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Coronavirus

27 March 2020

 GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS: You can ONLY leave the house for the following:

  • Shopping for basic necessities
  • One form of exercise a day
  • Any medical need/care for vulnerable person
  • Traveling to and from work, only if absolutely necessary

ALL SHOPS, PLACES OF WORSHIP, WEDDINGS AND BAPTISMS SHUT AND CANCELLED.

  • The UK Government has launched a WhatsApp service that you can use to get the latest reliable information on Coronavirus sent directly to your phone. Add GOV.UK's number to your contacts: 07860 064 422. Send "Hi" as a message to the number on WhatsApp. A set of menu options is then presented which the user can choose from and then be sent relevant guidance from GOV.UK pages as well as links to GOV.UK for further information.
  • Following the Government’s most recent update that all non-essential shops are to close, The Merseyway Team have confirmed that Merseyway will be operating on a partially closed basis. Merseyway provides access to key services including banks, pharmacies and health food stores. As a number of services can only be reached through the centre, they will ensure visitors can still access these services and are continuing to support those retailers at this difficult time.
  • If you're in self isolation or would like something delivered, Lynx Taxis are offering both businesses and residential customers a 24/7 local delivery service. Whether it's food, groceries, letters, parcels or prescriptions, please call 0161 456 4040 for further info or a quote. For yours and everyone's health & safety you have the option of paying by card or you can leave the cash in a dedicated safe place for the driver. As an extra precaution the driver will be wearing protective gloves and maybe a mouth and nose guard.
  • ‘The Stockport Show’ is live stream on Facebook and Twitch for Stockport Borough helping isolated and lonely people to connect and promoting local businesses. Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/TheStockportShow Twitch link: https://www.twitch.tv/thestockportshow/
  • Scam warning from Action Fraud: Coronavirus related frauds have increased by 400% in March.
    • Messages: Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details
    • Online: If you are making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know ask a family member for some advice first. Where possible use a credit card to make the payment as most major credit providers insure online purchases.
    • Devices: always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats.

For information on any of the above contact us:

Phone: 0161 480 2612/ Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Text: 07980 507 884

26 March 2020

GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS: You can ONLY leave the house for the following:

  • Shopping for basic necessities
  • One form of exercise a day
  • Any medical need/care for vulnerable person
  • Traveling to and from work, only if absolutely necessary

ALL SHOPS, PLACES OF WORSHIP, WEDDINGS AND BAPTISMS SHUT AND CANCELLED.

  • Stepping Hill Hospital - Patient visitors during COVID-19 outbreak
    • Adult inpatient wards – suspended with immediate effect
    • Childrens ward – Only one parent or guardian and no one under the age of 16
    • Emergency Department – no adult patients to be accompanied by a visitor unless exceptional circumstances and only one parent or guardian accompanying a child
  • Changes to the BBC Signing Service from 23rd March:
    • Weekday mornings 7:45am-8:15am
    • Weekday lunchtimes 1:00pm – 1:30pm
    • Weekend mornings 7:00am-7:30am
  • From 30 March 2020, MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by 6 months. This is being done to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. You do not need to do anything to extend your vehicle’s MOT expiry date if it’s on or after 30 March 2020. Your vehicle will be automatically given a 6-month MOT exemption. However, you must keep your vehicle safe to drive. For full details please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-cars-vans-and-motorcycles-due-from-30-march-2020
  • Contactless card limit increasing from £30 to £45 on 1 Apr.This is to encourage contactless transactions and help combat the spread of coronavirus, minimising the number of times you’ll need to touch a keypad to pay. This won’t apply at every retailer from that date as the changes will take time to be rolled out.
  • Message from Greater Manchester Police – There is a text message circulating that says you have been fined for breaking lockdown rules. If you receive one of these please do not panic as this is a scam. If possible report it to Action Fraud on the following link https://crowd.in/1pSWW3?fbclid=IwAR0LwbPkiWsFvWI0a_pI8k5OGHWPu44RYclf99fvZQRlyASmOhpUcHTdM9g
  • Stockport Council has been given new powers to close any businesses or venues who are ignoring the government’s social distancing measures in order to protect public health and the demand on our NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are aware of any businesses or venues flouting the rules, please let us know if possible by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For information on any of the above contact us:

