Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 15th May

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COVID Review Extra

Coronavirus vulnerable residents helpline 0161-217-6046 - 15th May 2020


Cllr Elise Wilson

This week, the Government issued new guidance on their plans to ease the current restrictions, which can be found here.

Although the first steps towards easing restrictions are underway, and there are plans in place for the economy to get moving, we must still proceed with caution. It is likely that the road to recovery will take time and further lifting of restrictions will only be implemented if certain conditions are met and the virus is kept under control. So it is up to all of us to follow the advice, to be careful when we do have to leave the house and remember to keep to the social distancing guidelines. It is also important that we all continue to wash our hands at regular intervals. This is vital to stop the spread of the virus and to protect our most vulnerable residents.

I’ve mentioned previously about the importance of looking after our mental health during these uncertain times and Mental Health Awareness Week – which starts next week – has a theme this year of kindness. I know from the many fantastic stories coming out of our communities that this can have a massive impact on our mental health and well-being and that small acts of kindness mean so much at the moment. There are a number of resources in place if you do need support and more information can be found here.

I’m really proud of the way we are all working together as a borough to achieve the best outcome and hopefully better days lie ahead for all of us."

- Leader of Stockport Council, Councillor Elise Wilson.

Foster Care Fortnight

Foster Care Fortnight - #thisisfostering

We are looking to recruit more foster carers as part of this year’s Foster Care Fortnight. If you can offer a stable and safe home to sibling groups, teenagers, or children with additional needs we want to hear from you.

Find out more:

Listen to a foster carer talk about their experience on Strawberry Radio.

Join our virtual information Facebook Live event on Tuesday 19 May at 1pm.

Visit the Stockport Council Fostering Service Facebook page to watch the live video, or catch up with recordings of previous live events.

For more information, call  0161 474 3400 or visit Stockport Fostering


COVID Business

Over £53m for Stockport businesses in coronavirus grant payments

Since the Government announced the Small Business Grant Funding to scheme to provide financial assistance to coronavirus-gripped businesses, Stockport Council has supported more than 4,620 businesses with payments exceeding £53million.

More than 80% of qualifying businesses in Stockport have received funding, with £53,355,000 in total paid out.

Eligible businesses can submit their application online where additional guidance is provided for people who don’t know their Business rates account number.

Find out more

GM Enabling Employment

Greater Manchester is Enabling Employment

Watch this heart-warming short video about supporting people with autism in the workplace and hear a parent’s perspective on the positive impact of her son’s employment.

Janet is the parent carer of her son Mohamed, who has worked in the HR department at Stockport Council for 14 years. Listen to her speak about Mohamed’s experience and the positive effects on the rest of the family.

Watch here


Walking Cycling

Walking and cycling schemes get a boost from TfGM

Stockport Council is to receive a grant of up to £500,000 to help it deliver proposals to make it easier for people to walk and cycle during the coronavirus pandemic.

The current health crisis has provided a need to make it as easy as possible for residents to walk and cycle safely while also respecting the Government’s social distancing guidelines.

The money has come from TfGMs #SaferStreetsSaveLives campaign, which was launched in Greater Manchester last week and aims to create enhanced shared spaces for pedestrians and cyclists across the city-region.

Council officers in Stockport have been working closely with businesses and residents groups, including our Walk Ride groups, to identify issues in their area.

The council will then review all the identified issues and develop solutions, which can then be delivered.

Any Stockport business or resident who is aware of a footpath or road where social distancing is proving to be a challenge, should forward the details to walkcycle@stockport.gov.uk

In addition, community group Walk Ride GM is running its own consultation, which it intends to share with council officers.

Recycling centres

Update on Recycling Centres

Green waste, cardboard and wood now among items that can be dropped off at recycle centres in Stockport.

From Saturday, May 16, you will be able to take the following items to the two recycling centres (Bredbury and Adswood) that are open in Stockport:

  • Garden waste (excluding soil)
  • Cardboard
  • Wood
  • General waste and small bulky items

This is part of a phased reopening gradually opening up more sites and recycling containers. Social distancing will be in place on site and traffic management outside the sites.

Bredbury is open 8am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday, while Adswood is open 7 days a week from 8am to 6pm. Rose Hill in Marple remains closed.

Please check the Recycle for Greater Manchester website for the latest information on opening times and when you are able to visit based on your number plate.


Keep Stockport Caring

Keep Stockport Caring

A new fundraising website has been launched to support Stockport’s amazing voluntary groups, during and beyond the Covid-19 crisis.

These groups have supported the vulnerable at a time of great need. They have seen an increase in demand for their services, just when fundraising efforts have been put on hold.

People across Stockport have shown how much they care during the crisis. Now, more than ever, we need to 'Keep Stockport Caring’, but with so many valuable local charities, it can be hard to know how best to support your community.

All money raised by Keep Stockport Caring will go directly to the local voluntary and community organisations that are providing vital services at this difficult time and ensure they can continue their support for our communities.

Donate here


Mable's Story

Mable gets connected!

Watch this short video featuring Mable, who is 91, lives in Stockport and until 5 weeks ago had never used the internet. Through DevicesDotNow, she received a BT-donated tablet and got connected. Now she is able to videocall her daughter living in Australia - who she hadn't seen in 25 years. 

DevicesDotNow is a new initiative from FutureDotNow aiming to help society's most vulnerable use digital technology to stay connected during the current crisis. The campaign has helped shine a light on how isolated our vulnerable residents like Mable can become during the pandemic and what we can do to help them.

Visits to care homes and supported living schemes can be limited at the moment, leaving vulnerable residents without their usual contact with friends and family. To address this, the Council has distributed 87 tablets (electronic devices) to care homes across the borough and in house learning disability supported living schemes to enable more frequent communication to take place between residents and their families.


Keeping Well at Home

Keeping well at home

GMCA has produced a guide to help older people in Greater Manchester stay healthy at home during the COVID-19 lockdown. The booklet is packed full of health and dietary advice, including a programme of standing and sitting strength and balance exercises. It gives useful tips on keeping minds active, eating and drinking at home, as well as safety. It also provides a list of useful contact numbers in Greater Manchester.

You can download a copy of the booklet from the GMCA website. Or if you know someone who would benefit from this guide, but who doesn’t have access to the internet, you can email neighbourhoods@stockport.gov.uk to request a physical copy for them.