IRU - Monday 25th April 2022

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IRU - 25th April 2022

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Information Session - 27th April 2022

We are hosting an Information Session on Wednesday 27th April 2022 (10:30 - 12:00) at our headquarters - Land O' Cakes, 48 Middle Hillgate, Stockport SK1 3DL

The session is for anyone looking to get involved with the health and social care sector or interested in the work of Healthwatch Stockport and what we do. If you would like to know more you can contact the office on 0161 974 0753 or email Liam at

You can also book straight onto the session by clicking the button below

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Latest Statement from Director of Public Health

Message from Alison North (Stockport Council)

This week’s statement focuses on the spring boosters and the pop up vaccine centres across the borough.

Rates are currently at 231.7 per 100,000 population: around 88 people per day. This rate is likely to be an underestimate in cases as free testing is no longer available. See the latest published data online

Here is the latest Statement from the Director of Public Health

This week we have continued to focus on booster and vaccine clinics along with the usual covid safety messaging.

The Sharon Fallows Corner

Message from Sharon Fallows

6 quick ways to reduce stress
All Hallows Church – Cheadle – social night last Wednesday in the month
Cale Green Park Fun Day – Sunday 26th June
Chat and Natter table – Woodley (startpoint) – Wednesdays
Feel Good Friday – Heaton Norris – 29th April
Get on Line the right tome – Woodley (startpoint) – Friday 6th May
Happy Birthday your Majesty – Woodley – Wednesday 1st June
Jubilee Picnic in the Park – Heaton Norris – Saturday 4th June
List of helplines for young people
St Pauls Church -Brew I a Pew – Wednesday 27th April
Visual Self Care – what people think it is, what is actually is


Help with prescription costs

Message from Alison Whitelegg (Stockport Council)

The cost of prescriptions may mean that people living with long term health conditions are not taking their medicines as prescribed by their health professional.  This can lead to a deterioration in their health or the development of a related condition.

Please share the following information across your networks and help us to raise awareness of how people may be able to reduce how much they pay.

Don’t let the cost of prescriptions stop you taking your medication.

You can use the NHS eligibility checker to check if you’re eligible for free NHS prescriptions.  You may find that you qualify for a medical exemption certificate if you have certain medical conditions.

If you’re not entitled to free prescriptions you could save money with a Prescription Prepayment Certificate, also known as a PPC.  This lets you get as many NHS prescriptions as you need for a set price. If you regularly pay prescription charges, a PPC could save you money.

If you’re on a low income the NHS Low Income Scheme could help you pay for NHS prescription charges.  Depending on your circumstance you can receive full help or partial help.

Find out more on the Healthy Stockport website


Together Fund: Now open

Messages from Elizabeth Scott (Versus Arthritis)

Versus Arthritis are distributing grants of up to £5,000 to support people with long term health conditions, to get active. Organisations across England should be working to increase the availability of exercise opportunities for people with long term health conditions in local communities, to help aid recovery from the negative impact of COVID-19 and reduce the widening of inequalities in sport and physical activity. Applications are particularly welcome from groups who also support people from culturally diverse communities, disabled people, and people from lower socio-economic groups.

We are particularly interested in supporting people with musculoskeletal conditions which affect 32% of people in England so we anticipate that a number of groups will be eligible. For more information about these conditions please visit: About arthritis | Conditions, symptoms, treatments, support (

For more information about the Together fund, including how organisations can apply, please visit: Inspiring active communities ( If you have any questions, please email

We also have a poster enclosed with this email to share with any organisations or community groups that you are connected with, which would be greatly appreciated.

Stockport's First Women & Girls Network Inception Meeting

Message from Nadia Ali (Make a difference)

Stockport's representative on the Greater Manchester Women and Girls network, Nadia Ali, has arranged an inception meeting for a Stockport based women and girl network on Tuesday 26th April between 2-4pm.   If you would like to be involved in championing women and girls rights and tackling issues the community face locally please join us.

