IRU - Wednesday 8th December 2021

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iru - 8.12.21

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The latest statement from the Director of Public Health

Message from Alison North (Stockport Council)

While we have not yet seen a confirmed case of Omicron in Stockport,COVID-19 cases are still high with rates at 392.6* per 100,000 or around 165 per day. See the latest published data online.

(* the latest figures for Stockport validated on 3.12.21)

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

This week the DPH statement focuses on the Prime Minister announced new rules to help us all protect ourselves and others from a new variant of COVID-19 called Omicron.

The new guidance has been the focus of our social media comms this week and 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.

The ‘Stockport Safe and Well this winter’ campaign is continuing so keep sharing these on your own channels and with your employees. There’s also lots of information and top tips on our dedicated webpages

Thank you to you for supporting the One Stockport economic recovery campaign.

It would be great if you can continue to share this on your comms channels and with your staff. The  One Stockport website has toolkits available for you to use too.


You’re Invited! Stockport Council’s First Virtual Inequalities Summit

Message from Karishma Chandria (Stockport Council)

 Stockport Council is hosting its first virtual Inequalities Summit on Friday 10th December, which is FREE to attend please register via Eventbrite.

Tackling inequality is at the forefront of the agenda in Stockport. It is the 8th most polarised borough in England. Life expectancy can be as much as 11 years different for those living in the most deprived areas of the borough compared to those living in the most affluent areas. Building a fair and inclusive borough is also a key priority under the One Stockport Borough Plan, published earlier this year.

The Summit hopes to bring together local residents, businesses, communities and organisations to share their lived experiences of living and working in Stockport, and ultimately encourage everyone involved in joining Stockport Council in pledging tangible action to tackle inequality.

The keynote speakers have been confirmed as:

Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director, UCL Institute of Health Equity and Author of Build Back Fairer: The COVID 19 Marmot Review

Professor Arpana Verma, Clinical Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Manchester.

The day will be split into four sessions:

Session 1: A Fair and Inclusive Stockport – expert and local insights and perspectives on the inequalities challenge

Session 2: A choice of workshops focusing on Early Years and Education or Communities and Place

Session 3: A choice of workshops focusing on Healthcare or Employment and Income

Session 4: Fair and Inclusive framework and pledges for action – creating a movement for change in which we all play a role and sharing commitments to action for a fair and inclusive Stockport

Sessions will run from 10am – 4pm, with guests welcome to stay for all or part of the day.

Physical activity for disabled adults (1)
Physical activity for disabled adults (2)
Holiday vouches FSM
Eating disorder iceberg
Brinnington Cycling Drop in event dates

Social toolkits and resources for December

Message from Sam Fielding (Stockport Council)

as we move into December, I thought I’d send over a number of social media toolkits and resources that are free for you to use. These include:

  • Greater Manchester’s Grief Awareness Week toolkit (starts today)
  • The Reach Out, Stay S.T.R.O.N.G guide from the LGBT foundation – more information here
  • Some example posts signposting to support if people are feeling anxious about the recent COVID news
  • A full toolkit of Safe and Well messages, advising and signposting to extra support this Winter.
COVID Anxiety Toolkit
National Grief Awareness Week Campaign Toolkit 2021
Safe and Well Toolkit Compressed

Crafty Christmas - You are invited

Message from Dan (Start Point)

We’re doing a free craft evening on 14th December at the coffee shop. There will also be refreshments and stalls of Christmas gifts if people haven’t finished their present shopping!

Crafty Christmas - Start Point

County's Social Well Being Group

Message from Mark Emery (The Prevention Alliance)

Please see the attached flyer for the wellbeing group at Stockport County.

The group is now called County’s Social Well Being Group.

County's Social Well - Being Group Flyer Poster

Time to Talk Coffee Morning 13th December

Message from Lizzie Austin (Pure Innovations)

Please see attached coffee morning and share with people who would benefit! It is on Monday 13th December from 11am till 2.30pm.

It is at The Space, 26 St Petersgate, Stockport, SK1 1HD

Join us for tea and coffee, where we will be supporting people who have experienced mental health. There will be lots of different organisation there for you to talk to.

For more info, contact Lucy on 07925148511

Time To Talk Coffee Morning poster

Funding from Sport England available - ReTrain to Retain

Message from Chris Hughes (Stockport Homes)

ReTrain to Retain is a skills, funding and support programme to help sports coaches, volunteers, fitness professionals and group exercise instructors to return to work in the sector as it continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

The programme has been designed for those who, prior to the pandemic, worked in the sport and physical activity sector but had to find other work as a result of the restrictions imposed on sporting activities and facilities.

More information and how to apply available here,


Digital Apprenticeship Day - Calling all Colleges, Bootcampers and Career Changes

Message from Chris Hughes (Stockport Homes)

Interesting Digital Apprenticeship Day coming up in February – see attached flyer for details.

Digital Apprenticeship Day 2022

Stockport Community Shed Group

Message from Chris Hughes (Stockport Homes)

Stockport Community Shed Group are looking for new members – see attached flyer for details.

