Inside your double issue – The Stockport review PLUS listings for Continuing Education courses 2010/11
review The Stockport
News from your Council July-August 2010
Learning Works – Go for it!
GO FOR IT INDEX
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ould you like to turn your life around? Maybe change your job or just simply do something different? Then Stockport Council’s Continuing Education Services could help. We have many training courses available that have helped people across the borough change their lives around. Read about their incredible stories inside. We also have courses for people who just want to have fun while learning new skills such as how to cook or how to research your family history. Many courses are held in local centres, bringing communities together allowing you to get to meet new people. So, if you are keen to do something different, why not have a look at the courses available to you.
Details for: • Arts Publishing and Media • Cookery • Health and Fitness • Holistic Therapies • History • Languages • ICT and more!
Give your child the best start
Page 6 Details for: • ESOL • Skills for Life • Skills Training • Childcare, Playwork and Learning Support and more!
Capturing school life in pictures
Cooking up a recipe for success
www.stockport.gov.uk/continuingeducation Freephone Helpline 0800 389 0804
Give your child the best start S
tockport Council’s Continuing Education Service offers a range of courses in partnership with Sure Start, designed to give every child the best start in life. The courses combine early education, childcare, health and family support, and take place at Sure Start Children’s Centres and community venues bringing free learning to the heart of communities. The ten week Baby Talk course provides local parents and carers, and children up to eighteen months old, with a valuable opportunity to develop early language, communication and literacy skills. Parents and carers find out about new and creative ways of playing with and listening to their children. They discover how to do this in fun ways and by using activities they do regularly around the home. Everyday tasks, such as washing up, can be used to develop a child’s vocabulary and counting skills. Each week the adults get creative and make something the children can take home to play with. A mobile, puppet, musical instrument and play dough are just some of the items made on the course. At the end of each session adults and children come together to play singing games. Childminder Wendy Hulme and parent Adel Mullaghy have both enjoyed the Baby Talk course. Wendy says: “I have got lots of ideas for new activities to extend the skills of children in my care. It was also great to meet other mums and carers on the course, to share ideas. I have learned more about how to provide a stimulating environment to encourage numeracy and literacy skills, through messy play activities and storytelling. Adel Mullaghy from Reddish went to the Baby Talk course when her youngest son was seven months old. Adel says: “I already have a four year old son but you forget what stage of development a child should be at. So a refresher about what words they should be saying when was great. We got to make lots of different things children can play with. My eldest son also enjoyed playing with the things I made, which meant the course had a double benefit for me. I had never been along to Mother and Toddler type groups, as they are not my thing, but this was different. It has now made me think about going on different courses in the future”. Other courses on offer include healthy eating cookery, cooking for the family on a budget and ideas for weaning. ‘Cooking on a Budget’ enables parents to make informed choices when preparing low cost healthy food. Increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables eaten, to keeping a family healthy. Some of the people who have attended the cookery courses share their experiences … “I’ve been suffering from post natal depression and this course has helped me to get out and mix with other adults.” “I can now bake healthier carrot and banana cakes for my little ones.” “My two year old loved the lasagne. It is a great way to get loads of vegetables into him without a fight.” “I am so pleased there is free childcare. I get to mix with adults learning something new and my son gets to make new friends.” For more information contact the Family Learning Team at Stockport Council’s Continuing Education Service on 0800 389 0804 or Stockport Children’s Centres on 0161 217 6028. Alternatively, call in at your local Children’s Centre they also provide information, support and advice including child and family health, early education and childcare, family support and links with Job Centre Plus.
Glengarth continues to change lives G
lengarth Evening Centre at Bridge College continues to thrive. The Centre provides valuable learning, enrichment and fun for people with learning difficulties.
This year’s theme is ‘sustainability’ which the Glengarth tutors and learners have made informative and fun. Glengarth is also keeping up with the times and now has its own blog. The blog is accessible to all learners, regardless of their level of communication, making it an exciting tool. It has been set up as an invitation only site, which makes it a very safe and secure. The sustainability theme includes buying locally, opting for fair trade ingredients, where possible, and using home grown ingredients, from the Glengarth vegetable garden, for their cookery classes. Each learner also has one of the Glengarth cotton shopping bags, environmentally friendly bags are a big hit. The Glengarth blog has also been a huge success, the general buzz and excitement is evident among the learners, particularly when the flip video is brought out. This is a mini hand held video camera, which can plug directly into the computer and gives instant video results. This immediate transfer from camera to the screen makes for very happy students! One of the learners, Richard, had never used a computer before but was one of the first to get involved in adding
information onto the blog. The flip video has also captured many successful cookery classes. Glengarth bought the flip video with prize money they won at Stockport Council’s Extra Awards 2009. Glengarth won the highly commended prize for ‘Changing Lives’ and is very proud to have been recognised for all its hard work. Stockport Council’s Continuing Education Service and North East Cheshire MENCAP work in partnership to provide training for adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. Glengarth classes include needlework, arts and crafts, pottery, woodwork, cookery and computer and keyboard skills. The first half of the evening is dedicated to classes and then from 9.00pm everyone gets together, after refreshments, for singing, dancing and quizzes. Sue, says: “I am 48 years old and have been coming two nights a week to Glengarth. I learnt to take photographs which is now one of my favourite hobbies. I work at Pure Innovations and I use the computer there, skills I started learning at Glengarth. I enjoy making cards at home, which I learned how to make in the Art and Craft class at Glengarth.” Classes are Monday and Thursday evenings, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. To find out more about Glengarth Evening Centre call Carole Battersby on 0785 258 5536.
Studying pays off for Nursery Nurse Stacey Completing her childcare qualifications has definitely paid off for Stacey Timothy, as she has recently been promoted at work. Stacey, 19, from Brinnington signed up for a childcare course at the Castle Learning Centre when she left school at 16. Stacey says: “I had always wanted to work with children and got a job at Paint Pots Nursery in Manchester. I did the Foundation Apprenticeship Level 2 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development while working at the nursery. I went to Castle Learning Centre one day a week for the theory side of the course. It took me just over a year to achieve my qualification. I then took a bit of time off from studying before starting a NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. I found the way the NVQ course was set out was straightforward and easy to follow. If I did have any problems, I found my tutor easy to talk to and very helpful. I’m still working at Paint Pots Nursery and have now been promoted to the position of Nursery Nurse, Head of Toddler Room, with responsibility for three other members of staff.”
www.stockport.gov.uk/continuingeducation Freephone Helpline 0800 389 0804
review The Stockport
News from your Council July – August 2010
ECOMOMY PAGE 3
CULTURE PAGE 5
2,000 jobs success
Thousands attend arts festival
STOCKPORT BOOST PAGES 6 & 7
At your service
COUNCIL BACKS COUNTY’S NEW START Stockport County FC are on the up after it was announced that the club are now officially out of administration. And to show support for the football club, the Council have backed the team by sponsoring next season’s new playing kit. Council Leader, Councillor Dave Goddard said: “Stockport County has been an integral part of the fabric of the borough for over 125 years and it’s vital that the club remains at the very heart of the local community. We are delighted to be able to support the club and look forward to the team going from strength to strength in the near future.” Pictured at the launch of the new Stockport County home and away kits are: Stockport Council Chief Executive Eamonn Boylan (far left) and Council Leader Dave Goddard.
STOCKPORT MARKET’S BIG BIRTHDAY Delivered free to more than 123,000 homes in Stockport
tockport Market reaches the grand old age of 750 on Monday 6th September. To mark this landmark, the Council has organised a range of free fun events throughout the year, for everyone to take part in. Saturday 5th September will see special events in visitor attractions and a themed market, all celebrating 750 years of history. The grand finale weekend will take place over the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th October in the Market Place. Entertainment includes a Medieval fair with wandering knights, colourful jesters, and a ferocious 14ft smoke-breathing dragon! A spectacular fire show will end the celebrations. The right to hold a weekly Market was granted to the third Robert de Stokeport in 1260 by Prince Edward, Earl of Chester (who later became King Edward 1). Stockport’s refurbished Covered Market Hall recently won the best regeneration project at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors North West Awards. For the full programme of events visit www.visit-stockport. com or phone 474 4444.
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‘A privilege’ to be Mayor Councillor Hazel Lees is the new Mayor of Stockport. In her acceptance speech at the Annual Council meeting, Councillor Lees said: “I cannot tell you what a privilege this is, to be first citizen of Stockport. It is not something that I ever envisaged but am looking forward to it immensely.” Councillor Lees will continue to support the newly formed Mayor’s Charity started by last year’s Mayor, Councillor Colin MacAlister. Councillor Lees said: “I will continue with this charity so that we can recognise and support the smaller groups within Stockport who work so hard to do good work for their communities. I would like to think that we can support those groups which can make such a massive impact on local residents’ lives. “I will also continue to visit schools to talk about the Council and the Mayoralty, and would like to visit as many community groups as possible. Community organisations are the basis of everyone’s lives in Stockport, whether it is a Friends of Park group to a local play group. These groups are much valued within their areas, and anything that I, as Mayor, can do to support them, I will.” Councillor Lees’ husband Michael is The Mayor’s Consort. Councillor Lees, who was elected onto the Council in 1996, represents the Bredbury Green & Romiley Ward. She has two children Matthew and Kathryn and a grandson Oliver.
Your invitation to local meetings Stockport’s Area Committees are the key local meetings for looking at services in your area. Here, locally elected councillors check the performance of services, grant or refuse planning applications, and decide how money should be spent locally. For more information on any Area Committee, or to find out how to raise issues, contact Craig Ainsworth Head of Area Governance on 474 3204.
Venues and dates for Area Committee meetings All Area Committee meetings start at 6.00pm, except Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme South which starts at 6.30pm. Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme South Area Bramhall Village Club, Melbourne Road, Bramhall: 22 July, 19 August, 16 September. Central Stockport Area Town Hall, Stockport: 22 July, 19 August, 16 September. Cheadle Area Ladybridge Residents’ Club, Edenbridge Road, Cheadle Hulme: 20 July, 17 August, 14 September.
Heatons and Reddish Area Heaton Moor Centre, Thornfield Road: 16 August. Town Hall, Stockport: 19 July, 13 September. Marple Area Marple Library, Memorial Park: 21 July, 18 August, 15 September. Stepping Hill Area Town Hall, Stockport: 20 July, 17 August, 14 September. Werneth Area Highgate Centre, Bents Avenue, Bredbury: 19 July, 16 August, 13 September.
The Stockport Review is printed on environmentally friendly paper and is compiled by Stockport Council’s Marketing and Communications Unit. It is delivered to more than 123,000 households in Stockport. The Council does not endorse or guarantee products or services appearing in paid-for advertisements except any advert expressly relating to Council services. Editor: Janine Watson Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Published by Stockport Council Printed by MCP Ltd.
Pictured left to right are: SKYouth representatives Oliver MacDonell, Sasha Mayers and Ben Sharif.
By young people for young people... SKYouth, Stockport’s Youth Council, re-launched in January this year. It is an organisation made up of all the different youth forums in Stockport, of which there are over 15. SKYouth provides a way for young people to express their views, and gives youth forums a means to make positive changes in their communities and in the services which affect them. The 100+ members are supported by youth workers from Services for Young People. SKYouth’s leadership team (also known as The Executives) are responsible for organising events and liaising with councillors and officers at the
highest levels. It has 13 members who have been voted on to the committee by their youth forum. The first task of the Executive Committee was to attend a full council meeting and make a presentation explaining to all the councillors what SKYouth was. This was the first time the group had made a presentation together; it was a challenge, but a great achievement once it was over. It gave the group a deeper understanding of how the council works and most importantly led to the realisation that young people can make a difference and that adults really will listen to young people’s views. As a
result of the presentation, SKYouth were invited to have its own column in the Stockport Review which is great! Over the next year we will write articles to: l Show a different, more positive persona of Stockport’s Young people; l Give young people a chance to see what’s happening across Stockport and what they could get involved in. Keep watching this space. If you want to get in touch please email: email@example.com By Sasha Mayers, Oliver MacDonnell and Ben Sharif on behalf of SKYouth
ENJOY THE SUN... AND TAKE CARE WITH WATER Most people enjoy sunny weather but extreme heat can be dangerous especially for vulnerable groups and older people. The UK weather is becoming increasingly unpredictable, and Stockport Council and NHS Stockport are planning for all summer scenarios including the possibility of a heatwave. People should move somewhere cool and drink plenty of water or fruit juice. If possible, take a lukewarm shower, or sponge themselves down with cold water. Heatstroke can develop suddenly if heat exhaustion is left untreated. Heatstroke symptoms include headaches, nausea, intense thirst, sleepiness, hot, red and dry skin, a sudden rise in temperature, confusion, aggression, convulsions and loss of consciousness. During a heatwave, residents are advised to check on family and friends, neighbours, and isolated, elderly, ill or very young people. Ensure that babies, children or elderly people are not left alone in stationary cars. Contact a GP or social services if someone is unwell or more help is needed.
