Hi NT Leaders and Supporters,

Those who have not completed their training will have been notified that they need to have completed it by 31/10/22. If you are not sure about training, ask our temporary Local Training Manager ken.marks@ntscouts.org.uk

FireCamp had it’s first sleepover last weekend Sam Crabtree Warden and Tom Andrew in the downpours under their tarpaulin in hammocks, l came home to a nice warm house. They have now started clearing the actual campsite. Got a meeting with Community Payback on 18/10/22 for them to starting work on the site for us laying the hardstanding for our trailers. If you would like to join our FireCamp Service Crew or our Climbing Wall Team please let me know.

The pantomime Peter Panto group ticket booking email has changed, oh no it hasn’t, oh yes it has, it is now centreplayers@hurstcommunitycentre.org.uk for your section’s bookings

Our Volunteer Celebration and Recruitment Evening speaker is booked, the show is about changes in Scouting in 2023 it will be a lot different than it was at the first camp in 1907. At district we are looking for a deputy Chair, deputy Secretary, deputy Treasurer, deputy Local Training Manager, a Youth Commissioner, and many of our groups need Leaders, Helpers, Trustees like Chairs, Secretaries, Trustees and Members. If you know of anyone who may be interested invite them to us Recruitment Night or let me know.

Sadly, the covid figures in Tameside are going up 1566 last week. Check your local area at coronavirus.data.gov.uk and enter your post code.

Below is would you like to foster a child. 

Plus lots of other information about events in Tameside.

YIS Alan

Foster Care Awards

This week we said thank you to foster carers in Tameside who are making a difference to the lives of children in care at the annual Foster Carer Awards at Dukinfield Town Hall.

The event, organised by our Fostering Service and hosted by the Civic Mayor, Cllr Mike Glover and Assistant Executive Member for Children’s Engagement, Corporate Parenting & Care Leavers, Cllr Janet Cooper, celebrated milestones in service from local foster carers. Certificates commemorating five, 10, 15, 20 and 20+ years of service were awarded to carers in recognition of their dedication and commitment.

Guests were greeted with a welcome drink on arrival before speeches were delivered by Cllr Glover, Councillor Bill Fairfoull, Deputy Executive Leader with responsibility for Children and Families and Ali Stathers-Tracey, Director of Children’s Services.

The event was a fantastic opportunity to say thank you to carers and commemorate the incredible work being done by people to provide safe, loving homes for children in care.  

Anyone who would like find out more about fostering for Tameside should visit www.tameside.gov.uk/fostering  or call 0161 342 2342.

Second cost-of-living payment from 8 November

Government has announced that households receiving benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will receive the second part of the £650 cost-of-living payment from 8 November, continuing through to the 23 November. Eligible families have already received the first cost-of-living payment, worth £326, which was sent out from 14 July this year.

The second payment will automatically be paid into the bank accounts of those eligible who receive a qualifying benefit, meaning they will not need to do anything to receive the money.

The DWP will pay a small number of payments on the 8 November, with numbers increasing significantly from the 9 November. Individuals who are not receiving a qualifying DWP benefit may still be eligible for the £324 payment as HM Revenue and Customs are also making payments to those who receive tax credits and no other eligible benefits. These payments will be paid shortly after DWP payments.

Recipients do not need to contact the government or apply for the payment at any stage.


Cost of Living support:

Local Cost of Living support


Making sense of the energy challenge

The GM Growth company are hosting a webinar for businesses next Tuesday 11October (9-10am) on the Business Energy Relief Scheme.

This will be the first event in a programme of support they are offering related to the current challenges of the energy/cost of doing business and the wider challenging operating environment.

The support will provide a lifeline for many, but the webinar aims to answer some of the questions that remain outstanding on the government scheme.

The webinar will also explore some of the immediate opportunities for businesses to reduce consumption.  The rest of the series will then explore wider opportunities for cost control, access to finance, and improved productivity.

The webinar will be Chaired by Steve Connor, Net Zero Lead, at the GM LEP, and include speakers from Cornwall Insights, Utilities Intermediaries Association, BEIS and the Growth Hub.

Businesses can register here #HereForBusiness: Making Sense of the Energy Challenge | The Growth Company (livestorm.co)

Mental Health Awareness Walk of Hope

Tameside’s Month of Hope activities will culminate in a Walk of Hope event at Stamford Park this Monday (10 October) 4-7.30pm, which has been organised by our Population Health team and partners to mark World Mental Health Day. It will begin at Highfield Pavilion by unveiling Tameside’s Rays of Hope, a display of messages of hope gathered throughout the month. There will also be stalls and representatives from services and organisations supporting our community. The ‘candle-lit’ walk will begin at 5.30pm, taking a route through Stamford Park’s beautiful grounds. Everyone is welcome to attend – this is a great opportunity to come together, mark and talk about experiences of mental health and wellbeing, remember those we have lost to suicide, and to share messages of hope for the future. To book on the walk click here.

