Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 18th June

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Cllr Elise Wilson

Statement from the Leader of the Council

As you have probably seen in the news this week, the Prime Minister has announced a 4 week delay to moving to step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown. This means social distancing measures will continue after 21st June, with a delay to the opening of venues such as nightclubs and large-scale events. The latest information can be found here.

I know this news will be frustrating for many of us but COVID-19 case rates in Stockport are still higher than the national average, at around 203.1 per 100,000. See the latest data here. The highly transmissible Delta variant is still present in the borough, so it’s important that we all continue to do our bit and hopefully avoid any further delays to moving along the roadmap. Greater Manchester, including Stockport, remains an area of enhanced support. For more details on this, click here.

The remarkable vaccine effort continues to move at pace in our borough, with 78% of adults now having taken up their first dose, and 57.3% now fully vaccinated. All adults over 18 can now get the vaccine, so make sure you book yours online. You can also keep an eye out for the pop up vaccination clinics which are at various locations across the borough during June. There’s no need to book, so make sure you drop in if you need a first dose or it’s been 8 weeks and you are eligible for your second.

With the Euros hotting up this weekend, please make sure you continue to follow the guidance while enjoying the match. Consider getting a free test before you head out to meet friends – you can collect these from your local collection point or order online. If you’re watching with friends, please remember the rule of six or two households, and open a window or door if you’re watching inside as COVID-19 spreads less easily in fresh air.

As always, please remember to practice social distancing and wear a face covering when indoors, unless you’re exempt. Hand-washing or sanitising thoroughly and regularly will also help to stop the spread of the virus in our borough.

Let’s all keep doing our bit!

- Leader of the Council, Cllr Elise Wilson


Football

Give COVID the red card this Euros 2020!

The long-awaited Euros is finally here, and here in Stockport we’re all hoping it’s coming home. You might be looking forward to the game tonight or out enjoying the football this weekend, but if you’re meeting friends it’s important to do your bit and stay safe.

COVID-19 rates in Stockport continue to be higher than the national average, please remember to social distance when meeting up with friends or family – even if England score! If you’re watching the game indoors, open a window or the door. COVID-19 spreads less easily in fresh air, so improving the ventilation when inside a venue can help to stop the spread. Face coverings continue to be mandatory when inside a venue (unless you are exempt).

All adults can still get free lateral flow tests if you do not have symptoms; these give results in just 30 minutes. Pick yours up from your local pharmacy or library in Stockport, or order online. Consider taking a test before you head out to meet friends – around 1 out of 3 people who have COVID-19 do not have symptoms, so it’s better to be safe than risk spreading the virus to those you love.  

Remembering the rules of hands, face, space and fresh air means that we can all enjoy the tournament together, while ensuring that we stay safe and reduce the levels of COVID-19 in the borough.

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A spotlight on mental health this Men's Health Week

This week was Men’s Health Week – a week dedicated to highlighting the health problems that disproportionately affect men, and empowering men to do something about these issues.

The pandemic has been tough for all of us, so this year the Men’s Health Forum focused particularly on mental health and how the pandemic has affected this. Men can often find it difficult to speak up about how they feel, but it’s important not to bottle up any thoughts or feelings you might have. The pandemic has seen lots of people struggle with their mental health, so it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

There are many ways you can help to improve your mental health if you are struggling. A simple walk in nature can do wonders for both the mental and physical health. Read John’s story here to find out how walking improved his mental wellbeing.

There are lots of services in Stockport to help support your mental health if you’re not feeling quite right. Visit the Stockport Healthy Minds webpage to find out more.

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Cale Green Primary

Clean Air Day

Cale Green Primary has been helping make the school run safer by asking parents to park a few streets away and walk the rest of the journey if they can’t leave the car at home. 

This was just one of the great examples of what is happening in the borough as the nation marked #CleanAirDay on Thursday, June 17.

To read more about the council’s commitment to climate change visit Stockport CAN.


Have your say - walking and cycling routes in your borough

We would like your views on a proposal to create new walking and cycling links between Stockport and Edgeley as part of the Greater Manchester #BeeNetwork.

This scheme would provide a high quality walking and cycle link between Edgeley and Stockport Town Centre via a new bridge on Thomson Street. It would also create a route through the station area connecting with the town’s new interchange. The improved walking and cycling links will service Stockport Exchange and also connect to the proposed Stockport Town Centre West residential development and wider town centre.

A consultation on the proposals will finish on July 2. Have your say here.