The first half of 2010 has been one of the driest for many years and Stockport residents can assist during this drought period by using water wisely in the home and garden. This will make a big difference to our reservoir levels in the North West. Here are some simple ways you can help to keep the water flowing this summer: l Visit the United Utilities website and order a ‘save-a-flush’ for your toilet cistern – they’re free of charge, easy to install, and will save a litre of water every time nature calls. www.unitedutilities.com l Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth – over the year this small change saves enough water to make 40,000 cups of tea; l Use a watering can in the garden – hosepipes use up to 540 litres of water an hour (which is a lot when you consider a watering can only holds around 10 litres); l Report leaks – if you see a leak in the road or footpath, call on 0800 33 00 33 or complete the United Utilities on-line from; l Take a short, four minute shower instead of a bath l Use a plug in the kitchen sink instead of a running tap and save a litre of water every six or seven seconds. And if you use a bowl you could use this to water your plants; l Keep a container of water in the fridge – this will avoid having to run the tap for a cool refreshing drink; l Choose drought resistant plants (such as geraniums) which will last longer during dry periods l Let your grass grow longer, it will wear better during dry periods l Only switch on your dishwasher or washing machine when full.
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Vince Cable visits Stockport Vince Cable MP made one of his first visits as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, to a successful economic regeneration project in the borough. The innovative Stockport Business Incubator, located in the Grade II* Listed Broadstone Mill in Reddish, is a partnership between the Council, the University of Manchester Incubator Company (UMIC) and the Mill. It has transformed 40,000 sq ft into state-of-the-art workspace with business incubation facilities. Just 18 months after its launch, the Incubator is home to 26 businesses from a variety of sectors, and over 100 employees. The renovation complements the original features of the building, and provides a contemporary, flexible and hi-tech business environment.
The Minister visited i-Pix which specialise in energy saving LED lighting technology. Councillor Dave Goddard, Leader of Stockport Council, said: “The Council is committed to investing in and supporting business and innovation. We have invested over £450,000 in developing the highly successful Stockport Business Incubator which supports and develops sustainable knowledge-based companies, which in turn provide skilled, well-paid jobs for the local area. Pictured: Vince Cable MP (right) visits Broadstone Mill to meet Leader of Stockport Council, Councillor Dave Goddard (centre) and local entrepreneur Chris Ewington, from i-Pix.
More hours of free nursery education Free early education and childcare for children in Stockport is increasing from September. As well as the new and extended hours, there will be more flexibility for parents who won’t be restricted to just morning or afternoon sessions. The free hours are available at most early year’s providers including day nurseries, preschools or playgroups, independent schools, maintained nursery schools or classes, and accredited childminders who are part of an approved network. From September, the following will apply: l a free place is available for up to 15 hours a week l no more than six hours can be claimed on one day l there is a maximum of 570 hours per year (e.g. 15 hours during 38 week term time during the academic year) l the free entitlement is available for all children from the start of the term after they become three years of age l no more than two schools/settings are permitted at one time. Councillor Mark Weldon, Executive Member for Children and Young People, said: “I welcome this increase in hours of free nursery education which will benefit many local families in Stockport. The free early education and childcare will be available to all families with children aged 3 and 4 years, and I encourage families who are interested to find out more by contacting Family Info Link.” Family Info Link can be contacted on 0808 800 0606, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. familyinfolink.co.uk
Food for thought
STOCKPORT’S 2,000 JOBS SUCCESS Over the last year, Stockport has seen a wide range of investment, creating and safeguarding nearly 2,000 jobs. Investment into the borough has created 1,430 new jobs and safeguarded 420 jobs. Nearly 400,000 sq ft of commercial and industrial space was occupied by investing businesses. Successes include: l BSkyB (Sky) creating over 550 new jobs for a customer service centre in Stockport town centre in BAM Properties’ St Peter’s Square office development. l 300 high quality new consulting jobs secured at Cheadle Royal Business Park with Jacobs Engineering. l Local company APS Group securing a two year £30m contract with the Scottish Government. APS signed a lease on a 48,000 sq ft property on Orion Business Park, taking staff totals to over 500. l Local accountancy firm Clarke Nicklin relocating 40 employees from Hazel Grove to modern headquarters at Cheadle Royal Business Park. l The Council is expanding the Stockport Business Incubator at Broadstone Mill to almost 40,000 sq ft. It is home to 24 businesses employing over 100 people. The Centre for International Competitiveness
highlighted Stockport as home to the sixth most competitive economy in North West. Stockport’s economy fared particularly well with its educated workforce, high level of employment and high concentration of knowledge-based businesses. Councillor Kevin Hogg, Executive Member for Regeneration at Stockport Council, said: “Despite challenging economic times, Stockport continues to attract signifcant investment, which in turn boosts the local economy and creates jobs. The Stockport Boost campaign is continuing to support residents and businesses through the recession and these figures show that the borough is well placed for a bright future.” Ben Poland (pictured above), President of Stockport Chamber of Commerce, added: “Stockport is home to a dynamic and entrepreneurial business community. These figures demonstrate that more and more businesses are beginning to realise that Stockport offers many advantages as a business location.” The Council provides over 600 different services to local people and offers support to 22,000 businesses. For more information visit the Stockport Boost website: www.stockport.gov.uk/boost (free internet access is available at all Stockport libraries). Further information on Stockport’s economy is available from www. stockport.gov.uk/economy
A new food waste collection service will be introduced during the autumn. Residents will be given a small indoor food waste caddy and compostable liners to collect all types of food waste. This waste will then go into the garden waste bin and be recycled into compost in a new enclosed composter being built by the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority in Bredbury. Stockport households which do not have a garden waste bin will be given an outdoor food waste container. In a trial in 2008, 534 volunteers used a food waste caddy and liners, and 94% of participants were happy with the system. The Council will also deliver black wheelie bins to all suitable properties for waste that can’t be recycled (refuse). This replaces the blue bin bags residents’ currently use. More details will appear in the September-October edition of The Stockport Review and on the Council website www.stockport.gov.uk/waste
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These are your 63 councillors – elected to represent you and your community. They put in many hours on your behalf, making decisions on services and finances. They decide policies and set budgets. They plan services and direct the running of Stockport Council.
It is local government for local people. For details of councillors’ surgeries, go to the Council’s website: www.stockport.gov.uk/councillors or you can ask at your local library, or write or telephone direct. Most councillors can be contacted by e-mail.
Their e-mail addresses are listed on the Council’s website. To check which ward you live in, contact the Electoral Registration Office on 0845 833 0041. You can also take a look at your councillors’ website by visiting www.stockportcouncillors.info
CHEADLE & GATLEY
Helen Foster-Grime (Lib. Dem) 32 West Park Road Bramhall SK7 3JX Tel: 439 4010 Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme South Area
Linda Holt (Con) 76 Lyme Road Hazel Grove SK7 6LA Tel: 456 1199 Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme South Area
Lisa Walker (Con) 29 Boothby Street Great Moor SK2 7HD Tel: 0788 7984844 Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme South Area
Paul Bellis (Con) 12 Penrhyn Crescent Hazel Grove SK7 5NF Tel: 484 2298 Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme South Area
Brian Bagnall (Con) 4 Bramhall Park Road Bramhall SK7 3DQ Tel: 439 1569 Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme South Area
Bryan Leck OBE (Con) 236 Church Lane Woodford SK7 1PQ Tel: 439 3137 Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme South Area
BREDBURY & WOODLEY
Michael Wilson (Lib. Dem) 294 Hyde Road Woodley SK6 1PA Tel: 494 1655
Stella Humphries MBE (Lib. Dem) 423 Stockport Road West Bredbury SK6 2BG Tel: 430 3593
Chris Gordon (Lib. Dem) 85 Sandringham Road Bredbury SK6 2EJ Tel: 494 8410
BREDBURY GREEN & ROMILEY
Margaret McLay (Lib. Dem) 163 Edith Terrace Compstall SK6 5JF Tel: 449 9598 Werneth Area
Hazel Lees (Lib. Dem) Mayor 62 Sandy Lane Romiley SK6 4NH Tel: 430 3486 Werneth Area
Mags Kirkham (Lib. Dem) 10 Bank Road Bredbury SK6 1DR Tel: 494 0229 Werneth Area
BRINNINGTON & CENTRAL
Christopher Murphy (Lab) Deputy Mayor 501 Hempshaw Lane Offerton SK2 5TP Tel: 07889 958813 Central Stockport Area
Chris Walker (Ind) 95 Northumberland Road Brinnington Stockport, SK5 8NN Tel: 430 2739
Maureen Rowles (Lab) 42 Romney Way Brinnington SK5 8NE Tel: 494 8981
Central Stockport Area Central Stockport Area
All information correct at time of going to press.
Pam King (Lib. Dem) 18 Haddon Road Hazel Grove SK7 6JS Tel: 483 2531 Cheadle Area
Mick Jones (Con) c/o Town Hall, Stockport SK1 3XE Tel: 07790 138090 (daytime) Tel: 428 2636 (evening) Cheadle Area
Iain Roberts (Lib. Dem) 25 Frances Avenue, Gatley, Cheadle, SK8 4BJ Tel: 07958 570202 Cheadle Area
Stepping Hill Area
Stepping Hill Area
Stepping Hill Area
CHEADLE HULME SOUTH
Jackie Jones (Con) 22 Marcliff Grove Heaton Moor SK4 2AB Tel: 432 9778 Heatons & Reddish Area
Philip Harding (Lab) 27 Albert Road Heaton Moor SK4 4EG Tel: 442 8695 or 07855 061199 Central Stockport Area
Adrian Nottingham (Ind. Ratepayers) 22 Outwood Drive Heald Green SK8 3QQ Tel: 07701 092 930
Wendy Meikle (Lib. Dem) 165 Shearwater Road Offerton Green SK2 5XA Tel: 483 8240
Stepping Hill Area
Les Jones (Con) Leader of the Conservative Group 22 Marcliff Grove Heaton Moor SK4 2AB Tel: 432 9778 Heatons & Reddish Area
Anthony O’Neill (Con) 2 Princes Road Heaton Moor SK4 3NQ Tel: 432 1175 Heatons & Reddish Area
Owen Breen (Lab) 8 Frodsham Avenue Heaton Norris SK4 2NH Tel: 291 9528 Heatons & Reddish Area
Colin Foster (Lab) 24 Napier Road Heaton Moor SK4 4HG Tel: 442 7748 Heatons & Reddish Area
Tom McGee (Lab) 15 Queens Drive Heaton Mersey SK4 3JN Tel: 432 8792 Heatons & Reddish Area
David Wilson (Lab) 28 Salisbury Street Reddish Stockport SK5 6UL Tel: 292 5693 Heatons & Reddish Area
Susan Derbyshire (Lib. Dem) Deputy Leader of the Council 21 Manor Road Marple, SK6 6PW Tel: 427 2419 Central Stockport Area Central Stockport Area
John Smith (Lib. Dem) 3 Merlin Close Offerton SK2 5UH Tel: 355 2857 Stepping Hill Area
Anne Graham (Lib. Dem) 34 Ambleside Road Reddish SK5 7EL Tel: 480 3688 Heatons & Reddish Area
Peter Scott (Lab) c/o Town Hall Stockport SK1 3XE Tel: 432 2188 Heatons & Reddish Area
Walter Brett (Lab) 17 Claremont Avenue Heaton Chapel SK4 4QR Tel: 431 9119 Heatons & Reddish Area
Jenny Humphreys (Lib. Dem) 11 Waterside Marple SK6 7LY Tel: 427 6801
Dave Goddard (Lib. Dem) Leader of the Council and the Lib. Dem Group c/o Town Hall, Stockport SK1 3XE Tel: 474 3302 Stepping Hill Area
EDGELEY & CHEADLE HEATH
Sheila Bailey (Lab) 27 Albert Road Heaton Moor SK4 4EG Tel: 442 8695 (home) or 320 1504 (work) Central Stockport Area Central Stockport Area
Peter Burns (Ind. Ratepayers) Leader of the Ind. Ratepayers Group 8 Westwood Road Heald Green, SK8 3JN Tel: 437 7197 Cheadle Area
DAVENPORT & CALE GREEN
Richard Coaton (Lab) 19 Avondale Road Edgeley SK3 9NX Tel: 477 2004
Susan Ingham (Lib. Dem) 3 Badger Close Marple SK6 7GL Tel: 449 9484
David White (Lib. Dem) c/o Town Hall Stockport SK1 3XE Tel: 474 3379 Eve: 443 1090 Central Stockport Area Central Stockport Area Central Stockport Area
Shan Alexander (Lib. Dem) 1 Crown Street Hawk Green, Marple SK6 7JH Tel: 427 4419
Sylvia Humphreys (Ind. Ratepayers) 1b St. Austell Drive Heald Green SK8 3EF Tel: 436 4696
Ann Smith (Lib. Dem) 17 Pintail Avenue Sandpipers, Bridgehall SK3 8UN Tel: 477 6873
Chris Baker (Lib. Dem) 1 Lyme Road Disley SK12 2LL Tel: 01663 810202
June Somekh (Lib. Dem) 26 Buttermere Road Gatley SK8 4RH Tel: 491 4369
Roy Driver (Lib. Dem) 30 Lune Way South Reddish SK5 7JH Tel: 429 9338
Stuart Corris (Lib. Dem) 7 School Street Hazel Grove SK7 4RA Tel: 456 9128
John Pantall (Lib. Dem) 7 Balmoral Avenue Cheadle Hulme SK8 5EQ Tel: 485 5274
Stuart Bodsworth (Lib. Dem) 22 Moreton Avenue Stockport SK7 2BD Tel: 439 4554 Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme South Area
Craig Wright (Lib. Dem) 10 Manor Road Marple SK6 6PW Tel: 449 7354
Kevin Hogg (Lib. Dem) 10 Tiree Close Hazel Grove SK7 6AY Tel: 456 4936
Paul Porgess (Lib. Dem) 51 Grasmere Road Gatley SK8 4RS Tel: 428 2722
Lenny Grice (Lib. Dem) 9 Roundway Bramhall SK7 1DF Tel: 439 6154 Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme South Area
Martin Candler (Lib. Dem) 38 Turncliff Crescent Marple SK6 6JP Tel: 427 6824
Christine Corris (Lib. Dem) 7 School Street Hazel Grove SK7 4RA Tel: 456 9128
CHEADLE HULME NORTH
Suzanne Wyatt (Lib. Dem) 25 Manor Road Bramhall SK7 3LX Tel: 485 5313 Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme South Area
Andrew Bispham (Lib. Dem) 5 The Close Marple Bridge SK6 5HB Tel: 427 1786
Andrew Verdeille (Lab) Leader of the Labour Group 129 Somerford Road Reddish SK5 6QF Tel: 320 1504 (daytime) 336 0224 (evening) Heatons & Reddish Area
Tom Grundy (Lab) 98 Naseby Road North Reddish SK5 6EW Tel: 431 4791 Heatons & Reddish Area
Daniel Hawthorne (Lib. Dem) 52 Winchester Drive Heaton Norris SK4 2NU Tel: 291 9332 or 07900 913708 Central Stockport Area
Ben Alexander (Lib. Dem) 1 Crown Street Hawk Green, Marple SK6 7JH Tel: 449 8421
Wendy Orrell (Lib. Dem) 29 Penrhyn Crescent Hazel Grove SK7 5NF Tel: 487 2284
Mark Weldon (Lib. Dem) 24 Central Drive Stockport SK6 4PE Tel: 430 6534
Stepping Hill Area
Stepping Hill Area
Stepping Hill Area
The bold type at the end of each councillor’s contact details refers to their Area Committee.
