Hi Leaders and Supporters,

FireCamp is moving on nicely with old tarmac being delivered over the next few days for the car park for all our trailers. Also after chasing Community Payback (the naughty girls and boys) for weeks, we now have a supervisor, Louisa, who is a bit of a green person into trees and plants, but is into moving a lot of the bushes, blackberry bushes, so she is not totally green otherwise we would have to camp in the bushes and trees, which would suit the camp warden Sam as he likes hammocks in trees. Louisa with her Com Pay team will be spreading the old tarmac around the carpark faster than we can as there are not many on our Camp Service Crew, if you want to help, there are lots of things to do on the site contact me or sam.crabtree@ntscouts.org.uk.  

Remembrance Parades are on Sunday 13th November Ashton is meet up at back of Ashton Market 9.10am ready for the start of the parade at 9.20. We then march to Ashton Parish Church for the 9.45 service, parents can join in at the back of our Scouts. Then onto the War Memorial for the 11.00am service which should be finished about 12.00. Waterloo’s service is meet at Cannon Burrows Primary School 1.45pm then a march to the War Memorial for the 2.30pm service. I haven’t the info for Droylsden but will get it for next weeks briefing.

Training is looking great as nearly everyone is done with one outstanding, so thanks to everyone involved to get it all completed.

See below the Cristal Care Award Winners it will be a bit like our Volunteers Celebration as you are all winners helping our young people. Book it in your diary 26/11/22 7.00pm at Hurst Community Centre, the speaker has cancelled the bring you up to speed presentation of all the new stuff coming in as they are changing the presentation so sadly you have got Andy and me having a chat, in between the butties and drinks, let me know so I can book you in.

There is info from Helping Hand with the cost of living support event with free hot food. Also help with childcare costs for holiday clubs, after school clubs parents can save about £170 a month and also check out tax free childcare. You may not need the next one but you do need to be aware of Child Exploitation it does happen check Child Criminal Exploitation, Trapped and Modern Slavery Unit and check Child Sexual Exploitation.

If you are thinking about adoption to give a child a better life see adoption week.

If you have a child under 5 Greater Manchester Early Years need your help with a survey it’s only about 10 mins. If you have someone looking for a job have a look at the Jobs Fair Wed 2nd November. Or looking for something to do over half term then discover more about Tameside and Stalybridge and get ready for the Lantern making for your section at the free lantern making sessions ready for the lantern parade in Ashton on Sat 19 November, next will be Christmas 

Finally,  from me, a bit more of my shop fell down on Wed, they have been back with a load of acros supports, but the clock on the front is still going for now, see pictures of shop.

Be safe out there before you leave your front door, don’t forget your risk assessments.

Yours Alan.

From:               Cllr Gerald P Cooney, Executive Leader Tameside Council

Date:                21 October 2022

CRISTAL Care Award Winners 2022

I had the honour of attending this year’s Celebrating Remarkable and Inspirational Stars, Teams And Leaders (CRISTAL) Care Awards ceremony, which was held last Friday at Dukinfield Town Hall.  These prestigious awards are now in their third year and are going from strength to strength, acknowledging people’s dedication and commitment to their role caring for some of the most vulnerable people in our community. 

It was humbling to hear of all the great work taking place by some inspirational teams and individuals.  I was pleased to present the award for Celebrating Personalisation in Care which went to Emma Taylor at Direct Care Tameside Ltd (home care) and Ann-Marie Coggin at Willowbank (care home).  A huge thank you to the Individualised Commissioning and Quality Improvement team at Tameside Integrated Care Partnership for pulling off another successful awards ceremony. A full list of those who were nominated and who won an award can be found here.

Helping Hand: Cost of Living Support

Please don’t forget about next week’s Cost of Living Support Event in Hattersley. We are pleased to be partnering with Onward Homes for the next Cost of Living Support Event: Helping Hand Winter Warmer. This event will provide support right in the heart of the local community, allowing face-to-face access with services who can help with a range of issues and challenges the cost of living crisis is presenting for our residents. The event is taking place on the 26 October, 3pm-6:30pm at St Barnabas Meeting Point Hattersley Road East Hattersley SK14 3EQ.

Onward will be providing hot food at the event for those attending. They are also accepting donations of good quality winter coats, boots and blankets for adults and children that could be handed out on the night. Please contact Samantha.Powers@onward.co.uk for more information on how to make a donation.

It’s not too late to get in touch if your service would like to hold a stall which would benefit residents with face-to-face advice and support, please contact communications@tameside.gov.uk . You can share the attached graphic through your channels and networks to help promote the event. Please do encourage people to drop in.

Help with childcare costs

I would like to provide a reminder to families not miss the opportunity of help towards their childcare costs. Families can save up to £500 every 3 months, or £1,000 if their child is disabled through Tax-free Childcare. Families can sign up to Tax-Free Childcare to help pay for holiday clubs, before and after-school clubs, childminders and nurseries, and other approved childcare schemes. It is available to families with children up to the age of 11, or 17 if their child has a disability.

