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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Become a Tameside Community Champion

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Before I start this blog today I want to take a moment to pay tribute to one of the undisputed heroes of the coronavirus pandemic. At the beginning of this month we tragically lost Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised tens of millions of pounds for the NHS and other charities before succumbing to the virus himself.

As well as his incredible personal achievements, no one exemplified more than him the fact that the one shining light throughout these dark months has been the way that people have rallied together. In the face of the worst pandemic in living, ordinary men and women across the country have responded with solidarity in word and deed. The unseen acts of kindness they have carried out for their neighbours and communities ensures that the spirit of Captain Sir Tom will live on even as we commit his body to rest.

 

Our vaccine rollout is continuing at an excellent pace, with five vaccination hubs in Ashton, Hyde, Denton, Stalybridge and Glossop as well as the national vaccination centre at The Etihad Tennis Club in Manchester. As of the last count on 10 February, 49,737 local people have received their first jab, and local infection rates are beginning to slowly go down. Rapid testing is also now available in Dukinfield Town Hall and Stalybridge Civic Hall for those who do not have Covid-19 symptoms, and are unable to work from home or need to come into contact with others regularly as part of their job. However, we are by no means out of the woods yet, and it is vital that we continue to follow the rules to protect ourselves and those around us.

It is in that spirit that I am inviting our local residents to become Tameside Community Champions. We recognise that the messages around the pandemic, lockdown restrictions, and what is and isn’t operating can sometimes become confusing or overwhelming. While we do our best to make sure our residents are kept informed, there are many who prefer to receive their information from people that they know and trust. By becoming a Community Champion you can be that person, ensuring that your friends, neighbours and colleagues know exactly what is going on and what they need to do.

The only qualification necessary to become a Community Champion is the desire to help in any way you can. Whether you’re somebody that everyone already knows and listens to, or if it’s your first time doing anything like this, your time and effort is welcome and wanted.

You can sign up on our website here. Once you’re registered, every Monday we’ll send you an e-mail with our key messages and any information that we want people to know. You can then share this with your community in the way that seems best to you.
In order to help you in your role as a Community Champion, our Public Health Team are holding fortnightly meetings at 10am and 6pm Monday where you can receive more in-depth information, as well as have the opportunity to get any other questions answered.  Our Communications Team will also hold informal Zoom meetings every other Wednesday at 10am and 6pm to allow you to give feedback on what is and isn’t working message-wise in your area. Further support is provided by a dedicated e-mail inbox for questions and requests, and a What’sApp broadcast to receive news, pictures and videos about coronavirus straight to your mobile.

As turbulent and difficult as this year has been, it has seen bonds of community and fellowship forged that will never be broken. We know now more than ever that the strength of our communities is judged by how we look after each other and not just ourselves. Let’s keep following the example of Captain Sir Tom and work together to build a fairer and better Tameside, now and in the post-coronavirus world to come.

 

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