Composition of the Council at time of print: Liberal Democrats 37; Labour 13; Conservatives 9; Independent Ratepayers 2; Independent 1.
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A feast of culture
Culturefeast, Stockport’s annual arts festival, was the biggest, best and most creative. The May festival saw museums and attractions open their doors to the public after-hours for ‘Museums at Night’ plus a Dancematters showcase, numerous events and workshops including literature, creative writing, singing and scriptwriting. An open air roller disco in St Peter’s Square celebrated the completion of the £4m public realm scheme which has transformed the area into an accessible and attractive open space for everyone to enjoy. The finale saw an exciting live music showcase and talent competition in the Market Place, and Vintage Fair in the Covered Market Hall. l ‘Reggie’s Roller Palace’ an intriguing installation of 110 lifesize, ceramic, roller skating dogs was also launched at Stockport Art Gallery. The exhibition is on display until January 2011.
Outstanding schools in Stockport More than one in five Stockport schools inspected since September 2009 have been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. 23% of Stockport schools were given an ‘outstanding’ rating, which puts the borough second highest in the North West. Councillor Mark Weldon, Executive Member for Children & Young People, said: “We very much welcome these figures which show that Stockport schools continue to be among the highest performers in the North West. “The Council is very proud of the high percentage of schools judged to be ‘outstanding’ and ‘good’ by Ofsted inspectors. All staff, governors and parents, in partnership with the Council, continue to work tirelessly to maintain the excellent provision for all pupils, and to further improve the high standards in all our schools.” The figures also show that 52% of the borough’s schools inspected during the current academic year up to June were given a ‘good’ rating. For more information about the inspections visit www.ofsted.gov.uk
Stockport Homes - ‘one of the best in the country’ Stockport Homes has been awarded the highest possible rating in a recent inspection by the Audit Commission. The Commission said that Stockport Homes “continues to deliver one of the best housing services in the country and develops innovative new services to improve the social and financial inclusion of its tenants and wider communities.” Stockport Homes are still providing an “Excellent three star service which has excellent prospects for improvement” - the highest possible rating. Stockport Homes are one of only a handful of Housing Organisations in the UK to achieve a three star rating in consecutive inspections. Inspectors carried out a detailed inspection over two weeks, meeting staff, Board
members and customers. Helen McHale, Chief Executive of Stockport Homes said: “I am delighted with this result and I would like to thank all our staff, customers and stakeholders who were involved in our inspection. Stockport Homes continues to strive to be exceptional and this sort of assessment together with our Best Places to work in the Public Sector recognition helps to show the sort of organisation we are.”
Stockport plans tribute to tennis legend Stockport is planning an everlasting tribute to one of its most famous sporting champions, Fred Perry. Councillors want to name the new £12million civic complex in honour of the three times Wimbledon tennis champion. The building will be home to around 500 Council employees and a brand new Stockport Direct facility for residents, and is one of the most environmentally-friendly buildings to be constructed in the country. Stockport Council leader, Councillor Dave Goddard, said: ”Fred Perry is known the world over for his determination to succeed, to drive himself from excellent to exceptional. “Even when he was one of the best tennis players in the world, he continued to practise constantly, to dedicate himself to becoming continually ever better.
“That demanding spirit is so characteristic of our borough that it would be a great fit with our new civic complex. “We are now in the process of contacting his family and going through the appropriate process to officially name the building after him.” The new building will further improve efficiency within the Council by reducing the number of buildings in the civic complex from 11 to just three, at no additional cost to the Council Tax payer. Its green credentials include sustainable architectural features, like a partial green roof, solar shading and a rainwater harvesting system. The building will also be fully accessible, offering the only ‘Changing Places’ facility in Stockport. Construction started in August last year and is scheduled to complete in November.
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The Council works hard every day to give Stockport a boost. From collecting our bins to educating our children to maintaining our roads. But did you know that Stockport Council provides a wide range of over 600 value-formoney services that can help improve the lives of everyone in the borough? To help give you an idea of just some of the services that could benefit you, here’s a look at 10 you might not be familiar with...
HOME SWEET HOME The Council provides ‘Extra Care Housing’ to support people to live independently whilst giving the security and privacy of their own front door. Self-contained flats are designed to meet the needs of older people with a range of facilities and fully trained staff, who are available 24 hours a day to provide extra care and support. Stockport Council supports over 6,500 vulnerable and older people each week. For more information phone 217 6029.
At your service Council services to make your life better
PROTECTING OUR HERITAGE Historic buildings and conservation areas make a major contribution to Stockport’s local distinctiveness and sense of place. The Council works with developers and community groups to develop schemes that help to make the borough a more attractive place in which to work, live or visit. In the town centre the Council has worked closely with the Stockport Plaza Trust to secure the restoration of the Grade II * listed Plaza cinema. The Council is currently developing plans for the repairs and enhancements to Bramall Hall and Park.
SPOTLIGHT ON SAFETY The Council’s Community Safety Team work alongside the Police to make Stockport one of the safest places to live in Greater Manchester. Over the last 12 months crime in Stockport has gone down 16.4% with 3,984 fewer offences. To support this crack down on crime a new approach to deter re-offending was also launched this year. The ‘Stockport Spotlight Unit’ was created so that teams from the Council, the Police and Greater Manchester Probation Trust can work together, in the same location, to share information and act quickly to target over 200 offenders who are at risk of re-offending. The Unit has already seen positive results. Between November 2009 and February 2010 there was over a 35% reduction in the re-offending rates of targeted offenders; a saving of approximately £143,312 in criminal justice costs.
CHILD’S PLAY The Council works with partners throughout Stockport to make sure children and young people have access to high quality play facilities in the borough. These include climbing boulders, basket swings, rock stacks, aerial runways and embankment slides, which encourage children to keep active and play a crucial part in their development.
A CLEAN SWEEP The Council works 24 hours a day to keep the borough clean. Three shift patterns cover the day, evening and night, maximising the use of the vehicles and equipment. The shift pattern also means that areas can be targeted where access or traffic conditions may be an issue and to minimise disturbance to residents. For example, the introduction of the evening shift to supplement existing services means that the street cleansing teams can attend hard to reach areas such as around schools where littering regularly occurs. Improving on standards is always a priority and last Autumn the Council diverted 900 tons of collected leaves from landfill by delivering to local Allotments for composting – an increase of 50 % over previous years making a considerable saving on waste disposal.
HAVE YOUR SAY The Council’s ‘Area Committees’ provide residents with the opportunity to get involved with local decision making. The meetings are going from strength to strength, with more residents coming along to raise concerns with their local councillors or to discuss particular issues. Area Committees have budgets to make decisions about traffic calming, pavement repairs, public rights of way and other local highway matters. They determine applications for the use of parks, nominate governors to local schools, consider planning applications and make proposals on how services can be improved. To find out more and how to get involved in your local area phone 474 3216.
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NEWS IN BRIEF Attention all carers
GETTING ACTIVE Stockport Sports Trust runs an extensive mix of sports and leisure facilities across Stockport on behalf of Stockport Council, ranging from small community leisure centres to large multi-use state of the art fitness centres. Over the last two years substantial investment has taken place at a number of local sports centres. Target Life Hazel Grove has recently undergone a refurbishment with the addition of new fitness equipment, interactive sports walls and a new Children’s Gym with physical education equipment. And at the end of 2009 Target Fitness+ Romiley also opened a brand new state of the art fitness studio. Target Life Priestnall shall open a new state of the art fitness suite in mid July which shall be open to the public weekday evenings and weekends. For more information on sports facilities visit the Stockport Sports Trust website www.sportinstockport.com or phone 443 4070. For general enquiries about Leisure Key discount card phone 217 6007. Stockport residents are also lucky enough to benefit from the Shaw Heath Outdoor Gym. This fun, user friendly gym has a range of easy to use leisure and fitness stations that suits all ages and levels of ability and has proved extremely popular with families, adults and older people.
Litter, fly-tipping, fly-posting, graffiti and abandoned vehicles, are all examples of environmental crime which can blight local communities. The Council has a zero tolerance approach to offenders and works across the borough to improve local environmental quality. Area Conditions Officers investigate environmental crime, arrange for waste to be cleared and prosecute offenders where appropriate. In 2009, 2,800 incidents of fly-tipping were investigated. We are working hard to improve local environmental quality, and the numbers of fly-tipping incidents has reduced year on year since 2007. To report any environmental crime, please phone 217 6111 or e-mail email@example.com
A HELPING HAND The Council is responsible for ensuring there are effective substance misuse treatment services in Stockport. These services help people address their drug and alcohol issues and move towards recovery, and provide support to children, families, parents and concerned others. No matter what the substance, what level of support is needed or the age of the person using drugs or alcohol, there is someone who can help. For further information phone the Drug Action Team on 474 3141 or visit www.stockportdrugsandalcohol.org
KEEPING IN TOUCH It is easier than ever to contact Stockport Council. You can choose the way that suits you best: Online The Council’s Website is open 24/7 – and there are many useful features, as well as information on all Council Services. You can pay your Council Tax; send in planning applications; apply for a Council job, even take part in online consultations. Visit www.stockport.gov.uk. While you are online, why not visit the Council’s Facebook page, chat to us on twitter, watch videos on the Council’s You Tube channel or share your photos of Stockport with us on flickr. E-mail Many departments have their own e-mail addresses – check our Website for more information. By phone You can find contact details* for a particular service in the A to Z index on page 12. Phone numbers are also on the website at www. stockport.gov.uk/contactus and in the BT phonebook. * Please note that all 0845 calls are charged at local rates. Mobile rates may vary. By post Send your letters to: Stockport Council, Town Hall, Edward Street, Stockport, SK1 3XE Face-to-face You can contact you local Councillor in person – they each hold surgeries in their wards. Phone 474 3250 or check the website for details. Stockport Direct and Local Centres Stockport Direct Centre provides face-to-face access for customers, offering advice and information on a variety of Council services 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday. Located at Stopford House South End, Piccadilly, Stockport, SK1 3XE. A number of local centres across the borough also provide residents with information and advice and face-to-face access to Council services out in the community.
To find out more about the wide range of valuefor-money services provided by Stockport Council and how they can help you, log on to www.stockport. gov.uk/boost (free internet access is available at all Stockport libraries).
The Council supported the well attended Signpost Stockport’s Carer Information Day last month, a local event supporting national Carers Week. If you are a carer and couldn’t attend help is at hand. If you look after a sick, disabled or frail partner, relative, neighbour or friend, and would like to talk to someone, contact Signpost Stockport for Carers on 456 2808. It also has a Young Carers project that offers support to young carers aged 6 - 18 years. Councillor John Pantall, Executive Member for Adults & Health said: “One in ten people living in Stockport are carers and, of these, one in five are also working. Carers – men, women and children – often spend a lot of time and energy looking after their loved ones and often don’t get to pursue a life of their own. For instance, they may not get the opportunity to take a much needed break or get support at times of crisis. Therefore, it is important we make sure that carers get all the support they need.”
