Community Champions Newsletter Issue 3

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Community Champions Newsletter Issue 3 - 12th November 2021

November Community Champions Newsletter

Hello and welcome to your November Community Champions Newsletter!

The cold weather is here and so it is a crucial time to be sharing news about not only COVID and flu vaccinations, but also mental health and general winter wellness. Below you will find new resources to share about feeling anxious, stressed or low and about gambling support, and more about Stockport Council and its health partners' new campaign to keep every Stockport resident safe and well this winter. 

As always there are new funding opportunities opening up for community groups and charities, most notably the One Stockport Local Fund, which has had a fantastic impact on local communities in recent years. 

The information in the newsletter will help you in your role as a Community Champion, so we encourage you to get involved and send in contributions, as well as provide feedback and suggestions on what you would like to see in future newsletters.

Please tell us how you have shared the messages from the newsletter and the training, how the information was received and what could be improved. You can comment here.

Free Accredited Champions Training Sessions


Starting Point, together with Stockport College, are currently delivering the Champions Development Training.

This is a free, accredited training course of 4 sessions, and will help you further develop in your role as a Champion. The first session begins on Friday 19 November and the course continues for the next 3 Fridays. We highly encourage you all to attend this free training, even if you have not yet attended the Essentials training.

The training will help you understand more about the links to wider health and wellbeing and how you can take action. It will also allow you to better understand the community role in supporting health; the importance of listening in building relationships; and privilege, community relationships and their relevance in promotion of better health outcomes. If you are interested, learn more and sign up here.

You can also watch a short introduction to the training here.

Community Champions Pin Badges Are Here!


The new Community Champions pin badges have arrived, and we are very excited to receive photos of our Champions with their badges. 

Pam Robinson, Community Development Manager for St Matthew's Church and a Stockport Community Champion shared a photo and told us a little about the work she does as a Champion:

"I wear my badge as I carry out my role both in church and the parish (Edgeley and Cheadle Heath). 

I share information in church through leaflets and printouts as well as a PowerPoint on the main screen before and after Sunday services. We recently welcomed Bishop Mark Tanner, the Bishop of Chester, to St Matthew's and he was very interested in the Champions scheme and how we were playing our part."

Many thanks to Pam for sharing! For those of you who already have your pin badges, we would love for you to share photos of you wearing them.
Please send these through to 

If you have not yet received a badge and would like one please get in touch via the above email address also. 

Information about COVID, Flu and Vaccinations


Director of Public Health Weekly Update

Check out this week's update from Director of Public Health, Jen Connolly, where she discusses the continuing high COVID cases in Stockport, the booster jabs and the new Safe and Well winter campaign.

Read Full Update


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Keeping Communities Safe During Winter Webinar

Thursday 25 November 2021, 11:00am via Zoom

Community leaders have played a vital role during the pandemic. As we approach the final month of the year, the next in the series of Keeping Communities Safe During Winter webinars on Zoom aims to support community and faith leaders, voluntary and community groups with their ongoing engagement and communications.

As well as providing an overview of the most up-to-date Government guidance, the webinar will feature presentations on the continuing importance of being vaccinated against COVID-19 and flu this winter and community engagement lessons to be learned from dealing with the pandemic so far.  There will also be ample opportunity for you to ask your questions, share ideas for more effective engagement and to inform the Government about challenges and barriers faced by your local communities.

We encourage all community leaders to attend. Please forward this invitation to other leaders in your community.

Sign Up Here



Tuesday 30 November 2021, 1:30pm - 3:00pm via Zoom

This event is open to anybody but particularly those who run community activities for older people, who want to hear more about delivering activities in a COVID safe way and supporting older people to return to pre-pandemic activity levels.

During this event, you'll hear from peers about how they met these challenges, you'll hear presentations from experts on what has worked for them, and you'll be given opportunities to share your own ideas and suggestions.

Sign up to Attend



Booster Jabs National Booking Line Updated

The government and the NHS have changed the booster booking system to make it even easier for people to get their jab.

The National Booking System will now allow someone to pre-book their booster appointment a month before they are eligible, rather than the previous system of only being able to book an appointment at the 6 month mark.

This means that someone could pre-book their jab for the day they reach the 6-month milestone, rather than waiting days or weeks for a convenient appointment.

More than 9.3 million people have already received their top-up vaccine, ensuring the vital protection they have secured from their first 2 doses is maintained over the winter months. This change to the booking system will further speed up the booster roll-out, getting more jabs in arms and protecting our loved ones.

