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Nominations e soon for the Spcliros it Salford Commun of ity Awards 2021. Read more on page 19. o: r C wa ele 9a brat ions at the 201
INSIDE Homes bring new possibilities pg. 10
Join the Big Reset conversation pg. 13
Home sweet veterans home pg. 18
Career opportunities pg. 20
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10 Homes bring new possibilities 13 Join the Big Reset conversation 18 Home sweet veterans home 20 Career opportunities
4-7 Performance report 8-10 COVID-19 support and advice 11 Affordable housing boost 13 Tribute to Alan Henning 14 Elections and Open for fun 15 Be unstoppable 21-22 Greater Manchester's Plan 23 Census 26 Drawing communities together 27 Little Hulton health centre opens 28 Free health workshops 29 Cameras crack down on crime 30 New Chief Executive 31 Salford's masterplan 33 Foundation92 programme 36 On your scooter
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Reflecting on a challenging year As we move into winter I cannot help but reflect on what a challenging year it has been. As I write, Salford is under the highest tier coronavirus restrictions available*. This comes with social and economic challenges for us all. We hope this will get coronavirus transmission in Salford under control and protect our most vulnerable residents. Thank you for all you have already done to help prevent the spread of the virus. Iâ€™m asking you all to continue to do everything that you can to keep social contact to your own household and take extra precautions when you go to work, shop or enjoy your leisure. Please follow the latest guidance which is updated on the council website. We will succeed if we all face this challenge together. In return the council will do everything we can to support local businesses, employees and residents through whatever financial means are available and by working with all our sectors to promote and develop effective and practical advice. Winter can be difficult for many older people. Please continue to help your neighbours and show the Spirit of Salford in our communities to support those most in need. Turning our minds to 2021, we already know that we will have the challenge of setting a balanced budget for the council. Although we have been allocated extra coronavirus funds from the government, they have not met the level needed.
We are doing everything that we can, including seeking fair national funding settlements. Â We will keep you updated over the coming months. In the next few pages we share the council's annual performance report and our plans for the coming months. Under my direction we are also developing a new economic strategy for the council and the city. This will focus on expanding and growing local enterprise and a vibrant community sector. Locally we will further harness the power of the public sector supply chain in the city and the money we spend, keeping Salford money in the city for the benefit of local people. Complementing an inclusive economic strategy will be a new equality and inclusion strategy and updated plan to tackle poverty. The anti-poverty work is close to my heart since hearing the powerful voices of people who have experienced poverty and continue to do so. I know that people are struggling now and that new challenges and barriers to decent wages have been added by the coronavirus pandemic. We are committed to a better, fairer city and we will work relentlessly to achieve this. We look forward to working with residents of all our neighbourhoods in 2021.
*This was Tier 3 but further national restrictions were introduced after Life went to print.
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1. Tackling poverty and inequality
£5.3 m secured for
3,957 Salford people through our free welfare rights and debt advice service
Living Wage employers based in Salford, lifting the pay of
employees. Salford is the first place in England to get formal recognition for its ambition to become a Living Wage City.
3rd annual poverty report
as to how we have been tackling poverty in Salford.
reduction in the number of rough sleepers in Salford in the last two years
2. Education and skills
of pupils achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths.
young people aged 16 to 24 years were
supported to progress into education, employment or training.
residents have been through the council’s Digital You programme, gaining the basic skills to boost their knowledge and confidence about using technology.
A B C
of early years settings in Salford were rated as good or outstanding.
In the coming months we will:
In the coming months we will:
Refresh our Anti-Poverty Strategy. It is three years since our original strategy was launched and the original action plan has been completed.
Finalise our Education Strategy to provide the best education outcomes for children and young people in Salford.
Continue to deliver the “A Bed Every Night Scheme” until 31 March 2021 to further reduce the number of rough sleepers in Salford. Develop a local plan with the government to create further housing for homeless people. Support the Salford Food Share Network and other key partners with projects to tackle food poverty.
Work more closely with post 16 providers to ensure higher levels of progression after entry level programmes into employment, education or training. Develop an Adult Employment and Skills helpline and resources.
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4. Economic development
3. Health and socialcare
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the council set up the Spirit of Salford helpline and website for vulnerable residents. By May the helpline had received
8,754 phone calls,
online applications and had delivered
food boxes to Salford residents.
children were supported to eat healthily during the summer holidays through the council’s Healthy Holidays Food Voucher Scheme.
86% of Salford care homes were rated as
Good by the Care Quality Commission in 2019, above the England average of 79%.
Salford is the 2nd most improved area nationally since January 2017.
Salford became the first council in England
to join up health, adult and children’s social care services to provide faster access to a broader range of services.
In the coming months we will: Complete a new state of the art health centre in Little Hulton. Develop an all age Autism Strategy for Salford.
over paid out in government grants to Salford businesses by the council during the coronavirus pandemic.
Salford Community Safety Partnership launched its Community Safety Strategy 2020-2023 to drive down crime, tackle anti-social behaviour, build resilient communities, protect vulnerable people and reduce offending. 87 events held in the city’s parks resulting in an estimated
more people attending events since 2017.
Salford was the only council in Greater Manchester to maintain the full range of waste collection services throughout the initial lockdown and continued to empty over
266,000 bins per week.
The council, working with its partners, has supported 15 investment projects to relocate to Salford. These projects are forecast to create 1603 jobs with the value to the Salford economy estimated to be £133.2 million.
£7.9 m of public sector
and of private sector investment has been secured
In the coming months we will: Continue to work with partners on significant regeneration developments in the city across city centre Salford, MediaCityUK and Salford Quays and the Greater Manchester Western Gateway. Work with the University of Salford and The English Cities Fund to deliver the Crescent Masterplan - a 240-acre scheme over the next 10-15 years.
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The first 20 properties built by the council’s new affordable housing company Dérive were completed.
310 more affordable homes
delivered, around 90 more than last year.
The council launched its own letting agency,
Salford Property Link.
308 older and vulnerable residents have been supported to maintain their homes in a safe, warm and dry condition Helped
vulnerable households to get free or socialised energy efficiency measures through the city’s Warm Salford scheme
The agency matches people waiting for social housing with private landlords to help them find good quality, affordable accommodation. The council launched the city’s new Housing Strategy ‘Our home, our city’ 2020 to 2025 and our three priorities: increasing the number of new and affordable homes; existing homes improved and maintained; supporting residents through appropriate housing and support.
In the coming months we will: Develop the council’s housing company, Dérive to access grants for affordable housing to build more affordable homes. Establish a service to provide temporary accommodation.
Continuing to invest in local roads, including roundabout improvements at J13 of the M60 and upgrading facilities for
bus users as part of the Salford Bolton Network Improvement project.
Funding has been secured for a 110 space
Park and Ride at Walkden rail station.
Trafford Road and the main access to Salford Quays and Ordsall
for all users including new facilities for walking and cycling.
Delivered segregated cycling routes, wider footways, better crossing points and cleared vegetation to allow for social distancing.
Secured over £1.5 million
Tried measures to create
increase in walking and cycling
in Trinity and Islington, off Chapel Street.
for emergency active travel measures to sustain this year’s
quieter streets for walking and cycling
In the coming months we will: Plan initiatives to support walking, cycling and public transport to help reduce the use of cars and encourage a longer-term switch to green transport. Make it easier for buses, pedestrians and cyclists to move around central Salford.
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7. A transparent effective organisation Salford City Council was
in the Municipal Journal Local Authority of the Year achievement awards.
Salford City Council achieved silver in the Ministry of Defence employer recognition scheme for our long-term commitment to employ and support members of the armed forces – past and present. 126 new apprenticeships have started across the council.