The government will pay 20% of childcare costs by topping up the money paid into a Tax-Free Childcare account. This means for every £8 paid into the online account, families will automatically receive an additional £2 in government top-up. Accounts can be opened at any time of the year and can be used straight away.

Councils are encouraged to amplify this reminder from HMRC as appropriate.

Families can find out more about Tax-Free Childcare via the Childcare Choices website.

Helping to protect Tameside children from exploitation

We’ve worked with our partners to run a week of action against Child Criminal Exploitation and Child Sexual Exploitation. As part of this we commissioned Odd Arts Theatre Company to run workshops in our secondary schools to educate young people on how to avoid exploitation and get support for themselves and others. We also promoted online training sessions for parents and professionals and multi agency teams visited parks and other areas young people congregate while Greater Manchester Police targeted hotspot areas and suspected offenders. One of the best ways we can protect our young people is to educate them on how to avoid being at risk and how to get support for themselves and their friends. But we all also have a responsibility as a wider community to safeguard our children by knowing how to spot the signs of exploitation and know how to get help.

National Adoption Week

This week was National Adoption Week with the focus on recognising the significance of identity for children who are adopted and asking Tameside residents ‘could you be a part of their life story?’ We joined with local adoption agency Adoption Now in supporting the campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the need to be connected to our pasts, to improve our sense of identity and emotional wellbeing, something that is crucial for those who have been adopted as they mature into adulthood. Things that can play a role include special memories with foster carers and friends, contact with birth parents, knowledge of their family history, and the relationships formed with their adoptive families. If you would like to be part of a child’s life-story by becoming adopters or would like adoption support in Tameside you can visit https://adoptionnow.org.uk

Thank you for recycling more!

It’s Greater Manchester recycling week as part of this we are celebrating that Tameside residents are recycling more. In 2021/22 Tameside households recycled and composted 53% of their waste – a significant increase from 47% the previous year. This is helping the environment and safeguarding money for essential local services.

GM Early Years consultation

GMCA have launched a consultation to get the views from parents and carers of children under five about the development and wellbeing of their children. It asks for experiences both during and as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the emerging effects of the rising cost of living. It is important that these impacts and lived experiences are recognised and understood so that both our ongoing development of Covid recovery strategies and response to the ongoing rising cost of living addresses the parents and carers of early years children across Greater Manchester. We want every child to have the best start in life and start school ready to learn and to make sure young children, families and communities have the help and support they need to thrive. Completing the survey, which runs until 18 November, takes 10mins and all answers are confidential. Please share where appropriate and to take part visit www.gmconsult.org

Young Persons Job Fair

The Employment and Skills team are holding a Young Persons Jobs Fair for 16-24 year-olds who are leaving care or not currently in work or education but are looking for employment and education opportunities and information. The event which is being held on Wednesday 2 November from 1-4pm at Dukinfield Town Hall will be friendly and informal and young people can just drop in on the day. There will be lots of employers like Asda, GMP, North West Ambulance Service, Balfour Beatty, Vinci Construction, NHS, Tameside Council and lots more, plus lots of organisations that can help with training and support on hand.

For more information email employmentandskillsteam@tameside.gov.uk

Discover more about Tameside

With Half Term and Halloween on the way there’s lots to do and see in our towns. There are lots of fun and free family activities to get involved with and it’s simple and easy to use Discover App.  To find up to date information on events and activities, you can download the app here and it’s free on IOS/Android.

‘Views of Stalybridge’ schools exhibition

Views of Stalybridge” – the largest schools exhibition ever held in the town – is open at the civic hall until Wednesday.

Created by pupils from seven primaries, who have worked with two professional artists, it is part of the Town of Culture programme and gives a children’s perspective on Stalybridge’s rich heritage. Features such as canals, industry and the moors, are all reflected and I would highly recommend a visit. The exhibition can be viewed at Stalybridge Civic Hall until Wednesday, October 26. The building is open 10am to 3pm but is closed on Sunday.

Community at the heart of Tameside’s Christmas celebrations

The fantastic Northern Lights Christmas Lantern Parade will light the way and mark the start of the winter festivities on Saturday 19 November 2022. In order to ensure the event is a success, community groups, individuals and businesses are being invited to get involved and play a starring role in the event by creating the lanterns for the parade at FREE sessions which start later this month. For all the latest information and dates of sessions, go to www.intameside.co.uk/northernlights

A part of the celebrations, local businesses in Ashton are also being invited to team up with local artists and be part of the first ever festive window trail, which help light up the town centre and families will enjoy over the festive period. The trail will add that extra sparkle to Ashton’s festivities and encourage footfall to the town over Christmas and support local businesses. All the window displays will be turned on the 19 November and remain in place for residents to enjoy throughout December and into the New Year. Business who would like to be involved should email events@tameside.gov.uk to find out more.

Enjoy your weekend and Happy Diwali to all those celebrating, we wish you a happy, safe and blessed Diwali.


Councillor Gerald P. Cooney

Executive Leader

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