Phone: 0161 480 2612/ Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Text: 07980 507 884

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 BSL Video Coronavirus - New information and local support

25 March 2020

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GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS: You can ONLY leave the house for the following:

  • Shopping for basic necessities
  • One form of exercise a day
  • Any medical need/care for vulnerable person
  • Traveling to and from work, only if absolutely necessary

ALL SHOPS, PLACES OF WORSHIP, WEDDINGS AND BAPTISMS SHUT AND CANCELLED.

  • As of 24th March, all opticians including low vision clinics have been told to close. Boots are providing “hubs” where people worried with sight threatening symptoms or general worries about their eyes or aids can telephone. They will be triaged by Boots over the telephone and offered appointments if absolutely urgent. The nearest “hub” to us in on Wellington Road North (Belmont) 0161 442 7570. All other branches are closed.
  • Talking Books are available from Stockport Library via Walthew House. If you are interested, please contact our office with permission for us to pass on your contact number to a library employee. You will then be contacted to discuss the books and Walthew House can then arrange for them to be delivered to you by Walthew House staff or volunteers 0161 480 2612.
  • BIN COLLECTION – Following the Government’s advice Stockport Council will continue with essential bin collections but are running at a reduced capacity. They are currently deciding on a day-to-day basis on which collections to stop. It is like that green, blue and brown collections will not be as often. Please put your bins out for collection and if they are not collected they will do their best to collect them the following week.
  • There is a local support group on Facebook called ‘Stockport COVID-19 Support’ and one of the many helpful things they have done is put together a list of local businesses that are offering delivery. If you are interested please contact the office for full details.
  • Although closed for shopping in person, as of 24th March, The Stockport Market are offering a Home Delivery or Park and Collect service. Deliveries will be on orders worth £10 or more within a 3-mile radius of Stockport Market for £3.00 per delivery. Cash payments only at this moment. To place an order either phone 07392646554 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your shopping list. They will check availability and call you back with a price and collection or delivery slot to suit you. For full details of delivery and collection please contact on the number or email mentioned above.
  • Morrisons are offering food boxes (‘Meat Eaters Food Box’ and a ‘Vegetarian Food Box’) for £35 including delivery. For more information please visit www.morrisons.com/food-boxes

For information on any of the above contact us:

Phone: 0161 480 2612/ Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Text: 07980 507 884

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BSL Video Coronavirus - New information and local support

24 March 2020

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NEW GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS: You can ONLY leave the house for the following:

  • Shopping for basic necessities
  • One form of exercise a day
  • Any medical need/care for vulnerable person
  • Traveling to and from work, only if absolutely necessary

ALL SHOPS, PLACES OF WORSHIP, WEDDINGS AND BAPTISMS SHUT AND CANCELLED.

  • Stepping Hill Hospital hearing aid batteries – please call 0161 419 4183, it’s an answerphone at the moment and patient can leave messages.
  • Stockport Council have been working closely with Stockport’s voluntary and community sector. Please see this link for information and support within your community. https://www.stockport.gov.uk/coronavirus-supporting-the-community-response
  • Henshaws are contacting all registered service users to offer support and information regarding local services.
  • Information from ‘InterpreterNow’ - Some GPs are closing leaving only telephone support in place. As the UK’s lead BSL video service provider to the health sector they are extending their services to local GPs to cover the crisis. Call 0333 344 7712 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • WHO has launched a new Health Alert messaging service via WhatsApp. This will provide the latest news and information on #Covid19 including details on symptoms and how to protect yourself. To subscribe, send *Hi* to 0041798931892 via WhatsApp.
  • Department for Education has a 7 days a week helpline for anyone with education related queries 0800 046 8687 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday
  • ‘Yoga with Ness’ is a Youtube channel which has created a yoga workout for people with a sight loss: click the following link to be taken to Youtube https://youtu.be/DUUiTEsex48 
  • Operation Wi-Fi is a campaign to create the largest free to use open wi-fi network for communities as a response to the outbreak of Covid-19. a group of community organisers and digital activists are mobilising a national campaign to get the attention of those who can help free up the airwaves and this is where your support is needed. If you would like to support the #OperationWifi campaign, please visit the 38Degrees petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/free-open-wifi-network-connecting-communities-during-covid-19

