Hawthorne leading new support for sufferers of dementia

Dementia care Stockport
Pictured are (left to right) Maureen Roscoe daughter of Mrs Baguley, Kerri Dillon deputy care home manager at Bruce Lodge, Winifred Baguley resident at Bruce Lodge and her other daughter Bernadette Sykes.

Manor councillor Daniel Hawthorne is leading Stockport Council’s latest efforts to pilot a new way of supporting people with dementia who live in care homes.

The Council is working in partnership with Borough Care Ltd on a pilot scheme at Bruce Lodge in Offerton – a residential care home for older people with dementia that is owned and operated by Borough Care Ltd.

Residents at the home are offered a more personalised service and a chance to direct their own care on a day to day basis in a way that makes sense to them. It also gives them more choice over how they spend their time, including trips out in the community and supports them to make their own choices and decisions.

A key factor in the success of the project is the development of a one-page profile for each resident that details what is important to them, what they like to do and information on how best to support them. This is then shared with staff at the home who at the same time, are also being encouraged to develop their own profiles that are used to match staff with residents with the same or similar interests.

Daniel Hawthorne, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Adult Care Services, said: “I am pleased that we are part of this ground-breaking work and that we plan to extend this to other care homes in Stockport to help deliver services that focus on the needs of the individual. By focusing on what they enjoy doing on a day to day basis it not only makes the individuals in care live happier lives, but also makes life easier for the staff who look after them.

“I look forward to sharing the learning and good practice in delivering more personalised services for people living in care homes not only locally but regionally and nationally.”

The work between the Council and Borough Care Ltd is being supported by Helen Sanderson Associates, a Stockport based consultancy which have spent the last 12 months developing this new approach to personalisation.

Visit www.stockport.gov.uk/myhome for more information about the project and to watch the introductory video.

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YOUR help needed for Library Time Capsule!

Stockport Central Library
Albert Derbyshire who borrowed the first book when the new library opened in 1913, returns to celebrate the golden jubilee of the library’s opening in October 1963.

Stockport’s famous town centre Library will be celebrating a landmark anniversary next month as 1 August marks the 100th anniversary of its foundation stone being laid.

To mark the occasion, residents are asked for ideas on what should go into a modern time capsule to mark the library’s centenary.

The original time capsule, placed beneath the foundation stone, contains newspapers from 1st August 1912 as well as coins and a programme of the day’s event at the library.

Stockport Council wants your ideas for items representing today’s Stockport for a 2012 time capsule.

When items have been collected, they will be on public display before being stored in the archives for posterity.

Councillor Mark Weldon, Executive Member for Supporting Communities, said: “To highlight the centenary of the opening of Stockport’s famous and prominent library next year, we would like to create a ‘Stockport 2012’ time capsule to complement the original one.  We want local people to tell us what they think should go into the capsule – items that represent today’s modern borough.”

If anyone has ideas, or memories of Stockport Central Library down the years, or photographs or other memorabilia connected with the library, they are asked to phone 0161 474 4530, email localheritagelibrary@stockport.gov.uk or log onto www.stockport.gov.uk/libraries

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Crime continues to fall in Stockport

Sue derbyshire crime reductionStockport’s ‘Safer Stockport Partnership conference’ heard how Stockport’s succesful crime policy had helped deliver sustained crime reduction in Stockport over the last eight years with over 900 fewer victims of crime.

Last year anti-social behaviour was reduced by 21% which equates to 3,196 fewer incidents over the year.

The conference, opened by Lib Dem Cllr Mark Weldon, the Council’s Executive Member for Supporting Communities, provided an opportunity for organisations to share information on how they work to successfully prevent crime and disorder in the borough.

Cllr Weldon said: “It’s very encouraging that crime has fallen for the eighth consecutive year thanks to the SSP’s highly successful partnership work. However, we are not complacent and are determined to ensure that crime falls even further by building on the close working relationships with community groups and partner organisations.”

The conference was addressed by Cllr Sue Derbyshire, the Leader of Stockport Council, and SSP’s two Joint Chairs, Chief Superintendent Chris Sykes of Greater Manchester Police and Eamonn Boylan, Chief Executive of Stockport Council.

