TPA Service during Coronavirus (COVID-19) period
Over recent weeks we have had to make some changes to the way we work. Being able to continue to deliver our TPA service, whilst ensuring the safety of all of the people who access the TPA, and that of our teams continues to be our top priority.
Thankfully, we have been able to adapt our usual approach of face to face contact with video calls whilst offering regular telephone contact. This means we have been able to stay in touch with everyone who was already in contact with the TPA, and we continue to take on new referrals.
We have been working hard to ensure people have access to essentials like food and medication and we will continue to work with partners to provide practical help in communities across Stockport.
Pressures at home can escalate whilst we are all isolating and we are seeing an increase in people experiencing domestic abuse. We work with people who are experiencing domestic abuse, and those who want to change their own behaviour to develop healthier relationships.
As always we are here to help people feel more connected. For people that are feeling lonely, we are able to offer regular contact with someone from the TPA team or through our trusted partners and volunteers in Stockport.
Community groups have struggled to meet up – these groups play such an important part in connecting people and improving health and wellbeing. We are helping by facilitating virtual groups online so that people can stay in touch and support each other.
We continue to work in partnership with organisations and groups across Stockport to ensure that we can co-ordinate resources and ensure people can access the help that they need.
Digital solutions are a great way of keeping in touch with family and friends whilst we stay safe at home. We are able to help people access digital skills and equipment to help them stay connected. We continue to update our website and social media with resources that people may find helpful during these challenging times, it is great to see how many people are accessing these resources.
We will keep our website and social media up to date with our latest developments.
Please stay safe, and do not hesitate to get in touch in any of the following ways:
Phone – 0161 474 1042
Email – info@stockporttpa .co.uk
Website – stockporttpa.co.uk
Deaf community – 07539 468 560 BSL Video about our continuing service
Facebook – @stockporttpa
Twitter – @StockportTPA
Instagram – @stockporttpa
Stockport Council helpline for vulnerable people
The most vulnerable people in Stockport will be able to access support Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, by calling 0161 217 6046.
The helpline will provide advice and tell you how you can access support. You can call the helpline if do not have a network of family and friends you can call upon for support, particularly if :
• you are over the age of 70 and you are self isolating
• you have received a letter from the NHS advising you are high risk and should stay at home
• you are medically vulnerable according to the government criteria and should stay at home.
SMBC in collaboration with Stockport CCG has produced a directory of services and support which you can download here
Community and mutual aid groups that have been set up in Stockport - Befriending and help with shopping and prescriptions
0161 474 8340
Brinnington Big Local
Contact Numbers to help with food deliveries and befriending
For residents local to Manchester Rugby Club 07423837455
Gatley Community Help Group
Help with shopping , befriending , pet walking etc
Heald Green Hub
Marples COVID group covers Marple, Rose Hill, Mellor, Hawk Green and Marple Bridge.
They are offering collections of shopping, prescriptions and befriending/buddying and are working alongside All Saints Foodbank https://allsaintsmarple.co.uk/connect/ to provide food parcels to those who are unable to access the foodbank because they are self isolating.
They have volunteers who are DBS if someone is thought as more vulnerable.
They have a telephone line which is manned Mon-Sat (9-5)
There phoneline number is 0161 531 2230
Email is firstname.lastname@example.org
https://startpoint.org.uk/covid19/ ( a group to help people in Woodley)
If you are self-isolating, Young Caritas Romiley from Our Lady & St Christopher’s Church can help you with picking up shopping
A friendly phone call
To keep everyone safe, all young people will be accompanied by a grown-up and only volunteer if they are healthy. Our hands will be washed regularly and all items will be left on the doorstep. We will avoid physical contact (2 metre distance)
Contact the church at Our Lady & St Christopher’s Church, Barrack Hill, Romiley or call 0161 430 2704
Also in Romiley affiliated with St Chads church.
Cherry Tree Project – Romiley
There is also this email address and they have a facebook page.
Most people who offer help at times like this are genuine volunteers going over and above to help more vulnerable members of their community. However there are a few unscrupulous people who will be looking to exploit this situation to commit acts of theft and fraud. Healthwatch Stockport have compiled this excellent information sheet of top tips to follow when seeking assistance with things like shopping and odd jobs
Support for people living with dementia
Starting Point run many online sessions throughout Stockport. During the coronavirus period, these are suspended but they are delivering digital support online, mostly via a programme of classes on Zoom. Call Ryan on 07537 127 095 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm). In addition to this they are actively looking for volunteers (|Digital Chamions) to help to deliver the sessions. Contact Ryan on the same number if you fancy getting involved.
Check their Website or Facebook Page for details
Also worth checking out are Starting Point’s resource pages here, with loads of great hints and tips for smoothing your digital path https://startpoint.org.uk/all-things-digital/get-help/
Coronavirus Tech Handbook is a brilliant collection of online resources covering almost everything!
The cheapest broadband we’ve found is BT Basic for £10 per month inc line rental, available for people on specific low income benefits. More details here https://btplc.com/inclusion/ProductsAndServices/BTBasic/BTBasicBroadband/index.htm
Domestic Abuse support
Domestic abuse support
Domestic Abuse can occur in all forms of relationships and anyone can be a victim regardless of their sexual orientation. TPA Positive Relationship Keyworkers continue to work with people to support them through this challenging time. Every person who contacts our service will be offered advice and support through their preferred method of contact. We are offering safety planning, regular check ins and advice around finances, housing, befriending and wellbeing with people if safe to do so.
