IRU - Monday 1st August 2020

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IRU -  Monday 1st August 2022

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Nearly a month ago we asked you 'Have you or someone you know had COVID-19 in the last month?' The reason we asked you this is because numbers for covid were up and all the staff at Healthwatch Stockport had been effected in the last month by covid whether that is catching the virus or having someone in the house who has contracted the virus. 

It is hard to understand the numbers of people now testing positve for covid as it is not mandatory to do a lateral flow test if you have symptoms. The latest numbers for the North West are 13,401 postive tests in the past 7 days. If you want to find out more information about the number of cases in the UK you can click here

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Update from Stockport Council about statement from Director of Public Health

Message from Emma Ferguson (Stockport Council)

Please find this month’s Director of Public Health statement.

The latest estimate from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) infection survey suggests that around 7.5%* of the population of the North West would test positive for Covid-19 on 13 July, up from 3% on 18 June. In Stockport this equates to around 21,950 people and rates are now the second highest they have ever been. Sadly, five Stockport residents have died in the last week within 28 days of a positive Covid test. See the latest published data online. See the latest published data online.

One Stockport Hub vaccination pop ups have been extended for Saturdays throughout August.

This month we are focusing on World Breastfeeding Week, (1-7 August) an annual event run by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) to protect, promote and support breastfeeding around the world. Breastfeeding helps mum and baby to bond with each other, provides health benefits for mum and baby and provides food security from the very beginning of life.

Also we are reminding older people in Stockport that 3,000 pensioners are missing out on a vital element of their pension, as latest statistics from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) show more than one-third of those eligible are not claiming Pension Credit, with an estimated £5.8 million a year going unclaimed - an average of £1,900 for each eligible person.


Updates from Stockport Council

Message from Sarah Burke (Stockport Council)

Our Kind of Stockport

The One Stockport, Our Kind of Stockport campaign has launched to emphasise the importance and benefits of volunteering. Please watch the campaign video and share it with your networks.

As part of the campaign, FREE 'Our Kind of Stockport' pin badges are available from the One Stockport Hub for all volunteers. Volunteers in Stockport played an invaluable role in supporting vulnerable people during the pandemic and beyond. We are asking people to wear their badge with pride to signify their support for volunteers in the borough!


Stockport Council wins LGC Digital Impact Award

Stockport Council has been recognised in the Local Government Chronicle Awards for their use of data and digital to help deliver better services to residents. Further information on the award win is available on the council’s news pages.

Among the digital tools singled out, was the open data platform, The Big Stockport Picture. This collaborative tool is available to Stockport voluntary sector organisations, who can use the information to support evidence-based bids for grant funding.


Stockport Council Jobs Fair

Come along to our jobs fair 13th September 11am – 6pm, Stockport Town Hall, to find out more about the huge variety of jobs available across the Council.

You can expect to:

  • Find out about lots of different jobs, from administration and transport to support workers and social workers, to name but a few!
  • Discover why Stockport Council is a great place to work!
  • Get support in CV writing, getting into work and training and education
  • Find volunteer opportunities
  • Find out about job vacancies with our partners such as the NHS and Stockport Homes

Follow @JobsAtStockport on Twitter to keep up with recruitment news.


Greater Manchester’s Disabled Peoples Panel wants to hear views on the cost of living.

The Greater Manchester Disabled People’s Panel survey is open throughout July. The survey is targeted at any disabled people who live or work across Greater Manchester and specifically aims to find out their attitudes and feelings towards the current cost of living crisis. Whilst it is an online survey, people can complete the survey in whichever way suits them, with postal, BSL and in-person support available if people need it. More at:

The survey builds on the 2020 survey from the Panel, which saw nearly 1,000 disabled people in Greater Manchester respond about their views on the Covid-19 pandemic. The findings of the last survey where 90% of respondents said that the pandemic had a negative impact on their mental health, has helped the panel to apply pressure to decision makers about the services available to them. The 2020 survey also raised big issues with digital exclusion, as much of the emergency response was relying on digital platforms. This insight has helped to develop Greater Manchester’s response to digital inclusion.


Stockport visitor guides

As the school holidays approach, a new series of Stockport visitor guides will give you some great ideas for free or low-cost days out for all the family, in and around Stockport. Kicking off with Marple, there’ll be more added throughout the summer, so keep an eye out and take advantage of some great events and attractions right on your doorstep!


This summer holidays – think Libraries!

With many schools in Stockport now having broken up for the summer holidays, many residents may be looking for things to do with their children to keep them entertained during the time away from school.

What better time than to join your local Stockport library? There’s so much more on offer than just books (although there’s a ton of great reads to enjoy too). From the use of the public PCs to fun events on offer across the summer, and even the Summer Reading Challenge to get involved with, it’s a fantastic opportunity to join your local library and start benefiting from all of the services they offer.

