Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 19th March

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Cllr Wilson

Message from the Leader of the Council

On Tuesday we will be commemorating the National Day of Reflection which marks one year since the country was placed in lockdown. This last year has been like nothing we have ever experienced before and has impacted our lives in so many ways. But I’m really proud how we have all dug deep and come through some really challenging times. As a Council, we will be marking the day and highlighting all the great things we have achieved as a community over the past year, embodying everything it means to be One Stockport. You can find out more in the story below. 

The virus is still very much in circulation in Stockport and rates have increased slightly and are now at 89.0 per 100,000. The latest published data can be found here. We must continue to do all we can to stop the spread of the virus and I’m sure it is second nature now but practising good hand hygiene, keeping at least 2m apart and wearing a face covering (unless exempt) are still the most effective methods of keeping us safe. I know we’re all desperate to see family and friends and to do all the things we have missed this past year but we need a big push now more than ever, as restrictions are slowly eased over the coming months.

I’m really pleased to hear that our vaccination programme is continuing to progress  well and we have now vaccinated more than 122,000 adults with their first doses, with second doses being administered shortly. The vaccine is very effective at protecting us from becoming seriously unwell, so please do take up the offer from the NHS when you are invited.

- Leader of Stockport Council, Elise Wilson.

National Day of Reflection

The council is supporting a national day to remember those who have died during the pandemic, and to show support for everyone who has been bereaved.  

The National Day of Reflection organised by charity Marie Curie, will take place on Tuesday 23 March – the anniversary of the UK going into the first national lockdown.

The Council will commemorate the day by remembering people who have lost lives and support those who have been bereaved. We'll also look back on the positive community spirit shown in Stockport through the pandemic. We’ll also be shining a light on babies born on the day of the first national lockdown. To honour this day, we will be lighting up the Town Hall blue and green and flying the flag at half-mast. Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery will be lit up by rainbow lights in memory of those who have lost their lives. A virtual multi-faith event will be taking place on Monday 22 March. The meeting will show videos of prayers and statements from various organisations and faiths reflecting on the past year as part of the National Day of Reflection.

The Council is calling on colleagues and residents to take a minute to reflect at 12 noon in the planned silence organised by Marie Curie for who have died during the pandemic; and take a moment to connect with someone who has been bereaved. You can register for the live online event here.

Marie Curie is also inviting residents to light up their doorsteps – by standing outside with a light (a candle, a torch, even your phone) at 8pm on 23 March to remember someone who's died and show support to people going through a bereavement.

The Council’s online memorial book offers the opportunity to pay tribute to loved ones who have died from COVID-19. For further support and guidance, including bereavement support, you can visit the council website.

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OS Hub

One Stockport Hub is now open!

One Stockport Hub has set up home in the former Argos unit in Merseyway and is now available for pre-booked PC use (for essential use only) and to collect pre-ordered books. 

The Hub will provide a temporary solution for a Covid safe location for library services that would normally be offered at Central Library. It will also provide much needed digital access in the heart of the Town Centre for those who do not have devices or internet connectivity at home, as well as being a family friendly space that people will want to spend time in.

We will keep you updated when government restrictions are eased and drop-in visits can resume.

You can pre-book your visit and find out more on the Libraries website.

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‘Be the Difference’ to a young person at risk

One person can have a significant impact in helping a young person who may be at risk, whether this is a peer, parent, carer or member of the local community.

This week sees the start of a campaign taking place across Greater Manchester to raise awareness of child exploitation, with local communities being encouraged to consider if they have the knowledge and confidence to ‘Be the Difference’.

The week of action looks to raise awareness of exploitation amongst young people to educate them on the signs to look out for. Parents, carers, professionals and community members can learn more about child exploitation and increase confidence and knowledge of how to support young people who may be at risk.

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Vaccination Volunteers Make It A Red Nose Day

It’s going to be Red Nose Day at a Stockport vaccination clinic on Saturday 20 March. Clinical staff and 23 volunteers at Heald Green Village Hall are raising awareness and funds for Comic Relief by decorating their face masks and wearing red t-shirts.

Around 1,200 people have been booked onto this vaccination session which is by invitation only and you should not turn up unless you have an appointment.

