IRU - Friday 5th November 2021

Healthwatch Stockport's Information Round-up publishing every week. Read about the latest news, updates and events in Stockport.
IRU - 1.11.21

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Lastest Statement from Director of Public Health

Message from Alison North (Stockport Council)

Coronavirus case rates are still high and are currently at *414.1 per 100,000 or 174  per day. You can see the latest published data online.

(* the latest figures for Stockport validated on 4.11.21)

You can take a look at the latest statement from Director of Public Health, Jen Connolly, here.

Generally on our social channels we will continue to be sharing the Covid’s still here messaging, asking residents to get a vaccine when called – especially to get two vaccines and the booster, to continue lateral flow tests along with the hands, face, space and ventilation messages.

Our partner ‘Stockport safe and Well for Winter’ campaign has now been launched and there’s lots of covid-safe messaging which will be tied into this campaign.

If you can help share this safe and well messaging amongst your networks and workforce that would be helpful. Here is the news release for more info

We also have a range of social media assets you are welcome to use if you don’t want to share our posts. Let me know if you would like me to share this with you.


Christmas Cards sale - Tomorrow

Message from Janet Ratcliffe (Lived Experience Panel Member)

Is it too early to think about Christmas?  No, of course not and if you’ve not got your Christmas Cards yet or those stocking filler gifts volunteers for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People have a sale on Saturday 6th November, one at Bramhall Methodist Church and the other at Marple Methodist Church.  Both will be open between 10am and 12:00 so pop along to your nearest and pick up some Christmas goodies and help raise funds for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.


Our Happiness Factor Upcoming Events

Message from Gary Loftus (Our Happiness Factor)

Here's a reminder of our upcoming October and November. 

Our new Transformative Community Building Workshop takes place on 9th November in Manchester.  We will introduce participants to a whole new way of listening, and uncover the potential of dreams, aspirations and human connections. 

For further details please click the links below. 









Stockport Council -  Free cycle training courses

Message from Elysia Marriott (Stockport Council)

 Funded by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), the Active Travel fund is hosting a series of free training courses as part of the plans to increase skills across Greater Manchester, to help achieve our ambitions of increasing cycling levels. The aim is for the skills learnt at the training to be used across a variety of community settings in Stockport. It’s a great opportunity to upskill individuals, so they can deliver the training into the community.  

The Fundamentals of MTB (mountain biking leadership) is a new course ideal for anyone who wants to lead groups using mixed road and off-road environments. This might include rides that are already taking place but require development and insurance, or perhaps you are looking to organise activity for your school, college, activity centre or simply a group of friends.

Sign up free for any course on British Cycling's website. Please sign up in advance. If you have any issues accessing the courses, or any other questions then please email Elysia Marriott. Please also feel free to share this with others who you feel it will interest.

They are also sourcing venues for the Find & Fix Maintenance courses, so if you would be interested in this, please email Elysia Marriott.


Pennine Care's Healthy Young Minds has been renamed CAMHS

Message from CAMHS

Healthy Young Minds to be renamed CAMHS

Following our email on 26 August, we’re pleased to let you know from Monday 25 October we are changing our name from Healthy Young Minds to Pennine Care CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services).

This means all our children and young people mental health services in Bury, Oldham, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, Tameside and Glossop, and Stockport– will be known as CAMHS.

Key information

We have a new design which will appear across all our communication materials

Our new website will go live on Monday 25 October – links to the Healthy Young Minds website will automatically redirect to our new site

A new animation film explains why we have changed our name, plus more information about the services we provide

Our new Twitter account @PennineCAMHS will go live Monday 25 October – please follow us

We have updated some of our service email addresses – any emails sent to our old addresses will automatically be forwarded

We have not changed any telephone numbers

All our letters to families will have details of our new name

Signage for our services will be changed to CAMHS and should be completed by end of November 2021.

baby brain fact
Boots McMillian Information Pharmacists - cancer support in every boots pharmacy
great visual on booster and third dose vaccination
Healthy young minds is now called CAMHS
lost men exploring dreams – 27.11.21 Marple Library FREE
Nordic walking breast cancer – free training
What great listeners actually do – great visual

Updates from Mark Emery

Message from Mark Emery (The Prevention Alliance)

Please see the latest updates from some of our partners

Good News Bulletin November 2021
Greenfingers Flyer 271021
olive sanctuary poster

Staying safe and well this winter

Message from Polly Riggs (Stockport Council)

With the clocks going back last weekend, the nights are getting longer and the temperature is definitely dropping. Winter can be a tough time for people in lots of ways, from financial pressures to worries about healthcare services. Stockport Council and its health partners are launching a new campaign to ensure that all residents stay safe and well this winter.

