Poynton Town Council - Communities Coordinator

Sharon Duke

Poynton Town Council - Communities Coordinator

Find about all the work the Poynton Town Council Communities Coordinator carries out in the village through photo stories and reports to the Council

Poynton Civic Hall entrance Poynton Heritage Garden Poynton with Worth Town Council Civic Award Winners 2019 with Mayor Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore London Road North approach

Poynton Civic Hall

Welcome to the Poynton Town Council website. Here you can find all about the council, the latest community news, meeting minutes and publications as well as youth initiatives, clubs and societies and local events.

Poynton Heritage Garden

The garden situated between the Civic Hall, Library and Priorslegh Medical Centre was the successful transformation of what was a little used public area into a colourful and tranquil space.

More photos here.

The 2019 Civic Awards Winners

This year's winners are pictured with Poynton Town Mayor, Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore.

Discover who they are and why they won here.

Welcome to Poynton

Find all about the town council, the latest community news, meeting minutes, adult health and wellbeing initiatives, clubs and societies and local events.

Alzheimer's Society Working to become Dementia Friendly 2017-2018 logo A photo of the fountain in Poynton A photo of canal boat at Higher Poynton A photo of a batsman about to hit a cricket ball watched by wicket keeper and fielder
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Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

A Referendum relating to the adoption of the Plan will take place ‪on 10th October 2019‬. Details and a link to the Plan document can be found lower down this page.

Poynton Heritage Garden

Community Grants

The Town Council has a small annual budget allocation for community grants. For more information and how to apply for a grant please email haf.barlow@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk.

Be Steady, Be Safe

A Free Falls Prevention Programme for those aged 65 years and over. Monday from 9.45am - 10.45am and 11.00am - 11.30am at the Civic Hall. More details.

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Communities Co-ordinator - Sharon Duke

Sharon Duke. Poynton Town Council's Communities Co-ordinator

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 | Mid-March 2019 to Mid-June 2019

Sharon Duke's Mid-June to end of August 2019 Report is shown below.

Domestic Abuse posters - Cheshire East Domestic Abuse Hub

Cheshire East Domestic Abuse Hub small poster. Select to view an enlarged versionDomestic abuse has been highlighted by Citizens Advice as an issue locally. I have requested posters from The Cheshire East Domestic Abuse Hub and placed them on the back of toilet doors in the Civic Hall.

Information is now also available on the Health and Wellbeing board at the Civic Hall reception. The service provides a single point of contact for information, consultation, referral, triage and case allocation for families affected by domestic abuse as well as help around behavioural change.

You can view an enlarged version of the poster here (1.4MB).

Just Drop-In, Poynton

Just Drop-in logoFollowing the initial launch and promotion of this new service for Poynton at the Civic Hall, the demand for the service was significant. The service was temporarily suspended over the Summer to allow for the recruitment of more counsellors.

Just Drop-In are hoping to look at restarting the service at the Civic Hall from mid-September with additional appointments available – subject to room availability.

Playlist for Life Help Point

The Chair of Poynton Dementia Steering Group and I have attended a Playlist for Life training workshop. Music has been recognised as having many benefits for people living with dementia and in some areas is prescribed by G.P.’s as an alternative to medication. We will explore opportunities to create playlists for individuals living with dementia in our community, working with students at Poynton High School and staff at local care homes.

Know Your Numbers

‘Know your Numbers’ is Blood Pressure UK's flagship awareness campaign and ‘Know Your Numbers Week’ will take place from 9th to 15th September. It encourages adults across the UK to know their blood pressure numbers and take the necessary action to reach and maintain healthy blood pressure. In Cheshire East there are over 25,000 estimated people with undiagnosed high blood pressure.

Funding by British Heart Foundation has provided blood pressure monitors for 30 Connected Communities Centres across Cheshire East and training for volunteers. I have received training delivered by Halton Borough Council Health Improvement Team and Poynton Civic Hall has received a blood pressure monitor. I have also registered Poynton Civic Hall as a Pressure Station. On Friday 13th September, I will offer blood pressure screening for volunteers and attendees of the Time Out Café and will also provide information about local health programmes and health interventions to those interested. I plan to offer sessions to various community groups in the future.