8. Social impact
As part of the council’s carbon management plan, we cut electricity and gas use in all council buildings by another
Salford is ranked as the most climate friendly council in the north west and fifth in the UK by Friends of the Earth.
over the last year. This has helped save
2,122 tonnes of carbon since 2017. The council’s Stonewall ranking has improved from 413 in 2017 to 282, a
improvement. Stonewall is a charity that champions the needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
of the council’s direct procurement spend is with organisations based in Salford.
of all household waste is now sent for recycling, reuse or composting – an increase of
2.04% since 2017.
of the council’s workforce live in Salford and £81.8 million of the wage bill goes to Salford residents.
The council published its
2019 Social Impact Report to report our progress on how we are maximising the benefit from all the money invested in Salford. www.salford.gov.uk/socialvalue
In the coming months we will:
In the coming months we will:
As the pandemic continues, ensure the council has the right people in the right place to deliver essential services for our residents through a range of new approaches.
Hold the second Spirit of Salford Community Awards in March 2021 to recognise and celebrate the work of individuals and community groups who do so much to make Salford the great city it is. www.spiritofsalfordawards.info
Introduce new technologies and ways of working to reduce the overall need for business travel. Continue to deliver quality apprenticeships across the council.
Continue to transform our city into a green beacon of excellence for low carbon.
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NATIONAL RESTRICTIONS 5 November to 2 December National restrictions apply to England: Meeting Indoors
Weddings and Funerals
Working from home
You cannot meet anybody socially indoors unless they are in your household or support bubble.
You can meet with 1 person from another household in outdoor public spaces, following social distancing. Children under 5 and anyone dependent on continuous care do not count towards the 2 person limit.
Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies can only take place where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover. Funerals can take place with up to 30 people in attendance.
You must work from home if you can. If you cannot work from home you should continue to go to work (unless you are clinically extremely vulnerable).
Leisure and Gyms
Open. Essential shops should follow COVID-secure guidelines.
Closed. Can only open for click-and-collect and delivery services.
You can exercise outside on your own or with your household; your support bubble; or one person from another household.
Closed, except for allotments and outdoor playgrounds.
Closed except for takeaway, click-and-collect, drive through and delivery services. Takeaway not permitted after 22:00.
Early years, schools and FE colleges open. Universities must reflect wider restrictions.
You can leave home for any medical reason.
Care homes are encouraged to provide safe, COVID-secure visiting opportunities. See the guidance for details on how to keep visits safe.
Entertainment and tourism
You must not travel in the UK or overseas other than for permitted reasons, including work, education, medical reasons, caring responsibilities or for essential retail.
You may still use public transport, but should only travel for permitted reasons and should look to reduce the number of journeys you make, avoid travelling at peak times, and walk or cycle where you can.
Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences are not allowed, except for work and other exempt purposes.
Entertainment venues are closed. Public gardens at visitor attractions are open.
Youth Clubs and Activities
If you are 60+ or clinically vulnerable, be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise contacts with others. If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you are advised to stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend essential health appointments.
Closed except for: Funerals, broadcasting acts of worship, and individual prayer.
Registered childcare and childcare activities open to enable parents to work, or respite care. Parents can form a childcare bubble with another household for informal childcare, where the child is 13 or under.
Some youth services are able to continue, such as 1-1 youth work and support groups, but most youth clubs and groups will need to cease for this period.
For more information and detailed guidance visit: gov.uk/coronavirus
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New national Covid restrictions Help for workers
New, national Covid restrictions came into force on Thursday 5 November just after Life went to print at the end of October. The new restrictions aim to reduce day to day contact with other people to bring down the rate of infection, save lives, protect people’s health and prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed at its busiest time of year. Breaching them not only puts you, your loved ones and your community at risk but could also see you fined between £1,000 and £10,000. The government plans to lift the new regulations on Wednesday 2 December after which Salford and Greater Manchester will return to the appropriate tier restrictions, depending on the rate of infection at the time. Please stay at home as much as possible but if you are out and about wearing face coverings, washing hands or using hand sanitiser and maintaining social distancing by keeping 2 metres apart from others remain crucial to avoid spreading the virus.
The coronavirus job retention scheme has been brought in to help workers whose employer has to close. The scheme will pay at least 80 per cent of workers salaries, up to £2,500 a month. You can check if you can claim by visiting www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-can-claim-the-job-support-scheme You can find full details of the new restrictions at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
What to do if you think you have coronavirus: What are coronavirus symptoms?• a high temperature • a new, continuous cough • a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste Self-isolate immediately if: • You or someone you live with or someone in your support bubble has any symptoms of coronavirus or has tested positive • You're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app • You arrive in the UK from a country with a high coronavirus risk Self-isolation means that you: • Don’t leave home for work, school, exercise or shopping which you can order online or ask for help from the Spirit of Salford helpline • Don’t have any visitors unless providing essential care • Don’t let children sent home from school because of COVID-19 go out or play with other children. If you are symptomatic please book a test online – information is at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test – or call 119. If there are no appointments to book online, please try again as slots are added during the day. You must selfisolate, stay at home and only go out to attend a test appointment. Only leave home after you have the all clear or have finished your period of self isolation.
How long do I need to isolate for? Please don’t risk spreading the virus.
10 14 14
If you have symptoms or a positive test.
If someone in your household has symptoms.
If you arrive in the UK from abroad.*
*Excluding exempt countries.
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Support if you’re isolating, shielding or in crisis. We can help with: Benefits | Council tax | Debt advice | Emergencies | Employment | Housing advice/homelessness | Isolation support payments * | Practical support | Regular cheer up phone calls | Book a free health check
0800 952 1000
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Here to help Our Spirit of Salford helpline can help if you can't get out and have no family, friends or neighbours to help you. Our advisors can also direct you to other services, such as our welfare rights and debt advice service to make sure you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to and help get your finances in better shape. Or visit www.salford.gov.uk/betteroff for information on debt, money management and benefits or a video call chat or www.salford.gov.uk/backontrack if you are struggling to pay council tax. If you’ve been notified to isolate by the NHS Test and Trace scheme because you or a recent close contact has tested positive for coronavirus you may qualify for a £500 support payment, subject to criteria. www.salford.gov.uk/testandtracesupport
Visit www.salford.gov.uk/skillsandwork for help with finding jobs, training or business advice or www.salford.gov.uk/findmyfuture for 14 to 24 year olds. Salford Citizen’s Advice can advise on your redundancy rights. Please call 0300 3309 074. Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm or visit https://salfordcab.org.uk Visit Employ GM https://employgm.org for temporary vacancies with immediate starts or see Greater Jobs www.greater.jobs for local authority jobs or https://jobhelp.campaign.gov.uk for advice and vacancies from JobCentre Plus.
Christmas and New Year Get the NHS Opening times correct at time of going to print but please check COVID-19 app www.salford.gov.uk/coronavirus in case of changes. Find out if you’re at risk from exposure to coronavirus, check symptoms and book a test if necessary. Protect your loved ones, vulnerable people and your community. Download it free from the App Store or Google Play.
The Spirit of Salford helpline will be open on
Wednesday 23 December from 8.30am to 6pm Thursday 24 December 8.30am to 4.30pm Tuesday 29 December 10am to 2pm Wednesday 30 December 10am to 2pm Thursday 31 December 10am to 2pm Saturday 2 January 9am to 1pm
Eccles, Pendleton, Swinton and Walkden Gateways and Broughton Hub will be open on
Wednesday 23 December 8 am to 6pm Thursday 24 December 8am to 4.30pm Tuesday 29 December 10am to 2pm Wednesday 30 December 10am to 2pm Thursday 31 December 10am to 2pm
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Affordable housing boost Plans for 104 new affordable homes in Pendlebury and Ordsall have been approved by Salford City Council. The council applied to its own planning panel and the new homes, all of which will be affordable, will be built on vacant land. At Clifton Green, Pendlebury there will be two threebedroomed houses and two four-bedroomed houses, along with two, three storey apartment blocks providing 47 one and two-bedroomed apartments. Ryall Avenue, Ordsall will see four wheelchair accessible apartments included in the scheme to provide 35 one and two-bedroomed apartments in two blocks and four two-bedroomed homes and two three-bedroomed homes. And, at nearby Brassington Avenue, Ordsall there will be five two-bedroomed homes, including two with wheelchair access and seven three-bedroomed homes.