The council and partners will be encouraging residents to look after themselves, their homes and each other to ensure they stay happy and healthy this winter. There are lots of support services available in Stockport, and the council will also be signposting people to these services to ensure that everyone gets the help they need: whatever it is that’s bothering them. With Self-Care Week and National Grief Awareness Week coming up in the next few months, there’s never been a more important time to stay in the know.

You can keep up-to-date with top tips to help keep you safe and well this winter by signing up to the weekly newsletter, the Stockport Review Extra, which will be delivered to your inbox every Friday. You can also keep an eye on the social media channels of the council, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust and Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group.

Visit the Stockport Council website for more information.

Winter Safe and Well

New Coffee Afternoon - Reddish Ladies only

Message from Marie O'Malley (Stockport Council)

Please see attached a new coffee morning for those who experience DA or have experienced .  As we wont be statin this on the poster please see the colour orange in line with the orange umbrella project.  Also the volunteers are working under the owls organisation.

So if you work with anyone who may benefit from a coffee, please signpost them to get community support, a natter may just some ones cup of tea to get them through the weekend.

Just want to highlight also without the police involvement ( Inspector North ) this project would not have happened, the police has funded this piece of week to support Reddish victims.

Coffee Afternoon Poster

Become a Rescare Befriender

Message from Nicola Zielinski (Rescare)

Do you want to become a volunteer befriender?

We are seeking volunteers to support and provide peace of mind to elderly parents and relatives of people with learning disabilities.

Volunteers will meet regularly with families and relatives, assisting and enabling them to lead happy and fulfilling lives.

Befriending relationships are most effective when they last a long time and when frequent contact is made.

About Rescare

Rescare was founded in 1984 by parents and friends of people affected by the closure of large NHS hospitals for people with learning disability. Run “by families for families”, Rescare is based in Stockport and has members all over the UK.

Throughout all this time Rescare has been available to members and their families to offer independent advice and help guide through problems with learning disability placements.  We maintain a telephone helpline Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and an email contact. We have expertise and experience in this field which is available to all our volunteers.

To be a befriender you need to:

  • Volunteer on a regular basis (there is an element of flexibility with this depending on your own schedule and the family’s needs). 
  • Commit to the befriending a family and their relatives for at least 12 months.
  • Be reliable and consistent.
  • Be over 18 years old.

Key requirements:

  • Complete Rescare volunteer application form.
  • Provide 2 references.
  • Participate in an interview.
  • Undertake enhanced Basic DBS check. (*Rescare will fund this)

Rescare will provide:

  • An online support group.
  • Support from our helpline staff and trustees
  • Induction and ongoing training.
  • Reimbursement of agreed reasonable expenses expenses

More Information

Family Advert 25.10.21

Accessible raving

Message Amelia Harrington (Pure Innovations)

I just wanted to share this event happening in Manchester which some of your contacts may be interested in – it’s called Under One Roof and it’s a club night for people with learning disabilities.

The music is mostly EDM/dance/techno (not pop music) so it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but thought I’d share anyway – their whole motto is ‘accessible raving’.

The event runs from 6-9pm on Weds 8th Dec and tickets are £4 (inc. booking fee) and carers can book free tickets to accompany them:

Book now

Here are some great pictures of one of their previous events:

Facebook link

Accessible Raving


Step Together - Ex Offenders Project

Message from Maria La Mattina (Stockport Homes)

Please find attached information regarding Step Together and its ‘For my Future’ training programme. This  course aims to overcome the barriers ex-offenders face in finding work and comprises 20 hours of guided learning, one to one mentoring, home learning, CV and interview techniques and volunteering opportunities.