People can also book by calling 119 or get vaccinated at hundreds of walk-in sites across the country 6 months after their second dose without an appointment. Those eligible can use the NHS online walk-in finder to locate the most convenient site.

Find out more



Stockport Self Care Week

Stockport Council and Viaduct Care are organising different activities as part of Self-Care Week which runs 15-21 November 2021.

There will be different activities at the One Stockport Hub in Merseyway based around the 5 Ways to Wellbeing. 

On Wednesday 17 November between 11am and 3pm the Champions Team will be promoting Stockport Community Champions along with the Stockport Volunteer Hub as part of ‘Give’. 

If you would like to join the team on the day (even for a little while!) then please get in touch by emailing
This is a great opportunity to recruit Community Champions for your organisation and chat about equality, diversity and inclusion in general. 



New Resources Available for
'Boost Your Immunity This Winter' Campaign

There are now more resources available for the Winter Vaccinations Public Facing Campaign ‘Boost your immunity this winter’ as well as more coronavirus resources.

These include Social Animations for over 50s and Long Term Health Conditions, TV Advert, Alternative Formats for Social Animations and Large Print PostersAlternative TV Advert with BSL and subtitles, and a Communications Toolkit.

There are also coronavirus materials available for download, including Schools Testing (Return to School Testing creative) and Covid-19 Response (multiple-creatives).



COVID-19 Stakeholder and Influencer toolkit

This week's COVID-19 Stakeholder and Influencer toolkits focuses on the upcoming colder months: protecting against flu, getting booster jabs, and resources for festivals/events in the near future.

As always there are also lots of posters and assets translated into various languages that may be useful for you and your networks.

Last week's toolkit also included useful resources regarding international travel and the new travel rules. Find it here.

There is also a new Young People and Vaccine Toolkit with lots of useful information for teenagers, which can be found here.

Find this week's toolkit here


Stay Well This Winter

NHS Stay Well This Winter Campaign

This campaign is aimed at people aged 65 and over and includes information about what you should do if you are unwell; if you think it might be Covid-19; updated information on the flu jab; Covid-19 booster vaccinations; keeping warm in winter; keeping active; mental health support; hand washing and where to go for the right medical advice including NHS 111, 119, pharmacy services and contacting your GP. The campaign materials include a large print version, BSL video and easy to read guide.

Find out more


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Everything COVID Website - Information for Young People

This new website has been designed by young people, for young people to answer questions on COVID, vaccines and testing. It includes testimonies from young people, and videos from clinicians.

Visit the Website



12-15 Vaccine Cohort - Information for Parents and Eligible Children

The government have created resources for both parents and children in the 12-15 cohort. 

Parents who would like more information about the 12-15 vaccination programme can download a useful document with guidance.

A useful guide has also been published on for children and young people aged 12-15 as well as a leaflet on what children can expect after their Covid vaccination.

Parents can also contact the School Nursing Service for advice and support about the vaccination programme on 0161 474 5912.

Children can contact a text-based service, ChatHealth, on 07480 635227, where they can chat with a school nurse for confidential advice and support. This is not limited to questions about the vaccine.

Latest General Interest Information


Another Voice After Lockdown Event

Wednesday 24 November, 1:30pm - 2:30pm via Zoom

After a successful first event hosted live on Zoom, ‘A Voice After Lockdown’, hearing the voices of disabled adults and their lived experience through the pandemic, their ups and downs, and difficulties they faced (including benefits, isolation, wellbeing, and vaccinations), Disability Stockport and Seashell Trust have decided to hold another live Zoom event called ‘Another Voice After Lockdown’.

A third live zoom chat show will follow in December called ‘A Voice Before Xmas’, with details and booking link to follow soon.

Sign Up to Attend

Stay safe

Stay Safe and Well this Winter Campaign

Stockport Council and its health partners have recently launched a campaign to keep every Stockport resident safe and well this winter.

It includes top tips on keeping warm, advice on healthcare issues and support for a wide range of mental wellbeing topics that can be brought to light by the winter months, such as money worries and social isolation.

Keep an eye on council social media channels and reshare the advice, and encourage your community to sign up to the Review Extra for weekly updates direct to your inbox.

