IRU - Monday 10th January 2022

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IRU - 10.01.22

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The latest Statement from the Director of Public Health

Message from Emma Ferguson (Stockport Council)

First, so firstly Happy New Year to you all.

In Stockport Covid cases have risen dramatically and are at the highest ever detected over the pandemic. We now have the ninth highest rate of cases of any Local Authority in England. This brings our case rate to 975 cases a day or 2,325 per 100,000.

See the latest published data online. (* the latest figures for Stockport validated on 7.1.22)

This week the DPH statement focuses on changes to testing so if you test positive you can now take lateral flow tests daily from the sixth full day of your self-isolation if negative for two days in a row (with tests at least 24 hours apart) and if no high temperature, you can end your self-isolation on the day of your second negative test and from 11 January people with a positive LFT should self-isolate immediately and will no longer need a confirmatory PCR test, apart from a few exceptions.

With no changes to Plan B guidance we are encouraging people to stick to the rules around face coverings, working from home and the NHS Covid Pass, as well as the general hygiene and ventilation messaging.

We are also still encouraging everyone to get their booster jab and test regularly.

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

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


Stockport Libraries - New Year Newsletter

Update from Stockport Libraries

Open Plus is coming to Great Moor and Edgeley Libraries

Great Moor Library is closing for two weeks on Saturday 9th January 2022 at 2pm and will re-open on Monday 24th January 2022 at 10am. Edgeley Library is closing for two weeks on Saturday 22nd January 2022 and will re-open on Monday 7th February 2022 at 10am.

This is to allow for building works to allow installation of Open Plus. Open Plus will allow for longer opening hours for residents who have registered to use the service. For more information, please click the link below:


Build A Business in GM Libraries

Setting up your own business? Recently started? Got a brilliant idea? Get the skills and confidence you need to succeed.

For more information go to Build a Business, register your interest by pre-registering or click on the links below to book your place for any of the FREE courses at Stockport Central Library.

Power Up Your Business on 25th January 2022 9:30am - 4:30pm

Covering the practicalities of starting up a business e.g. business planning, managing finances, finding funding etc. These two 3-hour workshops cover the essential ‘nuts and bolts’ of starting up and running a successful enterprise, including: Legal structures, Business planning, E-commerce, Cashflow, Finance and Tax, Marketing, Finding funding and Pitching.

Know Your Market, Get Competitive on 26th January 2022 10:00am - 1:00pm

Giving valuable insights into unlocking the Business & IP Centre Manchester’s £5 million collection of UK and global business databases (including market research and company and financial information) to assess market potential and develop a viable business plan, upskilling you to ‘know your market’.

Intellectual Property – Protecting Your Assets on 2nd February 2022 10:00am - 1:00pm

Find out the basics of Intellectual Property (IP) and how it can be important to a new business. Make sure your product, service, website and brand are protected from would be copycats or do not infringe others’ rights.

You’ll also be able to book an appointment to see the local SME Champion, who will provide one to one support and create a business information plan for you, researching your business and market using the industry-standard database and resources available as well as signposting to other specialised help.

Build a Business in GM Libraries is part funded by the European Union, with a grant of £1.3 million from ERDF funding, and managed by Manchester City Council. The project will run from January 2021-June 2023.


Shiny new phone, PC, laptop or tablet for Christmas?

Did you, or someone you know, get a new device for Christmas? For help doing basic searches, job hunting, emailing etc, take a look at the council Help Doing Things Online site. It is full of resources to help you or someone else develop the skills needed along with events and classes being held. Also visit the #Digital Stockport blog for more on the Digital Stockport programme.

Also, take a look at the FREE online resources you can access provided by Stockport Libraries at our Online Resources page and our eBooks and eAudio book provisions on our catalogue pages. More information is available here.


Poland Syndrome Community Register is LIVE!

Message from Sam Fillingham (PIP-UK)

Your Poland Syndrome Community Register is LIVE!

Launch day is finally here!

We are so happy to announce that your Poland Syndrome Community register is ready for you to sign up to and compete the initial surveys!

Registration is secure & done in 4 simple steps

  1. Complete the registration form
  2. Check your inbox, create & activate your login
  3. Sign your electronic consent
  4. Complete your surveys


Sign up for National Kidney Federation Newsletter

Sign up to receive The National Kidney Federation (NKF) Newsletter.