We are here to help you, you do not have to suffer. 0161 474 1042- Stockporttpa.co.uk
In emergency please call 999.
The Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline offers support, help and information. All calls are completely confidential. 0808 2000 247.
Information and guidance on additional service support available over this period (there are also a number of links to articles about the impact of Covid-19 on domestic abuse at the bottom of the page).
Bright Sky app by Hestia
Bright Sky is a free to download mobile app, launched by Hestia in partnership with the Vodafone Foundation, providing support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.
The app is also designed to be used by specialist and non-specialist practitioners and other employers, and for anyone looking for information about issues around domestic abuse such as online safety, stalking and harassment and sexual consent.
Help for EU nationals living in Greater Manchester
A number of our online services can now be accessed for new customers who join online. Anyone can join online by visiting our Library web pages and filling in our online form. You will then receive a temporary borrower number which you can use to access our e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines!
Hearing Aid Batteries
Stockport Libraries are continuing to provide hearing aid batteries type P13 and P675 to residents in Stockport. If you know someone who requires hearing aid batteries please telephone the Libraries line on 0161 474 6009 or email email@example.com and provide name, address and which type of batteries are required.
If you know someone who requires “312” hearing aid batteries please contact Audiology direct by emailing Audiology@stockport.nhs.uk
Or alternatively ring them on 0161-419-4183.
Please provide name and date of birth of resident who requires the batteries, and Audiology will post the batteries to them.
Please pass this message on to anyone you know who requires hearing aid batteries.
Our e-books and e-audiobooks are provided by Borrowbox. There is so much to choose for adults, young people and children. Fiction and non-fiction are available to download and enjoy. The e-audiobooks are particularly popular for customers to listen to whilst they are pottering around the house!
There are a great range of titles supporting personal health and wellbeing so this is the perfect opportunity to use reading and listening to offer support whilst all our Libraries are closed.
Pressreader (Digital Magazines and Newspapers)
Even though Libraries are closed you can still read your daily newspaper for FREE via Pressreader. Choose from over 7,000 national and international titles to read online or download for offline convenience. Free access with your Stockport library card and PIN. Text-to-speech and instant translation options are also available.
Mental health resources
Chatty Cafe goes virtual!
Local mental health support
Virtual Safe Haven – 24/7 non-emergency mental health support in Stockport on 0800 138 7276 more information here
Stockport Mind have suspended all in-person activities until further notice, inclusive of all groups, in-person 1-1 support sessions, office drop-ins, attendance of public events, meetings, etc.
Telephone/email/social media support still available, regardless of whether people are already under the service or not, as much as is possible.
If the answerphone is on, we will get back to people when able. Staff all working from home except for a rotation system to cover phones in the office on 0161 480 7393 (during opening hours). National Mind have produced comprehensive information and resources ‘Coronavirus and your wellbeing’
Man About A Dog offer support for people who have survived suicide attempts or who are vulnerable to suicidal thoughts. More information here
Sparc continue to offer support for those suffering from severe mental health issues by phone on 0161 429 9744 http://sparc4me.org.uk/
Pure Innovations Mental Health Network for those who are leaving stauttotory services but still require some support https://www.pureinnovations.co.uk/what-we-offer/mental-health-network/
Support for those with substance misuse issues or for those in recovery
START Stockport – Contact via 0161 474 3141 or refer yourself online at https://interactive.stockport.gov.uk/verintotf/publichealthsubstances/01-Who.aspx
Support for those home schooling their children during lockdown
BBC Bitesize now has daily lessons tailored to individual school years and curriculum
Bedtime Math(s) – Some great fun geometry activities as web pages or apps
Math(s) playground – Maths puzzles as fun online games
Ask Dr Universe – All the answers to popular science questions!
Maddie Moate – Science experiments you can do (safely!) at home
Scratch – Learn coding with this tool and share your creations all over the world!
Code – Loads of great coding resources for children, aimed to broaden the appeal, especially to girls.
Big History Project
World Geography Games
Some wonderful, curriculum based science resources from stem.org.uk
Helpline set up for parents struggling with difficult behaviour while homeschooling 0330 3139162 article here
Support for people with sensory loss
A BSL Video about TPA service during the coronavirus period
Walthew House information page
If you obtain hearing aid batteries from your local library then a delivery service is available. Please call 0161 217 6009 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance
Shopping and Business
The following Stockport businesses are still open or trading online https://marketingstockport.co.uk/stockport-open-for-business/
Support for businesses and employers https://www.stockport.gov.uk/support-for-businesses-and-employers/small-business-grant-funding-coronavirus
Stockport Jobs Match – Matching Stockport Workers with Jobs during CoronaVirus https://stockport-jobsmatch.co.uk/
Other local support
Age UK Stockport are offering telephone support on 0161 480 1211 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. The advice and information team are available on 0161 477 1213. All trips and activities are cancelled for the time being.
Signpost for Carers have produced a comprehensive explanation of what they are able to offer during this period here