For further details, please email    

Step Together Volunteering Brochure
Step Together Volunteering Ex Offenders Flyer
General - Information Sharing Consent Form(1)

Age UK Tandem Service and The Brookfield Park Shiers Family Trust Fund

Message from Lizzie Austin (Pure Innovations)

AGE UK Stockport Tandem Service update;

Service Update - The Tandem support service currently has very limited availability.  They can take on minimal packages, every referral is considered and fitted in if we can. They’re still happy to receive calls or emails of enquiry to check if we can accommodate.

The Brookfield Park Shiers Family Trust Fund is open to applications to support voluntary groups for children and young people, young carers, addressing loneliness amongst children and young people, and supporting sports groups for people of all ages.  Please share ……

The area of benefit as laid down in the objectives of the Trust primarily covers the Cheadle and Gatley, Cheadle Hulme North, Cheadle Hulme South and Heald Green Wards. The plan in the link shows the area of the former Cheadle and Gatley Urban District Council. link

 The Area Committee has agreed the following guidelines for the distribution of monies from the Trust:-

The Trust was formed from a Deed of Gift to the then Cheadle and Gatley Urban District Council in 1945 by Percy Hesketh Shiers. The Cheadle Area Committee acts as the Trustee for the Council.

  • Invite applications for projects by voluntary and community groups in the area of the former Cheadle and Gatley Urban District Council, to include both enhancements of existing projects as well as new projects.
  • Usually award grants up to £1,000/£1,500 per organisation, but not exclude the submission of larger scale projects. 
AGE UK Tandem Support Leaflet May 21
Brookfield Park Shiers Family Trust info

Festival of North West Thinking Programme Launched!

Message from Voluntary Sector North West

We are delighted to launch our Event Programme for our Festival of North West Thinking 2021 & VSNW's AGM taking place on Tues 9th November in Preston, Lancashire.

You will find the programme attached. It contains all the information you will need on the day including timings, workshop descriptions and speaker biographies. A reminder of the schedule can also be found below.

Please register your attendance now to secure your place. We’d be particularly grateful for our members’ attendance, to take part in our AGM.


Prince's Trust Opportunity for Young People

Message from Chris Hughes (Stockport Homes)

Level Up - November 2021

Updates from Chris Hughes around Employment

Message from Chris Hughes (Stockport Homes)

  • Here’s our latest update on new courses – see attached flyer for details.
  • Just a reminder of our upcoming webinars, focusing on sectors that are actively recruiting: Thursday 11th November at 2pm: Careers in Health & Social Care: Opportunities in the North West
  • Digital skills are… well, essential nowadays – so here’s some free, essential, digital skills, as well as employability and English – see attached flyers for details.
  • Are you looking for a way into Data Analytics or, like me are you wondering what Data Analytics are/is? Well, either way, this may be of interest – see attached flyer for details.
  • Pennine Care have a new Step into Work: Healthcare Programme for the over 30’s – see attached flyer for details.
SFL+ Monthly Update Nov-Dec 2021
Standguide Essential Digital Skills November
Employability Award Nov-Dec
Functional Skills in English December (003)
Data Analytics Flyer
ASIW Over 30 flyer Nov 2021 (3)

KitKat Group

Message from Ellie Uwin (Nacro)

Please see attached a poster for a support group for parents or carers who support people with additional needs

Support Group for Parents and carers

Updates from Stockport Council

Message from Sarah Burke (Stockport Council)

Covid updates

While rates of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Stockport are declining slowly, they are still very high with numbers at 445.1 per 100,000, or 187 cases per day. You can see the latest Statement from the Director of Public Health on the council website.

Covid has not gone away, and the vaccination programme continues to be our best defence against the virus. Over time, the effectiveness of a vaccine reduces, which is why you need a booster jab.  You can find out more by reading this helpful leaflet. If you’re eligible, your GP should contact you. However, if you think you’re eligible but have not been contacted, you can book your booster jab by visiting the national booking site or calling 119.

Keeping Stockport Safe and Well this Winter

The council and its health partners have launched a new campaign to help keep residents safe and well this winter. Encouraging people to look after themselves, their homes and each other as the weather gets colder, the campaign will signpost residents to support services available for a whole host of issues from mental health to fuel poverty and healthcare questions.