I’ve visited this brilliant group a few times and they’re a great resource for people over 50, especially if they’re feeling anxious or isolated. Brilliant for anyone who would like to get out, meet people and learn a few woodworking skills.

Stockport Community Shed

Less Stress and Shop well, Cook well, Eat well

Message from Sharen Livingstone (Olive ROC Centre)

Please find attached info re the groups I run/help run at Olive Branch. The date for the next cookery group has yet to be set, hence the ‘generic’ poster. But people can still contact me/refer service users in, as I am keeping a waiting list for when we do set a starting date.

Less Stress poster Jan 2022

Less Stress course A5 flyer Jan 2022

Shop well^LLJ cook well^LLJ eat well poster generic

Less Stress course A5 flyer
Less Stress poster
Shop well, cook well, eat well poster

Stockport County SK Memories

Message from Jamie McCord (Stockport County Community Foundation)

This  is our new dementia-friendly  SK Memories social and wellbeing group in Cheadle Hulme amongst service users and partners.

SCCF SK Memories Poster

Free Stockport Council Suicide Awareness for Professionals training

Message from Stockport Council

We are offering new dates for the popular Stockport Council Suicide Awareness for Professionals training, which is free of charge for anyone working or volunteering in Stockport. All courses take place using Zoom. Please circulate to your teams and networks. 

Important: Please only book a place if you can be sure to attend as this is a very popular course which is always oversubscribed, and we are unable to run the course without the majority of delegates attending. 


Course Details:  

Delivery Time: 2 hours   

  • Develops understanding and compassion  
  • Tackles myths, stigma and barriers  
  • Introduces concept that suicide is not inevitable – people can be helped, and module includes the latest research and evidence  
  • Helps delegates understand how distress develops and how people can be best supported  
  • Develops common language between community, services and those in distress  
  • Gives delegates the confidence and the skills practice of talking to someone in distress  
  • Develops a compassionate approach for demanding and time-pressured environments  
  • Equips the delegate with the knowledge of how to use to make their own Safety Plan 
  • No prior experience required  

The next sessions available are scheduled for:  

1st December 2021 9.30am-11.30am

9th December 2021 9.30am-11.30am

6th January 2021 1.30pm - 3.30pm


For anyone not able to attend but wanting to avail themselves of relevant online self-study options, please find attached a list of alternative training options. 

If you require any further information please email

ALTERNATIVE FREE ONLINE TRAINING OPTIONS To support conversations about mental health and emotional wellbeing

Law 4 Dementia Carers

Message from Liz Butler (Making Space)

Making Space have been working in partnership with TIDE over the last 18 months on a project to co-produce with consultation an education package for family carers of those living with dementia and care staff working with those families.

The package consists of 10 modules written by our legal partners in the Justice Hub at Manchester University and the Manchester Law Clinic to provide information about the legal rights of carers and what they need to do to access help and support with these issues. We are now in a position to pilot these packages across the Greater Manchester area. I have attached the posters advertising the courses that are being delivered in January.

Booking information is on the posters.

Other boroughs covered are

Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale,Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, Manchester, Salford.

L4DC poster for carers
L4DC poster for professionals

Diabetes UK Update - December

Message from Lisa Holland (Diabetes UK)

Come to the festive Diabetes UK Friends of the North virtual meet-up

On 14 December 2021 we’ll be bringing together friends across the North (and further afield!) affected by diabetes for a virtual end of year meet up and we’d love for you to be there! The evening event, which will run from 7.30pm until 9pm will be a chance to hear about our work here in the region and across Diabetes UK, what we have planned for the year ahead, as well as an opportunity to reflect on what has been another busy year. Just as importantly this will also be a chance to connect with other people affected by diabetes and we’ll also have some festive fun with our end of year quiz. We’ve attached some posters that you can share and if you’d like to come along, please let us know by registering in advance via this link:


Have you seen our handy Northern signposting resource?

We’ve pulled together some key information about the different types of information and support we provide across the North of England and put it in a handy A5 resource. This can be shared digitally or printed to give people in hard copy. We’ve attached it to this email and hope you find it useful.


We’ve refreshed our guide to t2 diabetes

We know there’s a lot to think about when you’ve just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. That’s why we’ve created this in-depth guide covering treatment, diet, healthy living and the care you’re entitled to. It’s available to download or to order as a free printed A5 guide from our online shop: Your Guide to Type 2 Diabetes - Diabetes UK Shop


NICE draft guidelines recommend wider use of Flash and CGM

We welcome an exciting step forward in our campaign to expand the availability of life-changing diabetes technology, as new proposals for wider access to flash and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) are released. NICE guideline proposals have been released for adults with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, and for children and young people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. This is a hugely welcome step towards more people having access to this life changing technology: NICE draft guidelines recommend wider use of Flash and CGM | Diabetes UK