One of the highlights of the conference was the SSP Awards Ceremony where members of the community received a certificate of commendation for their contributions towards community safety.

Among those who received awards were a group of young women from Brinnington involved in the ‘Girls are Strong’ project which looked at the impacts of domestic abuse and ways to promote positive relationships through activities and events organised through Stockport Without Abuse (SWA) and Brinnington Education Achievement Partnership (BEAP).

Stockport resident, Brenda Bates was presented with an award for her work through Poet’s Corner Action Group in North Reddish which meets on a monthly basis to provide a forum in which residents resolve neighbourhood issues together.

Chief Superintendent Chris Sykes from GMP, said: “Brenda’s community mindedness, persistence and determination has enabled her to communicate honestly with the residents of North Reddish and partner agencies in order to respond to the needs of the community.

“An example of Brenda’s innovative work is the development of football opportunities for some of the challenging young people in North Reddish, which is now delivered every Saturday on the estate by Reddish North End Football Club.”

For more information about the SSP and the ‘Safer in Stockport initiative visit www.saferstockport.org.ukor call 0161 474 3143.

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Residents warned: Watch out for Labour Lies

Stockport deserves better than this

Residents have been warned to treat Labour claims with caution after they resorted to outright lies in the recent election campaign.

In Stockport, Labour were criticised for their negative campaign and for offering residents no vision or ideas about how they think Stockport should be run.

This has led to suspicions that their plans involve severe cuts of the kind imposed by next door Labour-run Manchester city Council with the hope that voters would blame the Coalition government.

Labour announced the slashing of thousands of jobs and closed services throughout the City.  They blamed the coalition for the cuts, but the Council had £100 million sat in its bank account and were slammed from across the political spectrum for putting political point scoring ahead of residents.

If you want a claim investigated, e-mail info@stockportlibdems.org.uk.

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Manor’s Daniel Hawthorne – £630,000 backing for community groups in Stockport

Daniel Hawthorne is getting behind charities in Stockport and encouraging groups to apply for the Borough’s grant scheme

Councillor Daniel Hawthorne, recently elected by councillors to be Executive Member for Adult Care Services, has announced £630,000 of main grant funding awards to 38 community groups in the borough.

The scheme runs an annual bidding round and awards grants of £3,000 and over to pay for the staffing and running costs of projects or organisations that help to improve the quality of life for local people.

The funding will support a wide range of areas including help for people with a disability, homeless and vulnerable young people, help for people who are victims of crime or domestic violence, services aimed at reducing isolation, increasing independence for older people, people experiencing mental health problem, community transport and support for carers.

Daniel Hawthorne said: “Voluntary organisations and community groups in Stockport are vital to the social and economic health of the borough. These services provide a real lifeline to local people and communities across the borough, and the Council welcomes this opportunity to work in partnership with the sector and offer practical support to help these local organisations thrive.

“I would urge voluntary organisations who haven’t bid for these grants to do so in the future as we want to work with you for the benefit of residents across the borough. Details of how to apply for 2013/2014 are available on the Council website at www.stockport.gov.uk/grants or by phoning 474 4539.”

For more details about the Main Grant Scheme, including a full list of successful projects, log onto the website above.

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Local elections 2012: Results

Number of councillors on Stockport Council for each party

Stockport Liberal Democrats are extending a ‘thank you’ to residents for their support following the local elections this month.

Councillor Sue Derbyshire was re-elected in Manor ward with more than 44% of the vote, although with just a 24 vote majority over Labour.

Sue was also elected by her fellow councillors to become Leader of the Council.  Liberal Democrats remain the largest party in Stockport.

Following the vote, Sue thanked Stockport residents and reaffirmed her commitment to making sure Stockport Council keeps delivering excellent services in the borough.

In Davenport and Cale Green ward Ann Smith received a record 13% swing from Labour’s 2011 result.  Although Ann lost her seat on the Council in a narrow win for Labour, Ann has promised to keep on campaigning in the area.

Labour’s councillors for the ward live as far away as Reddish and Woodley.  Ann has promised to keep campaigning in the area to make sure Labour’s councillors don’t take voters for granted.

Detailed results for each ward in Stockport borough can be found by clicking here.

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