And, at nearby Brassington Avenue, Ordsall there will be five two-bedroomed homes, including two with wheelchair access and seven three bedroomed homes. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “We are pushing ahead with providing more affordable homes to meet local demand. This is a key priority of mine and something we are driving forward. “We are in the middle of a housing crisis and need to provide more than 600 affordable homes a year to meet the current need. In particular local people need one bedroomed apartments and thanks to this, those type of apartments will be available soon.” Deputy City Mayor Councillor Tracy Kelly, lead member for housing, added: “We will push to get the homes built as soon as possible so people can move into the homes they so desperately need.”
Rainbows, poppies and thank you NHS Salford roads have turned into artworks this year to remember, celebrate and say thank you. Giant poppies were painted on Chorley Road, Swinton, opposite the Cenotaph to pay tribute to all who served, sacrificed and suffered in war. Road-maintenance firm KAYS painted them free of charge after council highways officers asked if they could do something special for Remembrance Sunday. Two puffin crossings on The Crescent were painted with rainbows to celebrate Pride in the city which was celebrated online in June. Local resident Kevin De Vulder asked if it could be done and said he was very proud of the result. “It isn’t just about promoting the LGBTQ+ community, it’s also something colourful to help brighten the landscape during these current times. Salford, in my opinion, is the best city in the country at being inclusive and supportive to all races, religions and backgrounds, bringing us all together,” he said. Earlier this year the council had ‘Thank you NHS’ road markings painted outside Salford Royal Hospital to bring a smile to ‘heroic’ health staff.
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Homes create new possibilities for Salford people An innovative new housing scheme is giving Salford people a new lease of life. Progressive landlord ForHousing has completed work on its development of 15 one-bedroom apartments at Somerset Road. The homes will help people gain independence or rebuild their lives after homelessness and are let at a low-cost sub-social rent. The Somerset Road scheme is part of a wider £3.9 million project that will eventually see ForHousing build 39 homes for people at risk of homelessness in Salford. ForHousing has similar developments at Haddon Road and Vicars Street. The homes are furnished, and the low rent includes all bills and wifi. Every tenant is allocated a dedicated support worker and provided with support to link them into employment and training. ForHousing has worked closely with Salford City Council on the development, with the local authority helping to select people in most need to move into the homes. Christopher*, 18, a care leaver, was amongst the first to move in. As part of the partnership between Salford City Council’s Leaving Care service, which suppports care leavers until they reach 25 years old and ForHousing, they identified
Somerset Road as a fantastic opportunity for Christopher to develop his independence while providing a stable and supportive home environment. “I couldn’t wait to hold a set of keys in my hand and get into a property that I can call mine. My plan is to enrol in university and study from my new home,” said Christopher. ForHousing owns and manages more than 24,000 homes across the north west. Colette McKune, Group Chief Executive at ForHousing, said: “Having a stable place to live builds a strong foundation for people’s wellbeing, enabling them to stay safe, rebuild their lives and flourish. “We are delighted to be working with Salford City Council and other partners on this scheme at Somerset Road which will improve lives for people across Salford.” Deputy City Mayor and lead member for housing, Councillor Tracy Kelly said: “It is wonderful to see Christopher settled in his own home and I wish him every success with his ambitions. “These kind of schemes, which provide extra support and offer affordable homes, are very much needed and I’m proud to see them in Salford.” ForHousing secured a grant of £1.46 million from Homes England towards the schemes, which was designed by JDA Architects and built by Bridgestone Construction *name changed to protect identity
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Road tribute to hero Alan Henning Salford ‘s road tribute to Alan Henning will ensure he is never forgotten. The Salford Western Gateway, which connects Port Salford and the A57 to Trafford Way, east of the M60 will be named Alan Henning Way. Salford City Council is working with Peel Holdings to adopt and name the road. City Mayor Paul Dennett said it would be an honour to name the road for Alan. “It is a vital, international distribution link and an essential part of the Port Salford scheme. As the port continues to grow, Alan Henning Way will become an even more important gateway to Salford,” he said. “Alan gave up his home comforts to help families in desperate need and was a vital part of international humanitarian aid missions so it seems fitting to name this road in his honour.”
Barbara Keeley, MP for Worsley and Eccles, said: “Alan was a local hero and people wanted a tribute to him, knowing that he had given his life taking aid to children and families in need in Syria. People will be pleased with this tribute to his compassion and generous spirit." Eccles Councillor Shamina August added: “This road will make sure we remember that the world would be a better place, if we all showed the same Spirit of Salford as Alan did.” A memorial to Alan was created at Eccles Recreation Ground in 2016.
RHS Garden Bridgewater keeps on growing RHS Garden Bridgewater is growing even more spectacular ahead of its opening on Tuesday 11 May, 2021. Over 100,000 plants are already in the ground and another 40,000 will be added this autumn and winter. A new, lakeside path is now complete and the garden is gearing up to bring joy and inspiration to visitors next year. Five thousand plants alone have gone into the community wellbeing garden which will be used for therapeutic activities, learning new skills and experiencing the healing effects of nature as well as inspiring people to garden.
Alan Henning Way
Don't forget. Salford residents will be able to visit the garden free every Tuesday. To keep up to date with developments, follow the garden at @RHSBridgewater
The garden’s opening was postponed this year because of the pandemic, but the 154 acre site enabled a core team to carry on working safely. The delay has given the new plants time to mature. RHS Garden Bridgewater has been made possible by Salford City Council and Peel L&P. Salford City Council invested £19 million into the project which preserves a key part of Salford’s heritage and will bring a wide range of economic, health, educational and social benefits to the city and communities, including boosting tourism.
Photo by Neil Hepworth
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Planning for the elections Plans are being drawn up for local elections to go ahead next year. Salford residents were due to vote in May 2020 but the elections had to be delayed a year because of the pandemic.
Open for fun If you go down to Worsley Woods - you’ll see a brandnew adventure playground. Salford City Council and the Worsley Woods Action Group (WWAG) worked together to replace and improve the playground when the previous wooden equipment failed its annual safety check after a decade of weather and wear and tear. The council secured a £43,800 government grant and WWAG launched a crowdfunder which raised a further £4,000. Children can now enjoy a variety of activity trails that weave their way through the woodland. The equipment includes an accessible boat swing, monkey bars, climbing nets, wobble boards and even parallel bars making the trails suitable for both younger and older children. Paul Hassall from Worsley Woods Action Group praised community support and thanked Worsley Rotary, St Mark’s School and Bridgewater School for their support.
They are now planned to take place on Thursday 6 May 2021 and will be ‘all out’ elections with all 60 councillor seats on Salford City Council up for election due to ward boundary changes in 2018/19. Voters will also choose their preferred candidate for the Salford City Mayor and the Greater Manchester Mayor. Now is the time to check you are registered to vote and think about how you might want to cast your vote on Thursday 6 May. If you know you are not registered to vote, you can register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote If you’re not sure, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to check. Voting can be done in person in a polling station on election day or by appointing a proxy – someone you trust to vote on your behalf – or by post. If you would like to vote by post or proxy please download, print, fill in and sign either a postal vote application form or proxy vote application available at this weblink www.salford.gov.uk/voting If you need a paper form, please email email@example.com with your name and address and which form you would like or call 0161 793 2500 to request one. More details about the elections will be published nearer the time.
