IRU - Monday 16th May 2022

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IRU -  Monday 16th May 2022

Welcome to this week's Information Round-up! This week is #DementiaActionWeek.

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Dental Care

Last week we asked you 'Do you think dental care is affordable?"

Everyone that has responded to the poll has told us 'No' they do not believe that dental care is affordable. We asked this question as part of the Healthwatch England campaign. Nationally 49% of adults polled think NHS dental charges are unfair. You can read the full findings by clicking the button below.

Find out more

Lack of NHS dental appointments widens health inequalities

A new survey of public attitudes to NHS dentistry shows that half of the adults in England find dental charges unfair amid escalating living costs. We have warned decision-makers that NHS dentistry is in desperate need of reform.

Read more



Todays Poll

To mark Dementia Action Week we have decided to ask you a short question around dementia. You can take the poll below.

Latest Statement from Director of Public Health

Message from Emma Ferguson (Stockport Council)

This week’s statement focuses on a further push of the Spring Boosters for eligible cohorts, as well as vaccine centres across the borough.

Reported rates of Covid are fluctuating within the borough. Rates are now at 98.5 per 100,000 population: around 41 people per day. However, this rate will be an underestimate See the latest published data online.

Here is the latest Statement from the Director of Public Health

As we move forward with living with Covid, we have reviewed the frequency of the statement and the next will be in a fortnight, in time to plug our planned half term pop-up clinics and from then on will be issued monthly.


Jubilee bank holidays Thursday 2nd June and Friday 3rd June

Jubilee bank holidays Thursday 2nd June and Friday 3rd June are now posted on the GMLPC website. Other pharmacies may be open, but have not notified NHSE&I Greater Manchester team and therefore, are not included in this list.

Pharmacies are advised to check where the nearest available pharmacy is, in order to signpost patients and to avoid patients attending A&E for pharmacy services.  The 111 service can also signpost patients to the nearest available pharmacy.

Pharmacists are reminded to update their DOS and NHS website profiles to reflect their open/closed status

For more information and FAQ’s, please access the PSNC website


Understanding Long-COVID

Message from Philip Hammond (Research for the future)

Take part in research looking to understand Long-COVID

Infection with COVID-19 is leaving people with multiple symptoms and new research is looking to understand what causes these, why some people are more susceptible to experience ongoing health issues, as well as what care or treatments are currently available.

Help BEAT Coronavirus is a campaign encouraging people to take part in research to help the NHS understand the ongoing issues presented by the coronavirus pandemic and to look at ways to support those living with symptoms of long-COVID.

People who get involved in health research tend to have better health outcomes, as they become better at managing their own health.  Joining the research community also means that people are actively helping the NHS to improve care and treatments.

Registering means you will receive information about research opportunities along with details of how to take part. There are lots of different types of research you can take part in, including answering questionnaires, joining discussion groups, testing equipment, or taking part in trials to find new treatments.

Register now online at or text RESEARCH and YOUR NAME to 81400.


Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust news release – Working with GPs to help people

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust has recruited 28 senior mental health practitioners to work with GPs and other professionals as part of the primary care networks (PCNs) in Bury, Oldham, Stockport, Rochdale and Tameside and Glossop. You can read the full story here and the CCG will share further information with you as it is received.

The Sharon Fallows Corner

Message from Sharon Fallows

ARC – Art pen pals
FREE Type 2 diabetes eLearning course starts June
How are you really doing
iDEA free employability digital skills (1)
iDEA free employability digital skills (2)
Long Term Conditions Support Group – Tuesdays – Brinnington
Mental Health Awareness visual
North Reddish Detached Your Work – Thursdays
Stockport Allergy Mamas – playgroup
Stockport Foodbank poster
Stockport Secret Street Party – Saturday 4th June
Stockport Together- pre-menopause and menopause workshop – Thursday 9th June – Adswood
When I am stressed visual


Calling under 18s to show how they look after their mental health

Message from Joanne Watson (Beacon Counselling)

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and so Beacon Counselling have decided to extend the deadline for the Stamp Out Stigma Competition until 12th June and are welcoming visual entries from Stockport's children and young people to show how they look after their own mental health and wellbeing. 

Submissions will be used to support the Stamp Out Stigma Campaign which promotes youth voices on mental health in Stockport and winning entries will win Amazon Vouchers up to £50. 

Beacon Counselling is working with Stockport Council this year to promote the competition and a chosen winning entry will also receive the opportunity to work with a professional designer to help use their content to promote mental health support across the borough.

Submissions to  by 12th June 2022. 

You can find out more here: 



Diabetic Eye Screening - Free for people with diabetes over the age of 12

Message from Karen Tildesley (Health Intelligence LTD)

Carers Week Employer Event

Message from Rebecca Harris (Stockport Signpost for Carers)

Stockport businesses and/or non-profits are warmly invited to join local charity Signpost Stockport for Carers on Wednesday 8th June during Carers Week at Signpost’s headquarters in Heaton Moor for a lunchtime session on carer-friendly employment.

We know that 1 in 7 of all workers in the UK is juggling a paid job alongside a caring role and this figure has increased since the pandemic began. As part of Signpost's three-year Work With Us project, Signpost aim to support local businesses to think about ways they can be more carer-friendly and share best practice across the borough.

The event will highlight ways that unpaid carers can be better supported at work and will be a great opportunity to network with other local businesses interested in carer-friendly employment. The event is designed for line managers, business owners, HR or Diversity & Inclusion staff or anyone else responsible for employee wellbeing.

