Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 1st May - We're in this together!

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COVID Review Extra

Coronavirus vulnerable residents helpline 0161-217-6046 - 1st May 2020

Stay at home

Cllr Elise Wilson

We are almost approaching six weeks of restrictions to our daily lives and I have heard this expression a lot recently but it really is becoming the ‘new normal’. It’s amazing how well people are adapting, sometimes in really difficult circumstances, to make the best of the situation, because that is all we can do at the moment.

It’s really heartening to hear all the wonderful stories coming out of our communities and the support and generosity from local businesses, community organisations, volunteers and neighbours. In times like this we really do see humanity at its best and small acts of kindness can have such an impact on people’s lives, in ways we couldn’t imagine.

One story that is a great example of a local business, the council and the local voluntary sector all working together that particularly struck me was how the delivery of a fresh loaf of bread, donated by Allied Bakeries and distributed to our most vulnerable residents by volunteers, is making a big difference to people’s lives. This not only provides essential food but is also a chance to check in on those who may not have much contact with other people and it’s that human interaction that means so much at the moment.

Some of the comments from recipients have been really touching with people saying it’s a ‘lifesaver’ and how it has given them something to look forward to. These small gestures shouldn’t be underestimated and a big thank you to everyone playing their part in supporting our most vulnerable residents at this difficult time.

Thank you to everyone for continuing to follow the social distancing measures. We have all done so well but as we are in the most critical period, it is important that we don’t undo all the great work we have done so far and keep going. In the long term this will make it all so worthwhile give us the result we are all hoping for.

- Leader of Stockport Council, Councillor Elise Wilson.

Parking for Key Workers

Free parking for Key Workers

Stockport Council is supporting key workers who have to travel to work. For the time being, all council-owned public car parks and pay and display street parking can be used free of charge.

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VE Day

A VE Day for the history books

Next weekend May 8th – 10th is the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day).  There's plenty of ideas of how you can turn this into history lessons for you children whilst you are home-schooling. Dan Snow has a creative challenge for children and there will also be a week of history lessons on Dan Snow's History Hit YouTube channel in the week running up to 8 May.

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iDEA

Learn digital skills with iDEA

Looking for online activities to do during lockdown? Lots of people are signing up and having a go at iDEA digital badges for the first time. iDEA is suitable for all ages so the whole family can learn new digital skills, get better at things you already know a bit about or discover talents you didn’t know you had!

iDEA is a fun totally free way for everyone to learn new digital, enterprise and employability skills and earn points towards industry-recognised awards. All you need is an email address and access to the internet.

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Clap

We're in this together!

The Town Hall is lit up each week in recognition of #ClapForOurCarers, blue for our NHS workers and green for our carers, who are all working tirelessly to keep us safe and save lives.

We thank them for their selfless work and hope you're joining us in clapping for them every Thursday evening at 8pm. Stockport, we’re in this together!

Recycling

Household waste recycling centres

A number of household waste and recycling centres across Greater Manchester – including 2 in Stockport – will reopen from Saturday 2 May with some restrictions and new measures in place to protect the health and wellbeing of residents and staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

The opening times for the centres in Stockport will be:

  • Adswood - Monday to Sunday 8am to 6pm
  • Bredbury - Saturday and Sunday 8am to 6pm (Closed Monday to Friday)

Rose Hill in Marple will remain closed.

Centres will be accepting bagged general waste only: they will not accept recycling, green waste or white goods at this time. Residents should only make these journeys if absolutely essential, in keeping with government guidelines. Due to social distancing measures, staff will not be available to support residents. Only one person from a vehicle can unload waste.

The centres will be open to Greater Manchester residents who show proof of address, such as a council tax, gas, or electricity bill. Driving licences will not be accepted.

In order to control the number of vehicles accessing the centres at any one time, a traffic control system will be introduced based on odd and even number plates. It will work on a 2-week rota to limit the amount of traffic visiting the centres and limit the potential for staff and the public to be exposed to the virus.

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JObsmatch

Stockport Jobs Match

Stockport Jobs Match, which was launched by the Council last month in response to the coronavirus outbreak and increased demand from sectors experiencing a shortage of staff such as retail and heath care, has proved to be a big hit with employers and job hunters alike.

Stockport Jobs Match helps to directly connect employers who have urgent temporary or permanent vacancies with applicants who are immediately available and in need of employment.

In its first month, 113 jobs were advertised on the website by 37 employers. As well as this, there were 311 registrations and 1,258 CVs sent to employers via Jobs Match. There were also almost 3,000 visitors to the website,       

The service is a free to use resource for both individuals and businesses.

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Mental Health Services

Online mental health support at home

Stockport residents can access three recently launched digital platforms if they are struggling with their emotional wellbeing and mental health at home: the Big White Wall, SilverCloud, and Kooth.

The Big White Wall offers 24/7 anonymous support via a digital emotional wellbeing and mental health service, offers peer support for anyone over the age of 16 as well as support from trained clinicians alongside a range of helpful tools and resources.

Access to SilverCloud is available to all Greater Manchester residents, including in Stockport, and offers a number of online programmes to help ease stress levels, improve sleep or build resilience. More information is available here.

Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people aged 11 to 18 years. It offers a range of services including a live chat function, forums, and self-help resources.

Not digital-savvy? Then click the link below for more options.

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