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Salford’s health and care system is starting a big conversation to help shape its future Salford’s health and care system has launched a ‘big reset’ and local people are being asked to join in the conversation and share their views. During the coronavirus pandemic, the way health services are delivered in Salford has changed to keep patients and staff safe. Now the city wants to shape the future of its health and care system to make sure people living in Salford receive the right care in the best way. Salford’s Big Reset Conversation will run until December, engaging with people living and working in the city, to determine what is working well and what can be improved to create a better and fairer system in Salford. The conversation is split into five themes – prioritising patients, accessing health services, health at home, mental health and new relationships between health and care and communities – so that local people can have a say on all aspects of health and care.
Alison Page, Chief Executive of Salford CVS, said: “Change happens when people come together in order to make a difference. Salford is full of passionate people – volunteering, voluntary and community action, mutual aid and being a good neighbour being some obvious examples – and during the coronavirus pandemic the Spirit of Salford has definitely shone through. “I would encourage everyone who lives or works in Salford to take part in the Big Reset Conversation to make sure a wide range of voices are heard from across Salford’s diverse communities. Together we can make a difference!” Over the last few months, some services temporarily stopped, including planned surgery and routine appointments, but now the health and care system wants to prioritise those who still need the care and explore other options for people whose needs may have changed. Making sure patients have access to a GP and emergency department is vital in getting the health and care system moving again. Salford GP Dr Girish Patel said: “Online, video, telephone we are still here for you in lots of different ways. The way you book an appointment with a GP has changed during the coronavirus pandemic, but we are still providing the best level of care to you. It just might not be face-to-face. If you need an appointment with your GP, just call or visit their website.” Please complete the survey here: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/BigReset For more information, please visit www.salfordccg.nhs.uk/bigreset
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Winter is coming
Keep yourself, your family and your neighbours well this winter.
Help fight flu Thirteen Salford keyworkers are urging people to help fight flu by getting vaccinated. The group are typical of workers praised by the public for their early response to the pandemic. Now theyâ€™re asking eligible people to get vaccinated so the country is not fighting flu and COVID-19 this winter. The campaign has been launched by Salford City Council, NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. The group are:
People aged over 65, under 65s with long-term health conditions, pregnant women and carers are offered the vaccination each year but, in some cases, less than half of those eligible take it up. GPs are contacting patients and vaccinations are also available through local pharmacies. Schoolchildren from reception to year seven are offered a nasal spray. The government has said that if sufficient stocks are available vaccination will be offered to 50 to 64-year olds. Please visit www.salfordccg.nhs.uk/flu-vaccine for more information. Dafydd Davies and Ellen Brawley, teachers at St Phillips CE primary school, Salford
Dr Adeyeye, GP at Pendleton Medical Centre
Angela Eden and Foyzul Gani, health improvement service workers
Hollie Ward nurse practitioner, critical care unit, Salford Royal Hospital
Angela Goddard, lead practice nurse at Langworthy Medical Practice
Lou Ross, tram driver/ supervisor
Marie Howard, community care assistant at Crossroads Care
David Hartley, police community support officer
Lesley Fisher, volunteer, who runs Dancing with Dementia
Dr Selvaraasan, GP at Orient Road Medical Practice
Sam Barry, refuse collector
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Ask your pharmacist’s advice about winter medication and illnesses. Make sure you get regular prescriptions in before the Christmas holidays. If you need medical advice out of hours call NHS 111 or go to 111.nhs.uk GP practices are still offering essential services but to keep patients and staff safe, the majority of appointments will be over the phone and via video call. Face-to-face appointments are still available for those who need them although a phone consultation is required first. If you think you need an appointment with a GP, please call your practice or visit their website and they will advise. Please do not turn up at the practice without being asked to do so or if you have symptoms of coronavirus. It's important to remember that Salford Royal's accident and emergency department (A&E) is for serious or lifethreatening emergencies, for example, severe chest pain or injuries, broken bones, breathing difficulties and bleeding that won't stop. If you have coronavirus symptoms please self-isolate until tested and follow the instructions at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 Your mental health is as important as your physical health. It’s OK not to be OK and reach out for help. Visit www.mind.org.uk or call the Spirit of Salford helpline on 0800 952 1000, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 6pm, Saturday, 9am to 1pm or visit the website www.salford.gov.uk/spiritofsalford for the Beyond mental health service.
Be a good neighbour
Winter weather and illness can stop people getting out and about so check if your neighbours need any shopping or medicine.
Need extra support?
Care on Call’s mobile warden service supports eligible people to live independently in their own homes. Visit www.salford.gov.uk/careoncall or telephone 0161 607 7133.
Salford City Council’s Warm Salford campaign helps you stay warm and cut your fuel bills. Visit www.salford.gov.uk/warmsalford for details. Use an energy comparison website to check you’re not paying too much. The Big Clean Switch website bigcleanswitch.org has details of green suppliers. Salford Foundation can also help if you are on a low income. Call 0161 787 8500 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.salfordfoundation.org.uk If you’re struggling to pay bills now or heading for problems call the Local Energy Advice Partnership (LEAP) on 0800 060 7567 for advice on finding cheaper tariffs, switching from pre-payment meters to credit meters, energy saving measures and a benefit check to make sure you’re getting your entitlement. You can also visit their website at www.applyforleap.org.uk Smart meters give real time information about how much energy you’re using. Call Smart Energy GB on 0300 131 7777 for advice on getting one fitted.
Gas appliances should be checked every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Call 0800 408 5500 to find one. Qualifying owner-occupiers could be entitled to a gas safety check for their gas boiler and fire through the Gas Safe scheme or may get help with essential repairs to gas boilers, fires and cookers. To find out more visit www.salford.gov.uk/warmsalford or call Helping Hands on 0161 793 9419.
Tips for keeping warm
Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F) Draw your curtains as soon as it gets dark to stop heat escaping and draughts coming in Several layers of light clothes trap warm air better than one bulky layer.
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Help shape the final Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan now You can give your views on plans to reduce harmful air pollution in Greater Manchester now. Local authorities in Greater Manchester is are holding an eight-week long consultation on its the Clean Air Plan proposals. The government has instructed Greater Manchester to introduce a charging Clean Air Zone right across all ten local authority areas, including Salford. Some vehicles that don’t meet emissions standards will have to pay a daily charge to drive in and around the zone. That includes buses, coaches, heavy goods vehicles, taxis, private hire, vans, and minibuses. Private cars and motorbikes are not affected. To help local people, businesses and organisations prepare for the Clean Air Zone, Greater Manchester is asking for more than £150 million of government funding to support upgrades to cleaner, compliant vehicles. Those who upgrade before the Clean Air Zone is introduced in 2022 would not have to pay a daily charge. Councillor Mike McCusker, executive support member for planning, housing and sustainable development at Salford City Council, said: “We want people and businesses from across Salford, Greater Manchester and beyond to get involved and help shape the region’s final plan to clean up the air we all breathe. “Anyone can get involved to share their views on the proposals. And there are plenty of ways residents can help reduce air pollution with a few simple changes, such as driving less and choosing to make more journeys on foot or by bike that will also improve their health.”
