Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 14th May

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Jennifer Connolly, Director of Public Health

Statement from Director of Public Health, Jennifer Connolly

Monday (17 May) marks the next step in the further easement of restrictions on the government’s roadmap out of lockdown. Full information on the government’s roadmap out of lockdown can be found here.

After not being able to see friends and family in our own homes for so long, you will be able to meet inside in a group of six or two households, as well as meet outside, including private gardens, (if space allows for social distancing) in groups of up to 30.

The government has said we can hug our loved ones from 17 May. We will also be able to visit pubs and restaurants for table service inside in groups of six or two households and if you fancy a day out or a night on the town, entertainment venues such as cinemas, theatres, sports stadiums and indoor play centres will reopen. Other changes see the limit on attendees at life events such as weddings raised to 30 and funerals will have no limits on mourners apart from based on size of the venue and the ability to implement social distancing. If you’re wanting to lose some lockdown weight or get fit, adult classes will now be able to take place indoors, so please visit the Life Leisure website for details of classes here.

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Vaccine Video

Watch now: Stockport's vaccination programme

As restrictions are eased, it's important to keep up social distancing and other measures to ensure we all stay safe. Getting vaccinated is one of the key steps you can take to stay protected.

We recently produced a short video about the importance of vaccinations which you can watch here. The NHS is currently giving the offering the vaccine who is aged 38 and over by 1 July 2021; you will be contacted when it's your turn to be vaccinated. Find out more about vaccinations here.

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Shavuot

Celebrate Shavuot safely

Wishing Jewish residents and workers in Stockport Chag Shavuot sameach!

Please help to keep all our communities safe and well by on Sunday 16 May, only celebrating outside, including in private gardens, in groups of 6 or 2 households.

From Monday (17 May) you may meet in groups of up to 30 outside or follow the rule of 6 or two households if meeting indoors.

Stockport Libraries Speaker Series

Join historical romance novelist Terri Brisbin on a visual tour of the history of romance novel cover art, as she  joins Stockport Libraries as the next guest in the Stockport Speaker Series. Terri is the best-selling author of more than 46 historical and paranormal romance novels, novellas and short stories which have been published around the world. 

The cover design and artwork on a romance novel is crucial in today’s market for the success of the book and Terri will cover the history of romance covers and much more  in this fun presentation.

The online talk takes place on Thursday, 27 May at 7pm live on Zoom. You can sign up for your FREE ticket at Eventbrite here.

You can find more about Terri at her website here.

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One Stockport Story of the Week

It’s been over three weeks since non-essential shops were able to reopen and welcome back their customers after what has been the most challenging of times for our High Street, market and independent traders.

Retailers have been working hard to ensure their customers can shop with confidence; businesses have put measures in place to ensure the safety of their staff and outdoor bars, cafés, restaurants are bringing a new, vibrant atmosphere into Stockport.

One Stockport caught up with a few of Stockport’s much loved traders this week and you can find out what they have to say over on the One Stockport Website.

But the message is loud and clear - Stockport Town Centre is back open for business!    

Brownfields Sites

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

The deadline to submit your suggestions of brownfield sites will close on 23 May, so if you haven’t already, this is your last chance to let us know about sites that 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. 

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SEND Week of Action

SEND is everyone's business!

Next week (17 – 21 May), we're working with Stockport community organisations w to raise awareness of support and services for 0 - 25 year olds with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Throughout the week we will be offering a range of webinars and events for parents/carers and professionals, as well as hosted activities at the hospital. We will be doing as much as we can to raise awareness and have a discussion with families of children and young people with SEND to offer support.

More details and the full programme, can be viewed on Stockport SEND Local Offer website or Eventbrite site.


High Lane library is reopening

Live in the High Lane area? Great news – High Lane library on Buxton Road will be reopening from the week commencing 17 May.

With Children’s Book Week just gone, if your little ones are feeling inspired, why not pop in and browse the shelves? You never know, you might just find a new favourite read.

The opening times for High Lane library will be:

  • Tuesdays 2.30pm – 5pm
  • Thursdays 2.30pm – 5pm
  • Saturdays 10.30am – 1pm

See our full list of open libraries and find the opening times here.

As part of our Covid secure measures you’ll still need to wear a face covering and complete the NHS Track and Trace form on your arrival.  Numbers in the Library will be limited due to social distancing so you might need to queue outside before you enter. 

Remember, it’s not just a fantastic selection of books on offer at High Lane library. You can use our PCs to get online for free, or take advantage of our free Wi-Fi on your own device.

Can’t make it down to the library? Don’t worry. We’ve got lots of e-books and audiobooks that are free to access online. You can also access our Pressreader service, which allows you to read full editions of your favourite newspapers and magazines from across the globe. Find out more about our online services here.


bramall hall

Stockport Museums look forward to welcoming you!

Stockport Museums are looking forward to welcoming visitors again and sharing the history of Stockport through their fascinating buildings, collections and events as they start a phased re-opening from Wednesday 19 May.

Bramhall Hall will be the first to open on 19 May, followed by Stockport Air Raid Shelter and Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery on 20 May. A host of measures have also been put in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit. Visitors will be required to wear a face covering (unless exempt) and a one way system has been introduced to keep visitors and staff safe.

Additionally, the museums will be operating at a reduced capacity and the Covid safe re-opening is also supported by a new online ticketing Service, Art Tickets. On this platform visitors can buy/book timed admission tickets in advance of their visit. Admission cannot be guaranteed without a pre-booked ticket. Tickets can be booked here.

Stockport Museum and Staircase House are expected to re-open Summer 2021, a date is yet to be confirmed. The Hat Works remains closed for refurbishment and will re-open once the work is complete.  

You can also keep up to date by following Stockport Museums on Facebook and Twitter.

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FCF21

Foster Care Fortnight 2021

We are supporting Foster Care Fortnight in a bid to recruit more foster carers in Stockport. If you're willing to open your home to local children and young people, you could foster.

The theme for the fortnight is #WhyWeCare. Stockport Town Hall will be lit up in green over the two week period to support the campaign, which is aimed at raising awareness of the transformational power of fostering and to celebrate our Stockport fostering community. 

We will be supporting the campaign on our Fostering Facebook and Twitter pages, so be sure to like and follow for the latest news and events. One of our foster carers was also recently interviewed by the Manchester Evening News, talking about her experiences fostering siblings and teenager. Read the full article here.

Stockport’s fostering services offer a wide range of different fostering schemes and are actively encouraging people to come forward who could offer a fostering home to siblings, older children and children with additional needs. During Foster Care Fortnight, the fostering team and local foster carers will also be hosting a virtual Q&A sessions for anyone interested in finding out more about fostering with Stockport Council. The event will take place on Wednesday 19 May at 6pm.

To book onto the Q&A session, please email familyplacement@stockport.gov.uk or complete the online application form.

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