Covid-19 and supporting vulnerable residents in Poynton
We are aware there may be some clinically extremely vulnerable residents who do not have support systems and Poynton Town Council will do what we can to support. Full details here.
A Message from the Mayor
See Poynton Town Mayor, Cllr. Lee Podmore's, message of thanks to residents, discover details of his role during the Covid-19 pandemic and read his New Year message further down this page.
A Big Community Thank You
Poynton can be very proud of the amazing response, which has been offered to vulnerable residents & neighbours as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. More details at the bottom of this page.
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View the latest Poynton Update and News (also know as the PUN) below or click here to download a PDF version.
Archive editions of the PUN (PDFs) are also available.
Civic Hall Covid-19 Vaccination Centre. A Message from the Middlewood Partnership
Thank you for your patience over the last few weeks regarding the COVID vaccination programme. We are delighted to confirm that we have received confirmation of our status as a COVID vaccination site and are now in a position to let you know how the national vaccination programme will be implemented for our registered patients at Middlewood.
How will the roll out work?
Based on national criteria we will start vaccinating:
- Care home residents and the staff from Monday 18th January.
- Middlewood registered patients who are over 80 on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th of January.
Where will I have to go to get my vaccination?
- At this time all vaccinations (except for care homes) will take place at Poynton Civic Hall. Directions can be found on our contact page.
How will I get my appointment?
- You will either receive a text message or a telephone call inviting you to attend the clinic. The text message will ask you to click on a link taking you directly to the booking system to book your appointment.
- If we do not have a mobile phone number registered on our system for you we will telephone you and book the appointment directly with you.
- You may be asked to attend clinics at very short notice. Please try to attend.
- There will be a telephone number for you to contact with queries relating to the vaccine. This will only be for vaccination questions and we will not be able to answer questions relating to anything else.
- Please DO NOT contact our main receptions at any practice base about questions relating to COVID vaccination appointments. They will not have any information available about this.
For full details released by the Middlewood Partnership please click here.
Cheshire East lifts time restrictions on bus pass users
Cheshire East Council has lifted timing restrictions on travel for holders of concessionary bus passes. The move is to help support the Covid-19 vaccine roll out for elderly people and disabled residents. From 21 January, all English national travel concessionary bus pass holders are allowed to travel free of charge before 9.30am each day. All bus operators have been told about the change and asked to inform their staff.
In line with government guidance, all residents need to reduce non-essential travel as much as possible to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and save lives. If you do travel by public transport, it is a legal requirement to wear a face covering. Think: hands, face, space. For bus service details visit Cheshire East Council’s website.
A Message from Poynton Town Mayor
I hope this message finds you and your loved ones well after what has been an extremely challenging year for everyone. I would like to pass on my thanks to the many keyworkers in Poynton who have supported the wider community during this time and to the Street Champions who helped their fellow residents during lockdown.
In a year dominated by coronavirus the role of Mayor has been significantly impacted, with many events and functions cancelled and groups that I would usually support not being able to meet. I have however been busy in the background and you can read what I have been up to here.
Following the government announcement on new national restrictions further challenges lie ahead. I know that as a community, the people of Poynton will continue to look out for each other during this period knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel with the rollout of the vaccination programme.
Finally I’d like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year!
Cllr Lee Podmore (Mayor)
Businesses who can provide food to residents
An initial list of local businesses who are open, can provide a takeaway service or can deliver food/provisions to Poynton residents can be found on a PDF here.
Action Fraud have received reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.
How to protect yourself:
In the UK, coronavirus vaccinations will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a local GP surgery or pharmacy, to receive your vaccination. Remember, the vaccinations are free of charge and you will not be asked for a payment.
The NHS will never:
- • ask for your bank account or card details
• ask for your PIN or banking passwords
• arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
• ask for documentation to prove your identity, such as a passport or utility bills
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to email@example.com. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk
Cheshire East Council launches consultations on transport and parking
Cheshire East Council has launched public consultations on local transport and parking plans across the borough.
The consultations, which end on 31st January 2021, may impact both parking and transport in Poynton. The Town Council would urge residents to respond to this very important consultation.
To find our more and take part in the consultations visit Cheshire East Council’s web page at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/LocalTransportEngagement
Poynton Relief RoadWork has now commenced on the Poynton Relief Road. Information on the project can be found at: www.graham.co.uk/poynton-relief-road and you can also sign up for project updates.
Useful advice and support
Cheshire East – People Helping People
People Helping People aims to meet the needs of residents who find themselves isolated without family, friends or a support network. The service is delivered for the local community, by the local community, with options including:
- Telephone support, advice and reassurance
- Signposting to local and national services equipped to meet specific support needs
- Access to essential food and medical supplies
- Access to priority online shopping slots
- A regular friendly phone call
For more information see the link https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_information/coronavirus/cheshire-east-people-helping-people.aspx
Alternatively, you can ring People Helping People on 0300 123 5034.
Cheshire East Council’s Public Health Team have created a booklet with information and things for you to do or try at home. Coronavirus advice booklet (PDF, 545KB)
Morrison’s shopping for vulnerable and elderly residents
Telephone 0345 6116111 and select either option 4 or 5. Option 4 is to order a food box. Payment is taken over the phone and goods delivered to the household. Option 5 is a small shop from a list of essential items which is delivered by a local store.
Covid-19 Mental Health Information Point
Click here for a range of information and resources that you can use to overcome any anxieties you may have during this time of uncertainty.
If you require urgent support the following resources and sites can offer advice and help:
Financial support for vulnerable children and families
Support includes vouchers available towards the cost of food and energy bills, a test and trace support payment and support with council tax. Click here for more information.
