Stockport Review EXTRA - 24th September 2021

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This edition at a glance...

Spotlight on Stockport Equalities Month


Cllr Elise Wilson

Message from the Leader of the Council  

Cases of COVID-19 in Stockport are still rising and are currently at 457 per 100,000, or 192 cases per day.

With schools having recently returned, they are particularly high in the 10-19 age group which covers secondary school age children, so please do continue to test secondary school age children twice a week. Tests are free and available online, to pick up at your local pharmacy or library or from the testing site at Fred Perry House.

Our vaccination programme continues with 84.8% of all aged 16+ now having received their first dose of the vaccine, and 79.4% of those aged 16+ having received both doses. If you haven’t yet had both doses of your vaccine, book yours online or attend a permanent offering at Trinity Church, Bramhall Lane, SK3 8TP, running from Thursday – Sunday every week.

If you haven’t already seen our incredible Stockport Frogs dotted across the borough, don’t miss out if you haven’t seen them yet. The feedback from visitors has been fantastic and I know they’ve brought a smile to the faces of so many people over the summer. There’s more details in the story below.

The town centre really has been a hub of activity lately, with the 5k and Enduro and Cycling Festival proving really popular. As we move towards Christmas, they’ll be details available on our plans for the festive period in the coming weeks.

Finally, I am very pleased to be able to tell you about Stockport’s first ever equalities month, organised by Sector 3. This is an exciting month of fun, family friendly activities – read on to find out more.

Have a good weekend.

- Leader of the Council, Cllr Elise Wilson


Health and Care

One Week to Go Until the Health and Care Awards Nominations Close!

Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond in their role, either at work or as a volunteer? We’re looking for people who embody the ethos of One Stockport, who work together with their community to make a real difference to people’s lives.

Categories include the Volunteer Award. If you know someone who has volunteered at a COVID-19 vaccination centre, or perhaps a community group that supported you during the pandemic, now is your chance to nominate them for the Volunteer Award and have them recognised at our celebration event in November.

There is also the Inclusion Award, which celebrates people who have played a real part in including members of the community who might otherwise have been marginalised by the pandemic.

Know an individual or group that fits the bill? Nominate now! Nominations close on Thursday 30 September.

Find out more


Visit the Stockport Frogs before they hop off to their new homes!

The Stockport Frogs have again proved to be an overwhelming success, attracting visitors both young old from across the region! Due to popular demand they’ll be around for another week and you can now visit them until 4 October before they have to  leave their current homes for pastures new.

The frogs can be seen across the town centre and our neighbourhoods and you can find out more and download the frog trail here.

Catch them while you can!  


Renew your books today at Stockport Libraries!

With all of Stockport’s libraries now back open, it’s never been easier to return or renew books.

You can renew books and other items online here, or via email or over the telephone, or simply by popping in to your local library. It’s never been easier to renew that book that you’ve just not quite finished with yet!

We are getting back to normal and therefore all fees are due to be reintroduced at Stockport’s libraries from 4 October, so make sure all your renewals are up to date.

Next week (week commencing 27 September), we are having a fine and fee amnesty across our libraries. Simply drop in to return your books and avoid all fees – simple!


Stoptober starts soon

Stoptober has helped over 2 million people make a quit attempt and still hopes to inspire the current 6 million smokers in England to give quitting a go. 

Stoptober offers a range of free quitting support. This includes the NHS Quit Smoking app, Facebook messenger bot, Stoptober Facebook online communities, daily emails and SMS, and an online Personal Quit Plan tool that helps find a combination of support that’s right for you.

Join the thousands of people who are stopping smoking this October.


One Stockport Story of the Week

Chads Theatre, founded as Cheadle Hulme Amateur Dramatic Society just after the first world war, is celebrating its 100th season with a packed programme and an invitation for budding thespians, set builders, dress makers and producers to take to the stage as they enter a new era.

As well as attracting bigger audiences, Chads are looking to recruit new members of all ages although they are especially keen to attract ‘younger’ enthusiastic under 50-year-olds with fresh ideas.

So, if you have some time on your hands, want to try something new or brush up on forgotten skills, why not join the Chads family, make new friends and put your talents to good use, on and off the stage.

Find out more and how to get involved over on the One Stockport website.