Private Peaceful

Year 8 students from Poynton High School created and gave two performances of their 10th ‘play in a week’ in July. The students are involved with all aspects of the play including sound, lighting, costumes as well as learning and performing songs. I was able to connect teachers involved with organising Private Peaceful with Cheshire Villages Great War Society who attended the evening and put on a display of Poynton soldiers from the First World War. The teachers now have the information about the soldiers available for students.

Private Peaceful display

Afternoon Tea

I helped to promote Poynton High School’s Afternoon Tea for our older residents. The ‘Jungle Book’ themed event treated residents from The Time Out Café, Friday Shopping Group, Clickety Click and Poynton Golden Memories Group and many more groups and individuals to an afternoon of performances, refreshments and gifts made by the students.

Poynton High School’s Afternoon Tea

Christmas Fest

I am working with the volunteer organiser of Christmas Fest to identify sources of funding with a view to contributing to the sustainability of the event. I will also attend the meetings on behalf of Poynton Town Council and ensure the input requested from Poynton Town Council is co-ordinated. The first meeting is the 4th September.

A.E.D. training

I am liaising with Poynton’s Community First Responders to identify venues and dates for additional community AED training sessions.

Poynton Breeze

I am working with the cycling group Poynton Breeze to support them in their project which will provide adaptive cycles which will enable people with disabilities to access cycling. A key challenge is identifying accessible routes alongside appropriate welfare facilities. We will be liaising with Cheshire East Council Ranger Service to identify routes and a possible location for a cycling hub.

Dementia Training for staff - Bollington, Disley and Poynton Care Community

I will be supporting Val Burlison, Cheshire East Council Community Development Officer to deliver Dementia Friends Information sessions to staff from our Care Community. This training has been requested by Poynton Dementia Steering Group for some time, so is very much welcomed and is a positive step to encouraging our GP practices to join the campaign to become Dementia Friendly. During the training, I will be highlighting Poynton’s community offer for people living with dementia and their carers. Following this training I will be involved with developing a new Dementia Strategy for Cheshire East.

Poynton Area Community Partnership

I have written a report to Cheshire East Council on behalf of the group highlighting the positive outcomes generated by projects that the group have supported. This report contributes to the 8k funding received from Cheshire East Council to support strategic objectives delivered on a local level in Poynton and the surrounding parishes.

This year’s funding will be the last of three-year funding with future funding support for Partnerships is uncertain at this stage. It has supported a number of projects in Poynton including the provision of AEDs, Eden Bus for young people at Christmas Fest, tennis coaching sessions at Higher Poynton Tennis Club, repair for the Remembrance Wall at Poynton Parish Church, etc. I have also reported back on the Connected Communities Fund which covers room hire at Poynton Civic Hall for wider community initiatives including Health Walk Leader and CEOP’s training and Just Drop-In sessions.

Grow and Sell

On the 2nd July Waitrose invited Worth Primary School to the Poynton store to host their mini-farmers Market to sell their produce following their offer of a Grow and Sell kit earlier in the year. The children sold their home-grown garlic, leeks, strawberries, potatoes and spring onions from their school garden using the seeds from the Grow and Sell kit.

Children from Worth Primary School selling their home-grown garlic, leeks, strawberries, potatoes and spring onions from their school garden using the seeds from the Grow and Sell kit donated by Waitrose.

Over the last few months the children have grown and looked after the fruit and vegetables and at the farmers market served customers, learned good customer care, selling and business skills as well as challenged their mental arithmetic! The children made £32.50 on the day which will go towards supporting school growing projects.

Health and Wellbeing Fair 2019

There is some uncertainty around this year’s Health and Wellbeing Fair. At the time of this report being prepared, the dates for the flu vaccination clinic at Priorslegh are uncertain as there has been a delay in the delivery of the flu vaccinations. Unfortunately, the later the confirmation of the date reduces the likelihood of the Civic Hall being available.

Sharon Duke

Communities Co-ordinator


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