Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 21st May

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This edition at a glance...

Jennifer Connolly, Director of Public Health

Statement from Director of Public Health, Jennifer Connolly

Since Monday (17 May) we have been able to experience a bit more freedom following 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.

Coronavirus rates are currently at 24.9 cases per 100,000*. There are around 10.4 new cases each day. The latest published data can be found here.

The B.1.617.2 variant (often referred to as the Indian variant) remains a concern. There is a lot of work underway to really understand how much more transmissible this variant is, and as such, how much more harm it could potentially cause. This remains under review and we will know more within the next couple of weeks.

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Walk in and get vaccinated in Stockport Town Centre

A walk-in pop-up Covid-19 vaccination site has arrived at Mersey Square in Stockport Town Centre and is now available on Friday 21 May and Saturday 22 May from 10am to 4pm, organised by NHS Stockport Clinical Group (CCG) and supported by Stockport Council.

You won't need an appointment, just stop by if you're eligible for your first dose. It's all delivered quickly and safely by trained vaccinators, with marshals on hand to ensure that social distancing measures being followed.

First doses of the AstraZenaca-Oxford vaccine are available to anyone 36 years of age and over, health and social care workers, unpaid carers, and anyone over 30 with underlying health conditions.

Vaccination appointments are also available at other sites across the region, including The Eithad Campus and Brookdale Club and Theatre, Bramhall, via the NHS website or by calling 119 for free, seven days a week, between 7am and 11pm.

The second dose of the vaccine offers maximum protection, so it is also important that anyone who has had the first vaccination books their second as soon as they receive the invitation.

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One Stockport Story of the Week

This week, One Stockport is shining a light on a much valued service in Stockport that supports mental health and wellbeing.

Located in Stockport Town Centre, Open Door opened last year and is a unique 24/7 mental health crisis service which is open to any Stockport resident. No matter what the issue, Open Door’s dedicated team of recovery workers provide support tailored to your individual needs.

Hear what service users and staff have to say about this fantastic service that has proved to be a lifeline for so many.

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Dementia Awareness Week

It is estimated that there are 670,000 people living with dementia in England. As we live in an ageing population this number will only increase.

This Dementia Action Week (17 - 23 May), the mission is to take action against the shortfalls in care that have been exposed by the pandemic for those suffering with dementia, and raise awareness for a condition of which 21% of the population believe is ‘memory loss’.

Most dementia is caused by Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Society’s website has a wealth of information on dementia.

Whether you are worried about a family member, you’re a carer or concerned for yourself, visit the Alzheimer's Society Website or call the Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456.

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Thursday 20th May was Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a day to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, to support the one billion people worldwide with disabilities/impairments.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use our website. We’ve made the website text as simple as possible to understand. We’ve also added our Recite Me tool to support everyone with visual and nonvisual disabilities. Using this tool you can:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300%
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader

You can find Recite Me at the top of every web page using the 'Accessibility' link.

Try it out

Time to have your say! Take the Stockport Armed Forces Covenant survey now

The Stockport Armed Forces Covenant Partnership Group are refreshing their priorities for the next three years, and they need your help. They want to get a true picture of what it is like to be a member of the armed forces community in Stockport in 2021. Are you a veteran, a serving member of the armed forces or part of their family? If the answer is yes, please take a short survey to help them set their goals for the next three years. Please feel free to pass this link on to anyone you might know who fits the criteria.

The Stockport Armed Forces Covenant is owned and delivered by a range of partners across the borough, all working to help raise awareness of issues affecting the armed forces community and helping to remove any disadvantage they may face as a result of their service. One of the most important ways they do this is by seeking views of all community groups that work with veterans, to understand the issues they face in removing disadvantage for veterans. That’s why a second survey has been designed for those organisations who do such vital work with our armed forces community. If that’s you, take the survey now.

In Stockport, the first local Covenant was created in 2012, with the priorities being refreshed every three years since then. The Covenant is developed and overseen by our Armed Forces Covenant Partnership Group, including representatives from Stockport Council, other public service providers, charity organisations and members of the local armed forces community.

The Covenant aims to ensure that the issues that matter to armed forces personnel are spotlighted, and their experiences and skills are used to the benefit of the wider community.

Let’s help to build an even more positive future for Stockport’s armed forces community – together.

Take the survey

Many Stockport libraries and museums are now open!

Welcome Back Stockport Museums

Looking for a great way to entertain the kids? Maybe you need to take a virtual holiday with a great book, or you’re fascinated by the rich history of our borough? It’s good news for culture vultures, because many of Stockport’s museums and libraries have now reopened.

Bramall Hall, Stockport Air Raid Shelters and Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery are the first museums to reopen. Visitors can explore a slice of history through the intriguing buildings and exciting collections on display.

All museum visits must be pre-booked, with visitors required to purchase timed tickets online before their visit to assist with social distancing. Tickets can be booked here. Other Covid-19 safety measures will be in place at the museums, including a one-way system and regular hand sanitising points. Please follow these measures to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit.

Many libraries across the borough have also reopened for book browsing and computer services. If you’re missing your summer holiday this year, why not allow a good book to take you away from it all for a while?

You can also use the computer services free of charge, although pre-booking is advised to guarantee yourself a space. There’s also free WIFI available, and printing and photocopying services which can be used for a small fee.

For those who feel safer not browsing, there are a number of staff picks available at the front of each library, so you can borrow a good read quickly and safely.

For the full list of open libraries and their opening hours, visit the Stockport Council website.

In both the museums and the libraries, please remember to wear a face covering at all times, unless you are exempt.

Let’s enjoy our borough opening up again safely!

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