Read more


Equality

Spotlight on Stockport Equality Month this October

Join us as we celebrate the wonderfully diverse communities that we are lucky enough to have here in Stockport. It is hoped that this month will help to start a conversation around what more we can do to ensure true equality of opportunity in the borough – part of our ten year vision set out in the One Stockport Borough Plan.


Black History Month

Black History Month

October also marks Black History Month. Stockport Race Equality Partnership (SREP) are running a pop up exhibition throughout the month, celebrating the history of African and Caribbean people living locally in Stockport.

You can access the exhibition online, or visit One Stockport Hub, Central Library, the Heatons Library or Marple Library to see the fascinating exhibition for yourself. 


Sector 3 Equality Month activities

This October, our friends at Sector 3 are running a whole host of activities celebrating diversity and spotlighting the inequalities some communities sadly still face nationwide. Join them for lots of multicultural activities including African flag-making, a quiz and discussion to mark International Lesbian Visibility Day, Sudanese food and storytelling…and so much more!

View the full programme to see what’s on throughout the month.


Older Persons

International Day of Older Persons: Friday 1 October

With 1 in 4 residents in Stockport over 65, it’s the perfect day to recognise the vital role that older residents play in making our borough great. This year’s theme is ‘Older and Greener’, and we’ll be celebrating our older residents’ contribution to making Stockport more sustainable.

This is the 30th anniversary of this international day and we want to hear from you! How have your behaviours changed in the past 30 years? Are you more conscious about recycling, or perhaps you’ve switched to greener energy or an electric or hybrid car? Send in your clips, quotes and stories to communications@stockport.gov.uk to be featured on our social channels.

Here in Stockport, we’re committed to becoming an Age Friendly borough as defined by the World Health Organisation. Read more on our plans.


Inclusion

Stockport Inclusion and Integration Fair: Monday 11 October

Hosted at the Town Hall from 10am to 2.30pm, the Inclusion and Integration Fair is your chance to discover something new. There’ll be stalls from local businesses and organisations, so you can come and find out what services are open to support you and how you can get involved.

There’ll also be talks from Greater Manchester Police on inclusive policing, a Q&A with Disability Stockport and, of course, refreshments!

Pop along and find out what’s going on in Stockport to champion equality, and how you can be a part of it.

Register here


National Hate Crime Awareness Week: 9 - 16 October

We stand together against all forms of prejudice here in Stockport. That’s why we’re showing our support for this national week by lighting up the town hall in purple.

No one deserves to live in fear of hatred or prejudice, and we’re working to ensure that hate crime becomes truly a thing of the past, both in Stockport and nationwide.

Visit the Stop Hate UK website to learn more.


Have your Say: Current Consultations and Surveys

Have your say!

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

  • Proposal to move Central Library services to Stockroom

    • Stockport Council has been awarded £14.5 million Future High Streets Funding by the government to spend on Stockroom. Following the positive response to the proposal to include 21st century library facilities in Stockroom, we now want to consult with people about moving the Town Centre library services from Central Library into Stockroom.
  • A Plan For Stockport, By Stockport

    • The Council is required by government to produce a Local Plan. The Local Plan will be the land-use plan to deliver the vision, which partners, stakeholders and residents across Stockport set out in the Borough Plan. It is a formal document that will be used to help decide on whether to approve planning applications for new developments in the future.
  • Marple Neighbourhood Forum Re-designation

    • The Marple Neighbourhood Forum was established in 2016 with the primary purpose of preparing a neighbourhood plan in partnership with Stockport Council and other local stakeholders. Neighbourhood plans are powerful set of tools for local communities to influence future development in their local area by establishing a set of policies to be used in making decisions on planning applications.
  • Road Safety around Schools – Outwood Primary School

    • It is important that walking or cycling to school is a safe option for children and their families: view the plans for the area around Outwood Primary School.
  • Road Safety around Schools – Bridge Hall Primary School

    • It is important that walking or cycling to school is a safe option for children and their families: view the plans for the area around Bridge Hall Primary School.
  • Road Safety around Schools – Cale Green Primary School

    • It is important that walking or cycling to school is a safe option for children and their families: view the plans for the area around Cale Green Primary School.

Find out more