A smoother journey for all Repairing roads damaged by the wintry weather is continuing throughout the year. Significant work has taken place on key routes including Higher Hillgate, Blackberry Lane, Ack Lane West/East and the Carrington Road/ Newbridge Lane junction. Repairs range from patch repairs to extensive resurfacing. The repairs are being carried out thanks to £2m funding made available as part of the Stockport Boost campaign. The next phase of priority repairs is taking place now and into the autumn - the full list is on the Council website www.stockport.gov.uk Councillor David White, Executive Member for Transportation said: “Thanks to the £2m funding made available as part of the Stockport Boost campaign, we are able to make significant and lasting repairs to the roads in Stockport that have been damaged by the severe weather.”
Bike and scoot A record number of primary schools than ever took part in the Council’s Bike and Scoot Week campaign. Well over 9,000 children, from over 60 schools, cycled or scooted to school, totalling around 90,000 miles or three and a half times around the earth. The Council handed out Bike and Scoot goody bags and educational work books which complement Art and English lessons and fit in with the Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum. Bike and scoot is part of the Council’s Active Stockport campaign. Tfind out more, visit www.stockport.gov.uk/active , visit the Active Stockport Facebook page or call Stockport Sports Trust on 443 4070.
Dan Bank road closures The Council is carrying out vital repairs to stabilise Dan Bank, Stockport Road (A626) between Dooley Lane (A627) and Hill Top Drive, Marple, until 5th September. The 12 week closure takes place every evening from 7pm - 6am the following morning. The signed diversion is through Marple Bridge, Compstall and Romiley. For further information call 0845 603 6358 (9am – 5pm Monday – Friday and until 10pm during the works) or join the email update by logging on to: www.stockport.gov.uk/danbank
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Health Update Dear Reader Welcome to the latest update from NHS Stockport! In this update we ask you to ‘Support your local NHS’ once again. You will begin to see this logo and strapline on a number of the communications that we produce and we hope that you start to recognise it and consider what ‘small changes’ you can achieve that will make a ‘big difference’ to your local NHS. If you can make healthy choices in your own life you can make positive changes for yourself and your local NHS. Also by choosing the right service when you are unwell you can get the best care appropriate to your need. In this update there is an excellent example of how the local NHS has been learning from other public sector partners on how to provide an even more efficient service that improves patient care. We are also urging parents to ensure that their teenage daughters have had their free vaccine against the virus that causes cervical cancer. Also, you can read about the NHS number and how this will become increasingly important in order that healthcare staff can access your records safely, more quickly and more efficiently. Look out for the information that will start to appear in public areas. I hope you find this update informative, and remember, if you have any further queries, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org As ever
Richard Popplewell Chief Executive NHS Stockport
Safety in numbers NHS Stockport is urging people to find safety in numbers by using their National Health Service number. Everyone who’s registered with the NHS in England and Wales has their own unique NHS Number. Unlike your National Insurance number, even children have an NHS Number which will stay with them for life. Using your number regularly will help healthcare staff access your records safely, more quickly and more efficiently. Posters will be going up in GP practices around Stockport this month and in clinics and health centres next month. They’ll highlight that the new ten digit number is replacing the old style one on your medical card which was made up of both letters and numbers. It was created in 1996 specifically to help make it easier to correctly
identify patients across the NHS to improve confidentiality and access to information. If you want to know what your NHS Number is you can contact your GP practice. They’ll probably ask you to show them some proof of identity to ensure they give the right number to the right person. Alternatively you can contact NHS Stockport on 426 5661 and ask for the Patient Demographics department. They will be able to help people get their correct NHS Number. Caroline Cross from NHS Stockport explained: “It’s really important that people start using their NHS Number because it’ll help keep all their healthcare information safe. “People will find that NHS staff will ask them for their number more often so finding out what it is and keeping it in an easily accessible place will really help speed things up.”
Small Change, Big Difference NHS Stockport is working with local doctors in a bid to reduce the trust’s £50 million yearly drugs bill. Each year millions is spent on costly branded drugs when less expensive alternatives, that are just as effective, are available. Nationally the NHS has to make savings of billions of pounds and Stockport’s identified its drugs bill as an area where savings could be made. The borough’s GPs have been asked to work out which medicines can be changed without affecting the quality of care they give their patients. So over the coming months patients may be called in to see their GP for a review of the medicines they are taking. If you agree to switch drugs when asked then you’ll
be helping your local health service. With your co-operation and understanding, NHS Stockport can spend its money wisely and continue to offer high quality services to the borough. There are other important ways in which you can help. Here are some extra examples of how you can help us:
alternative treatment suggestions from your GP. Drugs are not always necessary! l Use your pharmacy for minor ailments. l Always discuss any problems with your medicine with your GP, Nurse or Pharmacist. Remember we’re all in this together!
Releasing time to care Stockport’s district nurses have been given a helping hand by local firemen to do some firefighting of their own. But the 20 staff from the Heatons haven’t been learning to fight flames but rather to tackle wastage and efficiency in order to improve the quality of care they deliver. Greater Manchester Fire Service hosted the Heaton’s District Nursing team at Whitehill Fire Station. The Community Health Stockport staff spent the day at the station working towards achieving significant and lasting improvements – predominately in the extra time that they give to patients, as well as improving the quality of care delivered whilst reducing costs. The visit was organised as part of the government’s ‘Productive Services’ initiative launched last year following national research that showed nurses spent just 40% of their time on direct patient care. The initiative aims to help front line health staff reduce waste and inefficient practice so more time can be spent with patients. Piloted in hospitals, it proved so successful in improving the quality of care offered that it was rolled out
to community services. The whole Heaton’s nursing team was given a tour of the station and were able to share examples of safe, efficient working practice with their emergency colleagues. One of the more practical solutions gained will be the reduction of excess stock and equipment the nurses carry between visits. By replicating the fireman’s first aid bag, the nurses’ bags will be streamlined to contain only what they need for visits. Other changes in the pipeline include centralising the ordering process, improving stock control and the streamlining of daily patient allocation. District Nurse Team Leader Gloria
Beckett explained that the visit had proven very successful: “When we return to our clinics we are going to adapt lots of the time saving systems we saw at the station for our own use. “In the fire service, every second counts. They have to respond so quickly to call outs that time and experience has taught them to streamline everything, even down to getting into their uniforms, but they can’t afford to cut corners because that could cost lives. “That’s what we have to do – to make everything we do as efficient as possible so giving us more time to give the best care possible to our patients.”
Time is running out for the Stockport 1000 Parents of teenage girls are being urged to check that their daughters aren’t one of the missing Stockport thousand. Around a thousand girls aged 17 and 18 have yet to have their free vaccine against the virus that causes cervical cancer. Last year 85% of those 17 and 18 year olds offered the three dose jab had it compared to around just 33% this year. The Department of Health, as well as vaccinating all 12 and 13 year old girls, has been running a catch up programme to offer the HPV jab to older teenage girls.
But now time is running out for girls born between 1st September 1991 and 31st August 1993. They have until the end of this August to get the jab otherwise they’ll miss out on this potential life saver. All they need to do is contact their GP for an appointment. Dr David Baxter, NHS Stockport Infection Control Consultant, said: “This is a really safe and effective way to protect women against a killer disease. “It’s really worthwhile having the vaccine so we’re urging parents to check with their daughters that they
have had it. It’s no exaggeration to say it could save their life.” The vaccine works by stopping the spread of the human papilloma virus (HPV), a primary cause of cervical cancer. It’s estimated the jab could prevent 70% of cases of this cancer, which kills more than 1,000 women every year.
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Women’s group raise domestic abuse issues Residents in many parts of Stockport have decided how funding is spent locally in ‘You Say, We Pay’ events across the borough. At the event held at Bridgehall Community Centre, Adswood Women’s Group were awarded funding to host a Domestic Abuse Conference. Held in May with more than 80 people attending, the conference provided people with information about domestic abuse and where to go for help and support. Councillor Helen FosterGrime, Executive Member for Communities, said “It is great to see Adswood Women’s Group making a successful bid for this funding and using it to stage such a successful conference to raise awareness of domestic abuse. People suffering from domestic abuse do not have to suffer alone or in silence as help and support is available.” An Adswood Women’s Group spokesperson added: “The conference brought together residents and workers in Adswood, Bridgehall and Cale Green and showed the impact of domestic abuse. People should not be afraid to come forward for help and support as there is lots of support available in Stockport.” If you or someone you know are being affected by domestic abuse you can contact Stockport Women’s Aid on 477 4271 or the National Domestic Abuse helpline 24 hours freephone on 0808 2000 247.
‘Love Parks Week’, Saturday 24th July – Sunday 1st August, is an ideal excuse to visit your local park, enjoy the outdoors and keep active. It has been an eventful year for Stockport’s Parks, with 12 new play spaces now open as part of the £1.1m Playbuilder project. Exciting new equipment includes climbing boulders, basket swings, rock stacks, aerial runways and embankment slides. Children and young people were involved in designing the new play spaces. The new play areas are: Bradshaw Hall and Heathbank Road in Cheadle Hulme; Great Moor Park; Heaton Norris Park; Hollywood Park in Edgeley; Marbury Road in Heaton Chapel; Moat Walk in Brinnington; Peak Street in the town centre; St Thomas’ Park and Woodbank Park in Offerton; Unity Park in South Reddish; Walnut Tree Estate in Cheadle Heath. To find out more about getting active visit www. stockport.gov.uk/active or call the Council on 217 6111.
Young people train to get active The Council’s Active Stockport campaign is supporting young people to complete a national sports award. A group of 25 young people who are not currently in employment, education or training, are looking to develop skills in sport development and coaching. The young people are completing a National Governing Body of Sport award which is the first step on the ladder to professional sports coaching. The young people are qualified to support the delivery of coaching sessions in their community. Councillor John Smith, Executive Member for Leisure said: “I’m pleased that through the Active Stockport campaign we are able to offer sports training to young people. I wish everyone who has qualified the best of luck, and hope that they will continue to inspire other residents to find ways to get active and fit in their five times thirty minutes of exercise per week.” To find out more about how the Active Stockport campaign visit www. stockport.gov.uk/active or contact the Stockport Sports Trust on 443 4070 Active Stockport is part of the Stockport Boost programme.
Spectrum of colour marks IDAHO Employees at the Council, NHS Stockport and partner organisations enjoyed a dress-down day to support IDAHO, the International Day against Homophobia. People dressed in the spectrum of colours represented on the IDAHO flag are pictured on the marble staircase in Stockport Town Hall. Councillor Stuart Bodsworth, champion for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, said: “I am proud that Stockport was flying the flag for an end to homophobic bullying and discrimination. It is shocking that IDAHO day this year marked only the 20th anniversary of the day that homosexuality was finally removed from the World Health Organisation’s list of mental illnesses. I’d like to thank everybody who showed their support for equality by wearing their rainbow colours.” Richard Popplewell, Chief Executive of NHS Stockport, and Council Corporate Director, Adults and Health, added: “Tackling inequalities is a major focus in Stockport, both at the Council and the NHS. Our staff played a key role in showing Councillor Stuart Bodsworth, Council Chief Executive Eamonn support for our local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Boylan and Richard Popplewell, are joined by Council staff to community and taking a clear stand against homophobia.” l IDAHO day is marked on 17th May each year. celebrate IDAHO.
Fancy at bit of heritage? During this year’s Heritage Open Days (Thursday September 9 to Sunday September 12), Stockport will be opening its doors and giving residents and visitors the chance to explore places normally closed or which charge an entrance fee. There will be more than 30 local events, walks, talks and fun days, featuring churches, historic houses, parks, theatres and schools. Cheadle Hulme School, Stockport
Crematorium, Marple Locks and the newly refurbished Stockport Plaza will all take part along with Hat Works, Abney Hall, the Air Raid Shelters and Stockport Town Hall. Around 7,500 people are expected to participate over the four days. Nationally thousands of places open their doors to celebrate England’s rich architecture, history and culture. For more information phone 474 4480.
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Why Compost? It’s easier than you think. For a free how to compost guide, phone Environmental Services on 0161 217 6111. It’s cheap – It saves you money on shop bought compost and it helps us reduce the waste disposal costs for the borough. It’s good for the environment and it’s good for the garden too. Home made compost helps improve the condition of your soil. A wormery is an ideal solution for a small garden. It produces a limited quantity of compost and a liquid, which forms a concentrated plant food.