Kidney Life is a FREE magazine for kidney patients keeping you in touch with the latest news, information and events and is produced four times a year.  Our most recent and older issues are available to view online by clicking here.  An email will be sent to you when the latest issue is available to view online.   However, if you wish to receive a paper copy of the magazine together with its inserts such as draw tickets and Christmas card brochure, please reply with your name and full postal address and we will update your mailing preferences.

We also distribute a monthly e-newsletter called In Touch.   This will be sent direct to your inbox on the 15th of every month.   Older issues of In Touch can be found by clicking here.

We are a charity run by kidney patients, for kidney patients, which relies totally upon the generosity of those who support us by way of donations, fund raising and subscription support.  If you would like to make a regular donation to the charity please contact us and enquire about becoming a Friend of the NKF.


Dementia United Update

Message from Dementia United

Dementia Carers Groups Bounce Back Fund

Dementia United want to support grass roots dementia carers organisations to get back on their feet after this difficult time.  We aim to help as many people as possible across all ten localities in GM, as well as supporting special interest groups such as BAME, LGBTQ+ and others.

We have a limited fund of £30,000 to offer one-off grants between £750 - £1200 to dementia carers organisations across Greater Manchester.  Successful applicants will receive their award in March 2022 and will need to update DU on their project progress in June 2022 and Sept 2022.  Application deadline: 5pm on Friday 21 January 2022

Please encourage your local groups to apply for this as we want to help as many diverse organisations as we can.  This might be paying for transport for day trips out, making a new venue covid secure or funding arts materials.   We want to fund small projects that will make a big difference!  For any questions or support applying, please email

An application pack containing (1) Application Form.doc (2) Guidance.pdf  and (3) Flyer.pdf can be downloaded here

We will also be holding an informal drop in session on Microsoft Teams for questions between 11am – 1pm on Wednesday 29 December and again between 2-4 pm on Friday 7 January and 2-4 pm on Monday 10 January.  If you would like an invitation to one of these sessions, please email

Greater Manchester

  • Greater Moments - Supporting People Living with Dementia and their Carers through winter: We will be starting the Greater Moments winter pilot (January-March) to explore working with localities in more depth (increasing app content and recruiting more users), to get more data on and from the app. We have got localities in the process of signing up for this, so if there’s any opportunity for your area to join too that would be amazing! We’re looking at an initial investment of £5,000-10,000. The deadline for this opportunity is Monday 10 January. Please contact for more information.
  • Age-Friendly Neighbourhoods: Opening up during Covid-19 & managing risks – Ambition for Ageing. Resources from the webinar held on Tuesday 30 November attached here. This event was for those who run community activities for older people, who wanted to hear more about delivering in a Covid-safe way and how you can support older people to return to in-person activities.
  • Greater Manchester ageing hub newsletter. Please find link here.



  • The Ardwick & Longsight engAge partnership are working in collaboration with Playlist for Life, a music Dementia charity, to hold a free informational session on how music and memory can help to support and benefit older people, with or without Dementia. We would like to invite you along to this session which will take place from 10.30am to 12pm on Thursday 13th January 2022 at Longsight Library. Please find here an Eventbrite link where you can obtain tickets for the event:

Please note that this event will be subject to the government Covid-19 guidance and may be postponed. All participants will be notified of any changes. Please contact if you have any queries.

Action for happiness – January
ARC – art for wellbeing, creative mums (1)
ARC – art for wellbeing, creative mums (2)
Early essentials asking for unwanted gift sets to be donated
Greater Manchester Fire – on line home fire check
how to build resilience and emotional health in children
Jean Byes Hub – Bredbury – coffee morning returning 11th Jan 10-30am
Parkinson’s and Stroke walking footfall starts 20th Jan life leisure Avondale– partners and caregivers also welcome (1)
Parkinson’s and Stroke walking footfall starts 20th Jan life leisure Avondale– partners and caregivers also welcome (2)
Sing along – Startpoint café Woodley – 26th Jan – 2pm till 3pm
Stockport allergy and asthma parents group – newsletter (1)
Stockport allergy and asthma parents group – newsletter (2)
TIDE dementia awareness sessions online and face to face
understanding diabetes type 2 free course – online – 3rd-4th Feb
Visual I have had a positive lateral flow test – explains what you should do


Beechwood Cancer Care Counselling

Message from Amy Geldard (Beechwood Cancer Care)

Starting Monday 24th January, we are offering an online Level 2 counselling training course for people in positions that support others, including nurses, social workers, and teachers.