You can give your views on key elements of the Greater Manchester-wide Clean Air Zone proposals now: • The proposed Clean Air Zone boundary • Proposed daily charges • Proposed discounts and exemptions • Proposed government funding support package to support local businesses Find out more now and fill out the questionnaire at cleanairgm.com before 23:59 Thursday 3 December 2020. Or you can: • Email your feedback to email@example.com • Give your feedback via telephone on 0161 244 1100 (you will be forwarded through to independent research organisation AECOM). • Write or send a completed questionnaire to Freepost RUBS-XRAT-GLBK, AECOM, 1 New York Street, MANCHESTER, M1 4HD.
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Let’s talk taxis Do you travel by taxi or use private hire services? Whether you use them on a night out or to get around locally, we want you to have peace of mind on every journey. That’s why we’re proposing minimum standards for every service licensed in Salford as part of Greater Manchester’s plans to make sure every journey is safer and more reliable. Taxis and private hire are a crucial part of our transport network. The proposed minimum licensing standards could help put local operators ahead of out-of-town services as they will help give customers the confidence they are using a high-quality, safer and more reliable service, with high environmental and accessibility standards.
For further support: • To request hard copies of the consultation document and questionnaire email firstname.lastname@example.org • Email your feedback to email@example.com • Give your feedback via telephone on 0161 244 1100 where there is support for non-English speakers (you will be forwarded through to independent research organisation AECOM). • Write or send a completed questionnaire to Freepost RUBS-XRAT-GLBK, AECOM, 1 New York Street, MANCHESTER, M1 4HD.
An eight-week public consultation on the proposals started in October and will run until midnight on Thursday 3 December 2020. This consultation will be the first of its kind and we’d like passengers, taxi and private hire drivers and operators to give their views. To find out more and have your say, visit www.gmtaxistandards.com
Greater Manchester’s plan for homes, jobs, and the environment The Greater Manchester Plan for Homes, Jobs, and the Environment is also known as the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework or GMSF. It is a joint plan created by Greater Manchester's ten local councils. This plan is about providing the right homes, in the right places, for people across our city region. It’s about creating jobs and improving infrastructure to ensure the future prosperity of Greater Manchester. The plan talks about jobs and homes, but it’s about so much more than bricks and mortar. It's about reducing inequalities, improving the lives of our residents, and transforming Greater Manchester into the world-leading city-region we know it can be.
The next stage of engagement is to make sure your opinions are considered in the examination of the plan. This is called ‘Publication’ and at this stage any comments submitted will be considered by the Planning Inspector assessing the GMSF, rather than just the councils. The consultation runs from Tuesday 1 December to Tuesday 26 January. To see the consultation please visit the website. www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/gmsf or email firstname.lastname@example.org For those without web access please phone 0161 778 7006.
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Greater Manchester Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment Homes, jobs, green spaces, transport – there’s a vast amount to consider in Greater Manchester’s Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment, also known as the Spatial Framework, and you can have your say. Developed by all 10 Greater Manchester councils and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), it’s a long-term plan for the kind of development that should take place across the city-region and prevent the threat of unplanned development and risks to Green Belt land. The Greater Manchester authorities have sought to maximise land use outside the Green Belt, giving the highest priority to brownfield land being developed first. Since 2016, the impact on Green Belt has been reduced by 60 per cent. This has been achieved by efforts to make the best use of urban land, reducing the number of proposed sites and the land needed in some remaining sites and proposing Green Belt additions.
The plan will also ensure Greater Manchester continues to be an attractive place to invest and do business, promoting growth and reducing inequalities and will be a key tool in helping the city region recover from the coronavirus pandemic. City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “This plan represents a shared vision for Greater Manchester, and it’s by working together across the city-region that we’ve been able to direct development to the most sustainable brownfield areas – primarily the cities and town centres – and minimise development on Green Belt as much as possible. “We’ll be delivering almost 4,500 homes across Greater Manchester with the first tranche of funding from the government’s Brownfield Housing Fund, and, over the next five years will need to deliver a minimum of 5,500 throughout our city-region. “We’re committed to building high-quality affordable homes for our residents, but we don’t want to build any new homes that aren’t fit for a low-carbon future. The Spatial Framework will require all new development to be net-zero carbon from 2028, and all new developments will either be served by our existing transport network or connected by new infrastructure.”
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What’s in the plan?
The plan’s view of Salford Quays
The plan covers a huge range of topics, from creating a new city forest park in Salford, Bolton and Bury to protecting the city region’s heritage, enhancing its culture and encouraging more walking and cycling to promote clean air and improve health. The core of Greater Manchester is an important location for growth, supporting key investment and regeneration in Salford. The city centre which covers parts of Manchester and Salford will continue to see growth, and areas such as Greengate and the Crescent will continue to be key development locations. Salford Quays will see further development as a nationally significant location for business, housing, leisure and tourism. There is an ambition to expand employment opportunities at Port Salford, the UK’s first ‘tri-modal’ inland port and national distribution park reached by water, rail and road with potential to remove freight from roads and move it more sustainably by rail and water. The city’s environment, including the most important public spaces, wildlife sites and heritage, will be protected and enhanced as will public transport, cycling and walking routes and better links to key rail stations and the city centre will be created.
“Over the period 2020-2037, land to accommodate around 192,000 sqm of office floorspace, around 12,500 new dwellings and minimal industry and warehousing (around 6,000 sqm) has been identified within the Quays. The new homes will be a range of high-density homes, close to major sources of jobs and education, supported by the necessary infrastructure and amenities.”
The plan’s view of Port Salford “Port Salford will be developed as an integrated trimodal facility, with on-site canal berths, rail spur and container terminal as essential elements of the scheme. The overall facility will provide around 500,000 sqm of employment floorspace. This will include an extension of the permitted scheme onto land to the north and west of Barton Aerodrome….highway improvements to accommodate the likely scale of traffic generation….and appropriate sustainable travel opportunities to meet the needs of the employees accessing the site.”
Have your say The first draft of the Spatial Framework, published in 2016, saw more than 27,000 Greater Manchester residents provide feedback. A second round of consultation received 17,000 responses from people, businesses and community organisations. This stage is a chance for people to consider whether this is the right plan for GM, whether it is ‘sound’. Your views on this are welcome during the publication consultation which opens on Tuesday 1 December and closes on Tuesday 26 January. At the end of the consultation the proposed plan and all representations received will be sent to the government
to pass on to the Planning Inspectorate to arrange an examination of the plan. The easiest way to respond is online at gmconsult.org but look out for details of how to respond by email or post if you prefer. If you have any questions about the process, how to access the documents or how to respond when the consultation opens, you can email email@example.com or leave a message on the GMSF hotline 0161 778 7006 which will be available when the consultation opens and someone will get back to you.
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Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society Households across Salford will be asked to take part in Census 2021 in March. The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives national and local government the most accurate estimate of people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801 apart from 1941 during World War Two. This will be the first census to be run predominantly online. Households will receive a letter with a unique access code allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets. Paper forms will be available for those unable to complete it online. “A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” said Iain Bell, of the Office for National Statistics.
“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.” Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes to take part from early March. The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity. Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years and kept safe for future generations. For more information, visit census.gov.uk
Why the census matters Imagine you’re in charge of providing public services in Salford. If you want to provide the right services in the right places with limited funding available, the more you know about people in the city, the better.
Completing the census is vital as billions of pounds of government funding is allocated based on the census data. If people don’t complete the census, then Salford gets less funding for things like libraries, services for children and improving the health of the city. Local authorities don’t see individual information – just statistics to get a picture of Salford’s population make up. More families or more single households? More older people than working age? Ethnic groups or people with disabilities who may need specific services? How much unwaged care is provided? It’s all vital information to shape everything from housing to services needed.
