IRU - Monday 23rd May 2022

Healthwatch Stockport's Information Round-up publishing every week. Read about the latest news, updates and events in Stockport.
IRU -  Monday 23th May 2022

Welcome to this week's Information Round-up! 

Remember if you want to receive the link weekly then you can sign up here and you will receive an email every week with the link as soon as it is public. 

If you ever want to promote your work, event or you would like any information circulated please fill in the form here to have your information promoted.

Please feel free to share far and wide!

You can follow us on social media at TwitterFacebookInstagramLinkedin and YouTube.

Dementia Action Week

Last week we asked you 'Did you know that parkinson's disease is a type of dementia?"

Last week's poll was right down the middle as a tie. Half saying 'Yes' and half saying 'No' the reason we asked this question was because in light of dementia action week we found an article listing all the types of dementia. Do you know all the types of dementia? If not you can find them all here compiled by Dementia UK.

Healthwatch Stockport published a lived experience report last Wednesday around people 'Living with Dementia in Stockport' to read the report you can click on the button below.

Go to report


This week's Poll

Awareness Days for June

Which campaign or awareness days/weeks are you supporting this June? If you are unsure you find a list of them by clicking the button below. 

Awareness Days - June 2022


Articles from Healthwatch England


Updates from Stockport Council

Message from Sarah Burke (Stockport Council)

Stockport Council Updates - 18th May

Stockport Volunteer HUB - Post Covid

A chance to meet the new dedicated Volunteer Hub Lead, Lee, and share your needs for a Volunteer Hub in Stockport.

Wednesday 1 June, 10.30am

Register here


**TOMORROW** Stockport VSFE in person forum

Message from Kirit Patel (Sector3)

Tuesday 24th May (1pm-3pm) at the Marple Cricket Club SK6 6ND

The forum is a space to raise awareness about your work, 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.

Register here


Stockport Disability Network - discussion meeting

Message from Kirit Patel (Sector3)

Seashell Trust and Sector3 are working together to bring together organisations and groups that are Disability Led within the VCFSE sector in Stockport, and very much welcome your involvement.  This event will be an opportunity to share thoughts and views about forming a ‘Collective Network’ on Friday 27th May (11am-12.30pm) at Walthew House

Register here


Picnic in the Park - Cheadle

Picnic in the Park is back this July and we would love for you to join us!

This will be the 4th Picnic we’ve held in Abney Park with the Cheadle Civic Society and previously Cheadle-Get-Connected. With the support of SMBC we are so pleased to be able to host this event for the community for FREE! 

The event will take place on Sunday 17th July, 12-5pm at Abney Hall ParkCheadle, SK8 2BE.

More information

Picnic in the park poster


**TOMMORROW** Olive Sanctuary - Healthy Minds

Message from Ellie Uwin (Pure Innovations)

Healthy minds are hosting an anxiety and stress workshop at the Olive Sanctuary 24th May 11-12. They are going to be hosting various workshops for us over the next few months!

The olive sanctuary poster


Long Term Conditions Support Group

Tuesdays 1pm - 2:30pm - Café at First House, 367 Brinnington Road

The group will run for 8 weeks, starting on Tuesday 14th June

For more information see poster

Support Group Poster


Walk and Talks and Saturday Tennis - Forward LGBT+

Message from Tina Carnally (Forward LGBT+)

Flyer for Walk and Talks (attached) Forward go for weekly walk and talks in local parks, along the canal and river. They do litter picks too and is a great opportunity to get out into nature and meet people from the local LGBTQIA+ community. Contact details on the flyer of you want to join. 

Flyer for tennis session (attached) - Forward hold weekly tennis sessions (location depends on the weather!) They are non-competitive, always have a laugh and a brew afterwards. Contact details on the flyer. 

Forward LGBT+ website

Saturday Tennis Poster
Weekly wanders Poster
Forward LGBT+ Information Sheet


Spend Well, Live Well Money Maximising Roadshow

Message from Polly Riggs (Stockport Council)

Stockport Council and partners are committed to supporting residents particularly with regards to the rising cost of living.

 Residents are encouraged to attend a Spend Well, Live Well Money Maximising Roadshow event on 8th June from 12 PM to 4 PM at Woodley Civic Hall.

The event will bring together a range of services and organisations to provide free and impartial financial advice and guidance to support those who want to help make their money go further.

Organisations attending include Stockport Council, Citizens Advice Stockport, Age UK Stockport, Stockport Homes and Renewal North West.

 The event is open to the whole family and will include arts and craft activities.  Free food available between 12noon – 1pm.


Neurodiversity Library Sessions

Message from Katherine Gibson (Stockport Library Service)

An All age Inclusive library drop in session

- Non-judgemental space

- Sensory Stories & Rhymes 12pm

- Bag Books Storytime 1.30pm

- Sensory & fidget toys

- Pop-up tents

- Blankets

Date: : Wednesday 25th May 2022

Time: : 11:30 - 14:30

Location of event: : Cheadle Library, 23 Ashfield Road, Cheadle, Stockport SK8 1BB

Neurodiversity Library Sessions

Supporting disabled people and people with health conditions into employment, training, volunteering

Message from Chris Hughes (Stockport Homes)

Scope are offering a couple of new support/guidance services for disabled people – see attached flyers for details.

Kickstart Customer Flyer
Starting Line Flyer

Your Care, Your Way Survey - Healthwatch England

The public feedback survey on accessible information closes on Friday, 27 May.

Complete the survey


Forward LGBT+ Opinion Survey

Message from Tina Carnally (Forward LGBT+)

Forward have a new survey out to understand the needs of the local LGBTQIA+ community - please complete the survey below 

Complete the survey 


Mencap Big Learning Disability Survey

Mencap is inviting people with a learning disability to take part in their Big Learning Disability Survey. It’s been fully co-produced by people with a learning disability and asks questions on topics they say are important to them including healthcare, discrimination, mental health, and money and support.

Take part in the survey here and feel free to share the link with friends, family and colleague who might be interested in taking part.

For more information, easy read frequently asked questions, supporter guidelines, and the Welsh language version of the survey click here.

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

Visit our Information and Signposting directory

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.

Share your views

Interested in volunteering?

Becoming a volunteer is easy. Get in touch to find out about volunteering opportunities with us.

Find out more