Breast cancer awareness month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we’re urging  everyone especially young women to check their breasts regularly to know how they look and feel, so that they can spot changes quickly.  It is important not to delay in contacting your GP if you have any concerns about the potential signs or symptoms of breast cancer.  It could be nothing but getting it checked out could save your life – as one young, first time, mum from Ashton discovered while trying to breastfeed her baby.

Keisha Chadwick, 29, was diagnosed last year when her daughter, Milana, was just 7 weeks old.  A big thank you to Keisha who has bravely shared her story with us to help encourage and inspire others, please do read  her full story here.

For cancer support in and around pregnancy go to the GatewayC cancer conversation at Mummy’s Star.

More information on living with breast cancer can be found on the NHS website

Flu vaccination programme

Tameside has already started its annual programme of flu vaccinations, which are being offered to more vulnerable groups first.  The flu vaccination offers the best protection against flu which is serious and is a different virus to the common cold. Getting the vaccination will help people from becoming ill from flu and also protects those around you, as you will be less likely to pass on the virus to others.  It’s available for free to those most at risk.

While vaccination may not prevent all flu viruses, if someone does still get flu after getting their jab, it’s likely that the disease will be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been.  It takes the immune response about two weeks to fully develop after vaccination.

Younger children, older people, those in clinical risk groups and pregnant women are able to book an appointment for a flu vaccine at their GP practice or a pharmacy.

From mid-October 2022, people aged 50 to 64 years old that aren’t in a clinical risk group, will also be able to get their free flu vaccine.

People may be able to get flu and COVID vaccines at the same time, and it is safe and effective to have both vaccines at the same appointment, although if this is not possible then everyone eligible is urged to get the jabs separately but as quickly as they can.

Flu vaccines have a good safety record.  All adult flu vaccines are given by injection into the muscle of the upper arm.  The injected vaccine used for adults does not contain any live viruses, so it cannot cause flu.  Some people get a slightly raised temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days afterwards, and you may feel sore at the injection site.  

Celebrating with a free lunch

If you’re looking for a free lunch, you’ll find one at Denton Festival Hall on Thursday, 27 October, when Denton Luncheon Club will be celebrating its tenth anniversary.

The club was founded by Cllr Denise Ward – who prepares all the food – as a place to bring people together over a hot and nourishing meal. Since the first meeting, which attracted just 13 people, attendance has boomed, forcing a move from Victoria Park Community Centre to the festival hall which is more spacious and has better preparation facilities.

I am pleased to be joining the Civic Mayor, Cllr Mike Glover at the celebration event which also includes bingo, a raffle and entertainment from singer and comedian Dom Collins.

Denton Festival Hall is at 13 Peel Street, Denton, M34 3JY. The event starts at noon and continues to 2pm. I have attached the below poster which you can share through your channels.

Step back to Edwardian times in Stamford Park

Everyone is invited to a historical guided walk of Stamford Park which has been developed in a project led by Community Champions. ‘Then and Now – An Edwardian Walk in Stamford Park’ is the brainchild of Community Champion Ken Morris, using his collection of Edwardian postcards featuring the venue.  It has been designed to share the park’s culture and history with the added benefits of offering exercise and well being.

The walk incorporates eight display boards featuring then postcards and now photographs with informative historical notes. The walk is accompanied by a booklet explaining the park’s origins and development through detailed maps and images.  There is also a children’s activity sheet, to provide fun as well as education, for families enjoying the walk and park.

The guided walk will be launched  on Wednesday 12 October 2022 11am – 1pm, meeting in the Community Room, Highfield Pavilion, Stamford Park with a welcome and introduction followed by a guided walk with Ken Morris. 

Following the Launch, Booklets and activity Sheets will be available in the Pavilion Café with downloadable versions available at www.tameside.gov.uk/walking/shorttownwalks

I have attached the below poster which you can share and encourage people to join the guided walk.

Autumn theme for Street Fest

Street Fest returns to Stalybridge a week today (14 October) and as you might expect there will be an autumnal theme to the night’s attractions.

As well as live music, and the usual array of delicious food and drink for which Street Fest has become famous, the Town of Culture event will be serving up a trio of family-friendly activities.

Seed to Feed lets you pot and grow your own chilli plant. You can learn how to sew your own seasonal pumpkin from material, and a slime-making workshop should prove very popular with the children.

With the night’s drawing in, it should all make for a cosy evening. If you need something to warm you, you’ll find plenty of choice among the food and drink stalls set out around Armentieres Square on the banks of the canal in the heart of Stalybridge’s historic town centre. I have attached a poster that you can share to help promote what I’m sure will be another great event.

Have a good weekend.


Councillor Gerald P. Cooney

Executive Leader