This course focuses on developing skills in the professional context of counselling, communication and personal development, and will help you gain a clear understanding of the core conditions of a counselling relationship and the different therapeutic models of counselling.

If you are interested in enrolling, or would like further information, please contact

Beechwood Counselling Course
Beechwood Counselling Course Leaflet 5.01.21


New Awards and Workshops Open to Anyone Working with Families

Message from Gurpeet Keila (Campaign for Learning)

Happy New Year! I hope you had a restful break. 

We are excited to tell you about a new series of events and awards open to anyone working with families. These are delivered by Campaign for Learning, a charity promoting social inclusion through learning.  

If you can share this with the community and voluntary organisations you work with, please do let me know.  

I've included copy below and attached images - please feel free to shorten as appropriate. 

Family Learning Awards 

The Family Learning awards from Campaign for Learning celebrate imaginative, innovative, and inclusive, learning opportunities. The awards are a chance for you to showcase what you do deliver throughout the year.  

This year there​ are three award categories:   

  • Award for Family Learning in the Early Years 
  • Award for Building Brighter Futures through Learning 
  • Award for Family Learning to Support Health and Wellbeing 

The awards are open to all working with families. They are free to enter and close on 7 February. You can find out more here: 

Engaging with diverse communities 

We know how important it can be to engage with all members of your community. Campaign for Learning's new ‘Engaging With…’ workshop series focus on community groups you may not be familiar working with or that may not be accessing your services. 

This workshop series will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to open your learning offer to your wider community.

Earlybird rates available until 14 January. Find out more here: 

If you have a regular newsletter that is open to external news, please do let me know the deadline dates for content. 

Engaging With Workshops CfL
Family Learning Awards CfL
FLA Logo with CfL
FL Conference mages


Funded online SP-OT AND S-PEAK Papyrus training sessions

Message from Adele Owen QPM (Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership)

Happy New Year to you all.

Joann Hitchin has kindly shared details of funded training opportunities for Papyrus training.

Sessions get booked up quickly so please share with contacts you think would appreciate the opportunity asap but do emphasise that if they book on they really need to commit to attending so the funded place is not wasted.

SP-OT  (Suicide Prevention - Overview Tutorial)

What EVERYONE needs to know 

Key Objectives:

  • To understand the prevalence and impact of suicide.
  • To explore the language, and the challenges, when talking openly about suicide.
  • To recognise the ‘signs’ that may indicate someone is having thoughts of suicide
  • To consider how we can all contribute to a suicide safer community.

Delivery Time: 90 minutes

SP-EAK (Suicide Prevention - Explore, Ask, Keep-Safe)

An Introduction to Suicide Prevention skills

Key Objectives:

  • To consider the attitudes, myths and stigma that surround suicide.
  • To recognise and explore the ‘signs’ that may indicate someone is having thoughts of suicide.
  • To encourage an open, safe and sensitive conversation about suicide with a person having thoughts of suicide.
  • To support a safety plan with someone thinking of suicide

Delivery Time: 3.5 hours

If anyone has any questions about booking a place please contact



Dementia Friendly Art Book Competition

Message from Ruth Terry (Stockport NHS Foundation Trust)

Today I have launched a Dementia Friendly Art Book Competition to continue to raise the profile of activities for people in hospital. It is my hope that we will be able to create an art book which people living with dementia can use. This competition is open to everyone including the local community.

Information regarding art book competition


PPE Donation and Mental Health Support

Message from Chris Hughes (Stockport Homes)

Lingua GM are donating PPE and offering mental health support - see attached flyers for details.

Disability Stockport


- Team Leader

new position for an 18-hour team leader post

Outreach worker flexible contract 

Job advert - Team Leader
Job Advert - Outreach Worker Flexible contract

Age UK Stockport

AUKS Newsheet January 2022

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