Please support the campaign by sharing from the Stockport Council social media channels.

More advice on how to stay safe and well this winter on the council website.

Self-care Week 15 -21 November

This Self-care Week Stockport Council, Viaduct Care and Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group are encouraging people to practice self-care for a healthier and happier life. Throughout the week there will be information and activities taking place at the One Stockport Hub in Merseyway, to help people take care of their health and well-being.

If any organisations are already holding events or are interested in getting involved in the week, please email

Urgent and Emergency Care Winter Pressures - VCSE Small Grants

GMCVO, with funding from GMHSCP, have launched a grants programme to develop the NHS's understanding of how people use services in Greater Manchester and why some people inappropriately access urgent and emergency care services.

GMCVO and GMHSCP are working together to create a survey to explore these issues and grants of up to £1,000 are now available to GM VCSE organisations to carry out engagement work with communities to support the completion of surveys and the further gathering of intelligence.

The deadline for applications is Friday 12th November 2021 at 17:00. To find out more about the grants programme, and to apply for a grant, visit the GMCVO website.

Local Fund Stockport Review Extra Yellow

Mental Health Resources from Stockport and Greater Manchester

Message from Sam Fielding (Stockport Council)

Updated poster and flyer

We’ve recently updated our ‘feeling anxious, stressed or low?’ resources, which have a wealth of options for Stockport residents to choose from. Please feel free to share with anyone who would benefit, including practitioners.

Support with gambling

This week is the gambling industry’s annual “Safer Gambling Week”. After consulting with experts by lived experience and public health leads, the GM programme will not be supporting or connecting to any public facing activity with this campaign. Although Safer Gambling Week seeks to raise awareness of an important issue, the messaging is generated and funded by the gambling industry to perpetuate a narrative of individual responsibility (increasing shame and stigma associated with gambling disorders) and deflect from the harmful nature of gambling products.

The team at GM have instead prepared a short guide to the support available for GM residents who may be experiencing gambling harms (attached) – please do share this resource with colleagues.

For more information about the gambling harms reduction programme, visit the website.

Add your community group to Stockport Local

Some of you may already be aware of Stockport Local, a place for everyone to share information on their community groups.

We are now working on a mental health section of Stockport Local, the groups in which will be separate and ‘council approved’.

If you have a community group already set up on Stockport Local, please email me with the link, so we can add it to this new section

If you haven’t set up your community group, please do so by visiting the website here - please email me once you’ve done this so I can add it to the new section!

EHWI Leaflet
EHWI Poster
Gambling support in GM

Age UK Stockport 

Age UK Stockport Newsheet November 2021

While You Wait - Waiting for hospital care.

Millions of people have had their treatment delayed by the pandemic – are you one of them? We want to know if you’re getting the advice, information and support you need while you wait. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many people having their operations, treatment and appointments cancelled or delayed to free up inpatient and critical care capacity. While this helped medical staff respond to the crisis, it has resulted in a huge backlog of people waiting for treatment. 

The latest data shows that the number of people waiting for routine operations and procedures in England is at its highest level since 2007 – currently at 5.45 million

What could be improved?

At Healthwatch Stockport we know that not everyone is getting the help they need while they wait for care. That’s why as part of a national Healthwatch campaign we have launched a survey to understand your experiences.  

Everything you tell us is confidential and will help us, the NHS and its partners understand what needs to be put in place to better support people like you.

So, whether it’s gynaecological surgery, a knee replacement, mental health treatment, or a biopsy you’re waiting for, if you’ve got a story to tell, we want to hear it. 

Don’t like surveys? Then not to worry! We are also looking for people to document their journeys while they wait for treatment that we can use to help inform services.

Click here to complete the survey

Contact us at Healthwatch Stockport on 0161 974 0753 or email us at 

If you need help or support please don’t forget to call our Information & Signposting Service 0161 974 0753 or visit our website for more information.

We have also been involved in helping shape the Greater Manchester While You Wait website While You Wait for Hospital Treatment which provides further information and advice, along with handy resources, to help you manage your physical and mental wellbeing while waiting for hospital care.

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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