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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Building a Healthy and Happy Tameside

Friday, 09 July 2021

The release of the Marmot Report, which I’ve discussed in a previous blog entry here, has driven home the importance of putting health and wellbeing first as we begin to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. This week, I want to do something a bit different and lay out in detail some of the projects and schemes that are taking place across Tameside and Glossop to challenge health inequalities and improve quality of life for all our residents.

Drop-In Vaccinations and Testing

 

Over the past month and a half, a coronavirus “vaccine van” has been making its way across Tameside and Glossop to give residents the opportunity to get vaccinated. The van has been targeting areas with the lowest rates of vaccine take-up to date, and its next stops will be Masjid E Hamzah, Katherine Street, Ashton, today from 9am-4pm, and Villemomble Square in Droyslden from 10am-3pm on Saturday.

A number of local vaccination hubs have also been set up at the British Gas site on Stockport Road in Hattersley, Denton Festival Hall, Oxford Park Sports Centre in Ashton, the George Lawton Hall in Mossley, and Glossop Cricket and Bowling Club. The dates and times that they’re open can be found at www.tameside.gov.uk/covidvaccine.

A team of friendly volunteers and professionals will be on hand at all the vaccination venues to support people through the process and ease any concerns. No appointment or ID is required, and both first and second vaccinations are available.

Please also remember that testing yourself for coronavirus, even if you have no symptoms, is more important than ever. This will reduce as far as possible the risk of the virus spreading and new variants emerging as the final lockdown measures are lifted, as well as relieving pressure on our NHS and GPs so they are free to deal with the backlog of treatment that has built up during the pandemic. Free lateral flow tests are available online, at local pharmacies and libraries, or at a number of other locations across the borough. Visit our website here for further information, including exact addresses and opening times.

Covid Ambassador Scheme

 

Since 21 April 2021, 20 “Covid Ambassadors” employed directly by the Council have played a key role in helping residents and businesses to comply with social distancing and other coronavirus guidelines. This has included carrying out spot checks at areas of high footfall such as town centres and school gates, as well as distributing material explaining the latest information on measures, testing and vaccination. Many of our Covid Ambassadors had difficulties finding employment before the pandemic, and although the role itself is temporary they have used their experience to successfully move on to longer-term work and training positions. I want to thank them for their hard work and wish them every success in the future.

Car Park Lung Health Checks
 
Smoking is still one of the unhealthiest voluntary activities you can partake in. As part of a national pilot, Tameside & Glossop has been chosen along with 23 other places to run the Targeted Lung Health Check (TLCH) programme. The service is open to all current or former smokers between 55 to 75 years old, and aims to improve diagnosis of lung cancer at the earliest possible stage. A mobile CT scanner will be taken to accessible locations across Tameside & Glossop to provide those determined by GPs to be at high risk with a lung health check. Since the survival rate for lung cancer increases significantly the sooner it is caught, it’s estimated this it could give up to 400 people a fighting chance to beat the illness. The service will also be able to provide stop smoking advice to those who want it.

4C Community Centre Opens

 

Health and wellbeing isn’t only about GP visits and health checks. Helping residents to live happy and fulfilled lives is just as important. The 4C Community Centre, located on the grounds of Christ Church between Oldham Road and Taunton Road in Ashton, will be a thriving and high spec space to provide local people with a variety of health and social opportunities. The facilities on offer include bookable meeting rooms and a café, and the building itself incorporates both new and tried-and-tested technologies to reduce its environmental impact. It’s our hope that it will join the very successful Grafton Centre in Hyde and the Together Centre in Dukinfield as a shining example of community-led hubs, designed by local residents for local residents.

These are just some of the ways in which we’re helping Tameside & Glossop recover from the coronavirus pandemic, and I hope to be able to update you on more such projects as they come to fruition. Big money items might make headlines, but it is local initiatives like these that will make communities. 

 

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