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Home sweet veterans home The first stage of a £15 million redevelopment to create the UK’s only care village for veterans is complete. Residents of Broughton House, Salford, the northwest’s only home for ex-servicemen and women, have moved into the new, three-storey Stoller Wing. It has a residential care wing, nursing care accommodation with 32 beds, and an activity room, a lounge, a kitchen and a balcony on each floor. The nursing care suite is named after Colonel Sir William Coates, who founded Broughton House in 1916 to care for soldiers and sailors injured during the First World War. The residential care suite is named after Charlie Fox, the first Broughton House resident.
The ground floor has a café area, the Broughton House museum, hair salon, physiotherapy and treatment room, conference facilities and the Armed Forces Support Hub which will be replaced by a gym. Work has started on the next phase, The Jellicoe Wing, creating 32 residential care care beds and six independent living apartments alongside the relocated Armed Forces Support Hub. Redevelopment of the two-acre site is being carried out in phases to minimise disruption to residents. Broughton House is still still actively looking for funding to complete the redevelopment. Please contact Rhys Edwards, Fundraising and Marketing Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 740 2737.
Islington Mill gets go ahead Plans to boost creative businesses in Salford have been given the go ahead. The £6.83 million Other City project will renovate Islington Mill and buy New Islington Mill in James Street to provide an extra 25,000 sq. ft. of new accommodation for creative businesses along with advice on survival, support and growth. It is expected to help nearly 200 small to medium sized businesses, creating over 150 new jobs there and in supporting businesses.
Islington Mill was founded as an artist-led community in 2000 by artist and designer Bill Campbell and has supported more than 4,000 artists since, including indie band the Ting Tings and the stars of Channel 4’s Drag SOS tv programme. The £3.3 million European Regional Development Fund, secured in collaboration with Salford City Council, will support the project. Funding is also being contributed by Salford City Council, Arts Council England, the National Heritage Lottery Fund, Architectural Heritage Fund, The Women's Organisation, Islington Mill Arts Club, Bill Campbell, artists and their audiences from gigs and performances and 100 Temporary Custodians who bought into a shared ownership art-work donated by Maurice Carlin.
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Award celebrations One... Salford City Council has been named one of the best local authorities in the country. The prestigious Municipal Journal Local Authority of the Year award is judged by the private and public sector and Salford was Highly Commended. The title went to Aberdeen City Council. Councils are assessed on their ability to deliver top class services and performance, and their innovation and creativity in responding to social changes in the face of austerity, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Salford City Council was praised for transforming support services for children and vulnerable adults, tackling poverty, its award-winning use of digital technology and drawing investment into the city, creating new jobs, homes and affordable housing.
Two... Salford’s supported housing team won Frontline Team of the Year and the Support and Care Team of the Year at the national 2020 Housing Heroes awards. The team cut rough sleeping by 80 per cent, helped 169 people into A Bed Every Night accommodation and over 900 people into settled homes. They also support homeless families and provide specialist support to the armed forces community, care leavers, refugees and people experiencing domestic abuse.
Three... Salford City Council won a silver award from the Ministry of Defence for supporting employees and their families who are reservists, veterans or cadet force volunteers and similar members of the wider armed forces community.
Four... Charlotte Ramsden, Strategic Director of People at Salford City Council was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Mrs Ramsden has been honoured for her sterling work in supporting the development of services for children and young people across Greater Manchester since 2016.
Final call for Spirit of Salford Community Awards 2021 If you know an individual or group doing great things for Salford, please visit www.spiritofsalfordawards. info and nominate them for an award by 4 December 2020 by 5pm. The awards will pay special tribute to the people who have done so much to help Salford deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. As well as granting a Spirit of Salford special recognition award to acknowledge the extraordinary commitment of keyworkers and volunteers in tackling the crisis, the winners of nine further awards will be announced on 4 March 2021: •
Citizen of the year
Community group of the year
Public servant of the year
Young person of the year
Volunteer of the year
Good neighbour of the year
Best health achievement
Best environmental improvement
Best community safety project
Spirit of Salford
COMMUNITY Awards 2021
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Drawing communities together Children and young people in Salford have put pen to paper to draw their communities together and speak out against hate crime. Schools in north east Salford took part in a competition organised by Salford City Council and Greater Manchester Police to create posters based on a quote from the late MP Jo Cox - “We are far more united than the things that divide us”
The winners and runners up were chosen from around 100 entries and are:
The winning entries were used on social media during national Hate Crime Awareness Week, in October to reinforce the message that there is no place for hate speech, aggression or violence in today’s society. Anyone who has been a victim or witness to a hate crime can report it to Greater Manchester Police on 101 or via www.letsendhatecrime.com or www.salford.gov.uk/hatecrime to receive help and support.”
Moorside Primary School:
Summerville Primary School:
Brentnall Primary School: Winner: Karyn aged 10
Winner: Yara aged 11 Winner: Shivakari aged eight
Highly commended: Melody aged 11
Highly Commended: Tom aged 11
Each received £100 for their school, a certificate and presentation print. Highly commended: Yesal aged 11
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Career opportunities Amazing career opportunities are available at the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group and a new employer brand seeks to showcase them. The Northern Care Alliance (NCA) is the group of hospitals formed by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
the team. By pulling together new imagery and a strong brand, the NCA will be better equipped to attract, recruit and retain the best talent around.
The group already employs nearly 20,000 people, all working hard to make a valuable contribution to the communities they serve.
Nicky Clarke, Chief of People, at the NCA said: “The Northern Care Alliance has quickly become the place to receive outstanding care, specialist treatment and be at the forefront of research and digital innovation.
The NCA has launched a new employer brand and careers website to help anyone considering joining
“For the people who work for us, we have steadily built a proud reputation for being a place which is inclusive, provides support, encourages collaboration and invests in careers. "We want to welcome more people to the team and we are particularly committed to being a place that recruits locally and provides employment opportunities to those who frequently use our services.”
To keep up to date with all opportunities, visit www.careers.northerncarealliance.nhs.uk
Little Hulton Health Centre opens Construction work on the new Little Hulton Health Centre is complete and GP practices and other community services have started to move into state-of-the-art building. The Salford Primary Care Together (SPCT) practice is now providing care to the Little Hulton community from the new modern centre on Longshaw Drive. The other practices – Cherry Medical Practice, Dearden Avenue Medical Practice and Manchester Road East Medical Practice – will move into the new centre in the next few weeks. Patients registered to these practices will receive communication notifying them of the move.
With this health hub being in the heart of the Little Hulton community, the site will host services that Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust provide including podiatry, district nurses and psychology, as well as providing a base for other local services including community mid-wives and children’s health. The new Little Hulton Health Centre has been funded by NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, SPCT and Greater Manchester Pension Fund.
Look out for updates on Facebook @salfordprimarycaretogether and Twitter @SPCTogetherCIC.
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Free online health workshops in Salford
Cancer Awareness for Teens and Twenties (CATTs) has been granted £40,000 to deliver cancer awareness workshops to young people in Salford thanks to NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group’s Innovation Fund.
Bethany Applebee, the community engagement lead on the project, said: “Fourteen young people are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK, with a lot of these young people receiving a late diagnosis.
CATTs is a Manchester-based charity, run by young people, for young people. The charity’s mission is simple: to make sure every young person in the UK knows the common signs and symptoms of cancer and when to go and see their doctor. They encourage teenagers and young adults to be familiar with their bodies and to keep an eye out for any signs that could indicate something is wrong.
“There are many reasons why a late diagnosis could happen, one of them being that people do not recognise signs and symptoms as possible symptoms of cancer. On top of this, cancer referrals have now dropped by 75 per cent due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning thousands of young people with cancer are not being diagnosed quickly enough. “These workshops are safe open spaces that not only empower young people on how to look after their own health but also give people a chance to ask the questions they have always wanted to. We know that a lot of young people find it difficult to speak to a doctor about their health and we want to give participants the tools to speak with confidence.”
