Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 18th December

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Coronavirus helpline for residents 0161-217-6046 - 18th December 2020

This edition at a glance...

Cllr Wilson

Message from the Leader of the Council 

I think it’s fair to say that 2020 has been an incredibly challenging year. But the way we have come together as One Stockport to support each other, our communities and our most vulnerable has been incredible. Some of the stories I have heard of true acts of selflessness and kindness have been truly heart-warming and inspirational and I’m so proud of everything we have achieved.  

I would like to thank our amazing key workers, NHS staff, social care staff, carers, volunteers and businesses who have helped to keep us all going through really tough times - not forgetting each and every one of you who have played your part. I’m sure I speak for all us when I say your contribution will never be forgotten and to all our wonderful parents who rose to the challenge of home schooling our children when our schools had to close – thank you.

I know it hasn’t been easy not seeing family and friends and doing the things we love to do but we are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel and your hard work has made a huge difference. However, the virus is still prevalent, with the current figures at 106.7 per 100,000 and while we are all looking forward to spending time with loved ones over Christmas, it’s important to think about what you do before, during and after the five-day Christmas bubble to ensure everyone stays well and healthy into the new year.       

I would like to wish you all a happy Christmas and I hope we can all look forward to better times ahead.        

- Leader of Stockport Council, Elise Wilson.

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Stockport Council Coronavirus Helpline Christmas Update

Our dedicated coronavirus helpline is for the most vulnerable people in Stockport. To access support call 0161 217 6046.

  • Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm
  • Friday from 9am to 4:30pm

Over the Christmas and New Year period our helpline will be open:

  • 21 to 23 December 2020 - 9am to 5pm
  • 24 December 2020 - 9am to 12pm
  • 25 to 28 December 2020 - closed
  • 29 to 30 December 2020 - 9am to 5pm
  • 31 December 2020 - 9am to 3.30pm
  • 1 January 2021 - closed

If you're deaf or have difficulty hearing, you can use our textphone number to contact us on 07860 022 876.

Find out more

Adopt a Shop

One Stockport is getting behind the Adopt a Shop campaign

As we all start to think about  plans for Christmas, One Stockport would like to encourage as many people as possible to support local shops and businesses by supporting the #adoptashop campaign.

Times have been incredibly hard for so many this year, not least of all our shops. But it has been fantastic to see how our communities have come together in the spirit of One Stockport. Now let's do that for our business community too!

Originating in Dublin last September,  Adopt a Shop can help local businesses survive the impact of coronavirus and make sure they are  there for you in the future. It’s easy - just follow the following four steps:

  1. Name your three favourite local shops / businesses
  2. Support them with your £££s
  3. Tag them in your social media posts
  4. Ask three friends to do the same and tag them #AdoptAShop

The One Stockport website is a great resource to find out about some amazing stories from across the borough. You can hear about inspirational Stockport Metro swimmer Michael Gunning, a Bredbury Barber who has undergone training to recognise the signs of mental ill health, how our voluntary sector are supporting our most vulnerable this Christmas, and much more!

Covid vaccine rollout is underway in Stockport

Following extensive trials, the first safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in the UK and is now available to priority groups.  

Vaccinations are being delivered according to priority groups identified by the Government’s Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The vaccinations may not take place at your GP practice, but rather a local vaccination service (led by GPs, practice nurses and community pharmacists) who are responsible for delivering the vaccine to people in your community. 

When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccination, you will receive an invitation to come forward. This may be via the phone, or through a letter either from your GP or the national booking system.  

We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we are asking people not to contact the NHS to get an appointment, as you will not be able to get one until you are contacted. 

Brinnington Map

Brinnington set to be put on the map ahead of Christmas

Brinnington residents will soon see a new resource in the community with a new map – one of three set to be delivered in coming months – to be put on display as part of the Local Pilot initiative.

The map highlights local landmarks to help guide residents and visitors alike on what they can see and do in the community, including Reddish Vale, which has some great options for rest and relaxation.

The Local Pilot – which forms part of the Stockport Moving Together physical activity recovery programme in response to Covid-19, with both sitting under One Stockport – is about finding new and innovative ways to encourage system change and to help people get moving. For more on how to establish healthy habits, visit the Healthy Stockport website.

Residents have taken a key role in designing the maps – providing input on the look and feel and what needs to be captured and how – ensuring local community demands are met.

Find out more


Free Healthy Start vouchers for parents

If you’re pregnant or have a young child under four you could get Healthy Start vouchers worth £3.10 a week for you and your child. The vouchers can be spent on milk, plain fresh or frozen fruit and veg (fruit and veg with nothing else added) and infant formula milk at your local shops. Plus you’ll get coupons for free vitamins too. And if your children enjoy eating healthy food when they’re young, their good eating habits will stay with them for a lifetime!

You qualify for Healthy Start if you’re at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four years old and you or your family get:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance *
  • Child Tax Credit with a family income of £16,190 or less per year
  • Pension Credit; or
  • Universal Credit with no earned income or total earned income of £408 or less per month for the family. (To find this refer to your Universal Credit award notice in the section “your take home pay for this month”.)

You also qualify if you are under 18 and pregnant, even if you don’t get any of the above benefits.

To get started with your application or to find your nearest participating shops, visit the Healthy Start website or call the Healthy Start helpline on 0345 607 6823.

Learn more

GM Bereavement Service

Support in Stockport if you’re bereaved

National Grief Awareness Week was held this year from 2-8 December with the theme of ‘Share Your Story’ and we want to remind residents of the services available if you need support.

The Greater Manchester Bereavement Service, available to anyone in Greater Manchester, can help you find support if you have been bereaved or affected by a death. It is available Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 9am to 8pm, on 0161 983 0902. You can also email or visit their website, where you can find guidance and more.

If you’re not feeling okay services like Samaritans (call 116 123, available 24/7, or email or Childline (call 0800 1111, available 24/7) can provide support and guidance. There are also services like Kooth for young people. You can find more information about local support here

This year has been difficult for many and we would encourage all residents to reach out to family, friends, and local services if they need support, including if they are bereaved.

Have your say on the impact of Covid-19 on GMCA’s proposals for the future of your buses

Buses account for 75% of all public transport journeys in Greater Manchester, both before and during the pandemic.

They continue to be a critical link to jobs and essential services, including for the one third of households in GM without a car.

Between October 2019 and January 2020, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) held a consultation on a proposed franchising scheme for the city-region’s buses. More than 8,500 people gave their views.

In June, GMCA received the results of the consultation but decided, before a final decision could be made, that the impact of Covid-19 on the bus market and the proposed franchising scheme should be considered.

Now, GMCA is asking for your views on its proposals in light of the findings of the Covid-19 impact report, which looked at potential future travel demand in Greater Manchester and what it could mean for GMCA’s proposals to change how buses are run.

Have your say on the future of your buses here or call 0161 244 1100 before Friday 29 January 2021.