Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 23rd April

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This edition at a glance...


Statement from Director of Public Health

Spring has sprung and with it has come some better weather which always helps to lift everyone’s spirits. Along with the gradual easing out of lockdown which means we can meet up with friends and family in groups of up to six or two households, being able to eat and drink outside at pubs/restaurants, visit non-essential shops and the chance to pamper ourselves now that barbers and salons are open again, we need to find ways of improving our wellbeing and physical health after a tough year. 

Read the full statement on the council website.

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Help Still Available to Complete Your Census

Despite being a month past Census Day, there is still time to take part and plenty of help available for those who are yet to complete their census. Census officers may be in touch with you shortly to help with completing the census. 

There are several Census Support Centres available in Stockport, who can also help. You can find your nearest Census Support Centre and their contact details here to book a COVID safe appointment. 

If you would prefer a paper census, help is available by calling 0800 876 6276.

Help is also available over the phone by calling the Census Support hotline on 0800 141 2021 or online at www.census.gov.uk

You must complete the census by law. To avoid a fine, complete your census today. 

OS Hub

Libraries' opening times increased

From Monday 26 April we are increasing our opening hours at four libraries, Bredbury, Cheadle Hulme, Edgeley and Heald Green libraries. This will see each library open an additional two days a week and brings these libraries’ opening hours in line across the borough. 

We are also changing our opening hours at all our open Libraries so for one day a week each Library will be open 12 noon – 6 pm, except for the One Stockport Hub.  This will provide further access for school children and others to access our services, including access to PCs.

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Adult Social Care Recruitment Event

If you are looking to start or develop a career in adult social care, why not find out more at an Online Recruitment Event on Wednesday 28th April 10am - 11.30am. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with four local care providers/employers who are actively recruiting job vacancies right now across Stockport working on a part-time, full-time, temporary and permanent basis. There are vacancies available for experienced care assistants, those who have recently completed a training course or relevant qualification, those with 6-12 months experience in care, and those with no experience at all.

To book a place, email info@stockport-jobsmatch.co.uk, book via the Eventbrite link or simply join the Zoom event on the day here.


Help us to identify brownfield land in your local area which may have development potential

No one knows Stockport like the people who live and work here! That’s why we need your help in identifying land which may have some development potential.  We want to hear about the sites in your local areas which you believe should be considered before we need to make decisions in respect of other land within the borough. They might be derelict or underutilised sites, vacant commercial premises or an occupied building which has a use which doesn't fit particularly well in an area. 

You don't have to own the land to tell us about it – we want to gather as much information as possible so we can plan to meet Stockport's growing needs. We will then assess all sites that are put forward and their suitability for alternative uses such as housing or employment. This information will then inform the draft Stockport Local Plan, which we will be seeking people's views on in autumn 2021. 

For further information and to submit details of a brownfield site, please visit the Council website​. The call for sites will close on 23 May 2021.​

Community Computers

Donate to Community Computers to help people get online

Lockdown has been so much harder for people who don't have access to the internet. So, we’re supporting local charity Renewal North West’s ‘Community Computers’ recycling initiative, refurbishing old, unused devices to help people get online, as well as tackling e-waste.

It's simple: you drop off your old computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone at any open library in Stockport, or at Renewal North West’s shop in Shaw Heath, and Community Computers wipe it clean, completely removing all your data.  Donated equipment is either recycled to maintain the DigiKnow Device Library, which offers free device loans for local people, or upgraded and offered at low-cost to people on benefits. What’s more, the charity provides employment, work skills and training to long-term unemployed individuals.

Thanks to everyone who has donated so far. Please spread the word among your friends and family. To find out more about the scheme or if you know someone who would benefit from purchasing a low-cost device, follow the link below. To borrow a device from the DigiKnow library, or for any help getting online, call the DigiKnow Helpline on 07537 127 095.

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The Big Ask

The Big Ask is the largest ever survey of children and young people in England. The survey will run from 19 April to 19 May, and it seeks to find out what England's young people and children's lives are like, what they want in the future and what is holding children and young people back.