Citizens Advice Cheshire North
Citizens Advice Cheshire North have suspended face-to-face advice services at all sites including Poynton Civic Hall for the foreseeable future. However, they are still open for information and advice via telephone from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Telephone call-backs can be requested by leaving a message on 01625 708608. For more information see their homepage for full details.
You & Yours Counselling
You & Yours Counselling is a local charity which provides adults with individual and couples counselling sessions.
They have adapted their service for the current situation by offering video counselling with members of their skilled and experienced professional team of counsellors. To contact You & Yours either telephone 01625 874225 or send them a message from the contact page of their website: www.you-and-yours.org.uk
Buddying and Befriending Service
Changing Lives Together continue to offer their buddying and befriending service which offers a telephone service for over 50’s who are experiencing loneliness or social isolation. Anyone accessing the service will be connected with a buddy for a telephone call chat once or twice a week. Telephone 07919 327131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Support for people experiencing domestic abuse
See Cheshire East Council webpages on keeping safe or getting help if you are experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence.
Cheshire East Domestic Abuse Hub (CEDAH) is a 24 hour point of contact for anyone experiencing domestic abuse or anyone concerned for others.
CEDAH provides information, a helpline and onward referral for any family member - adults who are harmed and those who are hurting others, as well as children and young people. People are assessed according to risk and need and the right combination of services put in place for the whole family.
This is a central telephone, text and email service covering the whole of Cheshire East. Contact CEDAH on Mobile: (text number only) 07777 941464. Telephone: 0300 123 5101 or email: email@example.com IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL 999.
If you have urgent concerns about a vulnerable adult or a child call our safeguarding teams. During office hours for adults safeguarding call 0300 123 5010 or children's safeguarding call 0300 123 5012 (option 3). For out of hours support for adults or children call 0300 123 5022.
Did you know that the Town Council has a small annual budget allocation for community grants, and a number of awards are made each year to support community events and Poynton-based voluntary organisations or societies? For further information and to apply for a grant for this financial year (end March 2021) please contact the Town Clerk. firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Community Support Team News
The Council Community Support Team were out on patrol throughout the Christmas period and the ‘winter wonderland’ in Poynton.
As can be seen by the photo there was a very ‘wintry day’ on Middlewood Way.
The team hope everyone had a Happy Christmas.
Re-surfacing of Princes Incline
As part of Poynton Town Council’s ongoing management of the Inclines, the bottom end of Prince’s Incline at the Junction of Woodside Lane has been re-surfaced.
Regular users of the location will be well aware of how muddy it can get. Hopefully the resurfacing will resolve any drainage issues with the footpath going forward.
New Year’s Honours
Congratulations to Cheryl Simpson, a Poynton resident who was awarded an MBE in the new year’s honours list for her work as Chief Executive at Space4Autism. Space4Autism is a voluntary-run charity based in Macclesfield, who support families by running over 3000 activities per year for people of all ages living with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). For more information about the charity, see their website https://space4autism.com/
Poynton residents may have seen exhibitions at Poynton Civic Hall and more recently, virtual exhibitions of Poynton’s fallen soldiers, servicemen and women who served in the First and Second World Wars. Much of the information and biographies have been researched by Harry Carlisle, a local military historian who has been awarded the British Empire Medal for ‘World War 1 and World War 2 Remembrance’ by the Queen in her New Year’s Honours Awards.
Exciting photo opportunity
Poynton Town Council are looking to create a new fresh council website this year and would like to ask residents to submit images, that they have taken and own the copyright of, that we could use. These may be of Poynton landmarks or features, seasons or views of the centre of Poynton or just local landscape images.
We ask that there are no identifiable people on the images. If your image is chosen we will need you to fill in a consent form.
Please share your photos to this email address: email@example.com
Poynton Library news
New Order and Collect service - Monday -Friday 9.30-1 and 2-4.30, Saturday 9-12.30
Email or phone the library and give your library card number and a phone number and tell us what author, genre or subject you would like and we will try to find you up to 8 books. We cannot offer specific titles or make reservations at this stage. You will be given a time to collect your books at the library door as access to the library is not permitted. Please wear a face covering when collecting your books. There will be wheelie bin available to return books. firstname.lastname@example.org 01625 374818
Here is a reminder about the Futures Wonder Lab Challenge aimed at young people aged 5-16
The Futures Wonder Lab® Challenge is an innovation ideas challenge, inspiring young people to be problem-solvers for the planet, using their imagination and creativity. You can watch the introductory trailer on YouTube here.
And you can find more information about each challenge and how to take part here.
There will be regular updates on all our libraries’ Facebook pages and on Twitter @CECLibraries
We’re looking forward to seeing all the incredible ideas!
A Big Community Thank You
Poynton can be very proud of the amazing response which has been offered to vulnerable residents and neighbours as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Part of this response was co-ordinated by Poynton Town Council who wouldn’t have been able to meet the many requests for help if it wasn’t for representatives of local organisations who stepped up. Volunteers from Poynton Runners, Churches Together, and Poynton U3A all supported the efforts to make sure residents’ needs were met which included collecting prescriptions and shopping, to name a few.
Poynton Town Council would also like to the thank the many Street Champions and other volunteers who helped their neighbours. In some areas, we’re aware help is still being offered!
A big thank you also to the businesses and supermarkets who put additional services in place to serve their community at such a difficult time. Waitrose put in place an ‘essential shopping service’ for vulnerable residents and recognising the efforts made by volunteers, have kindly donated a small gift and card.
Poynton Town Council is keen to recognise the efforts made by everyone and when the time is right will post more information about how we will encourage the community to do this.
Haf Barlow, Town Clerk
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Tel: 01625 872238
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