For information on any of the above contact us:

Phone: 0161 480 2612/ Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Text: 07980 507 884

23rd March 2020

Walthew House Information Bulletin March 23rd 2020 - Coronavirus/Covid-19 Information

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INFORMATION BULLETIN – COVID-19 

23rd March 2020

  • Walthew House has hearing aid batteries and we can get them to you.
  • Walthew House Face to face counselling is suspended.  We are currently offering telephone counselling as well as Zoom and Skype sessions.
  • Staff at Walthew House are still at work and if you really need something from our Resource Centre we can make arrangements to get it to you.We are also checking in with our regular service users by phone/text.  If you would like a call let us know.
  • Audio books from Stockport Library available by download only. 
  • Most local pharmacies will collect prescriptions from GPs and deliver for those who are self-isolating.Written consent required for those collecting prescriptions for someone else. Contact the pharmacy in question beforehand as each have different procedures.
  • Local vegan supplies: The Organic Food Store Chadkirk Business Park 0161 427 8811 / Marple Health Food, Stockport Road, 0161 427 5662
  • Support in Hazel Grove - ST PETER'S HELPERS are a group of St Peter's parishioners who want to join up support to everyone who needs it, particularly those who are self-isolating, at risk, or just concerned.If you'd like a phone call to keep in touch, some help with picking up shopping or anything else, please register. TO REGISTER FOR SUPPORT OR TO VOLUNTEER Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: 0161 483 3476 
  • Leisure centres, museums, libraries, cinemas, theatres, halls, restaurants, cafes and pubs all closed until further notice.
  • WHO have launched a new Health Alert messaging service via WhatsApp.This will provide the latest news and information on #Covid19 including details on symptoms and how to protect yourself.  To subscribe, send *Hi* to 004-179-8931-892 via WhatsApp.
  • Tfgm - People across Greater Manchester are being urged not to use public transport for anything other than essential journeys. Reduced tram, train and bus services will be maintained to enable key workers to make essential journeys, but services will be stepped down from Sunday 22 March.
  • RNIB’s Helpline (0303 123 9999)remains open on weekdays (from 8am-8pm) and on Saturdays (9am-1pm).

For information on any of the above contact us:

Phone: 0161 480 2612/ Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Text: 07980 507 884

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16th March 2020

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Coronavirus – Policy

Coronavirus has spread and there is now a risk that it will become established in the UK.  This document sets out the action plan for Walthew House.

Step 1 - Prevention of spread

To prevent the risk of spread a number simple actions are to be adopted:

  1. Handwashing: Regular handwashing reduces the risk of spread. Washing with soap works but when this is not convenient or available alcohol / antiseptic hand rub should be used.  NHS advice on handwashing is at the end of this document.  Particular care should be taken when serving drinks or refreshments or coming into direct contact with others.
  2. Clean surfaces. Before and after use, surfaces should be wiped down. Resource Centre equipment should be wiped before and after demonstration.

Step 2 – Protection of vulnerable groups

If the risk rises to the point where there is a chance that a member of Walthew House staff, service user, volunteers or other user of the building may infect others, the following actions will be taken:-

  1. Cancellation of group meetings and activities
  2. Risk assessments on 1:1 meetings :-
    1. Can the meeting/activity be delayed
    2. Can it be carried out over the telephone
    3. What prevention actions can be taken to reduce the risk of spread ( Stage 1 / face masks)

Step 3 – Protection of all users of Walthew House.

If the risk rises to the point where there is a high probability of the spread of infection, the following actions will be taken:-

  1. Walthew House will be closed
  2. Staff will work remotely

Conclusion

This is a contingency plan and the chances of Steps 2/3 being implemented are low but the actions on stage one are to be implemented with immediate effect.

HANDWASH

 

 

 

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