The free virtual workshops will teach teenagers and young people aged 15-29 in Salford about sun safety, the signs and symptoms of cancer, how to correctly check themselves for lumps, identify cancerous moles and how to lower their risk of developing cancers such as HPV.
The Zoom workshops are for young people aged 15 to 29 and tickets can be booked by visiting www.eventbrite.co.uk and searching for CATTS cancer. CATTs is also offering free, private workshops to schools, colleges, youth clubs and community centres all around Salford. For private workshops please contact them on SalfordWorkshops@wearecatts.co.uk Each year, Salford CCG runs the Innovation Fund to support community projects that test and develop new healthcare products and services to improve outcomes for people living in the city.
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Community pulls together Community spirit has increased in Salford during the COVD-19 pandemic. Greater Manchester’s quarterly community safety survey shows positive results for the city.
Cameras crack down on crime New CCTV cameras have been installed outside a number of schools across Salford to crack down on drivers who put children’s lives at risk.
More people agree or strongly agree that their local area in Salford is a place where people with different backgrounds get on well together (72 per cent up to 79 per cent) and where people look out for each other (68 per cent up to 79 per cent.) Salfordians also say their sense of belonging and pride in their area has also increased. Salford’s Community Safety Partnership, which brings together the council, police, health, housing and justice partners has welcomed the report and urged people to continue to be kind and tolerant. However, anyone who has witnessed or experienced hate crime can report it by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the police's non-emergency reporting number 101. For more support please visit www.salford.gov.uk/hatecrime
Anyone caught parking illegally will be sent a £70 penalty charge, reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days. The move follows complaints from schools, parents and local residents about dangerous and inconsiderate parking and supports patrols by enforcement officers.
Yellow “school-keep-clear” zig-zag markings outside schools - no stopping- not even to let out a passenger
Recycle more . g h t .
Double yellow line - no parking at any time
Single yellow line - parking restrictions apply at certain times. Check signs nearby.
Salford City Council has a network of CCTV cameras which are monitored around the clock. In the last three months trained operators have helped police officers find missing people, including some who were potentially suicidal and make 58 arrests for various offences including violence, burglary and anti-social behaviour. Camera footage has also been used to help police investigate a range of crimes.
Don’t let Salford’s recycling go to waste Please put only clean, dry paper and card in your blue bin.
That’s the message from Salford City Council after 44 lorry loads of paper and card were rejected for recycling because of contamination from bags of rubbish polystyrene, plastic bags and even nappies which should have gone in the black bin. A new information campaign to help people recycle more will be launched in Winton and Little Hulton. Please visit www.salford.gov.uk/recycling for more information on waste collections and recycling.
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New Chief Executive Salford City Council has appointed a new chief executive to replace Jim Taylor who will retire at the end of January 2021. Tom Stannard, currently Corporate Director for Regeneration and Economic Growth at Wakefield Council, will take on the role from 1 February 2021. He has been closely involved in securing and delivering the £1.8 billion West Yorkshire devolution deal and leading major regional growth and regeneration programmes, focusing on job creation, skills and progression, housing delivery and city centre regeneration. Tom was previously Director of Economy and Skills at Oldham Council and has led improvement programmes in children’s services, health and wellbeing partnerships,
and many areas of public service reform. He also sits on the board of the UK Institute of Economic Development and the Centre for local Economic Strategies (CLES) and is a national spokesperson for economic prosperity and housing for SOLACE, the UK local government chief executives’ professional body. City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “I’m delighted that Tom has been appointed to build on the achievements and great work under Jim Taylor’s leadership. I’m looking forward to working with Tom and thank Jim for his dedication and passion over the past six years.”
Agecroft makes it eight Local heroes wanted! Could you become a reservist or volunteer to help young cadets? In Salford you can join the army reserve in the Royal Logistic Corps to supply everything from food to weapons when the army is in the field, or the Royal Marines Reserve and serve alongside the elite Royal Marines anywhere from conflict zones to the scene of a natural disaster. You’ll train hard for the Commando course to earn your own green beret. Or there are sea, army, and RAF air cadet units across Salford which would welcome adult volunteers. For more information please visit the North West Reserve Forces and Cadets Association a www.nwrfca.org.uk
Eight parks and cemeteries in Salford are now officially among the best in the country. Agecroft Cemetery has been awarded Green Flag status, joining Blackleach Country Park, Boothsbank Park, Clifton Country Park, Peel Park (Salford), Victoria Park, Winton Park and Peel Green Cemetery, which have kept their Green Flag status for another year. Keep Britain Tidy gives the award each year to more than 2,000 top parks, cemeteries, community gardens and other green spaces nationally. Judges rate them on being welcoming, clean, healthy, safe and secure and how well they involve the local community.
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Salford’s masterplan moves on One of the biggest developments in the UK has taken another step forward. Salford City Council and the University of Salford have appointed The English Cities Fund (a joint venture between Homes England, Legal and General and Muse Developments) as developer partner for the Crescent area.
This £2.5 billion, 240-acre programme, which will be delivered over the next 20 years, is the next major, key development in Salford’s continued regeneration. The ambition is to celebrate and enhance the area’s wealth of green, blue, cultural and heritage assets and establish strong physical links between the university campus and surrounding communities to create a vibrant, modern and connected new city district that drives culture, innovation and activity. The partners have prepared a new Draft Development Framework for the area, which sets out future development proposals. Public consultation on the Draft Development Framework began in October and the closing date for comments is 1 December. Find out more about the project and have your say on the Draft Development Framework by visiting www.salfordcrescent.com
Home sweet home ? Many people live in shared accommodation in Salford. They’re known as houses in multiple occupation (HMO). If five or more people share the HMO it has to be licensed. Smaller HMOs with three or four tenants don't have to be licensed. We want your views on this.
If a HMO is licensed that means:
If three or four unrelated people share a HMO:
Landlord/property agent must be a 'fit and proper' person
Landlords don’t have to tell the council the property is a HMO
Property condition and safety checks must be carried out
Potential problems for tenants
Arrangements for managing the property and waste disposal are vetted
Potential problems for neighbours
If three to four person (small) HMOs were licensed it would raise standards for everyone. What do you think? Take our short survey and tell us your views by 5 January 2021. Please visit www.salford.gov.uk/additionallicensingconsultation or email email@example.com or write to additional HMO licensing consultation, Salford City Council, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford, M27 5BY.
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Fostering could be just for you Did you know there are several different types of fostering in Salford? We have a diverse range of foster carers in Salford, but all share the same determination to help children from a single child to siblings, older children or younger children. Could you join them? Short term care Many children and young people only need foster care for a few weeks or months before returning to their family. As a foster carer you’d work closely with their social workers and the child's family to contribute to a care plan. Sometimes children need emergency care or existing foster carers or families need a planned break and we need foster carers to step in.
Long term foster care Some children can’t return home but adoption is not appropriate. That’s where long-term foster carers come in, providing a permanent, stable and loving home until adulthood and helping children stay in touch with their birth family if possible.
Focus fostering Focus foster carers provide long-term care for children aged five to 18 who have more complex support needs. Previous placements may have broken down and you’ll provide a stable and caring home along with patience and understanding as it may take time to win their trust. Some children will have learning difficulties and will need a lot of support. Focus fostering can be demanding but is highly rewarding and you will receive full training to prepare you. You and your foster child will then have round the clock support from a team of professionals including regular meetings with the Focus team and other Focus foster carers who can share their experiences, ideas and offer help. Focus foster carers receive an enhanced fostering allowance which recognises the task of caring for a child or young person with complex social and emotional behavioural difficulties. To become a Focus foster carer, you will need: • Some experience of working with or caring for children, young people or vulnerable adults. • An adult in your household who will be available full time to care for the child and work closely with the Focus team. • No other children under the age of 16 living in the household. • A spare room for the child. • A strong commitment to working in partnership with professionals in the best interests of the child.