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Pavement upgrades improve access for all The Council has been working with Disability Stockport to improve town centre pavements The improvements, made as part of the Stockport Boost campaign, follow the re-routing of free Stockport Metroshuttle . This helps visitors easily access the Disability
Stockport premises on High Street without disrupting other bus users. A raised kerb bus stop has been constructed opposite Disability Stockport and to make it easier for wheelchair users, the Council installed a dropped crossing opposite the office to ensure
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A total of 24 sandwiches from 14 Stockport town centre sandwich shops, cafes and pubs were entered into the first ever Stockport Sandwich competition. And after careful tasting by judges: Jonathan Schofield (Editor of Manchester Confidential), Sandie Belton (of Reece’s, the farmers’ cooperative producing the limited edition Stockport Cheshire Cheese); Ken Hampson (from the Stockport Branch of the Royal British Legion), and Antony Bond (of Youth Culture Stockport), the sandwich from Barista on Little Underbank was the winner. Barista won the Stockport Sandwich and Stockport Cheshire Sandwich competitions. Both sandwiches are available on their menu. The competition was part of the celebrations for the 750th anniversary of the signing of the borough’s historic Market Charter. For more information about Stockport market visit www.stockport.gov.uk/stockportmarket
Have your say about Homechoice The Council’s policy on how it allocates properties through Stockport Homes is being looked at. The points system which decides what priority an applicant receives is being reviewed, along with issues such as what size and type of property different households can apply for. The views of residents are crucial to help shape the new policy, and
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‘A-Z’ of services A Abandoned vehicles Adoption Advice & information (Stockport Direct Local Centres) Alcohol misuse Allotments Animal welfare (livestock) Anti-Social Behaviour non-emergency line (24 hours) Archives & records Arts development B Benefit Fraud Hotline National Hotline Benefits Advice Line (Mon-Fri, 9.00am – 1.00pm) Births, deaths & marriages Bottle banks (Mon-Fri, 8.00am – 6.00pm) Business: Information and relocation Rates C Car parking (including residential permits) ‘Care Call’ mobile wardens (24 hours) Carers’ emergency card Cemeteries & crematorium Census information (historic) Childcare information and support for families Civil partnerships Community centres Community Safety Unit Complaints, compliments, comments
Connexions Coroner’s Office Council, councillors & meetings Council Tax: Benefit enquiries General enquiries Telephone payments D Dangerous buildings Out of hours Data Protection & Freedom of Information Debt advice Disability services – adults – children Dog warden Drainage: Highways drainage (grids in roads) (24 hours) Main sewers & shared drainage (in houses built before 1st October 1937) Private drainage (enforcement and general advice) Drug misuse: Community Drugs Team Drug Action Team Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service (MOSAIC) E Economic information Education: Help with English or Maths for adults Stockport Continuing Education Service Elections & Electoral Register Employment Services (see Pure Innovations) Environmental Health Ethnic Diversity Service F Fly-tipping on highways (Mon-Fri, 8.00am – 6.00pm) Food safety Fostering
! cut out and keep The Stockport Review includes the latest ‘A-Z’ of useful Council services and those of its partners. The list is not exhaustive, but those listed deal directly with the public. (The area code of all entries is 0161 unless otherwise indicated. Phone numbers marked with * indicate nonCouncil services.) If you cannot find a listing for a service you can visit the Council’s website www.stockport.gov.uk which includes a full listing of the 600 plus the Council provides. Alternatively you can phone the main Council switchboard on 480 4949 (minicom for people with hearing difficulties 217 6024). For emergencies outside office hours phone 477 2626 (minicom 428 6173).
*872 5050 947 4646 217 6009 *249 4070 217 6111 474 4283 217 6111 474 4530 474 4453 Freephone 0800 3286340 Freephone 0800 854440 474 3091 217 6007 217 6111 474 3737 474 5188 217 6111 218 1655 Freephone 0500 130585 480 5221 474 4530 *Freephone 0808 8000606 217 6007 474 2200 474 3143 217 6019
475 7700 476 0971 474 3210/3203/3209 217 6015 217 6014 474 4050 474 3561 474 5555 474 4047 474 3093 217 6029 (minicom 217 6024) 217 6028 (minicom 217 6024) 474 4207 217 6111 *0845 6020406 474 4183 249 4000 474 3141 480 5939 474 3738 480 0001 Freephone 0800 3890804 217 6026 474 4181 477 9000 217 6111 474 4208 947 4646
G Graffiti removal Grants for: Clothing Nursery education Grants for home repairs (homeowners only): General availability (priority cases only) Home security packages Grass verges (Mon-Fri, 8.00am – 6.00pm) Gritting & sanding for roads (24 hours) Gypsies & Travellers (information) H Health & safety Highways Hotline (24 hours) Housing: Benefit Empty properties (domestic only) Energy efficiency Harassment & illegal eviction (private tenants) HomeChoice Homelessness and advice Repairs & advice (private tenants) Repairs (Council housing only) Resettlement Team ‘Staying Put Scheme’ (repairs & improvements for older homeowners only) Supporting People Services I Infectious diseases International Liaison Interpreting Unit L Land charges/searches Learning Disability Services (Adults) Leisure Key Discount Card Libraries: All libraries Heritage Library Mobile and Home Library Service Licences: Taxi/private hire Other licences Litter removal (Mon-Fri, 8.00am – 6.00pm)
217 6111 217 6015 217 6028 474 4254 474 4364 217 6111 217 6111 217 6111 474 4208 217 6111 217 6015 217 6013 0800 512012 217 6013 474 4567 474 4237 217 6013 217 6016 474 3772 474 4291 474 3719 474 4288 474 3004 477 9000 474 3151 217 6029 217 6009 217 6009 474 4530 474 5600 474 3264/3286 474 4311 217 6111
N Nature Development Noise problems
474 4560 474 4284
P Parks & open spaces (Mon-Fri, 8.00am – 6.00pm) Pavements and pedestrian crossings Payments by phone Pest control (Mon-Fri, 8.00am – 6.00pm) Planning applications/permission: General enquiries Development Management Planning policy Play Development Team Playground maintenance Public footpaths and bridleways Pure Innovations R Rangers Service Adswood and Bridgehall Brinnington and Lancashire Hill Recycling (Mon-Fri, 8.00am – 6.00pm) Refugee/Asylum Team Refuse collection (Mon-Fri, 8.00am – 6.00pm)
Rent: Enquiries East Area West Area Payments Residential & nursing homes Road Safety and School Crossing Patrol S School admissions line School Improvement Service School meals (free) Menu enquiries School travel Skip hire Snow clearance (24 hours) Social care: Adults Children and young people Customer care and complaints (Adults) Customer care and complaints (Childrens) HIV Services Independent information and advice (FLAG) Emergencies outside office hours Special education Sports development Sports & recreation centres Sports pitch lettings (outdoor) Stockport Direct Local Centres (advice / information) Stockport Homes Street cleansing (Mon-Fri, 8.00am – 6.00pm) Street lighting (Mon-Fri, 8.00am – 6.00pm) Student loans
474 2677 474 2668 474 4050 03000 616161 217 6111 217 6028 474 3934 217 6015 474 5578 217 6028 474 5621 217 6111 217 6029 217 6028 217 6019 474 3938 474 3636 474 1042 718 2118 249 4453 474 4485 *474 5762 474 4466 217 6009 218 1367 217 6111 217 6111 217 6015
T Tourist information (including museums & local attractions) 474 4444 Town Hall Events Office (weddings, meetings etc) 474 3451 Box Office (ticketed events) 474 3256 24 hour event information line 474 3480 Reception 474 3251 Trading standards *0845 4040506 Traffic light faults *0845 600 1220 Transport policy 474 4394 Trees: Advice 217 6111 W Waste collection (Mon-Fri, 8.00am – 6.00pm) 217 6111 Welfare Rights: Benefits Advice Line (Mon-Fri, 9.00am-1.00pm) 474 3091 Y Youth Offending Team Youth service
476 2876 474 4438
217 6111 217 6111 474 4050 217 6017 474 3643 / 4812 474 3541 / 3569 474 4385 / 4395 474 4471 483 3928 474 4850 *474 5900
476 3898 429 6189 217 6111 474 3651 217 6111
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Learning Works- Go for it! Your guide to Continuing Education courses in Stockport
Hester opens the door to a new job H
ester Blackwell can’t praise the staff at Open Door in Bridgehall enough. Hester says: “Open Door is an advice centre, which I first visited with my partner when he was trying to find a job. Now thanks to the staff there I have a job I love in a local nursing home.” Hester’s partner visited Open Door in August last year when he moved to the area from Wrexham with Hester and their four children. During his frequent visits to Open Door, Hester often accompanied him. She realised her partner was having difficulty finding work and used the computer facilities to access a job website. On the site, Hester found a job advertised at a nursing home in Shaw Heath, which really appealed to her. Hester says: “I hadn’t worked for seven years, as I’d stayed at home to look after the children. The Open Door team gave me confidence to apply for the job and I got so much help from them. I didn’t have an up to date CV so the team helped me put one together. They also gave me a trial interview so when I had to go along for the real thing it wasn’t so daunting. I was worried I didn’t have the appropriate skills needed for the nursing home job but the Open Door team sat down with me and discussed my life and previous work experiences. It soon became clear to them that I had developed the necessary skills in previous unrelated jobs, which were easily transferable to the position I was applying for.” Hester continues: “As a result of all the help I was given at Open Door, I got an interview for the position of Healthcare Assistant at the nursing home and was successful. I absolutely love my job. Since getting the job, I have completed a NVQ in Health and Social Care and been on lots of courses. I don’t think I would have got this job if it hadn’t been for the help and support of people at Open Door. As the office is just around the corner from where I live I still pop in to say hello. I think everyone there does a brilliant job. I know I have a lot to thank them for.”
July – August 2010
It’s never too late to learn Page 8
Love food? Page 2
A write good time Page 8
www.stockport.gov.uk/continuingeducation Freephone Helpline 0800 389 0804
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Cooking up a recipe for success D
espite the odds being stacked against them, a number of young people have successfully progressed from a Continuing Education course at the Castle Learning Centre to become catering apprentices with the Acadamy of Hospitality Great Britain (AHGB). Here, two of the apprentices share their experiences. They show how everyone, with hard work and determination, can succeed… Kerry Leigh West is thrilled to have got a place on the AHGB professional catering apprenticeship course. Kerry Leigh says: “I can’t believe I got on the course; it’s brilliant.” Sixteen year old Kerry Leigh was told about the apprenticeship course while she was attending an E2E programme at the Castle Learning Centre. She says: “ I had always wanted to be a chef so this was a great opportunity to get into catering. I didn’t think I’d get a place, as I had a disrupted school and home life as a child, but I was given a chance and got on the course.” Kerry Leigh is really enthusiastic about what she’s learning. She says: “Part of the course is the theory side of cooking and part is practical. We get to make lots of lovely things and I have learned so much about food. When I finish the course I intend to look for a job in catering and start out on the road to becoming a chef. It’s really boosted my confidence. It makes you feel better knowing you are doing Kerryleigh West, Entry into Employment (E2E) learner.
something you like.” Eighteen year old Georgia Nolan from Brinnington is also doing a professional catering apprenticeship at the AHGB catering academy. Georgia says: “When I left school at 16 I went on to college but was taken ill and had to leave my course. When I finally recovered I was told about the Castle Learning Centre by Connexions and went along to get some help, as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. Going to the Centre helped me come to a decision that I wanted a job in catering.” Georgia is passionate about cooking and had previously started a small catering business of her own for family and friends. Georgia continues: “I have cooked for my grandad from being a child and have always enjoyed it.” Georgia’s arrival at the Castle Learning Centre coincided with an opportunity to apply for a professional catering apprenticeship. She says: “Even though I had a debilitating ankle injury I was determined to attend the Stockport Jobs Fair, as I knew people from the AHGB catering academy would be there. Getting to meet them before my interview for an apprenticeship place was great timing.” Georgia clearly made a good impression, as she successfully got a place on the course. Georgia says: “Once I finish my apprenticeship, I will either go on to do further catering qualifications or try to find a job in the industry. If other young people are in the same situation as me, I would advise them to go for what it is they really want to do. That’s what I did and I’m really enjoying it.” The Academy of Hospitality Great Britain (AHGB) based at De Vere Venues Centre in Stockport, is a joint venture between the Alternative Hotel Group and the National Apprenticeship Service. Working in partnership with Stockport Council and Connexions, aims to give up to 260 apprentices the chance to train each year. One learner Daniel Burke from Stockport heard
Daniel Burke with Celebrity Chef – Marco Pierre White.
about AHGB Professional Cookery Apprenticeship and thought it sounded interesting and managed to secure a place on the course. He worked hard and his progress paid off when Daniel got the opportunity to spend a day cooking with ex-Apprentice and Celebrity Chef - Marco Pierre White – a truly magnificent day! Daniel enjoyed the programme so much that even on his days off he asked for extra shifts in the kitchen at Cheadle House. He was delighted when he was offered a full time role at Slaley at the end of his course. In his own words he was “overjoyed and totally thrilled to be given this opportunity”. He is also pursuing an NVQ Level 3 as part of his new role.
Love Food Hate Waste T
here are lots of different cookery courses on offer in Stockport. From beginners to experienced cooks – and everyone in between – there’s a course for you. For those looking to learn how to cook, a basic cookery course is on offer. You can make the most of using fruit and vegetables in season at the seasonal home cooking course. Home cooked healthy food is tasty and there are lots of tips for eating a well balanced diet for all the family on the healthy eating course. New for this year are a range of short courses, such as bread making and rescue recipes which will help you make the most of your store cupboard ingredients. The Mediterranean cookery class is always a popular choice. Lorraine Morris from Heaton Mersey is a keen cook and decided to sign up for the Mediterranean course. Lorraine says: “Now I’m retired I have more time to try new things and decided to give Mediterranean cooking a go. I really enjoyed the course. I picked up some handy tips and met some interesting people. It has inspired me to try new recipes and ingredients.” The end of the cookery courses is marked with a celebration feast. All the students get together to prepare dishes using their new found skills and enjoy sampling the food others have made. The Council’s Community Recycling team attended the celebration end of course feast, to share recipe ideas and advice to
make the most of leftovers, as part of the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign. Every year in the UK we throw away 8.3 million tonnes of food, most of which could have been used. Cookery course students received an information pack and useful gadgets to help control portion sizes, create exciting meals with leftovers and cut the cost of food bills. If you would like further information on reducing waste in the home look at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com
www.stockport.gov.uk/continuingeducation Freephone Helpline 0800 389 0804
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Your guide to Continuing Education courses Stockport Continuing Education Learning Works!
