind the statement focuses this week on the importance of testing and the 12-15 vaccination offer.

Generally on our social channels we will continue to be asking residents to get a vaccine when called – 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.


2 weeks until the National Kidney Federation Annual Patients' event

Message from National Kidney Federation


Annual Patients' Event - 9th October

10am - 2pm

Join us for the 2021 Virtual NKF Patients' Event!

This year's event is entirely virtual, meaning you can enjoy the speakers from the comfort of your own home.

We have a range of engaging and informative patient and professional speakers lined up for the day. One of the speakers is Stephen Higgins, who will be talking about his kidney journey. 

To view the provisional programme and to register your free place please click here.


Stockport Foodbank - moving back to 'normal'

Message from Nigel Tedford (Stockport Foodbank)

Over the last 18 months Stockport Foodbank has adapted in many different ways to ensure that those who are in need of emergency food parcels have been ‘looked after’.  It has been down to the dedication of our volunteers and office team that this service has continued, uninterrupted, since the very first lock down and our thanks must go to them for this brilliant effort.

One of the downsides of lockdown has been the rise in the use of our voucher enquiry line by those who could not contact their usual supporting agency.  This was always a temporary measure and, with your help, we are now looking to move back to the referral process where each and every client who needs Foodbank support will come to us after they have been referred by you or another agency.

Might we ask you to look at ways in which this can be worked through in your organisation/department please?

You are the people who meet Foodbank clients face to face and your judgement of their needs are those that should be relied upon.  You have the expertise to recognise what help they need and a foodbank parcel may be part of this ‘package’.

We do fully appreciate that it will take some time to move back to a full referral process, however we are certain that this will be in the best interests of the clients and your help in this matter would be much appreciated.

If you are new to the Foodbank service perhaps you’d like to let us know and we can give you a quick run-down on how we work and what we offer as well as ensuring that vouchers are in your possession.

May we thank you for your help in this matter and we look forward to partnering with you to help those in our town who are facing ‘tough times’.

If you need foodbank vouchers please email us 


Answer Cancer Online Get Together

Message from Elizabeth O'Connor (Answer Cancer)

Answer Cancer November 2021 (Online) Stakeholder Collaborative

Men’s health awareness, autumn planning, news, updates and networking

Although the nights are drawing in and the days feel a little chillier, we’re busy fuelling up for a great few months ahead.  So come along, join us and share in our healthy vision for the season to come.  Our next Answer Cancer Get Together (Stakeholder Collaborative) is taking place on Weds 3rd November at 10.00am – 12.00pm (with an optional 30 mins Q&A at the end).  This time round we’ll be focusing our online event on Men’s Health & Cancer Awareness to coincide with Movember (Men’s Health Awareness Month). We’ll also be planning activities to help us engage with more men within our communities in a healthy meaningful way.

Come along and:

  • Hear the latest news and updates
  • Hear about Men’s health inequalities and ways to raise awareness
  • Hear moving testimony on the importance of early detection and seeing a GP
  • Hear best practice examples from projects that successfully engage men
  • Get new ideas and share best practice examples for activities that engage men
  • Find out how Answer Cancer staff can help and support your work
  • Network!  We’ll make time for people to meet, catch-up and share news

We particularly want to invite Answer Cancer Champions and Voluntary Sector organisations, but anyone with an interest in cancer screening, cancer prevention and early detection is welcome.

To register in advance for this event, Click Here


End the Fear

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Sands Utd Stockport

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

Another group for consideration is Sands Utd Stockport FC Sands United Stockport F.C - Home | Facebook are a group of dads, uncle, grandads that have all been affected by baby loss that come together to play football and support each other - they have grown in strength over the last few years

Joel Kelly founder of the group has just received a Cheshire FA Grassroots Football Award – Project of the Year - on behalf of the Club and all its members

Until recently the club were playing on one of the boroughs grass pitches and have moved this summer due to the clubs growth and are now playing their grassroots league football at Wythenshawe FC

This is a short film that they put together during the Pandemic and just a snap shot of some of the families involved in this group

Singing for Memory – Offerton Community centre fortnightly on a Thursday (1)
Singing for Memory – Offerton Community centre fortnightly on a Thursday (2)
Self Care week, 15th – 21st Sept practice self care for life
Visual physical activity for adults and older people
Brinnington cycling drop-in events
Halloween on the Green – Cheadle event
Neurodiversity a spiky profile – I found this really interesting
Funding the future x2 – Monday 18th Oct (1)
Funding the future x2 – Monday 18th Oct (2)
York Street Coffee Morning – Thursdays 10am till 12noon
NHS foundation trust – free parenting course online (1)
NHS foundation trust – free parenting course online (2)
NHS foundation trust – free parenting course online (3)
October is Stockport Equality Month
Great visual - How to combat teams fatigue
Dementia Discos back face to face


Stockport Equality Month

Stockport Equality Fair Poster
Stockport Equality Month Poster
Stockport Equality Month programme


Your Pantry

Message from Elena Vacca (Your Pantry)

As the uplift for universal credit ends very soon, I thought this would be a really good time to promote the pantries to new members.

A typical £3.50 pantry shop values at around £20 per shopping basket whilst it also offers members choice and dignity when visiting. We also offer a family membership which is £6.50 and members get double the amount of food.

I’ve attached the pantry flyer for you to promote and also the link is here to sign members up -

If you could share the pantry information with other colleagues or other organisations too, that would be really great.

SHG Pantry Leaflet


Walk and Talk Flyer

walk and talk (1)
WALK and TALK (2)
Walk and Talk (3)


Chip N Chat

Message from Paula Glass (Home Instead Stockport)



Walk & lunch/Walk & refreshments

Message from AGE UK Stockport for International Day of Older Persons Walk

Walk and Lunch


Stockport Libraries Fun Palaces 2021

Message from Michelle Shine (Stockport Libraries)

We are delighted to have our 5th year of Fun Palaces coming to Stockport Libraries this year it is at; One Stockport Hub in Mersey Way and Bredbury Library, George Lane and it's next Saturday 2nd Oct 10am-2pm.  Please can you  press that print button NOW and print and share with everyone. The leaflet can also be used as a poster in which case it's one sided.

Word of Mouth is always really important; so please mention it to other staff, friends, family or share on social media and generally let the world know what a wonderful opportunity to explore something new that Fun Palaces brings to Stockport!

As always it would be lovely to see you there, if there is an activity you are interested in.

Fun Palaces is for all ages and a warm welcome is assured if you would like to know more about this international event which brings communities together visit

Fun Palaces 2021 Leaflet
Fun Palaces 2021 Poster

Stockroom Consultation

Message from Michelle Shine (Stockport Libraries)

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: 

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

Greater Manchester Health Inequalities Senior Clinical Lead

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Viaduct Care

Viaduct Care,  Stockport's GP Federation, is recruiting

Two Social Prescribing Link Workers

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