Hi Leaders and Supporters,

This week’s info for the fit people only, we are clearing FireCamp of trees, grass, blackberry brambles and weeds, wages paid in apples off the apple trees they were a bit bitter last month but are lovely and sweet now and dropping off the trees. We are starting at 10.00 on Sat and Sun 1st & 2nd and some brave heroes are having a sleep over in the trees, not me. For the not fit people you could come along and watch or brew-up. The official opening ceremony by Alan Fish NTDist Chair of the new gate was on 27/9/22 so the FireCamp project can start as we have a big gate to get onto the campsite funded by Sir Robert McAlpine through Action Funder.

Scouts Cooking Comp 8/10/22 9.30 2/1 Mayor is judging we don’t want to poison him.

Did you get our great Tamesider news from Ken, it comes beginning of every month and is a good read, if not contact ken.marks@ntscouts.org.uk and if you have some good news stories contact Ken.

www.hurstcommunitycentre.org.uk pantomime this year is Peter Panto on 5th to 10th of December, oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is. Bookings are at www.ticketsourse.co.uk/hurstcommunitycentre or if taking your section contact hcctickets@hotmail.co.uk to get your discount. Volunteer Celebration and Recruitment Night (Christmas do) at www.hurstcommunitycentre.org.uk is on 26/11/22 19.00 I have now got £500.00 grant from www.actiontogether.org.uk to fund the Celebration. We assemble at 19.00, Our Speaker Neil Gorton will be talking about the changes coming to Scouting 19.00-19.30 next one is me 19.30-19.45. Butties is at 20.00. The rest of the night will be recruiting, chatting to old and new friends plus having a good time following not’s so good last year with covid etc. Please could I ask the GSL’s or their representative to wear their neckerchief over their clothes so we can identifie you to any newies who want to join your group. Thanks.

At the recruitment night we are looking for, on the District Team :-

Vice Chair to work alongside me as retiring.

Vice Treasurer to work alongside Noreen as retiring.

Vice Secretary to work alongside Wyn as retiring.

LTM Local Training Manager looking after DTAs

NoTTS TA Training Advisors to help Leaders through their training must have module 25.

SAS Support Active Scouting members to help Scouting now and again.

FCSC FireCamp Service Crews to help in the running of FireCamp

DYC District Youth Commissioner 18 to 25years

DSNC District Scout Network Commissioner.

PRaTTS helping in the PR trailer recruiting people into Scouts.

NTCWT helping people on the NT Climbing Wall over 15years and need at least 1 permit. P1 Fitting Harness, P2 Rescue (need to climb), P3 Raise wall, P4 Tow wall. 

All Groups need Leaders, Section Assistants, Supporters, Trustees, Occasional Helpers.

Keep your eyes and ears open most people join Scouts as their children join a section, ask the parents to help, and others join as someone has told them about Scouting.

Info from TS below

SHiFT is help for young people to steer them away from crime, could we help by them joining Scouts or is that to shifty.

Litter hubs is a great idea for around your HQ and community, you can borrow the equipment free and their officers remove the bags of rubbish for you, contact Sharon Power below.

If you have money troubles, see below for help.

Libraries week starts on Monday lots of FREE events

From:               Cllr Gerald P Cooney, Executive Leader Tameside Council

Date:                30 September 2022

SHiFT Programme

An innovative scheme that helps prevent vulnerable young people from being drawn into risky behaviours that could impact negatively on both them and their communities is coming to Tameside. On Wednesday, our Cabinet agreed to collaborate with the national charity SHiFT and the Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit – becoming the first area outside of London to engage with the initiative. SHiFT aims to break the destructive cycle of young people caught up in a situation that they are struggling to control or remove themselves from. Each participant would have one intensive, high-quality, and persistent practitioner to establish a trusting professional relationship with, giving them the support they need to improve their lives. The London borough of Greenwich has reported a marked improvement in the quality of practice and outcomes for young people worked with. Tameside SHiFT will draw on its experience to develop a Practice of multi-skilled professionals that will be carefully tailored to support 27 children in the borough identified by a wide range of professionals as the most vulnerable. Its fantastic that we’re leading the way to provide outstanding support for the most vulnerable children in Tameside to transform their lives. I look forward to seeing the Practice’s achievements.

Litter Hubs relaunch

It was great to see the community come together to kick-start a litter picking campaign to keep Tameside tidy. An event at Café Pop in Hyde on Tuesday saw the relaunch of Tameside Litter Community (TLC) and our Litter Hubs Network where residents or groups can book out free equipment, including high vis jackets, litter pickers, gloves and black bags, from community places. Our officers will then arrange for the rubbish to be disposed of appropriately. It’s part of the Our Streets campaign that’s bringing people together for a cleaner and safer borough. TLC and the Litter Hubs Network began in Hyde two years ago but were impacted by the pandemic. The relaunch is not only seeing them revived but also expanded across the borough with a call for community venues in other towns to join the network by emailing sharron.power@tameside.gov.uk  Everyone can do their bit, even if it’s by simply taking part in Tameside’s Litter Pledge to pick up a piece of litter every day to make a difference together. Littering is a blight across the country but by working together we can keep our neighbourhood’s smart and protect the environment. I have attached a graphic which lists all our local litter hubs that you can share through your networks.

Contractors on site in Ashton Town Hall

Construction vehicles, equipment and workers are now on site Ashton Town Hall as enabling works progress on the next phase of the process using funds from the £20m Levelling up Funding (LUF) for Ashton Town Centre. The Town Hall is an important part of the plans and £3.4m of the LUF fund we were awarded in October 2021 was earmarked to support some of the buildings restoration and repurposing. The remaining funds will be used for remediation work for the redevelopment of the former Interchange Site and improvement to the public realm including walking and cycling routes. 