New figures show record increase in childhood obesity since pandemic

On 16 November the latest National Child Measurement Programme figures were published by NHS Digital. They show that obesity rates in both reception-aged and Year 6 schoolchildren in England increased by around 4.5 percentage points between 2019-20 and 2020-21 – the highest annual rise since the National Child Measurement Programme began. They also show that obesity prevalence is significantly higher for children from the most deprived backgrounds, compared to the least deprived. These figures cover the period from September 2020, so are an insight into children’s health during the pandemic and lockdown. The release of the data coincided with a news story from NHS England announcing that children and young people living with obesity are to receive intensive help and support through a pilot of 15 new specialist clinics.  We’ve prepared a web story, which provides a more in-depth look at the figures and our calls to action: New figures show record increase in childhood obesity since pandemic | Diabetes UK


Real SDM project – Teesside University

Researchers at Teesside University are undertaking a study exploring the views of people living with type 2 diabetes and anxiety/depression around engaging in shared decision making with clinicians. They are currently recruiting participants to take part and are asking for help letting people with type 2 diabetes and anxiety/depression know about the study. Participants will need to take part in a recorded online or telephone interview, which should take no more than 1 hour, and will receive a £20 gift voucher for their time. More information is attached and on our website: Sharing decision making with your healthcare professionals | Diabetes UK. Please contact Rose Watson if you have any questions:

REAL SDM Participant info sheet
Northern Intro and Signposting
Friends of the North end of year event poster

Updates from Stockport Council

Updates from Sarah Burke (Stockport Council)

Temporary and precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant

From Tuesday 30 November, face coverings are mandatory in shops and on public transport, unless exempt, and all travellers returning to the UK require PCR testing. Find out more.

Changes to government advice on Lateral Flow Tests

Advice from the Government has recently changed around asymptomatic Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing. We are now encouraged to use tests to manage periods of risk, such as after close contact with others in a higher risk environment, such as crowded and enclosed spaces where there are more people who might be infectious, or before spending prolonged time with a more vulnerable person at higher risk of severe illness if they were infected. Find out more.

In addition to testing, get vaccinated and continue with preventative measures such as regular hand washing, wearing a face mask and when meeting people indoors keeping a window open for ventilation.

Covid toolkit to support communities and voluntary organisations promote vaccines

Doctors of the world has produced its own Covid toolkit to support communities and voluntary organisations delivering their own vaccine confidence events.

The toolkit, which includes a set of slides, speaker notes, infographics, guidance on how to deliver an information event, and video and text FAQs, will enable organisations to empower their community to make an informed decision about the COVID-19 vaccine. Translated Health Information is also available.

Covid vaccination toolkit for homeless health

The Healthy London Partnership has produced a toolkit for Covid vaccination and vaccination hesitancy among people experiencing homelessness.

University of Manchester research study

Researchers at the University of Manchester are looking to understand the barriers and enablers that impact older adults’ (75+) access to and experience of digital public services. The research findings will feed into the Ageing Hub’s work to increase digital inclusion across the city region.

The researchers want to speak to:

  • people aged 75 or over who do and who do not use the internet
  • community leaders/gatekeepers to understand what methods were used to continue to engage with their communities during covid-19

Please share with any neighbours, relatives, and service users that you think this might apply to. If they take part, they’ll receive a £15 ‘Love2shop’ voucher as a thank you for their time. For further information, please see the flyer and participant information sheet.

Flyer for Digital Inclusion in Older Adults Study
Information sheet for participants

Healthwatch Stockport Surveys


While You Wait - Waiting for Hospital Treatment Survey

GP Appointment Feedback - Share Your Views

Long COVID - Share Your Views

Healthwatch Stockport General Feedback

Urgent and Emergency Care - Winter Pressures Survey

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership are running a Greater Manchester wide survey to develop current understanding of why some people within Greater Manchester access urgent and emergency care rather than their GP or other primary care professionals; they want to help support people to access the right services, and help them understand how to make the right choices for their care: Urgent and Emergency Care - winter pressures survey. The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete and is open until 12pm Friday 10th December 2021. 


Healthwatch Mental Health Survey for Kooth

Message from Kooth

Kooth Digital Health is the largest digital mental health provider for children and young people in the UK, with a growing online service for adults and an ambitious aim to democratise access to mental health support across the UK.  We want to continue to work closely with colleagues and stakeholders across health and social care to understand and respond to the needs of the nation during what continues to be a challenging time for our wellbeing and mental health.

We recognise the key role Healthwatch plays as a health and social care champion and voice of patients.  We have been delighted to hear that in some areas commissioners have been alerted to patients wanting more access to digital mental health support via Healthwatch surveys, which has in turn supported greater access across the country.

We would love you to complete this short survey to let us know your views on the mental health support and access in your area and what you are hearing from patients and service users.  If you could spare the time we’d welcome the opportunity to meet with you or with representatives from your Healthwatch to understand more about what you are seeing and hearing in relation to mental health in your area. Please include your email address on the survey if you would be happy to arrange a conversation.

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 (4 hours each day)
  • Grade 5 - £20,903 (pro rata for this role will be £11,945)
  • 26 days annual leave 
  • 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 17th December 2021 at 5pm.

Age UK Stockport

AUKS Newsheet December 2021

North West Ambulance Service

Autumn Watch Sept 21
Autumn Watch Oct 21

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 happy or frustrated 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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