Please encourage residents to pop into their local library this school holidays and see what great opportunities they have to offer – for children and adults alike!


What should happen if you or someone you know experiences a fragility fracture?

Message from Laura Thomas (The Royal College of Physicians)

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has recently published a resource aimed at patients and carers for the Fracture Liaison Service Database (FLS-DB). The patient and carer panel, who advise the Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (FFFAP) helped develop the resource to inform members of the public who have experienced a fragility fracture what level of care they should expect to receive based on three key findings from the FLS-DB 2022 annual report.

‘What should happen if you or someone you know experiences a fragility fracture?’ is available to view in HTML format and download as a PDF down below.

Download PDF


Volunteering Opportunities with PIP-UK

Message from Sam Fillingham (PIP-UK)

We are on our way to creating a thriving Poland Syndrome Community that enables the people affected by Poland Syndrome to live their best lives.

PIP-UK brings together the Poland Syndrome Community by creating a culture that celebrates, connects and informs. But we cannot achieve our goals alone. If you have opted to volunteer with us in the past, you should have received an email last week with this information.

We are looking to fill the following roles and you can follow the link below to find the adverts and role descriptions. (This link was broken in our earlier e-mail, now fixed)

6 x Trustees, ideally but not essentially with experience of Volunteer Management, Finance Skills, Marketing and digital communication, Income generation through fundraising and corporate donations; or Medical/Scientific or Research knowledge.

1 x Volunteer Coordinator

To apply, please send an up-to-date CV to by midnight on Sunday 4th September, if you would like to discuss further, we are really happy to talk over, please get it touch.


GMDatabank can help tackle data poverty & get residents online

Message from DigiKnow

Calling all local community organisations. The #GMDatabank can help tackle data poverty & get residents online.

Community groups like Manchester Digital Collective, can apply to access free data from the Databank to help residents in need. 

This is an amazing scheme to check eligibility  ring the DigiKnow team on 07724 217888


Stockport Homes Customer Star Awards 2022

Message from Chris Hughes (Stockport Homes)

The Stockport Homes Star Awards 2022 are now open for nominations. It’s a great event, recognising some wonderful people and projects – I’ll be there!

Do you know a customer, community group, project or initiative that is achieving great things and deserves to be celebrated? The Stockport Homes Star Awards 2022 are open for nominations. Please nominate by using the following link: (opens in new tab).

Nominations need to be made by noon on the 26th August. For any queries please email


Improving the wellbeing of the LGBTQIA+ community

Message from Tina Carnally (Forward LGBT+)

Please see poster attached. You can contact forward at

Improving the wellbeing of the LGBTQIA+ community poster


Stockport NHS Foundation Trust - Election to the Council of Governors

Message from Soile Curtis (Stockport NHS Foundation Trust)

The nominations for this year’s governor elections have opened today - the attachment provides further information about the elections.

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust nominations email


Women in Sport - Stockport libraries

Message from Lynda Byrne (Stockport Libraries)

Stockport Libraries are collecting stories, poems, etc from the public to be collated into a book which we will publish on BorrowBox our e-book service, local content. The scheme is called Sharing Stockport Voices, and the theme for this first round is ‘Women in Sport’ as a way of celebrating the Women’s Euros 2022. For more information see posters attached

Closes 14th August 2022 11:59pm

Women's Euros 2022 Poster


The Human Library is Coming to Stockport 

Message from Sara Brylyn (Stockport Libraries)

The Human Library experience is coming to Stockport this autumn—and you can be a part of it.  We are looking for Stockport people willing to be a Human Book. 

Do you defy a stereotype? Are you like an open book with valuable experiences readers could benefit from learning about? Are you motivated to help challenge stigma and stereotypes through dialogue and personal conversations? Then maybe you can be published as a Human Book in our Library. 

We are recruiting Books drawn from the groups in society that are stigmatised or stereotyped, marginalised, mistreated or misunderstood, from race to religion or refugees, disability to discrimination, LGBT to mental health and more.

The Human Library is a rare opportunity in today's polarised society to explore, engage and take a deep dive into curious courageous questioning, daring discovery of difference, and conversation with cultures other than your own, all without risk of offence being taken or your language/knowledge having to be perfect. In this Library you check out a Human Book and ‘read’ the book by having a conversation.  

Think this could be for you? Find out more you can contact Sara at and you can apply below

Human Library Recruiting poster

Smart Works GM Virtual Open Day - Monday 8th August

Message from Cara Mahon (Smart Works)

Please see below details of our upcoming Virtual Open Day on Monday 8th August. 

Please share across your teams, with colleagues, and any other organisations who may be interested in finding out more about Smart Works Greater Manchester! 

“Get the Clothes. Get the Confidence. Get the Job”

Smart Works is a female employment charity that dresses and coaches women for interview and job success. We listen to our clients and use the power of high-quality clothing, and one-to-one coaching, to help them see their true potential and succeed at interview.

