Communities Co-ordinator - Sharon Duke
Based at Poynton's Civic Hall the Communities Co-ordinator's role is to promote existing and new initiatives which will benefit both the older and younger populations of Poynton.
Sharon works closeley with partner organisations which include Age U.K, C.A.B, Open Hands, U3A, the local schools, the Police and Poynton's medical centres also drives existing Town Council initiatives including Men in Sheds, Poynton Fun Days, youth activities, intergenerational projects and Poynton's resilience plan.
Sharon is also involved in promoting Poynton's events, groups and organistions for residents with dementia and following a successful application to the Alzheimer’s Society, Poynton Dementia Steering Group (PDSG) supported by Poynton Area Community Partnership Poynton is now officially recognised as ‘working towards becoming dementia friendly’.
Find out more details on our Adult Health and Wellbeing page and in Sharon's reports below.
Communities Co-ordinator Reports
You can read Sharon Duke's reports by selecting the links below.
June 2017 | July 2017 | August/September 2017 | October 2017 | November 2017 | December 2017/January 2018 | March 2018 | April - June 2018 | July - Mid September 2018 | Mid-September to mid-November 2018 | Mid-November 2018 to Mid-January 2019 | Mid-January to Mid March 2019
Sharon Duke's Mid-January 2018 to Mid March 2019 Report is shown below.
This report focuses on a number of initiatives that support young people as well as continuing to support older residents around health and wellbeing programmes and projects.
Think u know Introduction Course, March 20th
The Community Support Team and I have been promoting the session on the 20th March led by P.C. Commins from Cheshire Constabulary. So far, we have attendees from a wide range of organisations including Digital Life Skills Company, volunteers from Richmond Rovers, primary school staff and Poynton Youth Leaders.
Action on Hearing Loss
Action on Hearing Loss hosted a community workshop at the Civic Hall during Tinnitus Awareness Week and the Mayor supported the ‘Acoustic Open Mic’ event at the Acoustic Lounge, as part of the ‘Don’t Lose the Music’ campaign. Local bands Glass Unicorn and Quiet Houses along with Tom Hingley from the Inspiral Carpets performed on the night. Some band members live with hearing loss and tinnitus and shared their experiences between sets.
The aim of the evening was to promote that you can still enjoy listening to music whilst protecting your hearing. Free apps are available to download to devices which register decibel levels. I am currently liaising with Action on Hearing Loss to explore an opportunity for a volunteer Community Change Agent role to continue the work needed to raise awareness.
Just Drop-In, Poynton
Ann Wright, Team Manager from Just Drop-In, a charity based in Macclesfield, has agreed to provide an outreach counselling service for young people aged 12-25 years at Poynton Civic Hall from Easter onwards.
My role will be to promote this service to young people, schools and organisations who support young people.
Meeting with the Coppice Road Allotment Association (C.R.A.A.)
I have met with new Chair of the committee and members offering advice on developing their action plan for the site. They have expressed an interest in offering the community plot available to the wider community and I have contacted 2nd Poynton Scouts on their behalf with a view to connecting them.
Poynton Mobility Matters
The group are now ready to promote themselves and I have supported by writing an article which will be posted in the April/May edition of the Inside Magazine. The group are considering three projects; promoting mobility assistance services offered by public transport organisations such as rail and bus service providers; a new Poynton Mobility Award Scheme and the production of a video ‘Surviving on a Mobility Scooter’.
At the Student Development Day on 6th March, I was involved with delivering awareness sessions to Year 7 students at Poynton High School to promote Diversity and Inclusion. The sessions focussed on Age, Disability, Race and Culture to reflect our local community.
I worked with a Poynton resident Barbara Wallington, Muktadir Khan and Val Burlison from Cheshire East Council to develop and deliver the sessions. It was also an opportunity to promote the Poynton Easy Access Scheme and raise the issue of inconsiderate parking within the shared space.
Team B.D.P. - Dementia workstream
Following the positive feedback on a new approach to access advice and information from health professionals visiting Poynton Golden Memories Group, Team B.D.P. co-ordinators are planning to make their services more accessible to the wider community.
From April, Time to Talk sessions will be available for people living with dementia and their carers at the Civic Hall on a trial basis, for three months. This approach aims to prevent people slipping into crisis by providing an opportunity to share concerns without visiting their G.P. practice.
This is a partnership approach involving Poynton Area Community Partnership who are covering the cost of the room hire through the Connected Communities Fund, Cheshire East Council, the NHS and other organisations.
Through Team B.D.P. I have been able to make contact with a Cheshire East Commissioner who has listened to the concerns raised around support for Dementia Friends Communities. As a result of this a Commissioning Manager will now look at Cheshire East Council’s Dementia Strategy in April.
Grow and Sell kits & Healthy Eating sessions – linking local business with community projects
Following a meeting with partners from Waitrose I have contacted all the primary schools to make them aware of the Grow and Sell kits and healthy eating programme that Waitrose can offer. Lower Park, Lostock, Worth and St Paul’s primary schools have expressed interest and are taking up an invite to the Poynton store during British Nutrition Foundation’s Healthy Eating Week, between the 10th – 14th June where they will be able to sell their home-grown produce at a mini farmers-market. This initiative is also a great way for the school to raise funds for school projects.
The Healthy Eating programme is an opportunity for the children to try different foods, find out where food comes from, Fairtrade, local farming and food from around the World. There will also be a prize for the school that can grow the biggest vegetable too!
Waitrose – Quiet Shopping Hour
Waitrose are going to trial a 'quiet hour' on Tuesday 26th March starting at 10am. Staff will ensure there will be no cages on the shop floor being moved or used to stack shelves, lights will be dipped slightly, the sound of the tills will be lowered and no tannoy calls will be put out. This approach benefits people living with dementia and hearing problems, etc. If Waitrose receive positive feedback this initiative could become a regular occurrence.
Everybody Sport and Recreation – Saturday Night Project
The launch date for the Saturday Night Project has been put back primarily due to ESAR’s staffing issues but the hope is for the sessions, aimed at young people aged between 11 and 15 years to go live at the Leisure Centre after Easter. There will be a small charge of £2 per session.