Take the Poynton Pledge
Town Mayor, Cllr Lee Podmore, has launched the 'Poynton Pledge' - a community themed initiative encouraging people to Support Local and Think Green. Read more about the Poynton Pledge.
Calling all passionate community minded people for exciting roles: Two Council Community Support Officers. Closing date: 2nd October 2020. For more information view the job advert.
Carers Wellbeing Programme
The End of Life Partnership is supporting local carers with a special programme of 5 sessions in September, which will be hosted online. Full details and times on the Carers Wellbeing Programme (PDF).
Town Council COVID-19
Information & Help
Civic Hall Opening
The Civic Hall has re-opened for information and we hope to open to groups as soon as the government allows. Town Council hours are Monday to Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm and Saturday 9.00am - 12noon.
Community Centres can open from Monday 6th July, but groups of more than two households are still prevented from meeting indoors.
Health and Wellbeing during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
Healthwatch Cheshire East are conducting a survey about Health and Wellbeing during Coronavirus. Local NHS and care services in Cheshire are doing everything they can to keep us well during this crisis. They still value your feedback on how services are being delivered, which is why we have put together this short survey.
The survey asks how you have found accessing advice and support, how you have been affected by changes to health and care services, and about your mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak. This is designed to find out what has been good, what lessons could be learned, and what other support you may need during this time. The survey will be ongoing and people are encouraged to complete it more than once as the situation develops.
Take the survey here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7W255V8
Council Community Support Team news
The CCST are now back on duty in the Poynton area and will be conducting regular patrols whilst observing the social distancing rules. “It’s great to be back and we hope that all members of the community are keeping safe and well in these difficult times.”
The team have also spoken with all local residential homes to issue the managers with a leaflet on recent scams issued by AgeUK in conjunction with Cheshire East Council. Find the leaflet here.
The Team have also visited some of the vulnerable people in the community and checked on their welfare whilst observing social distancing.
Street Champions are coordinators and facilitators that work on a street by street basis. The Street Champion usually lives on the street they are coordinating and has a network of neighbours looking after each other. Simple jobs like putting bins out, or getting small bits of shopping or even just a social distancing chat across a garden fence are just some of the tasks that volunteers have done.
If you want to become a street champion for one of the areas above please email email@example.com
Families Magazine Online
Families Magazine Online have produced a ‘lockdown’ issue with some really useful information and activities in.
The magazine can be found here.
You & Yours Counselling
You & Yours Counselling is a charity based in Poynton providing 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 ring them on 01625 874225 or send them a message from the contact page of their website: www.you-and-yours.org.uk
Citizen’s Advice are taking calls 9-5 Mon to Fri. If you need help call:
07756 023 416
Please leave a message and you will receive a call back. You can also ring Adviceline on 03444 111444. Email advice can be accessed at https://www.citizensadvicecn.org.uk/email
Coronavirus - Vulnerable Residents
Poynton Town Council would like to thank the local residents who have set up their own help and support groups for local vulnerable residents, who may need help if self-isolating.
The Council have liaised with various support groups within the Town, who have volunteers able to assist vulnerable residents.
A few months ago we made a leaflet drop, with advice to both residents and local volunteers on how best to assist neighbours and keep everyone safe, during this period. This leaflet can still be downloaded here.
If you have concerns about a vulnerable resident, including those who might not have access to the web or social media, please contact the Town Council on 01625 872238 or keep them informed of any key messages from trusted NHS social media resources. Please keep checking our website and social media pages for further updates.
Adult Health and Wellbeing – Time to Talk - Cancelled
Unfortunately the Time to Talk sessions in Bollington, Disley & Poynton have been cancelled for the time being.
Here’s a reminder of services available for people living with Dementia and their carers.
Alzheimer’s Society support:
- Advice and guidance on a range of issues is available on their website.
- Alzheimer’s Society has created a new fact sheet Coronavirus: Information for people affected by dementia.
- For up to date information on dementia and services, please visit their website or follow Alzheimer’s Society on Facebook or Twitter.
- Talking Point is an online community which can be accessed online for free, night or day, via the Alzheimer’s Society website. It’s a fantastic way to connect with other people affected by dementia, share personal experience and receive valuable support.
Further Advice can be found at Dementia UK:
Childcare for Key Workers
If you are a Key Worker and need support with childcare, information can be found on a Cheshire East Family Information Service poster which you can download as a PDF here: https://bit.ly/2RmpzwV
Cheshire East Business Grants
Cheshire East Council is urging businesses to go directly to them and submit their business bank details online – via an official form – to receive government Covid-19 business grants, rather than using agents.
There are two new grant funding schemes, which have been announced by the government as part of the pandemic.
Full details on the Cheshire East website.
Support from Cheshire East
Cheshire East and the government have produced information for people who are having to stay at home. More details: https://bit.ly/2UFfOKV
Cheshire East People Helping People Scheme
This is a service that connects the people offering help to the people who need help. Further details can be found at: https://bit.ly/2WOxTZC
Support for Young People
Did you know that Kooth is the largest Mental Health and Emotional Well Being platform for children and young adults living in the UK?
It provides young people under the age of 20 fast, free and anonymous access to professional counsellors with safe online support 365 days a year. For more information visit https://kooth.com/
Just Drop-In are a charity, based in Macclesfield who support young people aged 12 to 25 years. They have adapted their services in response to the current situation and are now providing a virtual offer (see attached).
Just Drop-In can be contacted by telephone on 01625 665079 or by texting or calling : 07718 425405; email firstname.lastname@example.org or for more information by visiting their website http://www.justdropin.co.uk/what-we-do/
New Mental Health Helpline
Local NHS Trust, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership (CWP), has launched a new mental health helpline for residents of Cheshire West, Cheshire East and Wirral.
What to do if you need urgent mental health help:
- Please call 0300 303 3972 and our dedicated local NHS staff will support you to access the help you need;
- The helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people;
- The helpline is now the first port of call for mental health help – it is operated by people in your local area who will know how best to support you. If you call NHS111 you may have to wait longer for help and will be re-directed to this local service – so call 0300 303 3972;
- Please note, A&E and 999 are not the best places to get help for the majority of mental health problems – call 0300 303 3972 to be directed to the best local service to support you;
- You should still call 999 or go to A&E if you have an immediate, life-threatening emergency requiring mental or physical health assistance;
- For non-urgent help and general wellbeing advice, the CWP website contains information and links to resources to support people with anxiety, low mood, and worries relating to the current Covid-19 pandemic www.cwp.nhs.uk
- For children and young people there is also a dedicated website MyMind.org.uk
Safeguarding and Helping People
Cheshire East Council has published the following Coronavirus information leaflets, which can be viewed or downloaded as full-size PDFs.
Stop Adult Abuse Safeguarding adults for Covid-19 Community Support - click here
Stop Adult Abuse - Safeguarding adults for people self-isolating - click here
Cheshire East People - Helping People - click here
Coronavirus - NHS and Middlewood Practices Information
The latest advice and information on Coronavirus - Covid 19 can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111 or go to the NHS 111 website https://111.nhs.uk/
Middlewood Practices have also published information at: https://www.middlewoodhealthcare.org.uk/corovirus-2