One Stockport Story of the Week

Local business musicMagpie hit the headlines recently when they commissioned a huge Mount Rushmore style sculpture depicting the G7 leaders. The sculpture was erected in Cornwall ahead of last weekend’s G7 summit and is made entirely of electronic waste, highlighting the damage caused to the planet from the excessive disposal of devices that could be re-used. 

You can find out more over on the One Stockport Website and hear from CEO of musicMagpie, Steve Oliver, as well as avid environmental campaigner and sculptor Joe Rush.

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Nutrition and Hydration Awareness Week

This week we have been raising awareness of the importance of good nutrition and hydration for Nutrition and Hydration Awareness Week.

It is estimated that 20% of older people are malnourished and dehydrated, leading to increased hospital admissions, falls, loss of independence and mobility. Age UK have created a list of changes to look out for in ourselves and our loved ones, and some tips and advice on how to combat malnutrition and dehydration.  

Click below for further information and advice. 

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DigiKnow

Do you know someone who wants to get online?

Being online offers so many benefits, from staying in touch by video, to ordering prescriptions or shopping, or finding and applying for jobs.

If you know someone who would like to get on the internet, but doesn’t know how to get started, there’s a special DigiKnow Helpline in Stockport to help them take those first steps: Call 07537 127 095. Call the Helpline to get support from a Digital Champion or join classes. Group classes are now starting again with social distancing measures in place. And if you don’t have a device to get online, you may be able to borrow a laptop, tablet or data. Call the DigiKnow Helpline to find out more.

If you’re already online but want to improve your digital skills, you’ll find lots of useful information and links to further learning on our web pages.

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Stockport scoops in Queen's Birthday Honours

Congratulations to all the residents and workers of Stockport who were honoured with awards in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Stockport Council’s very own Chris McLoughlin, Director of Children’s Services, was named in the Honours list, and will receive an OBE for her hard work and dedication to helping improve the lives of young people and their families in Stockport. Beyond Stockport, Chris also takes a leadership role for a range of improvement work across Greater Manchester.  She chairs the Greater Manchester School Readiness Board, and the Greater Manchester Children’s Health and Wellbeing Executive. 

Read more about her award and the work that led to it here.

It was also a good day for Stockport’s User Friendly Fellowship (STUFF), as they received the Queen’s Voluntary Service Award – commonly known as the MBE for volunteer organisations! It’s the highest accolade a volunteer group can be awarded. STUFF received a Special Designation for providing impactful support to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

STUFF offer support for people recovering from mental health issues or alcohol problems. They offer a range of community-based support sessions including social, therapeutic and leisure activities, as well as volunteering opportunities to help support people in Stockport along their recovery journey. During the pandemic, they have supported with food and medication deliveries, welfare checks and general advice on staying safe and protecting against the virus. Find out more about STUFF here.

A huge congratulations to both Chris and to all involved at STUFF on their incredible achievements.

Click below for a full list of those honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

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Hand-washing graphic

Keeping it clean! The importance of regular hand-washing

Let’s get back to basics. There are lots of ways you can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Stockport, and regular and thorough hand-washing is a great place to start.

Following the recent announcement by the Prime Minister, the further lifting of lockdown restrictions, due to commence on 21st June, has been delayed by 4 weeks. With the rates of coronavirus in Stockport still high, and the presence of the Delta variant which is highly transmissible circulating in the borough, it’s important that we all do our bit to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds is crucial to help reduce the rate of transmission. Remember singing ‘Happy Birthday’ as you wash your hands? That still stands, and is essential in making sure you get rid of all the germs by washing thoroughly.

Alternatively, make sure you are using hand sanitiser regularly. Many venues now have hand sanitising points installed throughout, so make sure you’re taking advantage of them.

If we all continue to do our bit, we can help bring down the rates of coronavirus in Stockport, and ensure that there are no further delays to progress along the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

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Have your Say: Current Consultations and Surveys

Have your say!

We want to hear your views on all the current consultations we're running.

  • ONE Health and Care Plan

    • This plan is about what we can all do to be healthier and have the care and support we need now and in the future.
  • Proposed Traffic Management Scheme in Reddish

    • This scheme is needed to help improve road safety in the area by managing the speed of vehicles, as well as ensuring that on-street parking is appropriate and safe for all road users.
  • Homelessness Prevention Strategy

    • Homelessness in all forms has increased in Greater Manchester since 2010 and tackling homelessness and rough sleeping is a key priority for GMCA and organisations across Greater Manchester.
  • Armed Forces Covenant Survey

    • The Armed Forces Covenant Partnership Group would like to hear from veterans, serving personnel and their families in order to get a true picture of what it is like to be a member of the armed forces community in Stockport in 2021.

Find out more