Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 7th May

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Election results

Thursday 6 May was the local and Greater Manchester Mayoral election polling day.

Results of the local election will be available from Friday 7 May.

Greater Manchester Mayoral elections results will be available from Saturday 8 May on the GM Elects website.


Jennifer Connolly, Director of Public Health

Statement from Director of Public Health, Jennifer Connolly

We’re coming up to the anticipated further easement of restrictions on the government’s roadmap out of lockdown on 17 May. Whilst we’re all looking forward to some potential further relaxations of restrictions, we must remain that Coronavirus is still very much circulating in Stockport. Full information on the government’s roadmap out of lockdown can be found here.

As we come out of further restrictions, we may see a rise in cases, we know that new variants are emerging and spreading, so keep up our behaviour changes to curb the chains of transmission, keep rates down and protect others.

Please continue to socially distance (two metres) wear face coverings (unless exempt) in enclosed spaces, wash or sanitise hands regularly and keep areas well ventilated - this means having windows open at least 15/20 minute every hour. Please take up the vaccination offer. Further information on reducing the risk of transmission can be found here.

Keep reading

Mental Health Awareness Week in Stockport

Mental Health Awareness Week (10 - 16 May) is a good time to remember that mental health is part of everyone’s health and wellbeing.

The pandemic has affected the daily lives of everybody living or working in Stockport and being aware of our own mental health and the wellbeing of those around us has never been so important.

Mental Health Awareness week is a chance for us all in Stockport to focus on the things we can do to look after our own and others’ mental health and wellbeing. 

Share your photos! The theme for the week this year is nature and over the last year we’ve seen just how important this has been to people’s mental health being able to go out for walks or be outside in gardens, enjoying caring for plants or pets or the environment..

We would love everyone in Stockport to get involved in celebrating the nature in our lives by sharing images/videos/or just sound recordings of the nature on your doorstep.  Upload your photos to your own social media pages using the hashtag #MindfulMaySK and @OneStockport 

Let’s help inspire others to connect with nature.

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World Hand Hygiene Day

5 May was World Hand Hygiene Day, a World Health Organisation initiative to promote handwashing as a way to save lives.

We are aiming to teach people how to wash their hands properly by sharing the NHS’s guidelines to proper handwashing.

The theme this year is: 'Seconds save lives – clean your hands!' Washing your hands properly truly can save lives. See the NHS’s guide to washing your hands properly at the link below.

Find out more


One Stockport Story of the Week

Two brothers from Edgeley, Ernie and Ted Machin, aged seven and five, have become local heroes, with their litter-picking antics even attracting the attention of a Stockport star!

After noticing litter during their family walks in the Peak District, the brothers initially started litter picking with just one carrier bag on family days out and now the two boys have become internet heroes having collected almost 100 bags of litter.

They now have over 700 followers on Instagram and the BBC’s programme Blue Peter has awarded Ernie a green badge for his environmental efforts. They have also been recognised by the Blossoms drummer, Joe Donovan, who mentioned the boys during a podcast.

Ernie and Ted are a shining example of  everything it means to be One Stockport - you’re never too young to get involved and make a positive contribution to your community.

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Eid

Eid Mubarak!

Wishing all our Muslim residents and workers in Stockport Eid Mubarak ahead of Eid-Ul Fitr (Eid) next Wednesday and Thursday (12 - 13 May). Thank you to all of you for adhering to the Coronavirus guidance of only meeting in groups of up to six or two households out during the month Ramadan and the Iftar breaking of the fast each evening.

Though Eid would normally be a time when you would meet up with many friends and family members, please adhere to the same guidance in order to keep all our communities safe from Coronavirus.

If you are meeting at the mosque or outdoors for prayers, please do not mingle with other households, if in an enclosed space wear a face covering (unless exempt), wash or sanitise your hands regularly and keep well spaced out by ensuring social distancing requirements (two metres) are respected.


OS Hub

Reading is a Superpower! Celebrating Children’s Book Week

This week has been International Children’s Book Week, where we get to celebrate the power of books and promote a love of reading in young people. This year’s theme is ‘Reading is a Superpower’, encouraging children to challenge themselves and their friends throughout the week and all year long.

There’s also the chance for your little bookworms to crown their favourites at the Stockport Children’s Book Awards 2021. Drop into your local library to borrow the books on the shortlist, or download the e-books for free! Once your little ones have settled on a favourite, why not have them send in a video explaining why they love their choice? The videos will be shown at the grand awards ceremony!

Access the voting form here, or email childrensbookaward@stockport.gov.uk to find out more.

Find out how to download our FREE eBooks and audiobooks.

If this Children’s Book Week has you and your mini book buffs feeling inspired, head down to the One Stockport Hub and visit our dedicated Junior Library. Located on Mersey Square in the town centre, the One Stockport Hub is fully stocked with great reads for little people, so pop in and find your next favourite.

Don’t forget, opening hours at all libraries that are open to the public also include one day a week when each library will be open 12 noon – 6pm.  This will provide further access for school children and others to access our services, including access to PCs. One Stockport Hub will remain open 9am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and 9am – 4pm on Saturday.  Plenty of time to come and explore with your children – whether it’s Children’s Book Week or not! See the full list of opening times here.