Centre by centre contact details
How to pay
How to enrol
BY TELEPHONE – call the freephone helpline on
At Continuing Education Centres, payments can be made by credit or debit cards, by cheque (covered by a cheque guarantee card), postal order or cash. At Colleges, payment methods vary, so please contact the college for this information. In certain circumstances, Continuing Education Centres and Colleges can contribute towards the cost of materials and equipment needed for courses, examination fees and other costs. For further details, check with the centre or college you would like to attend. Financial help to meet childcare costs in full or in part, is available in certain circumstances. At some centres and colleges, free crèches are provided. For further details, check with the centre or college you would like to attend.
0800 389 0804
Enrolment lines are open from Monday 26th July to Friday 3rd September between the hours of 9.30am to 5pm. IN PERSON FOR ALL COURSES AT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CENTRES: Enrolment dates and time September 2010 Venue
Bridgehall Community Centre
Tuesday 31 Aug
Wednesday 1 Sept
Thursday 2 Sept
Monday 6 Sept
Tuesday 7 Sept
Wednesday 8 Sept
Email a booking form request to email@example.com
FOR INFORMATION ONLINE
To search for a course and get more details, i.e. times and length of each course, log on to: www.stockport.gov.uk/continuingeducation Free internet access is available at local libraries throughout the borough.
Class closure due to insufficient enrolment The Service needs to have a minimum number of 12 learners in each class to make them cost effective to run. However, some classes may run with smaller numbers because of limited availability of equipment or resources, such as computer equipment or because it meets the needs of disadvantaged groups. Where courses do not have the minimum number of 12 learners, the Service will seek to make arrangements with other providers to try and offer a place on their courses in combination with learners that they may have recruited for the same subject. This could result in learners being offered a course at an alternative venue; any such offer will be subject to availability of places, and the Service can not always guarantee availability. If you choose not to accept an offer of a place on a course at a different venue, or if no offer is available a full refund will be made. If there is a particular subject that you would like to study that has not been offered, please contact Next Step – 0161 958 3148 or the Service – 0800 389 0804 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How to find your course Course listings 2010-11 Use the matrix overleaf to look for your course, which is colour keyed:
Courses run at Continuing Education Centres Courses run at Colleges D = Daytime courses
Stockport Academy Heathbank Road, Stockport, SK3 0HP
Tel: 0800 389 0804 (Open Tuesday & Thursday evenings) Enrolment information Tuesday 7 September 6.30pm–8.30pm Bridgehall Community Centre Siddington Avenue, Stockport, SK3 8NR
Glengarth Evening Centre at Bridge College Curzon Road, Offerton, Stockport, SK2 5DH
Enrolment information Open Monday and Thursday evenings Contact Carol Battersby on 07852 585536 for further details Hazel Grove Continuing Education Centre Jacksons Lane, Hazel Grove, Stockport, SK7 5JX
Tel: 0800 389 0804 Enrolment information Tuesday 31 August 12.00pm – 2.00pm
Tel: 0161 483 0005 (Monday and Wednesday evenings) Fax: 0161 483 0005 Enrolment information Brinnington Continuing Wednesday 8 Sept Education Centre – Lapwing 6.30pm – 8.30pm Centre Lapwing Centre, Lapwing Stopford Open Learning Lane, Brinnington, Stockport, Centre SK5 8LF Hardman Street, Stockport, SK3 0BJ
E = Evening courses
College enrolment details
Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College Enrolment Admissions are open throughout the summer, excluding Bank Holidays. From Monday 13th September to Friday 24 September we will be open as follows: Cheadle 9.30am-7.30pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and from 9.30am-4.00pm on Wednesday and Friday. Advice Evening – Thursday 9th September 6.00pm-8.30pm Marple 9.30am-7.30pm Wednesday and from 9.30am-4.00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Advice Evening – Wednesday 15th September 6.00pm – 8.30pm You can enrol in person – by calling into the Admissions office at either Cheadle or Marple. Alternatively you can enrol by telephone by calling Admissions at Cheadle on 0161 486 4602 or at Marple on 0161 484 6602. Most credit cards and debit cards are accepted. Please note: all evening classes at Marple will be held on the Hibbert Lane site. Please confirm the day and time your course starts with Admissions when you enrol. Early bird enrolment: If you enrol before 30th July you will receive a FREE car park pass for the whole year.
Aquinas College and St Bernadettes Nangreave Road, Stockport, SK2 6TH Aquinas enrolment information: Examination & ICT Courses: Monday 2nd August to Monday 6th September Leisure/Community Courses: Monday 16th August onwards Enrolments dates as above – staff available from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm throughout the summer. Advice available all year round – contact details: Telephone 0161 419 9163 (Adult Centre – direct line) or 0161 483 3237 (College Switchboard) Email: email@example.com web: www.aquinas.ac.uk St Bernadettes Centre advice/enrolment information: Monday 8th September daytime/evening advice/enrolments from 10.00am to 3.00pm Note – enrolments for St. Bernadette’s can be taken at Aquinas College between Monday 2nd August and Friday 3rd September (see Aquinas College enrolment opening hours and contact details). Stockport College Town Centre and Heaton Moor Campus Course enquiries: 0161 958 3448 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Enrolment in person at the town centre campus (no need to complete an application form) 12th July – 10th September 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tel: 0800 389 0804
Dialstone Continuing Education Centre Lisburne Lane, Offerton, Stockport, SK2 7LL
To enrol for English and Maths courses, contact 0161 480 0001 (Monday to Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm
Tel: 0161 474 2222 (Monday to Thursday) Fax: 0161 474 2222 Enrolment information 1 Sept 10.00am – 2.00pm 2 Sept 10.00am – 2.00pm 6 Sept 6.30am – 8.30pm
Details of courses were correct at the time of print. But please check details with the centre/college concerned.
Computers for Beginners (Sept, Jan & April)
Basic Cookery Stage 1
Computers for Intermediates (Sept, Jan & April)
Cake Decorating Workshop
Cheadle & Marple 6th Form
Baking for Pleasure
Stopford Open Learning Ctr
Cheadle & Marple 6th Form
Stopford Open Learning Ctr
Course listings 2010-11
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D D D
Computers for the Terrified Part 1 & Part 2 (Sept, Jan & April)
Flavours of Asia Cookery – Beginners
Computer Skills Workshop – Beginners (Sept, Jan & May)
Introduction to Computers D/E
Indian Cookery (Sept, Nov & Jan)
Mediterranean Cookery (Sept & Jan)
Introduction to Photoshop
Seasonal Home Cooking (Sept &Jan)
IT Users City & Guilds L1/L2 (Sept, Jan & April)
Vegetarian Cookery (Nov & April)
Cake Decorating Stage 1 (Jan)
Living with Technology (Sept, Jan & April)
Photoshop – Intermediate/ Advanced (Cheadle) (Sept & April)
Start IT (Heald Green)
Web Design (Sept, Jan & April)
Italian Cookery – Beginners (March)
Middle Eastern Cookery – Beginners (Jan)
Rescue Recipes (Jan) Cake Decorating Stage 2 (April)
Art, Publishing & Media 1/12th & 1/24th scale Dolls House Projects
Healthy Eating for all the family (April)
1/24th scale Dolls House with Georgian Interior
International Cookery (April)
Art – Painting & Drawing – Steps 1, 2 & 3
Greek/Mediteranian Cookery – Beginners (April)
Art – Painting for Pleasure (Beginners)
Thai Cookery – Beginners (April & June)
Art – Painting for the Experienced (Advanced)
Art – Painting – Intermediate
Specialist Bread Making (May)
Traditional Homemade Cookies, Cakes & Muffin Club (June)
Art – Drawing for the Terrified – Step 1
Dance Tap For Pleasure (Intermediate) – Intermediate/Advanced (Sept & Jan) E Keep Fit Over 50s (Wesley Street) (Sept & Jan)
Art – Appreciating Art (Sept & Jan)
Art – Beginners Watercolour (Hawk Green)
Art – Drawing Skills
Art for All (Marple Bridge)
Men’s Over 55 Health & Fitness
Pilates (Emmanuel Church)
Badminton Masterclass for Improvers (May)
Art Watercolour – Advanced (Heald Green)
Art Mixed Media – Drawing & Painting (Cheadle)
Calligraphy Copper Plate Step 1, 2 , 3 & 4 (Wesley Street)
Ceramics Step 2, 3 & 4 D/E
Yoga – Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced
Art Improvers – Watercolour (Heald Green) Art Watercolour – All levels (Marple)
Line Dancing – Beginners & Intermediate
Yoga for Health & Relaxation – Mixed Abilities (Sept, Jan & April)
Art – Drawing & Watercolour Techniques (Marple)
Health and Fitness Badminton (Sept & Jan)
Chinese Cookery – Beginners (Jan & March) Chocolate Delight (Cooking with chocolate) (Jan)
Festive Cake Decorating (Nov) Basic Cookery Stage 2 (Jan)
Chinese Brush Painting Intermediate (Cheadle & Marple)
Crafts & Fabric Painting
Creative Writing – Beginners (Sept, Jan & April) Digital Photography Step 1 (Jan)
Holistic Therapies Aromatherapy (Heald Green)
Dressmaking – Intermediate (Marple)
Dressmaking – Advanced (Marple)
Floral Design – Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced (Marple)
E D E
Indian Head Massage
Floristry & Flower arranging Steps 1, 2, 3 & 4
Learn to Relax and Meditate (Sept, Jan & April)
Gardening for Pleasure (Marple)
Massage in a Chair – Workshop (Oct)
Green Fingered Fun – Beginners (Sept & Jan)
Reflexology – Introductory Workshop (Nov)
Guitar – Beginners (Sept & Jan)
Aromatherapy Massage (Jan)
Guitar – Step 1, 2 & 3 – Popular Contemporary
Aromatherapy products workshop – Make your own (Feb)
Jewellery Design Step 1 & 2
Astrological aromatherapy workshop (March)
Life Drawing – Beginners (Sept & April)
Aromatherapy Facial – short course (May) Swedish Massage – short course (June)
E E E
Maintain Your Own Garden (Marple)
Sewing for the Home (Creative) – Beginners (Marple)
Sewing Skills – Introduction to (Marple)
Key: See page 3 for full enrolment details
Simply Sewing – Interiors Step 2
Simply Sewing – Interiors Step 2 & 3
Simply Sewing Step 1, 2, 3 & 4 (Sept & Jan)
Soft Furnishings Step 1
Stockport Continuing Education course information
Singing Made Simple
Still Life/Painting & Drawing – Beginners Watercolour Techniques
College course information
Patchwork & Quilting (Nov)
D Daytime courses
E Evening courses
Fancy Dress Costumes – Workshop (Nov)
Nativity Costumes – Workshop (Nov)
Sew Sustainable – Workshop (Nov)
Christmas Flowers & Wreaths – Workshop (Dec) Digital Photography Step 2 (Jan)
PTLLS City & Guilds 7303 (Sept & Jan)
Guitar Part 2 – Intermediate (Jan & April) Jewellery Design Step 3 (Jan)
French – Beginners & Intermediate
German – Beginners
German – Intermediate (Year 2)
Roman Blinds – Workshop (Jan)
German – Intermediate (Year 3)
Watercolours – Flowers – Workshop (Feb)
German – Advanced
Sewing Garden Cushions – Workshop (March)
Painting for the Terrified – Step 1 (Jan)
Cheadle & Marple 6th Form
Stopford Open Learning Ctr
Education & Training
Cheadle & Marple 6th Form
Stopford Open Learning Ctr
Art, Publishing & Media (continued)
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Simply Sewing Interiors – Step 3 (Jan)
Wedding Flowers & Crafts (Jan)
Art – Outdoor Summer School (Marple) (April)
Greek – Beginners (Cheadle)
Greek – Intermediate (Marple)
Ikebana Flower Arranging – Workshop (April)
Holiday Italian – Beginners (Cheadle)
Creative Writing Part 2 – Intermediates (April)
Holiday Spanish (Heald Green)
Sew Unique – Customise your Clothing – Workshop (May)
Introduction to Sign Language (Marple) (Sept & Jan)
Italian – Beginners & Intermediate
Italian Language/Culture (Heald Green) Japanese – Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced
Latin – Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced D/E
History Blue Plaques of Manchester (Emmanuel Church)
Stately Homes of England (Emmanuel Church)
Family History Getting Started D/E Family History – The Next Step
Social History between the First & Second World Wars Social History of Your Ancestors Social History Shorts – Roman Britain (Sept & April)
Sign Language Starter (Heald Green)
Spanish – Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced
Engineering, Woodwork and DIY Basic Brickwork – Beginners (Sept, Jan & April)
Basic Car Maintenance – Beginners (Sept & April)
Basic Plastering – Beginners (Sept, Jan & April)
Essential Plumbing For the Home Owner – (Sept, Jan & April)
Social History Shorts – The First World War (Sept & June)
Mandarin – Beginners & Intermediate (Oct)
Social History Shorts – The Industrial Revolution & the Working Class Next Step
Social History Shorts – The Tudors
Floor/Wall Tiling – (Sept, Jan, Feb, April & June)
Motorcycle Owner Maintenance – Beginners (Sept & Jan)
Painting & Decorating – Beginners (Sept, Jan & April)
Social History Shorts – 1066 and all that – Britain in the Middle Ages (Nov) Social History Shorts – The Slave Trade, Empire & Industry (Nov & June)
Woodwork Restore & Repair Step 2
Local History – The Stockport Story (Jan)
Woodwork Step 1
Social History Shorts – Georgian & Regency (Jan)
Woodwork Step 4
Social History Shorts – The Stuarts (Nov)
Social History Shorts – The English Civil War 1642-1649 (Jan & April)
Social History Shorts – The Tudors (Jan)
Social History Shorts – The Industrial Revolution & the Working Class (March & April) Social History Shorts – The Stuarts (March)
Social History Shorts – Women in History – Suffragettes, Writers, Women & War (March)
Social History Shorts – The Victorians (April)
Social History Shorts – The Edwardians (June)
Social History Shorts – 1066 & all that – Britain in the Middle Ages (June)
D D D
Local History – Getting Started One Day Workshop – Local History Month
Family History – Getting Started One Day Workshop – Local History Month
Daily Living – Classes for learners with learning difficulties & disabilities Arts & Crafts
Using your Computer
Visually Impaired – Sewing
Visually Impaired – Cookery
Glengarth at Bridge College – Full programme available for further details contact Carole Battesby on 07852 585536 Maths & English / Personal Development
Key: See page 3 for full enrolment details
Going It Alone – Start Your Own Learning Club (Cheadle) D/E
Stockport Continuing Education course information
Keep up with your kids in Maths (Marple)
Public Speaking Skills (Cheadle)
English – Beginners to Level 2 D/E D/E
College course information
Maths – Beginners to Level 2 D/E D/E ESOL Entry Level – Level 2 D/E D Daytime courses
E Evening courses
www.stockport.gov.uk/continuingeducation Freephone Helpline 0800 389 0804 email email@example.com
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Information Advice and Guidance Stockport Continuing Education Service is committed to ensuring that learners, whether adult or young people, make an informed choice about the best courses for them. Free, impartial information and advice is available for any learner who would like to discuss their future learning. For further information contact Stopford Open Learning Centre and ask for ‘Information, Advice and Guidance’ by tel: 0161 480 0001 or Accredited by matrix for email: high quality Information firstname.lastname@example.org Advice and Guidance.
ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages Stockport Continuing Education Service is an accredited provider of English for Speakers of Other Languages Courses are available at Pre Entry, Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2 Learners are assessed in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing by Trinity College London All courses use Citizenship materials from the Life in the UK syllabus The Service also offers computing courses in combination with ESOL Courses are available in the day time and evening There are part time courses (5 hours per week) and full time (12.5 hours per week) For an English language assessment, phone 0161 480 5503 or email: email@example.com All learners can have Matrix accredited information advice and guidance.
Skills for Life – English / Maths Free English courses Free Maths courses Nationally accredited qualifications Courses to help you cope with the ever changing demands of the workplace Courses to help you feel ready for employment
Course fees and concessions Further Education courses The course fees for Further Education courses from 2010/11 will be 50 per cent of the unweighted national base rate for any individual course, as determined and published by the Learning and Skills Council. Fee remission is applicable to all 16–18-year-old learners, including those on part-time programmes, and continues to be available for adult learners who meet the following criteria: l 16–18 year olds. l learners studying their first full Level 2 qualification (equivalent to 5 GCSE’s at grades A* to C. l those in receipt of any income-based benefits listed below, formerly known as means-tested benefits a) unemployed people in receipt of income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; b) those in receipt of Council Tax Benefit; c) those in receipt of Housing Benefit; d) those in receipt of Income Support; e) those in receipt of Working Tax Credit with a household income of less than £16,040; f) those in receipt of Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit only); l the unwaged dependants (as defined by Jobcentre Plus) of those listed above. l those taking programmes where the learning aim is basic skills l asylum seekers in receipt of the equivalent of income-based benefit (assistance under the terms of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999) and their dependants l certain learners participating in LSC-funded projects where identified in the project specification l those in receipt of Carers Allowance l those issued with a Stockport Council band A Leisure Key Please note that documentary evidence confirming that learners meet the criteria for a concession is required, for every year in which a concession is being claimed, before any concession can be given, and should be brought with you when you come to enrol. Failure to produce acceptable documentary evidence will result in the full fee being charged.
Personal and Community Development Learning Courses Please note that these rates are only available to people aged 19 and older. Hourly rate of £2.32 Concession hourly rate of £0.42 for adult learners who meet the following criteria: l those in receipt of income-based benefits, formerly known as means-tested benefits: a) unemployed people in receipt of income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance b) those in receipt of Council Tax Benefit c) those in receipt of Housing Benefit d) those in receipt of Income Support e) those in receipt of Working Tax Credit with a household income of less than £16,040 f) those in receipt of Pension Credits (Guarantee Credit only) l the unwaged dependants (as defined by Jobcentre Plus) of those listed above, aged 19 and over only l asylum seekers in receipt of the equivalent of income-based benefit (assistance under the terms of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999) and their dependants l those in receipt of Carers Allowance l those issued with a Stockport Council band A Leisure Key Please note that documentary evidence confirming that learners meet the criteria for a concession is required, for every year in which a concession is being claimed, before any concession can be given, and should be brought with you when you come to enrol. Failure to produce acceptable documentary evidence will result in the full fee being charged.
Free childcare places All our courses are available in community venues For more information about our courses contact 0161 480 0001 or call into Stopford Open Learning Centre. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Childcare, Playwork and Learning Support CACHE Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce Level 1 Award / Certificate in Caring for Children Entry Level 3 Award / Certificate in Caring for Children
CACHE Level 2 & 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma (NVQ) in Playwork (QCF). Level 2 & 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. Understand how to set up a Home Based Child Care Service For further info call 0800 389 0804 or email email@example.com
Skills Training 14-19 and 19+ Foundational Learning Qualifications available Qualification Title Qualification Level IT Users (ITQ) Level 1 Caring for Children Entry 3 Customer Service Level 1 STEP UP Entry Level 1 Progression Entry Level 1 Employability and Entry 3 Personal Development Level 1 Functional Skills Entry 3 Mathematics Level 1 Functional Skills English Entry Level 1 Functional Skills Information Entry Level 1 and Communication Technology
Qualification Size Award Certificate Award Certificate Award Award Certificate Diploma Award Certificate Diploma Award Certificate
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City & Guilds CACHE City & Guilds NOCN (14 – 19 Only) NOCN City & Guilds
Examples of personalised Foundation Learning programmes City and Guilds Level 1 Certificate in + Caring for Children City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in + Retail Skills
City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in + Employability & Personal Development City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in + Employability & Personal Development
Functional Skills: Entry 3 Maths Level 1 English Level 1 ICT Functional Skills: Level 1 Maths Entry 3 English Level 1 ICT
Employer Responsive Free assessment of your organisational skill requirements Free training advice Access to a wide range of training solutions Apprenticeships available
Eligibility: Learners must be resident in the UK for a minimum of 3 years to be eligible for T2G funding Don’t currently possess 5 GCSEs Grades A*-C
Learners can be: Employed Self employed Volunteer Contact: Jean Seaborn Tel: 0161 480 5503 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information and advice about learning and careers contact the Careers Advice Service on 0800 100 900, seven days a week, from 8.00am to 10.00pm or visit the website at www.careersadvice.direct.gov.uk
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Gill’s a top Teaching Assistant When Gill Cliff joined Lisburne School, as a Teaching Assistant, back in 2000 she had no idea how well her career would progress. The school is very proactive in supporting Teaching Assistants to obtain qualifications and attend training courses. Gill was encouraged by the school to do the NVQ Level 3 Teaching Assistants Course, which she passed with flying colours. Her success led her to complete her Maths and English City and Guilds Level 2, which gave her a massive boost of confidence and a real taste for learning. As a result of her hard work and dedication in achieving these qualifications, Gill was then able to enrol for the Higher Level Teaching Assistants Course (HLTA), which she also passed. Gill says: “My experience of learning as an adult has been amazing. I can’t believe how much I have enjoyed all
of the courses, even the Maths, which I was really worried about. I’m also really proud of what I have achieved at my time of life. To have achieved all of this in my 40s is just fantastic and has opened up so many opportunities for me. Lisburne School is absolutely brilliant. We have a fantastically supportive Head and Deputy Head. I really appreciate all that they have enabled me to do. I even got offered a place at Edge Hill University because I passed my HLTA. Can you believe it! I didn’t want to go to university but the fact I was offered a place was wonderful.” Gill’s latest mission is to achieve her A1 Assessor Award. Once Gill has completed this it means she will have a dual role at Lisburne School. She will continue to work as a Teaching Assistant but will also assess and support other Teaching Assistants, helping them achieve their own NVQ qualifications.
Fascinated by history Doris Martin has developed a passion for history as a result of attending the family history and social history courses run by Stockport Council’s Continuing Education Service. Doris started with the ten week course on Family History and has since moved on to study Social History. As part of the Social History course, the group visited the John Rylands library in Manchester for a tour and to meet some of the staff. During the visit they were shown a number of books on Stockport, all of which were very old original documents that had to be handled with white gloves. One of these
books was a small hand written book on the Peterloo Massacre and it was this book that caught Doris’s attention. Doris says: “It was a tiny little book, no more than six inches long, but it really fascinated me. It was all about the people who died or were injured at the Peterloo Massacre, some of whom were from Stockport. It was one of those things that just stuck with me, so when we were asked to write an essay for our Social History course it was the most obvious choice for me.” To support her research into the Peterloo Massacre, Doris joined the John Rylands
Library with the support of her tutor. Doris then spent many hours at the library researching and reading as many books as she could find on the massacre. Doris says: “It was wonderful. The most exciting bit was getting to read my little book it was absolutely fantastic to finally get my hands on such a treasure. As soon as I picked it up I felt so honoured to be trusted with it. What a joy to be able to read something that was written around 1819.” For Doris, it was the start of a project that totally enthralled her she continues: “I love the researching and to dig deep and see what
I find. My research uncovered the names of people from Stockport who were injured in the massacre. It’s all fascinating stuff and I have completed my project with some photographs”. Doris is returning to Family History to complete the research she started on her father’s side of the family. Doris concludes: “I would recommend the history courses to anyone. They make history exciting and anybody can do it. It’s amazing how a topic can grab your attention and get right under your skin. That’s what happened to me and I’ve loved every minute of it.”
Bringing history to life Researching family history has never been so popular with many TV programmes demonstrating how much fun it is to find your ancestors. But do you know where to start? One very successful local history group, based in Brinnington, has had many hours of fun. The group, with an age range from 35 to 71, started on a Family History Course and went on to study Social History, focusing on the Victorians and Edwardians. Learners developed I.T. and Internet research skills, which enabled them to interpret and understand family records, including the Government’s Census Data. Three amazing places provided the learners with a valuable source of information: Stockport Heritage Library, the North West Film Archive in Manchester and the University of Manchester John Rylands Library. Each visit created a buzz of excitement for the learners and delivered fascinating facts for everyone. As part of the Family
History Course, each learner wrote a ‘Life Writing’ piece, which told the story of one of their relatives they had discovered through their research. The ‘Life Writing’ stories will form part of an exhibition at the Hat Works Museum in Stockport and will also be part of a bound reference book, which will be available for other researchers to use. The learners from Brinnington were also involved with ‘Hands on Heritage’, a project within the community to celebrate 100 years of Brinnington. Two large textile maps were created and formed part of an exhibition, to present the story of Brinnington over the years and bring local history to life. Over 300 people within the community participated in the creation of the maps. The exhibition took place during National Heritage Week and attracted over 200 visitors. For more information on History classes in your area, call the freephone helpline on 0800 389 0804.