At the first meeting we will discuss what the Women and Girls Network should do, objectives, ways of working and a forward plan. Representatives from, Stockport Council and Sector3 as well as a breadth of different experiences and insight from across our communities will be in attendance to share what their contribution will be to the network.

We will be meeting in the Upper Gallery at Stockport War Memorial Gallery. The building will be open for this event.

You can register for the event below

Book now


FREE Event in Stockport

Message from Nicola Zielinski (Rescare UK)

We are hosting a workshop in the theme of musical appreciation on Thursday 19th May at 10:30am for parents and carers based in Stockport. The session will be delivered by Peter Eccles and it will give you the opportunity to listen to classic songs from the musicals and discuss the impacts and dynamics of song. It will be an informal session for you to also meet other parent carers.

If you care for someone that has a learning disability this session may be the perfect chance to step out of your usual routine and focus on yourself.

Session is free to parent carers ; respite is available subject to availability. A light lunch will be provided.

We hope you can join us.

Book Here: Eventbrite

More info available at: Rescare - Caring for Carers


Kindling Trust activities

 We have been busy putting together a Wellbeing programme. This post is about the work we are doing with one of the local hotels housing refugees and asylum seekers. 

We have also starting our Gardening for Wellbeing programme - for people who need a little more support to join the community garden. 

We have also got a series of Creative Wellbeing session and workshops running. These are paid for sessions and workshops. the money from this goes back into supporting our free programme. 

We are currently running a 'Slow Stitch' session every Thursday 6:30pm - 8.00pm. This is using sewing as a tool for mindful meditation and relaxation. 

Also we have a series of Natural Dye workshops. Using plants to dye fabrics and make pigments. I have attached two posters for these. Website link - 


Virtual Dementia Training bus

Message from Paula Glass (Homes Instead Stockport and Tameside)

We are excited to announce we have secured the Virtual Dementia Training bus!!


This worldwide, scientifically, and medically proven method of giving a person with a healthy brain and experience of what dementia might be like, allows delegates to enter the world of the person and understand which simple changes need to be made to their practice and environment to really improve lives of people with dementia

Would you like to experience this? Spaces are limited- please get in touch with Paula Glass on 0161 480 0646 OR


Poland Syndrome Awareness Fun Day in Stockport

Message from Sam Fillingham (PIP-UK)

On Saturday 30th April we are hosting a Fun Day at the Rose Walker Community Centre, Stockport.

There will be activities for all ages including an x-box gaming truck, clay making, tots play, Hair Brading with Shirley and Afternoon Tea will be available too.

You are welcome to bring along family and friends too. 

If you are coming please click going on our Facebook event page so we can make sure we have enough afternoon tea for all.

Poster for event


StockSport 2022 Running Festival

Date: Sunday 26th June 2022

StockSport Running Festival interactive flyer

St Ann's Hospice

Marketing and Communications Officer

Job Details

  • Location Cross Site - Heald Green & Little Hulton
  • Date posted April 20, 2022
  • Closing date May 15, 2022
  • Package Band 5, £26,276 per annum
  • Interview date Monday, 30th May or Tuesday, 31st May 2022

For more information


Working Parents Jobs Fair 29th April

Message from Chris Hughes (Stockport Homes)

The Jobcentre are running a jobsfair for working parents – see attached flyer for details.

Working Parents Jobs Fair 29-04-22

Are you Deaf, deafened or find it hard to hear? Final call to have your say on the support you want!

Bolton Deaf Society, Manchester Deaf Centre and Walthew House in Stockport have commissioned Forever Consulting to explore the needs of people who are Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing, and how the centres can best help. Your views will help them shape the types of services they provide and how they are delivered.

You can have your say via a short survey which will only take 10 mins to complete, and you will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a £100 High Street voucher.

We want to understand the views from as many people who are Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing as possible, so please share this survey with others so they can have their say too.

Take part in the survey here – the closing date is 8am Wednesday 27th April.

Watch a translation of the survey in British Sign Language here

Diabetes UK

April 2022 update

Information and Signposting

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