Find out more


One Stockport Local Fund

One Stockport Local Fund Now Open

The One Stockport Local Fund is now open for new applications.
This year’s fund focuses on three key areas:

- Connecting communities
- Creating a fair and inclusive borough
- Creating a skilled, confident and radically digital Stockport

If you or your organisation have an idea that you think fits the Fund’s criteria please consider applying.

You can find out more about the Local Fund and the different funding amounts available for this new round of funding here.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 21 November 2021.



Healthwatch Pen Pal Scheme

To help combat loneliness and isolation, and for those who would just like someone new to talk to, Healthwatch Stockport have set up a Pen Pal scheme whereby local people can volunteer to write to a ‘pen pal’ in the community.  

We have now matched a number of volunteers and pen pals who are exchanging letters on a regular basis, so why not get involved? No address details need to be exchanged as all letters are received and sent out via the Healthwatch office.

To help you get started with writing a letter you will receive FREEPOST envelopes, a pen and some writing paper along with a Pen Pal Good Practice Guide.

If you would like to know more about the pen pal scheme please contact Shirley Hamlett on 0161 974 0753 or via 

What are you waiting for…..we’d love to hear from you!!

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Arnold Clark Community Fund

The Arnold Clark Community Fund is now open to all UK registered charities and local community groups who deal with or address the following:

  • Food banks
  • Toy banks
  • Poverty relief
  • Housing and accommodation

Successful applicants will receive up to £1,000 in funding.

To check if you are eligible to apply click here.

Arnold Clark aim to open the Community Fund back up to a wider range of categories at the beginning of 2022.

Find out more and apply



Stockport Mayoral Prayer Breakfast

The Mayor of Stockport, Cllr Adrian Nottingham is hosting the the Annual Stockport Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday 17 November 7.30am-9.00am in the Town Hall.

Please feel free to register and attend the breakfast.

Register to Attend



Disability: Shifting the focus to ability and accessibility Webinar

Thursday 9 December 2021, 10.30am – 12.00pm via Zoom

This webinar will look at what employers can do to remove barriers for skilled and talented disabled people to access and remain in work and how the Government’s anticipated National Strategy for Disabled People will support this.

Find out more



New 'Feeling Anxious, Stressed or Low' Resources - Poster and Flyer


We’ve recently updated our ‘feeling anxious, stressed or low?’ resources, which have a wealth of options for Stockport residents to choose from. Please feel free to share with anyone who would benefit, including practitioners.

Poster 1

Poster 2



GMCVO are delivering a grants programme to support people from communities of identity or experience, based in Greater Manchester, that may struggle to achieve higher levels of mental wellbeing. A total of £90,000 will be awarded between August and November 2021.

The grants will be awarded, in two stages, to small, grassroots VCSE organisations that will support people to develop high levels of mental wellbeing.

The second stage, a small grants round of £750 - £3,000 has a deadline for applications of Wednesday 17th November 2021 at 5:00pm.

Funding decisions will be communicated on Friday 10th December 2021.

Find out more and apply here



New 'Support with Gambling' Guide

The team at GM have prepared a short guide to the support available for GM residents who may be experiencing gambling harms. Please do share this resource with your networks.

For more information about the gambling harms reduction programme click here.

See the guide here



Every Mind Matters - Mental Health Campaign

New research commissioned by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) shows that nearly half (49%) of adults in England said the COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on their mental wellbeing.

A new NHS campaign called Every Mind Matters has been launched to help people with their mental wellbeing. By answering five simple questions through the Every Mind Matters website, people can get a ‘Mind Plan’, giving them personalised tips to help deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, sleep better and feel more in control.

Find campaign resources for you to share here.

Visit the Website

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Sector 3

Sector 3's website has resources for communities, learning and events and news that may be of interest to Champions. 

Visit the Website

Spotlight on Champion Organisations

We're keen to promote all the great work that you are doing as Community Champion Organisations.

If you are interested in featuring in a future newsletter please get in touch via

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Community Champions Essentials Training


Sessions of the Champions Essentials Training have now been added until the end of the year, so there are lots of opportunities to get involved. If you have not already participated in the training, we encourage you to come along to learn more about the Champions programme.

Also, if you know of anyone (a colleague, friend, family member) who might want to get involved and become a Community Champion they can find more information here, and also sign up to attend one of the introductory Essentials sessions here

We are constantly updating and improving the training based on your suggestions. If you haven't already, please provide feedback for the session you attended here.

If you have any questions or want to get in touch with the Champions team please email