Find out more and register a place here: or for more information email

Carers Week employer event


In person VCFSE Forum Meeting

Message from Kirit Patel (Sector3)

Sector3’s next in person VCFSE Forum meeting will be held on the Tuesday 24th May (1pm-3pm) at the Marple Cricket Club.

The forum is a space to share your concerns, learn new skills and meet others from the voluntary, community, faith and enterprise sector.

We'll also be discussing ideas for a sector conference to be held later in the year.

Please register:

Marple Sports Club, Bowden Lane, Marple SK6 6ND


For Parents and Carers of families with a learning disability and/ or autism

Message from Nicola Zielinski (Rescare)

We would like to welcome you to our next Zoom forum on Wednesday 18th May at 10am which will be hosted by Nicola Zielinski who works not only Rescare but also represents Befriending Networks.

In this session you will hear a little more about the wide scope of Befriending and how it is part of the campaign to end loneliness across the UK.

There is also a chance to hear more about our pilot project for Rescare which recently celebrated it’s 1 year anniversary and is now moving into a second phase which hopes to expand out to more families across the UK with its telephone befriending scheme.

Here is the zoom link , please feel free to share on with anyone you think may benefit from coming along:

Time: May 18, 2022 10:00 AM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 854 1323 1739

Passcode: 095036

More info can be found here:


Woodley Crafternoon - Every Wednesday

Message from Kate Mcloughlin (Stockport Homes)

Woodley Crafternoon Poster


TPA - Walking Groups

Message from Ellie Uwin (Pure Innovations)

TPA walking poster Abney Hall Walk
TPA walking poster Mooch and Mingle
TPA walking poster Woodbank wanderers


Stockport-wide Book Hunt this week

Message from Sara Brylyn (Stockport Libraries)

Stockport Libraries are hosting a Book Hunt this week with great prizes for children and families who find a book pack. Could you help spread the word about the hunt for us? Look at the poster for more details.

Look for a Book Poster


QI Gong Taster Session

Message from Sara Brylyn (Stockport Libraries)

Join our Qi Gong Taster Session and enjoy the benefits of this ancient Chinese practice. It’s focus on breathing and slow movements help with flexibility and balance and reduces stress.

Our qualified instructor will lead this low impact exercise in a relaxed setting suitable for all ages and abilities.

Book now

[JOB] Manchester Homelessness Partnership at Macc

Message from Vanessa Porter (Voluntary Sector North West)

Network and Communications Worker

Manchester Homelessness Partnership (MHP) is a network of organisations formed in 2016 to work together toward the aims and values of the Manchester Homelessness Charter. Our goal is to end homelessness in all its forms in Manchester.

This new role will support the Partnership, helping to organise meetings, ensuring members are able to communicate with each other and promoting the Partnership’s work. Employed by Macc, as an independent and trusted partner, the work will be directed by the MHP Driving Group. (We are open to secondments for this role.)

Working for a high-profile and well-respected charity that supports Manchester’s thriving charities, voluntary organisations, community groups, and social enterprises, this role is a great opportunity to work alongside some brilliant local organisations that are committed to creating change in our city. If you have good organisation, planning, and admin skills, enjoy working with a wide range of people, and are interested in putting these skills to use in support of efforts to tackle homelessness, we would love to hear from you.

Salary: £25,991 per annum

Hours: 35 hours per week

Based in the Macc office in Manchester City Centre but with some remote working

Period of contract: 2 years (extension subject to funding and business need)

Interviews will be held on: 6 June 2022

Application pack

Deadline: 20th May 2022, 12pm


[JOB] Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Message from Ruth Terry (Stockport NHS Foundation Trust)

Matron for Dementia Care

At Stockport NHS Foundation Trust.  It is a fixed term 12-month contract or secondment.

More information

Deadline: 25th May 2022


Lipreading Course

Message from George Sutton (Walthew House)

I have attached a poster for an upcoming lipreading course that we are running at Walthew House, and I wondered if you would share it with your networks. We are keen to promote a lipreading course in the area as we know that it is a vital skill which many people with the early stages of hearing loss may struggle with.

The course runs from the 18th of May, from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm, and will run weekly for 10 weeks. This cost has a price of £25 but this is simply to pay the tutor as the venue is provided by Walthew House.

We would be very grateful for any assistance and if you or anyone interested would like more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the information below.

lip reading course (Poster)


People Plus courses

Message from Chris Hughes (Stockport Homes)

People Plus have some new courses coming up – see attached flyers for details.

Manchester Skills - CSCS
Manchester Skills - Customer service
Manchester Skills - ESOL
Manchester Skills -Security
Desktop Course Aid


Are you working with people who would like to work in Adult Social Care - Can they join Step into Care

Message from Chris Hughes (Stockport Homes)

Opportunities for anyone interested in working in social care – see attached flyers for details.

Step into Care Open Day One Manchester

Digital Inclusion Toolkit

Message from Stockport Digital Inclusion

The Digital Inclusion Toolkit is a project led by Leeds City Council, intended to tackle the challenges of digital inclusion. They're collecting useful digital inclusion advice from organisations from across the country, and growing a community of those willing to share what works and what doesn't.

The resultant website covers a wide range of issues in providing guidance for teams planning digital inclusion projects locally, based on the experiences of the contributing organisations.

The project is keen to hear about your experiences to help them improve the site and their work. The survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete and is open until Friday 20 May.

Complete the Digital Inclusion Toolkit survey

Diabetes UK 

May 2022 update

Information and Signposting

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