Since the Town Hall closed in 2015, much of the preparation work carried out to date has not been visible to staff or the public. However, following the appointment of a number of sub-contractors by Robertson’s work started on site this week. Workers will be taking down a number of internal ceilings and removing “stud” walls to fully expose the structural fabric of the building and hidden architectural features.  This partial internal strip-out will facilitate the completion of detailed surveys required to fully inform the ongoing design process for the restoration of the building envelope, including the roof and internal layout.   

It is anticipated that this element of the scheme, which has Listed Building consent, will be concluded towards the end of November. Further updates will be provided on the LUF projects over the coming months as our plans move forward.

Adult Care Services recruitment

Job opportunities are available across our Adult Care Services for applicants for roles supporting individuals and families across the borough. Successful candidates will join passionate teams that work to build empowered local communities for adults and families by working in partnership with them.

The aim is to help people live well at home by working in integrated teams, which include social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, GPs and voluntary organisations. New recruits will benefit from an experienced, strong and supportive leadership and will be included in the council’s transformation journey.

Positions are available across the Adults Care Service and they include social worker, occupational therapist, assessor, patch coordinator as well as others.

If you know anyone who may be interested in joining the team, let them know about our Adult Social Care Jobs web page which contains lots of information for potential applicants.

Let’s Talk Loan Sharks

A new campaign has launched this week to encourage people to open up the conversation about the dangers of loan sharks and highlight the support that is available to those who have been affected by illegal money lending.

We are backing the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) national Stop Loan Sharks Week campaign, focussing on reaching vulnerable people who may not realise they are being exploited by loan sharks.

If you’re aware of any residents having financial problems, let them know there’s lots of help and support available through our services and local organisations on our Helping Hand web page.

Money Navigator Tool

A reminder that those in financial difficulty can also access money and debt guidance for free via Money Helper UK which provides guidance based upon individual circumstances and help find support in their area.

There is information on:

·       what issues individuals need to deal with first ·       ways of staying on top of bills ·       how to find extra support ·       where to get extra help

More information:

Disability Cost of Living payment

Over the next few weeks, six million disabled people in the UK will receive a one-off £150 Disability Cost of Living Payment as part of the government’s Help for Households Support. Those who had confirmed payment of their disability benefit for 25 May will receive the £150 automatically by their usual payment method.



Libraries Week

Monday sees the start of Libraries Week, an annual celebration of libraries and all they have to offer. 

This year’s theme is “never stop learning” and it focuses on the central role libraries play in supporting lifelong learning. It sets out to show how they help individuals to unlock and fulfil their potential at every stage of life.

Tameside events include a special online Story Hunt with John Kirk, talks by Hyde author Brent Shore, a look at the Manchester Voices project with Dr Rob Drummond, musical storytimes with Sarah Atter and a children’s coding workshop.

All these sessions are free. For full information visit www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries

Also, please don’t forget that our libraries offer much more than books. They double as Customer Services hubs too.

Stalybridge hosts the Halle

We arranged for the world-famous Hallé Orchestra to give two relaxed concerts at Stalybridge Civic Hall this week as part of the fantastic, ongoing Town of Culture programme. Both performances were a sell out, with audiences enjoying a programme of familiar pieces including the famous First World War song “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”, which was written in Stalybridge in 1912. It’s a tremendous coup for an orchestra with the Hallé’s global reputation to perform in Stalybridge and really highlights the town’s growing cultural status. The informal and more accessible nature of the concert also supported our aims of opening up first rate cultural opportunities to a more diverse and inclusive audience.

Councillor Ricci serves up pasta master class

When Tameside Armed Services Community wanted to recruit someone to show them how to make pasta, Cllr Vincent Ricci was ready to answer the call.

Our armed forces champion, has been cooking since he was a child and was delighted to share his expertise with the group who use the community facilities at the Town House, Ashton.

Using skills gleaned from his Italian family, he hosted a master class in making ravioli, guiding his students through every step of the process, right from making the dough and flattening and stretching it in a press.

It was a lesson the veterans clearly enjoyed, and at the end Cllr Ricci was presented with his chef’s whites as a thank-you by Veterans’ Food Company executive chef Noel Goulding, who described him as a true craftsman.

The ravioli was later eaten in the Town House café accompanied by Parmesan cheese and home-made focaccia.

An evening of hope for Ukraine

Do Your Thing Choir – who rehearse at the Albion Church in Ashton – are hosting a Concert of Hope for Ukraine on Saturday 15th October, 7pm, at The Albion Church to raise money for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event, but the choir is also searching for anyone who has come over from Ukraine who is a musician, who might like to be part of this special evening of celebration of song!  If you know someone who might like to get involved, please fill out the form on their website www.dytchoir.co.uk

High honour for humbled Mike

Head of Environmental Services Mike Gurney has scored a significant first for both himself and the council.

The Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) – the “industry” body which provides policy and best practice guidance to burial and cremation authorities – has honoured him with its inaugural outstanding and significant award in recognition of his contribution to bereavement services

Mike, who says he is humbled, learned of the news when he was asked to attend an ICCM conference where he spoke at learning events and helped to organise some lectures.

The award is not only an honour for Mike, who is one of our longest-serving, committed officers, but also for the council.

Have a good weekend.


Councillor Gerald P. Cooney

Executive Leader