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COVID-19 INFORMATION AND ADVICE PAGE
Please see below some information and advice regarding the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Lockdown information from 5th November 2020

From the 24th July 2020 – face masks must be worn in shops unless you have a valid reason for not doing so. 

Follow our social media pages with further information and updates:
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/StockportAdvocacy
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/stockadvocacy
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/stockport.advocacy


Keep up to date with news from Stockport Council:
https://www.stockport.gov.uk/news

https://www.stockport.gov.uk/showcase/coronavirus

Stockport Council Support for Vulnerable Residents Helpline:
0161 217 6046
The helpline can now be accessed through new opening times:
• Monday – Thursday from 9am to 5pm
• Friday from 9am to 4.30pm
• Saturdays from 10am to 1pm

Age-Friendly-Booklet-digital – click to download this digital booklet with age friendly information, activities and support in Stockport to help you stay healthy and well throughout the winter and beyond.


Information on ‘Journey Assistance Cards‘ to show bus drivers that there is a valid reason for not wearing a face mask on the bus, such as having an invisible disability:
Stagecoach Journey Assistance Cards

https://www.autism.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/topics/coronavirus/going-out-and-shielding/face-coverings


Respect For All‘s new telephone support and helpline service to aid autistic people, people with learning disabilities, and their family members and carers, click below to see the flyer:

Telephone Helpline Flyer


To find your local NHS Urgent Mental Health Helpline, click below:
Find your local NHS urgent mental health helpline 

To find online support and advice on Mental Health from Every Mind Matters, click below:
Every Mind Matters

Contact details for the National Autistic Society Helpline: 0808 800 4104

Contact The Samaritans for support on 116 123 or click below:
Samaritans Website


Greater Manchester Bereavement Service
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (except bank holidays)
Wednesday, 9am to 8pm
Contact number: 0161 983 0902
Website: https://greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk/


Stockport Car Scheme is up and running again for medical and hospital appointments. This service is for elderly people and those who struggle to get to appointments. The drivers are all volunteers.
Contact number: 476 2812


Blue Badge enforcement
Acknowledging that local authorities may have to delay processing new Blue Badge applications and reapplications, and may also have an existing backlog of current applications, the UK and devolved governments and local government associations are advising that local authority parking teams should not issue Penalty Charge Notices to citizens using Blue Badges with an expiry date of 1 January 2020 onwards. This relaxation of enforcement against expired Blue Badges should continue initially until 30 September 2020. For clarity, the only enforcement suspended is for expired badges, all other enforcement against other types of misuse or parking where blue badge concessions are not valid can continue.


COVID-19 FAQs on GOV.UK:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do


Some helpful documents: (click to download)

Coronavirus Infiection Prevention Advice

Frequently Asked Questions for Social Care

Stockport Directory of Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Support


Some easy-read documents regarding COVID-19: (click to open)

Coronavirus Easy Read Document

Self-Isolation Easy Read Document

Stay At Home Easy Read Document


Some positive news stories from Stockport relating to COVID-19:
Stockport’s very own Spider-Man
99 year old lady from Stockport recovers from Coronavirus


Mencap have launched a new channel called MencapTV, with videos to keep you busy at home.
Click here to see their Youtube channel: Mencap TV 
Keep a look out on their Twitter page for updates: twitter.com/mencap_charity




Stockport Council and Stockport NHS CCG have formally launched three new emotional health, wellbeing and mental health services, which are available to residents of Stockport.  Whilst these are all the more relevant during the COVID-19 crisis, these will form part of the council and the CCGs’ ongoing offer to residents in relation to emotional wellbeing.

The services are:

·         Togetherall – https://togetherall.com/, which offers 24/7 anonymous support via a digital emotional wellbeing and mental health service, offers peer support for anyone over the age of 16 as well as support from trained clinicians alongside a range of helpful tools and resources. To access this, if you are a Stockport resident register by using your own postcode.

·         The establishment of the new 24/7 mental health helpline and (currently virtual) safe haven for anyone over the age of 18 in Stockport (0800 138 7276), commissioned by Stockport NHS CCG and provided by the charity Making Space;

·         An Emotional Wellbeing Hub which provides information, advice, and guidance for anyone up to the age of 25 for emotional wellbeing and mental health concerns. Access to this is through the Multi-Agency Safeguarding and Support Hub (MASSH) – 0161 217 6028 – 8.30am-5pm Mon – Thurs 8.30am-4.30pm on Friday.

Please do make use of these services if you feel they are relevant to you and share the information with your friends, family and neighbours locally.

Free Online Training to support conversations about mental health and emotional wellbeing

There is also a specific number if you are a care of a person with dementia as described below.




Open Door have launched a new mental health crisis service:

“We worked closely with people in the community to give the service, previously called Stockport Safe Haven Crisis Centre, a new name. The new name truly represents the service, our approach, and our support.”

Open Door offers a 24/7 helpline for immediate mental health crisis support and a virtual service, which provides tailored support using telephone and video appointments.

To find out more, take a look at the website: https://makingspace.co.uk/services/centres/open-door


Find out more regarding the above here: https://greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/coronavirus/support-for-residents-and-vulnerable-people/





Thank you to all the frontline workers! 

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