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A write good time There’s the opportunity to get creative on the calligraphy course. Tutor Lynn Smith says: “This is a well established course that is ideal for anyone who would like to do something creative. I have a mix of students, from those who have never done a creative craft before, to those who have formally studied fine art. Each student works at their own pace and to their own level so the course appeals to all abilities. We look at particular styles of writing and the history and influences behind them.” Maureen Merrick, from Lower Bredbury, first signed up for the calligraphy class last September and has enjoyed it so much she has already decided to go back this year. Maureen, 44, had a stroke ten years ago and has lost some of the use in her left hand so was looking for a creative hobby she could still manage to do. Maureen says: “I have always liked lovely handwriting and thought I would give calligraphy a go. I didn’t know what to expect when I first signed up to do it but knew calligraphy was to do with nice writing. I have always shied away from doing anything artistic, as I’m not a born drawer, but I find calligraphy very structured art and you definitely don’t need to have any previous experience to be able to do it. I have been asked by my niece to write the names on her wedding invitations, which is a lovely way for me to put my new found skill into practice.” Maureen continues: “I’m doing an Open University Degree in Maths at the moment so find calligraphy great light relief from the numbers! I can’t wait to go back in September.” Lys Lipshen originally trained as an artist and has been attending various calligraphy classes in Stockport for around 20 years. Lys says: “Attending the class has meant that I can exchange ideas and decide which style of lettering will work best to illustrate a particular text. I have written and illuminated Jewish marriage contracts and baby blessings. I have also been commissioned to write and illustrate what a child will have read at their Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah, the rite of passage between childhood and becoming an adult in the Jewish faith for boys and girls.” Lys was recently asked to design lettering for her synagogue in Sharston. She says: “When the new synagogue was built I was approached to design lettering for above the Ark, which is where the scrolls are kept. The wording says: ‘Know Before Whom You Stand.’ When designing the lettering I had to take into account the design and age of the building it was going to be put up in and also the artefacts contained within the synagogue itself. Once I had designed the lettering, it was handed over to a metal worker who produced the wording in metal that is now in the synagogue.”
Margaret is proof it’s never too late to learn Margaret Inman, 66, first went along to Stopford Open Learning Centre in September 2005. Margaret, from Brinnington, says: “I wanted to improve my education and went along to Brinnington 2000 to find out about courses available. I was directed to Stopford Open Learning Centre and started off doing an AQA Entry Level Certificate in English. One of my English teachers at school was very severe
and it completely put me off. I didn’t get an English qualification at school so was thrilled to achieve my first certificate.” Spurred on by her achievement, Margaret decided to continue her English studies. She went on to attain an OCR National Test at Level 1 and then progressed to Level 2. In September 2007, Margaret signed up to do a GCSE English course, which she passed. Margaret continues: “As part of my GCSE course I studied poetry, which I found I really liked and have continued reading poetry since.” Margaret now enjoys reading and writing for pleasure. She says: “The different books we read bring up varied conversations, which I find really enjoyable. I’m also part of a local creative writing group. We write about different topics and comment on the writing style.” Margaret is keen to encourage others who may have been put off learning, or think they are too old, to give it a go. She says: “I have met some lovely people on the different courses I have been on. All the tutors have been very good. Years ago when I was at school I never had the confidence to speak up or ask questions. What I found on the courses I did was that asking questions was positively encouraged and I had no difficultly in asking if I needed help or was unsure. My learning experience has been really positive and I have lots of new interests as a result.”
Capturing school life in pictures W h e n th e ar t te ach e r at Prie s tnall School in Stockport retired last year, Deborah Vivante, Media Liaison & Reprographics Manager at the school, inherited his camera and volunteered to take a few photos at school events. Now, as a result of doing a Stockport Council’s Continuing Education Service photography course, Deborah is an accomplished photographer and enjoys being able to take great shots. The photographs Deborah takes are used in displays around the school. Priestnall School is also very proactive within the community and regularly promotes its activities in local newspapers. Good photographs of events and activities are a key part of this. Initially, Deborah found she really enjoyed taking the photographs but often got frustrated because she could not fully use all of the buttons on the camera. Priestnall School decided to support Deborah’s desire to improve her photography skills and enrolled her on the Intermediate Photography and Photoshop Course and she hasn’t looked back. Deborah says: “The course was brilliant. I’m really pleased I did it. I spent twelve weeks learning all aspects of photography, how the camera works and how to edit my photographs. A key part for me was learning how to make the most of your images by editing them using Photoshop. I was a bit daunted at first but the class wasn’t too big and there were men and women of all ages and abilities. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in cameras and photography.”
A free interpreting service is available if you need help with this information. Please telephone Stockport Interpreting Unit on 0161 477 9000. Email: email@example.com If you would like The Review on audio tape, on CD, or in large print, please call 0161 474 3114. Ladies learn new skills by creating beautiful wedding flowers and crafts.
Yoga and more at the Millbrook Centre Every Monday morning at the Millbrook Centre in Stockport is a hive of activity. Twelve learners participate in a weekly yoga class, which not only improves their physical fitness and well being, but provides great fun. The aim of the yoga class is to help improve coordination and balance through stretching and exercise, and everyone can join in. John Dean has been going to classes at the Millbrook Centre. John says: “The yoga classes are great fun, especially when we all have to stand on one leg. It doesn’t always go to plan! I love coming here. I’ve made lots of friends, learned a lot of new skills and even got my job at Pure Radio. I also go to the gym, do drama classes and Tai Chi at the Millbrook Centre.” The Millbrook Centre is run by Pure Innovations and provides day classes for people with physical, sensory and learning difficulties. The Centre encourages people to take up work placements in the community and the partnership with Stockport Council’s Continuing Education Service has extended the variety of learning opportunities available. Courses include I.T., grow it eat it, cookery, floristry, beauty care and yoga. Ann Moran, who does lots of classes at the Millbrook Centre, says: “It’s fantastic here and there’s always something going on. I like doing the yoga class, as it makes me feel relaxed. We exercise our shoulders and necks by pulling our faces into strange shapes. It’s really good. As well as yoga I enjoy I.T. and cookery. We make lots of healthy things and usually eat them for our lunch.”
Learning Russian for a special reason H
azel Grove couple, Colette and Mike Moore, have a very special reason for wanting to learn Russian. Colette and Mike are charity volunteers and coordinate the South Manchester group of the Chernobyl Children’s Project UK. As part of its work, the charity brings children suffering from a variety of illnesses from Belarus to the UK, for recuperation holidays. Belarus is the country most affected by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and each year Colette and Mike host children and their parents from the area. The Moores signed up for Russian classes at Aquinas College in September last year. Mike says: “We could both say basic Russian phrases before we joined the class but couldn’t communicate with the children without an interpreter and wanted to change that. Our Russian speaking skills have already improved
and we are hoping to be able to speak directly to the children when they arrive to stay with us this year.” As well as learning to speak Russian, Colette and Mike are also getting to grips with reading the language. Mike continues: “Russian is not easy to learn but we are both finding it interesting and are getting to learn more about the country and culture too.” Mike and Colette fit their Russian classes into a busy life of work and family commitments. With four children of their own, they have quite a house full when they have their Belarus guests staying. Mike says: “This year we are having three guests from Belarus and are looking forward to being able to talk to them about living in Stockport and showing them around the area.” To find out more about the Chernobyl Children’s charity log on to www.chernobyl-children.org.uk
Computer course is life changing for Chris When Chris Swinton enrolled on the ‘Computers for Beginners’ course in April 2009 he had no idea it would change his life. At the time, Chris had limited experience of computers. He used a computer at work but it had a very specific preset programme and no option to do anything else. The ten week beginners course was the starting point for Chris. Once he completed it he immediately signed up for ‘Computers for Intermediates’, run by Susan Hanson, and made amazing progress very quickly. His success, the confidence it gave him and his ability to learn resulted in him enrolling at college. Chris explains: “I cannot thank the people involved enough, particularly Fiona Kaye and Susan Hanson who encouraged me all the way and made
me believe in myself. When I started the basic computer course I would never have believed I could do the things I now do on a computer. These courses have changed my life. At the time, I had reached rock bottom and was really struggling with the direction of my life. Then I discovered I was actually quite good at using a computer and once I started I just got hooked. Starting college seemed the natural thing to do and I chose the ‘Counselling Concepts Level 2 course, which I passed. I’m thrilled to bits. It’s absolutely fantastic. Sometimes I can’t quite believe that I have managed to achieve as much as I have!”
Chris now attends Cheadle and Marple College and is currently working towards his diploma in Counselling. His ultimate goal is to become a Counsellor, which he says would have been an impossible dream twelve months ago. Chris continues: “My computer is so valuable to me. I wouldn’t have been able to do the exams for my counselling qualification if I couldn’t use a computer. I’ve even written a book about my life, which I hope will one day get published. Who would have thought that by going on such a simple course my life could improve so much.” For further information about courses running this year, call the Freephone helpline on 0800 389 0804.
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Learning to teach S
tockport Council’s Continuing Education Service offers the City & Guilds qualification; Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector or PTLLS. This is a nationally recognised qualification and provides a good introduction to teaching skills for adult education. The course aims to give learners an insight into the principles underpinning teaching and provides knowledge and an understanding of the learning process. The PTLLS course is suitable for anyone who is interested in teaching but wants to find out more before starting a longer period of study. It is also aimed at anyone who already teaches a specific subject, but has no formal teaching qualification, or people who teach or train others as part of their job. The course includes a micro teaching session, which requires the learners to deliver a thirty minute lesson to their peers. This session aims to demonstrate what they have learned and also makes them aware of their professional role and responsibilities as a teacher. Caroline Wilson, who would like to work in adult education in the future, says: “The PTLLS course was very enjoyable, with a great mix of learners from all backgrounds. The pace was manageable, varied and interesting. One of my favourite parts of the course was the micro teaching session, which was great fun. Overall, it really raised my confidence and I’m now hoping to go on to complete my Post Graduate Certificate in Education.” Graham Roberts, who runs his own jewellery business, decided to complete the PTLLS course to enable him to offer training workshops to people who want to make their own jewellery. Graham explains: “I have been in the jewellery business for over thirty years have been asked many times if I offer courses, as I repair and manufacture jewellery onsite. This has given me the basics on how to run a
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course and provided me with the skills to train other people, which is just perfect!” The PTLLS course provides a useful starting point for so many people. Kar Rowson, a volunteer worker, attended the course. Kar says: “I was very impressed with the course content and the variety of teaching methods used. Putting together a portfolio of the work I have completed has been invaluable to me. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to teach or train adults.”
Learning new skills while volunteering A partnership project between Stockport Council’s Continuing Education Service, Youth Action Stockport and Connexions involved a group of young volunteers learning to cook for themselves on a ‘Survival Cookery’ course. The project was funded by Stockport Council through a Volunteering Matters grant. The group of seventeen year olds got to try their hand at making a range of different healthy, well balanced meals, including soups, lasagne and cakes. They also created a cookery book of useful recipes. Using their new found culinary skills, the young people made and decorated cakes and biscuits and took them along to a local care home, Cawood House in Brinnington, where they were enjoyed as part of afternoon tea. With the visit taking place around the time of Valentines Day, residents particularly enjoyed the heart shaped cookies baked for them. A member of the care home staff wrote to express her thanks, commenting: “Thank you from the residents and staff at Cawood House for the lovely cakes and biscuits, which we enjoyed very much.” With residents thoroughly enjoying tucking in the proof of the pudding really was in the eating.
f English isn’t your first language, and you are looking to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening, help is at hand. Stockport Council’s Continuing Education Service runs a number of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses at different levels. People can start out on a beginners ESOL course and progress to Level 2 which provides learners with a higher level of language skills in English, enabling them to integrate into society, seek employment and further their studies. Being able to help her children with schoolwork was one of the main reasons Suzan Mustafa, from Bramhall, joined the English class. Suzan came to Stockport from Iraq eleven years ago. A single mum with four daughters, Suzan wanted to improve her English so she could help her children with their homework. Suzan says: “I’ve been attending English classes since last December. I could speak English before joining the class but wanted to improve my skills and get a qualification. I was also conscious I couldn’t help my daughters as much as I wanted to and really needed to improve my literacy skills. Now for the first time in nine years, I am able to give constructive comments on my girls’ schoolwork and know what to ask the teachers.” Alexandra Borges was born in Angola and lived in Portugal for many years. She moved to the UK five years ago and now lives in Brinnington. Alexandra says: “I first started learning English in 2005, beginning with an entry level course. I have been doing the Level 2 course since September 2009 and I enjoyed everything about the course. I find writing in English the most difficult, as the way we speak in English is not the same as we write, whereas it is in Portuguese. Once I have passed my Level 2 exams I want to go on to do other courses. I am currently working as a cleaner but would really like to go to university in the future.” Martha Grandas is from Columbia, in South America, where she was a qualified dentist. Martha says: “I could speak a little English before I went on the course, which I started a year ago. The course has really helped improve my vocabulary and grammar and I am really enjoying learning English. Now I have improved my English, my aim is to take my exams to become a dentist in the UK.” Ulrike Gossmann moved from Germany to Heaton Mersey three years ago. She says: “I went along to an English class when I first came to England then stopped when I had a baby. I have been attending the Level 2 course since January and have learned a lot already. It has improved my writing and grammar and I am able to help my two oldest sons with their homework, and also read stories to them. My youngest son hasn’t started school yet so the fact there’s a crèche at the course is great.” Abdulhadi Al-Khafaji came to Stockport a year ago as a refugee from Iraq. Abdulhadi, from Heaton Norris, went along to English classes as soon as he arrived in Stockport. Abdulhadi says: “When I first came to Stockport I had very little experience of the English language. The course has really benefitted me, and both my spoken and written English have improved. I want to carry on my studies to get a good degree and a good job. I would like to become a teacher or interpreter. My dream is to get a degree in the UK.”
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