Smart Works - 8.7.22


Age UK Stockport Walking Group

Message from Age UK Stockport

Following on from our successful Brinnington and town centre walks, we are starting a walk in Marple every Tuesday morning, beginning on 12th July.

The walk will set off from Queens Court, Church Street, Marple SK6 6BS at 10am for a leisurely walk, followed by free refreshments. 

It will be ideal for those who haven’t been active in a while and are wishing to return to some gentle form of physical activity, whilst enjoying the company of others. The walks are designed for all abilities, and everyone is welcome. 

If you would like more information email or call 0161 480 1211. Otherwise just turn up 10am.

Community Walk in Marple

DigiKnow Friends Online Course

Message from DigiKnow

Date: 9th August - 10am

We are excited to inform you that a new FREE training session is now available. DigiKnow Friends is a one-hour online training session that covers the key messages about DigiKnow in an informative and interactive way. It's ideal for anyone who supports residents who are not online or who have poor digital skills. Once you've completed the training, you'll know: 

  • how digital exclusion impacts people 
  • what's happening in Stockport to tackle it 
  • where to send people who need support 

The course is written using the Cities of Learning badging standard, endorsed by City and Guilds and the RSA. After attending, you'll receive a handy crib sheet, and an online badge and certificate. DigiKnow Friends is the first badge on a learning pathway of 4 levels, and if you wish, you'll have the opportunity to move onto the next level, which is Digital Champion. 

The training takes place on Teams and is run by Starting Point Community Learning Partnership. Book on a session using Starting Point’s online form. The first session takes place on 9th August at 10am

We hope you'll take advantage of this great free opportunity to brush up your DigiKnow knowledge and earn a digital badge that you may wish to add to your email signature! Look out for more information coming soon in the#DigitalStockport blog


Christians Against Poverty Life Skills

Message from St Mark's Church, Bredbury

This is a free 9 week course starting on Monday 12th September 2022

With skills in

  • Cooking from scratch
  • Health and wellbeing and many many more!

For more information see the poster attached

Life Skills Client Flyer September
CAP Life Skills referrer flyer

State of Caring Survey 2022

Message from Carers UK

Last year over 8,000 of you filled in our State of Caring survey. We were so grateful for all your responses, which helped us to campaign successfully on a number of issues. We used carers’ collective voice and evidence to secure new rights for carers in the Health and Social Care Act 2022 in England, to campaign for cost of living increases in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, to provide evidence of the need for a right to Carer’s Leave and other support within the workplace, and to campaign for breaks and funding for social care - and there’s still much more to do! 

More information

Signpost for Carers


Signpost bulletin for professionals July 2022


Diabetes UK

July 2022 update

Home Instead Stockport

Newsletter - July 2022


Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Networks

Newsletter July 2022



How can we support volunteers in Stockport?

Safer Streets Fund, Night Shelter Transformation Fund, Volunteering opportunities call out + more!

Stockport Race + Culture Awards, GM Moving Together Fund, Youth Physical Activity Funding, Meet, Greet & Grow + more

Unrestricted funding, GM Moving Together fund, Vol Hub drop-ins, design your own conference, and more!


Stockport Digital

Stockport Support Services Part 1: Discovery

What the LGC Digital Impact Award means to us


Stockport Council

Review Extra 29.07.22

Review Extra 22.07.22

Review Extra 15.07.22

Review Extra 08.07.22

Summer Holiday Resources & Free Delivery!


Department of Health and Social Care

Adult Social Care Update: 21.07.22

Adult Social Care Update: 14.07.22

Adult Social Care Update: 08.07.22


Care Quality Commission

CQC Update - 28th July 2022

News from the Care Quality Commission: July 2022

Our new quality statements

CQC's new regulatory model


National Autistic Society

Teaching neurodiversity at primary schools and more

Draft Mental Health Bill, Accreditation expertise, post-diagnostic support and more


Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

Diabetes Update - July 2022



Research ebulletin - July 2022

Social Enterprise eBulletin, July 2022

GMCVO eBulletin - July 2022

GM VCSE Leadership Group eBulletin: July 2022


North West Ambulance Service

NWAS Your Call magazine - new edition out now!


Starting Point

Stockport Council Wins National LGC Digital Impact Award



5 Dairy Foods That Are Naturally Low in Lactose

Mindful Eating Challenge Day 1: Why mindfulness?

How mindfully do you eat?


National Kidney Federation

InTouch - July 2022 


Employers for Carers

EfC E-Bulletin: July 2022


Manchester Evening News

LGBTQ+ Bulletin - Thursday 28th July 2022

MyStockport - Thursday 28th July 2022



World Health Organization

WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Situational Report – 28th July 2022

WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Situational Report – 21st July 2022

WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Situational Report – 14th July 2022


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