Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 15th January

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Coronavirus helpline for residents 0161-217-6046 - 15th January 2021

This edition at a glance...

Cllr Wilson

Message from the Leader of the Council

There’s no getting away from the fact that we are in a very critical situation, with case rates in Stockport now at 394 per 100,000. Rates have now slowed, although the numbers are still very high. Rates remain highest in our young and working age adult populations and we have cases across the borough. The latest published data can be found here. The new strain of coronavirus is 50-70% more infectious than previously and has led to a rise in cases and hospital admissions.

I know we are all doing our best to protect each other and our families, so please keep on doing what you are doing. It’s easy to get complacent, we all miss seeing family and friends but each and every one of us has to make sure we are doing all we can to help stop the spread of the virus.   

This means only leaving your house for food, exercise, medical reasons or work if unable to do this from home. The best way to limit transmission is to act like you have the virus – limit contact with people, limit essential shopping and remember to wear a face mask when required and keep your hands clean. We all need to be vigilant as we about our daily business.    

On a more positive note, we are now using two approved vaccines, Pfizer and Oxford/AstraZeneca and last week care home residents in Gatley were the first in the borough to receive an Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccination, and vaccinations also continue at the Stepping Hill Hospital hub. All seven of our Primary Care Network vaccination sites are due to open by the end of this week and the vaccination centre at the Etihad in Manchester is now operational. Heald Green Vaccination Site has now been successfully vaccinating the over 80s for a couple of weeks. We are really pleased that everyone has been attending their appointments so that everyone in this first cohort is vaccinated as soon as possible. Heald Green, like the other vaccination sites will be continuing to vaccinate over the coming weeks, and working through the patient cohorts in priority order. We thank everyone for their patience whilst waiting for their appointment.

If you are struggling and need assistance, the Coronavirus helpline and website can be accessed on 0161 217 6046 from Monday - Thursday from 9.00am - 5pm and Friday from 9.00am - 4:30pm. Find out more by visiting our helpline.

- Leader of Stockport Council, Elise Wilson.

Pauline Dickens

First vaccination in the borough using the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine

A care home resident in Stockport was among the first people in the borough and the region to receive the Oxford/Astra Zeneca vaccine.

Pauline Dickens, aged 84, was one of 29 residents at Wellcroft care home, on Church Road, in Gatley, to be given their first dose of the vaccine as part of the largest NHS vaccination programme in history.

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Meet the Author

Meet the author online event, hosted by Stockport Libraries

Join Stockport Libraries for an evening with author and poet Rachel Mann as she discusses her new novel, The Gospel of Eve, on Tuesday 26 January at 7pm.

In this free, online event, get drawn into the passions and intrigue of The Gospel of Eve. Hear a reading from the book, discover the inspirations behind it, and take part in the Q&A session.

Book now

Dry January

Doing a Dry January can have some great benefits. It can help you sleep better, feel more energetic, improve your mental health, and save money, to name just a few! It’s not too late to start now so sign up today.

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SLF 800 x 600

Funding for community groups supporting people during lockdown

Grants of up to £1,000 are available from Stockport Local Fund for community organisations helping people most affected by the lockdown, including older people, families and those on low incomes.

Groups can apply for funding to support children and young people with remote learning, projects that can help people with fuel poverty, projects that tackle digital exclusion and those that improve the emotional well-being of communities.

Apply now

Emotional wellbeing and mental health support

There's always support available in Stockport for anyone who is struggling with this difficult time. If you're feeling down, anxious, or stressed, there are lots of different ways to find help.

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DigiKnow nominated for an iNetwork award

DigiKnow is an alliance of partners from all sectors who have been working to tackle digital exclusion in Stockport since 2018 and have already helped 9,000 Stockport residents to get online and improve their digital skills and confidence.

Since the start of the pandemic, the DigiKnow partners have introduced new support for residents, including a Helpline for digital support, retraining Digital Champions to help people over the phone, and distributing over 1,000 devices and data to people without access to the internet.

In recognition of this, the DigiKnow Alliance have been nominated for an iNetwork Innovation award. The finalists will be shortlisted by public vote which closes on 24th January - if you would like to vote for the DigiKnow Alliance, please follow the link below.

If you know someone who would like to get online, but doesn’t know how to get started, please call the DigiKnow Helpline on 07537 127095.

Vote now

Brexit - changes ahead for businesses and citizens, act now!

The United Kingdom and the European Union have agreed a deal affecting how we will live, work and trade together which came into force on 1 January 2021. To find out what this means for you, your business and your family you can use the transition checker tool for a personalised summary of the actions you need to take.

The deal agreed means that there will be no tariffs or quotas on goods traded between the UK and the EU but new rules for business with the EU are now in place. 

Watch this video to find out what 2021 will mean for your business.

Stay up to date with the latest developments by signing up to receive a weekly email bulletin. 

Watch a business sector webinar.

The GM Chamber also has a wealth of information for businesses on its website and they can also offer assistance with documentation.

Have your say on doing buses differently

Don’t miss your chance to have your say on the future of your buses

Time is running out for people and organisations across Stockport and Greater Manchester to have their say in a major consultation on the future of their buses.

Thousands of people have already engaged with the Doing Buses Differently consultation, but there’s still time to have your say on the future of your buses at or call 0161 244 1100 before it closes at 23:59 on Friday 29 January.

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. Over 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 at or call 0161 244 1100 before Friday 29 January 2021. 

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