When you do receive a vaccination invitation, please make sure you book and attend it.

Act F.A.S.T if you spot symptoms of a stroke

There are more than 100,000 incidence of stroke each year in the UK, causing around 34,000 deaths.

With current national restrictions in place, there’s an even greater need to remember symptoms and reinforce the importance of acting F.A.S.T. and calling 999 if you notice any single one of the signs in yourself or others.

Think and Act F.A.S.T.

  • Face - has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
  • Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?
  • Speech – is their speech slurred?
  • Time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs of a stroke

Shining a light on suicide

The Mayor of Greater Manchester and the League Managers Association (LMA), the representative body for professional football managers in England have launched a new partnership to raise awareness of suicide and help prevent suicide.

The partnership will support Greater Manchester’s Shining a Light on Suicide campaign which aims to bring the topic of suicide out of the dark and encourages people to have open and honest conversations about suicide and suicidal feelings.

Pep Guardiola, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Sir Alex Ferguson and Mark Hughes are among those backing the campaign in Greater Manchester, which has already received extensive media coverage, like this example from Sky News.

The Shining a Light on Suicide website provides resources and links to local and national support to help you if you're bereaved by suicide, dealing with suicidal thoughts or concerned that someone you know may be thinking of suicide.

Census Day is almost here

With March 21 – Census Day – only days away, Census 2021 is in full swing in Stockport.

The information packs with unique access codes are being sent out and – if you haven’t received yours already - should arrive in the next few days. 

And Stockport has two Census Support Centres where you can access help regardless of where you live. These Centres have helplines that you can call if you have general questions about your survey, and they will be able to book one-to-one telephone or in-person appointments with advisors to help you.

You can speak to an advisor or book a face-to-face appointment by calling:

  • Starting Point on 0161 494 9947, Monday – Friday, 9am – 7pm, and Saturday, 10am – 5pm where support can be offered in English, Spanish and Farsi.
  • Signpost for Carers on 0161 442 0442, Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm, Saturday 9am – 12pm where support is offered in English.

You can also book a computer at your local library in order to complete your Census online - call 0161 217 6009 to book a computer.

The results from the Census will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations. 

To receive your Census in a different accessible format, such as large print or braille, visit or call the ONS contact centre on 0800 141 2021.

To order a paper copy of the Census call 0800 876 6276.

For Census guidance in another language call 0800 587 2021.


Stockport's first Bee Network scheme is now open

In Autumn 2019, we consulted on proposals to improve the walking and cycling route between Newlands Avenue and Woodstock Avenue in Cheadle Hulme, which would help link Thorn Grove Primary School with the nearby St James Catholic High School.

The approved scheme included an upgrade of the existing signal controlled pedestrian crossing on Gillbent Road.

The new ‘Sparrow’ crossing is a signal controlled parallel crossing that keeps pedestrians and cyclists separate as they cross and is one of the first of its kind in the UK.

Work has begun on three more #BeeNetwork schemes in Stockport. A new link has been created in Nelstrop Road in Heaton Chapel, as part of the Heaton Links scheme, while works began at the beginning of February to create a new protected walking and cycling link between Bramhall Park and the A6, close to High Lane. In addition, our teams have been busy creating part of the Offerton to Stockport link, with improvements made at St Thomas Recreation Ground.

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One Stockport Story of the Week

One Stockport are highlighting a great local initiative this week which supports ex-armed forces personnel into the construction industry.

Project Recce has been set up by two veterans and is playing an important role in supporting them into worthwhile employment in the construction sector, which can often be difficult after a military career.

Find out how this fantastic organisation worked on a two year transformation of a 17th century cottage in Woodley and hear from some of the people whose lives have been changed, thanks to Project Recce.

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Friday Fact

Want to know how to keep your friends and family safe after your vaccination? Check out our Friday Facts on Facebook and Twitter.

Q: I've had my vaccine, does this mean I can meet my family?

A: No, after the first dose it it takes around two weeks for antibodies to develop so you won't be fully protected yet. Even after both doses you may still catch Covid and pass it to others, even if protected against the worst effects. Continue to follow guidance around social distancing (2 metres), wearing face coverings (unless exempt) and washing or sanitising hands regularly.

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