The survey will inform the Childhood Commission report at the end of the year. This report will help better understand how children have been affected by the pandemic. The report will set ambitious and measurable targets for Government and local authorities to tackle to secure a better future for England's children and young people.

Children's Commissioner Dame Rachel de Souza said:

"We'll use what you tell us to show the government what you think, and what children need to live happier lives."

The Big Ask is a rare chance for the children and young people of our country to have their opportunity to speak out.

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Stockport’s Community Champion Programme  

Here in Stockport, we’re lucky to have many  individuals that volunteer to help their community and organisations that want to contribute to keeping people well, and these have been indispensable during the pandemic. Now, Stockport  is setting up a ‘community champions’ scheme to continue to work with  people  and organisations, utilising these skills and community connections to help communicate the latest information around the Covid-19 pandemic and health and wellbeing  in the longer term. The best people to find out what is important to the community are people who live and work in  the community itself. We’d like champions to  be a trusted point of information and help share information amongst communities, help us shape how information about Covid-19 and wider health and wellbeing messages are developed and delivered and give us feedback so we can continuously improve. 

Contact us to register your early interest in becoming a champion  and find out more about the scheme here.

Funding opportunities are also now open, with small and medium sized grants available to help support projects that are playing a key role in reducing the impact of the pandemic on communities. You can apply for these grants to help fund a new idea or to support existing work. The council is particularly keen to hear from projects that focus on reducing isolation, promote health and wellbeing, or  to help communities to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

If you’d like to get involved, micro grants up to £1,000 can be applied for here. Grants of up to £5,000 for individual organisations and £20,000 for partnerships can be obtained via the Stockport Local Fund.

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Fin

Paralympic Hopeful Crosses the Line for His Vaccination

Great Britain Paracyclist Fin Graham wheeled up on his bike to get his Covid vaccination, with the message that being vaccinated gives him peace of mind.

The elite athlete from the Scottish Highlands, moved to Cheadle, Stockport in 2018. He trains with British Cycling at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester and already has two World Cup Paracycling gold medals to show for it.

Fin, aged 21, was born with two club feet, has no calf muscle in his right leg and limited movement in his ankles. Three years ago, he was diagnosed with Lupus, an auto-immune disease.

The brakes were put on his hopes of going to the Paralympics last summer. But training has carried on as he competes for a spot in the Great Britain Team going to Tokyo this year.

This short video features Fin talking about his experience and his hopes for the rest of 2021.

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Founder of Stockport Mental Health Charity included in ‘Inspirational Women, Inspirational Lives'

The Founder of Stockport’s TPC Therapy, Shahana Knight, has been listed in a book written to celebrate women who are great achievers.

TPC Therapy is a Mental Health and Wellbeing Service founded by Shahana. Since 2012 their Play Therapists have been supporting children all over the UK with both complex and lower-level needs, from children who have experienced homicide to children with low confidence.

You can find out more about the great work Shahana and her team are involved in and also access The Therapeutic Teacher podcasts, a regular series of podcasts to talk about all things related to wellbeing and mental health in schools.

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EPEC

Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities

EPEC (Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities) is a successful, popular, parenting programme delivered by parents who live in their own community.  It offers a range of parenting groups across Stockport which:

  • helps parents and carers better take care of themselves,
  • increases knowledge about how to help children/young people explore their own feelings,
  • helps builds positive relationships with children/young people and parents/carers,
  • helps parents/carers learn more about how to manage children’s/young peoples’ behaviour

EPEC is unique as the groups are parent-led. The following courses are currently being delivered online, using Zoom (term time only):

  • Being a parent – for parents / carers with children aged 2 - 11 years (2 hours per week, for 8 weeks).
  • Living with Teenagers – for parents / carers with children aged 12 - 16 years (2 hours per week, for 8 weeks).
  • Being a Parent Together – for parents / carers of children aged 2 - 11 years who attend together whether living together / in a relationship or not (2 hours per week, for 6 weeks).

We have spaces available now on each of these courses starting in May 2021. 

Interested and want to know more about our EPEC courses? Please contact admin.epec@stockport.gov.uk or phone 0161 406 9558.

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