Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 30th October

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Coronavirus helpline for residents 0161-217-6046 - 30th October 2020

This edition at a glance...

Cllr Wilson

Message from the Leader of the Council

Stockport, along with the rest of Greater Manchester, has now been in Tier 3 - Very High for a week. Coronavirus cases have increased from 300 cases per 100,000 last week to 440 per 100,000 this week in Stockport. So we must all acknowledge that this situation is serious and requires all of us to work together to limit the damage of the virus.

Cases are rising across Greater Manchester, so we must take care when we are out and about – if you are going to work, using public transport or visiting the shops, please remember to socially distance, wear a face covering where required and sanitise your hands regularly.

I’m so proud of the way we have all supported each other through very challenging times and the stories I hear every day of the fantastic work going on in our communities is heartening, so thank you for everything you are doing.

As part of an ongoing commitment to ‘One Stockport’, we’re making more grants available through Stockport Local Fund. We know that our residents are our local experts and many people have great ideas for projects that will benefit their local community. Ideas that build relationships for people who are self-isolating, vulnerable or lonely, or improve health and wellbeing, for example. It’s these kinds of ideas and activities that we would like to invest in, so please do apply. You can find out more in the story, below.

- Leader of Stockport Council, Elise Wilson.

Supermarket vouchers provided to Stockport families in need during half-term holiday

So many local voluntary organisations, groups and businesses have supported our borough to make sure our children and young people get the help they need during this challenging time. To complement this, we are providing families who are currently eligible for means tested free school meals with a £15 per child supermarket voucher to make sure that no child goes hungry this half-term. These have been posted out to each eligible family in the borough.

Information on local foodbanks who can provide short term help and low cost food organisations can be found here.

Anyone who is struggling and needs additional support can call our Coronavirus helpline on 0161 217 6046.   

The Helpline can also provide information about the other types of support available if you are experiencing financial difficulties, including arranging an emergency food delivery, and help with everyday living costs like fuel.

The Coronavirus Helpline is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm and Friday from 9am to 4.30pm.

Find out more

Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi Mubarak!

We are wishing everyone Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi Mubarak for those celebrating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad yesterday and today (29 - 30 October). 

We know ordinarily this would mean a chance to get together to celebrate with family and friends but as Stockport has now been placed in Tier 3, the very high alert level, this means festivities will have to look different this year.

You will only be allowed to celebrate within own your household or support bubble as mixing is not allowed in private homes or gardens – the latest government information and guidance on Tier 3 is available here.

Bonfire Night

Stay safe this Halloween & Bonfire Night

Halloween and Bonfire Night will be very different this year due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Our advice is to celebrate at home with your own household.

This year there are also no organised fireworks displays. If you are going to celebrate, do so only with your own household and stay safe by following the Fireworks Code.

To report fireworks nuisance or other antisocial behaviour call Greater Manchester Police on 101, use the Live Chat or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. If you believe there is a risk to life or property call 999. 

Lower Hillgate

Have your say on exciting plans for Underbanks  

We’d like to hear your views on our plans for Underbanks and how we are breathing new life into this historic and unique area of the town centre. The questionnaire aims to find out, before the restoration work begins, what you know about the Underbanks, how you use the area and what you think of its current condition. After the buildings have been refurbished, we'll be asking similar questions to see whether the improvements have changed people’s attitudes and behaviour. 

As a thank you, you could win a one-off, special edition, framed artwork of the Underbanks by local artist Eamonn Murphy. You can complete the survey at the link below. The closing date is 11 November.

Find out more


Pay respects at home on Remembrance Sunday

Stockport residents are being encouraged to pay their respects at home on Remembrance Sunday in line with national guidance.

On Sunday 8 November, a private civic commemoration will take place - this event will be filmed and shared live on the Council’s website.

There will be no public events taking place this Remembrance Sunday and the War Memorial Art Gallery will be closed to the public on this day.  Visitors wishing to visit the War Memorial Art Gallery to pay their respects in person from Monday 9th November can pre-book tickets here.

But by working in partnership with the Armed Forces community, we want to ensure that everyone can reflect and remember safely.

Find out more

Stay safe on our roads  

We all have a responsibility to ensure we keep ourselves and everyone else safe when using our roads. Looking out for one another is ever more important during the autumn and winter months when vulnerable road users, pedestrians and cyclists, are at greater risk.

Now that the clocks have gone back and it’s getting darker earlier on, it’s more important than ever to make sure you can see and be seen when you’re out and about near roads. 

Drivers should take extra care in the dark and during bad weather and be considerate to their own and other road users’ safety. 

If you're walking or cycling, ensure you are visible by wearing fluorescent, bright and reflective clothing. Pedestrians should cross roads where they can see traffic clearly and where drivers can see them. Where possible use a pedestrian crossing. Cyclists are reminded that they must have a working white front light and a red rear light and red rear reflector on their bikes.


Stockport Local Fund - further grants available for communities

It’s great to see so many people helping each other in their communities during the pandemic and we’re doing all we can to support this work.  Stockport Local Fund has already supported hundreds of great community activities and projects and now, as part of the One Stockport campaign, there’s another chance to apply for a grant of up to £10,000.

If you’ve an idea that will support people in your community, or if you need funding to continue a project that is already helping those affected by the crisis, you could apply for a grant.

The application process opens on Monday 16th November. If you’ve any questions, we’re running a virtual workshop on Tuesday 3rd November where you can find out more about the type of community activities and projects we're looking to fund and how and when to apply. How could you make your mark in Stockport?

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R Time

Young people in Stockport get special chance to shape their free time

Residents under the age of 18 in Stockport have a great opportunity to fund activities for their free time following the launch of a new initiative through the R Time programme for young people.

With a new round of funding opening today for Special Projects, friends and individuals can put forward ideas that will be positive and fun, with the best applications getting off-the-ground through this funding round.

This will go a significant way toward reducing anti-social behaviour, a primary goal of R Time, which is jointly managed by the Stockport Youth Justice and Targeted Youth Support Services, Stockport Homes Group, and Life Leisure in consultation with other agencies and organisations across the borough.

Applications close Friday 27 November at 5pm.

Find out more

Last chance to have your say… and be in with the chance to win a prize

Our survey on future priorities for Stockport closes on Sunday, so if haven’t already had your say, this is your last chance to answer a few short questions and help us create a positive future for everyone.

Give us five minutes of your time to tell us your thoughts and be entered into a free prize draw to win an iPad or a two month gym membership for two people, as well as six One Stockport tote bags. You can tell us your thoughts through our survey or by uploading a short video through our virtual video booth.

To take part in the survey, click here

The online video booth can be accessed here

The closing date to have your say is Sunday 1 November.