Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 24th April #spreadtherainbow

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COVID Review Extra

Coronavirus vulnerable residents helpline 0161-217-6046 - 24th April 2020


Cllr Elise Wilson

I spoke last week about the importance of looking after our mental health in this current climate. Our physical health is also really important for our overall wellbeing, and this, in turn, can also have a positive impact on our mental health.

It’s really apparent that lots of you are using your one hour daily exercise to leave the house to take a walk or go for a run and the good weather makes this even more appealing. There’s also plenty of resources out there to help you get moving if you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, are unable to leave the house or simply need some motivation.

Sport England are inviting everyone to ‘Join the Movement’ and keep moving with lots of useful tips on how to get active in and around the home. It also has its own online hub, giving access to a range of home workout options and things you can do outdoors while adhering to government restrictions. You can find out more here.

Another great campaign that has just launched this week is Keep GM Moving which is encouraging more people to keep active at home during COVID-19. Follow the #KeepGMMoving hashtag on social media and find out more here.

The 2.6 Challenge aims to raise money for UK charities – including Stockport charities. Lots of charities rely on sponsorship from mass events, so with the cancellation/postponement of them, many will struggle to survive. The 2.6 challenge encourages people to create their own challenge or initiative, that is 2.6 or 26 of something. Examples could be the most star jumps in 2.6 minutes, 2.6km cycle or 26 laps of your garden and do it this Sunday 26 April, the day that thousands of people would be running or tuning into the London Marathon. You can get involved, donate to Stockport based charities, and find out more here.

Don’t forget to take part in the Greater Manchester wide survey on our exercise, you can find the details below. This will give a really good insight into how we are adapting our exercise habits to the current situation and will also support those who are less active. More details on all of these activities can be found below.

I would like to thank you all for continuing to observe the social distancing restrictions and staying safe.


- Leader of Stockport Council, Councillor Elise Wilson

VE Day

Celebrate VE Day at home

The weekend of May 8th – 10th is the 75th anniversary of VE Day, marking 75 years since the end of the Second World War. To help you celebrate and mark #VEDay75 from home, you can find tips for hosting a tea party at home, colouring, bunting, creative challenge for children and more:

Plan your VE Day party


COVID Business

Job Retention Scheme

If you're not working because of coronavirus, your employer could pay 80% of your wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. 

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SLF 800 x 600

Stockport Local Fund

Are you supporting vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic? Grants are available immediately of up to £1000 from Stockport Local Fund: Community Support to provide financial support to community organisations that are providing essential services during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Rainbow 2

#spreadtherainbow in Stockport

Don’t forget to share your rainbows of hope across the Borough on Instagram and Twitter. Please post your rainbow photos using #spreadtherainbow and tag in @stockportmbc

Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters during COVID-19

The Stockport community has done an outstanding job in supporting each other as we work through COVID-19. Looking after our own and each other’s emotional wellbeing and mental health is critical. Every Mind Matters, the NHS mental health campaign, has launched new materials to help you to look after your health at this time with information and support and a free quiz for your own mental health plan.

Every Mind Matters

Stockport residents have access to a recently extended range of services to support their emotional wellbeing and mental health. In case you missed it, on Tuesday 14 April Stockport Council and Stockport NHS Clinical Commissioning Group launched three new emotional health and wellbeing services. Please visit the Council’s emotional wellbeing and mental health support page for a range of online, local, and national resources and support.

Emotional wellbeing and mental health support

keep active

Keep Greater Manchester Moving to help keep Stockport moving

With more than a third of Greater Manchester residents moving less since lockdown, GreaterSport has launched a new campaign (#KeepGMMoving). Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth champions including Stacey Copeland and Diane Modahl are among local stars backing the  campaign, which is encouraging people to keep active at home, vital to sustaining your health and wellbeing. 

Keep GM Moving

The campaign will tie-in to other physical activity campaigns, including #ThatCounts, Sport England’s Join The Movement  #StayInWorkOut campaign, along with #GMWalking. Any movement is good, more is better, and Stockport Council would encourage all to find ways to keep active at home.

2.6 Challenge

Take the 2.6 Challenge this weekend

This Sunday is the 2.6 Challenge and it is a great opportunity for residents to support Stockport charities struggling from the cancellation of mass sporting events. The challenge itself is to get moving – get active – using the number 2.6 or 26 in some way. That could be 26 laps of the backyard or 26 minutes of YouTube yoga – your choice. Pick a Stockport charity to support by clicking ‘fundraise’, selecting an option, clicking ‘donate’ and then searching.

Find out more

Exercise Survey

Tell us how you are keeping active

Across Greater Manchester we are looking to understand more about how attitudes and behaviours towards physical activity and exercise have changed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Your responses will be used to help support people who are less able to be active, and understand new ways that people are being active.

Take part in the survey

Help Getting Online

Need help getting online?

Digital skills have never been more important than they are right now. If you have access to a smartphone, tablet or computer, but need help getting online for the first time, or doing things online, support is available. Call 07537 127 095 and leave your name, number and a brief description of your need and a volunteer digital champion will get back to you.

If you are already online but would like to improve your skills, or if you would like to help others in your household to get online, we have created new web pages to help you access online health resources, use digital methods to stay in touch, shop online and stay safe online.

Learn more