To find out more visit www.salford.gov.uk/fostering and do something amazing to change a child’s life.
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Salford housing associations unite to support Foundation92 programme Salix Homes is one of seven housing associations in Salford that are proud to be supporting Salford City’s Foundation92 programme. The programme provides young people and families with an exclusive opportunity to take part in over 40 hours’ worth of free physical activity, team building and health improvement activities each week. Head of Foundation 92, Tom Hutton, said: “Foundation 92 is delighted to be collaborating with seven of Salford’s most forward-thinking, respected and caring housing associations. The whole country has faced testing and challenging times associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this both Foundation 92 and our partner housing associations remain committed to improving the lives of people in Salford.” This summer saw the programme provide more than 700 Salford residents with the opportunity to participate in free-to-access community activity led by Foundation 92’s team of fully qualified coaches, including a coaching session run by Ryan Giggs held in Albert Park.
Neighbourhood manager at Salix Homes, Jeanette Green, said: “We are thrilled to be able to support this fantastic cause. This summer of events has been a huge success and we hope the activities have benefitted and will continue to positively benefit the Salford community. We look forward to continuing to offer our support.”
Salix Homes achieves gold accreditation in Investors in People assessment Salix Homes has achieved a very strong Gold accreditation in its Investors In People (IIP) assessment. This is the first time the organisation has been assessed against the new standard which is much more stretching in terms of its requirements, how it is assessed and how accreditations are awarded.
Only 18 per cent of organisations in the UK (as at March this year) have achieved a Gold level accreditation. Lee Sugden, Chief Executive Officer, at Salix Homes, said: “I’d like to thank all our staff for their support and everyone who participated in the process and has helped continue to make Salix a great place to work.”
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Salix Homes’ Love Your Neighbourhood Week 2020 Love Your Neighbourhood Week is an annual event run by Salix Homes. The week aims to get the people of Salford to come together and take ownership for where they live. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions the week was held digitally and saw a jam-packed schedule of activities held on Facebook for the Salford community to get involved in.
Monday 17 - Friday 21 August 2020
The fun kicked off with a live virtual cooking demonstration from BounceBack Food where they cooked some tasty healthy recipes. The day also saw a virtual walking tour of Salford held on Facebook exploring some local landmarks.
Flytipping causes a blight on neighbourhoods across the country. Salix Homes Environmental Team shared their top tips and advice on recycling household items.
Tuesday As many people have been Before spending time in gardens, small spaces and communal areas and even taking on lockdown garden projects Salix Homes ran a ‘lockdown transformation’ competition. The winner won a £50 Tesco voucher.
Wednesday Who has been your neighbourhood hero throughout lockdown? Midweek, Salix Homes took the time to appreciate its lockdown heroes and gave followers the chance to nominate theirs.
Friday The week finished on a high with the announcement of this years’ Springboard Heroes winner, The Salford Scorpions, the city's first flag American football club. Springboard Heroes recognises the very best community projects that have received Salix Homes Springboard funding.
Sue Sutton, Chief Executive Director at Salix Homes said:
“Although in a digital format this year, Love Your Neighbourhood Week has proved to be a great success once again. Thanks to the annual week, we can really see the pride in our communities and that true spirit of Salford. We hope this will bring a lasting benefit to our neighbourhoods.”
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Salford News Food help
Salfordian hotel is open again
Salford City Council has teamed up with The Trussell Trust, which runs Salford Foodbank, to offer new help in Swinton and Broughton. People referred for help can collect food parcels from Swinton Gateway on Chorley Road on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 4pm and from Broughton Hub in Rigby Street, Broughton on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 4pm.
The Salfordian hotel, which provides affordable holidays in Southport for people over 50 is open once again. The building has a range of rooms, a wet room, function room bar and has wheelchair access. Door to door transport from Salford can be arranged. COVID-19 measures are in place. To find out more call 0161 925 1233, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.salford.gov.uk/salfordian
Lights, Lowry, action EU settlement scheme EU nationals who want to continue living and working in the UK may need to register with the EU Settlement Scheme. Applications must be made online and there is free internet access at Salford Gateway centres and libraries. Help is also available from Salford Citizen’s Advice by calling 0300 3309 074. Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm or Europia, which supports European expats, by calling 0333 3058 570 or email email@example.com Visit www.salford.gov.uk/leavingtheEU for more information.
SIX, the smash hit musical about the six wives of Henry VIII runs from Friday 27 November to Sunday 10 January while the magical, musical adaptation of The Gruffalo runs from 12 December to 10 January. The galleries have also re-opened. Visit www.thelowry.com to book online only.
Share your feedback on health and social care in Salford Because we all care 0330 355 0300 www.healthwatchsalford.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org
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On your scooter E-scooters are being trialled in Salford for the next year. They can be used by any adult with a full or provisional driving licence in the trial area which runs between the University of Salford and MediaCityUK. It will then expand to other areas in Salford including Ordsall and Salford city centre. Lime, the world’s leading micro mobility company, which provides e-scooters in 125 cities around the world will run the scheme and be fully responsible for all implementation and operating costs. Riders download the app and scan the QR code on the handlebars to begin a
ride. Once complete they must park it responsibly in a designated parking zone and take a photo to confirm the end of the ride. Each ride costs £1 to unlock and 15p per minute to use and discounts are available for job seekers, students and people in some employment sectors. COVID-19 safety measures are in place. The scheme is being run entirely by Lime and is supported by Salford City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and the University of Salford which will research‘micro-mobility’over short distances. It is illegal to use a private e-scooter in public spaces but the government has fast-tracked permission for the trials as part of the national response to the pandemic. Visit https://safety.li.me/
Green light for energy plans Plans for green energy in Salford have taken another step forward. The council will partner with Energy Systems Catapult, a not-for-profit centre of excellence, to gain expert advice and guidance and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grants to address the gap in funding. A 3.79 hectare solar farm with 5,094 solar panels at Kenyon Way, Little Hulton should generate the equivalent of enough power for 438 homes a year. Building work will start in 2021. A hydroelectric scheme on the River Irwell at Charlestown Weir will generate the equivalent of enough electricity to power about 200 homes. Power will be generated by an Archimedes screw and the scheme will incorporate passes to allow fish and eels to swim further up the river. The scheme will be built in 2022. Meanwhile the Big Clean Switch website bigcleanswitch.org has details of green suppliers.
Tie the knot at Salford Lads and Girls Club Salford Lads and Girls Club is now an official venue for weddings, civil partnerships, civil services and vow renewals. The club in Coronation Street, Ordsall started in 1903 and became famous when The Smiths used its photo on their 1986 album. It now attracts music fans and visitors from around the world. It joins other wedding venues including Ordsall Hall and Salford Museum and Art Gallery run by Salford Community Leisure. For more information please email email@example.com
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Grants of up to £500 are up for grabs to help create opportunities for young people in Salford Our Boost4Youth fund offers grants of up to £500 a time to help fund youth projects or initiatives. Maybe you’re an apprentice who’s after some new tools for the trade? Perhaps your youth club is in desperate need of some new equipment? Whatever the cause, if it’s helping young people in Salford, then apply today. www.salixhomes.co.uk/boost4youthfund
Join our Boost4Youth Panel Do you want to help make things better for young people in your community? Are you aged 14-17? Are you interested in supporting young people?
Would you like to grow your own skills? Would you like to put something a bit different on your CV? We are looking for young people to take part in an independent decision making panel, Boost4Youth. Find out more and apply: www.salixhomes.co.uk/boost4youth
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