(covering reddish, dane bank, denton, debdale and gorton)

Author: Hassan Mahmood

nominate your community hero

Whether it is a local band like Blossoms who are promoting a positive image of Stockport around the world or whether it is a young person who tirelessly raises money for charity, we would like you to say thank you to local special citizens.

The reason Stockport council are recognising our Community Heroes is that more often than not, those who go the extra mile often go unrecognised and to remedy that, they’re now launching a rolling programme of council civic awards.

The categories include;

Promoting Stockport as a place to live and do business: individuals or groups who have promoted a positive image of Stockport on a national or regional stage

Recognising local innovation: Groups or Communities who are sparking growth from innovation

Contributing to a thriving economy: Organisations making a difference in Stockport by creating jobs, employing local people, contributing to a community, taking on apprentices or care leavers

Resilient Communities: acknowledging a person or group that has worked hard to create a safer neighbourhood. And helped to make a community where people help each other in times of need.

Community Creatives: championing community arts and creative projects, big or small, from individuals or groups showing how creative activities can benefit individuals and strengthen communities.

Education providers making a difference in a community: targeting schools, colleges, nurseries who are reaching out with projects and activities in their local area.

Young people making a difference in their community: targeting youth groups, cadets, scouting, Duke of Edinburgh awards etc.

Sport and exercise contributing to health and wellbeing in a community: targeting running clubs, football coaches, walking clubs, dancing etc.

Volunteering to promote independence in a community: people doing it for themselves with initiatives like food banks, friends of parks and localities, clubs etc.

Borough Heroes: those who got the extra mile but whose help often goes unrecognised.

Get in touch

For further information, please email communications@stockport.gov.uk.

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EPC – Changes you need to know about!

As from the 1st April 2018 there will be a requirement for any properties rented out in the private rented sector to normally have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The regulations will come into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect from 1st April 2018 and for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020. It will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement for a minimum E rating, unless there is an applicable exemption. A civil penalty of up to £4,000 will be imposed for breaches.

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Local tenure patterns

The mix of tenure of properties is a substantial yardstick of the attributes of homes in a local market. One of the best parts of the planning system in the UK is that social housing is heavily mixed in with the private stock so we don’t get large geographical divides between people as is the case in urban France. This also shows how many people are renting, which has gone up nearly everywhere in the last ten years.

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Local property prices vs region & country

This chart shows how prices in the local area compare with those in the region and the national picture. Given our geographical position relative to the national economic centre of gravity, the relative price levels are what we’d expect.

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The proportion of sales by house type

For this month’s market update, we’ve decided to take a look at what percentage of total sales each house type accounts for each quarter. Whilst it doesn’t show the actual number of sales, it’s very useful for seeing what each property type is contributing to the total level of transactions. It also permits year-on-year comparisons, which negate the impact of seasonality.

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How much does outside space matter to homebuyers in Reddish?

Outside space has always been a sought-after commodity, whether it’s acres of land or a balcony with pleasant views. Most property searchers have a few items on their list when looking for a new home, with some form of outside space usually near the top. But remember, gardens, balconies and terraces aren’t just eye candy; they also add value to properties.

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re:dish charity update by Angie Stanton

We are extremely proud to be supporting Re:Dish charity who have just set up at the ex-council building at 2 Gorton Road. Re:Dish chair, Angie Stanton, gives us an insight into the charity, what they have achieved and plans for the future…

“Three years on from the founding of the Re:dish charity, I find myself regularly moved to tears by the desire of Reddish people to help one another, and to share what they have. All that we have achieved happens only through the generosity of volunteers and supporters.

We began in autumn 2014 by establishing a local Foodbank at St Elisabeth’s Church. We quickly became partners with other churches, then with Stockport Foodbank, and established a few collection points in Reddish for local people to donate food. Over the last 3 years, running out of the Bairstow Centre, the Foodbank has become more and more busy, our volunteer base has grown along with it, and in 2017, with around 30 volunteers, we have given 3-day emergency food parcels to over 1000 people, on a voucher basis, feeding over 1500 adults and over 1000 children. As times get more difficult, we can only see the numbers growing, so we are always in need of new Foodbank volunteers.

2017 has also seen the growing success of the Re:dish Dementia Friendly Café, which runs every Wednesday lunchtime at St Agnes Church. 12 volunteers give a warm welcome and a safe space to Dementia sufferers and their carers. Hot food, entertainment, specialist advice and a listening ear is given to about 35 guests every week. The project has been supported by Stockport Rotary Club since April 2016.

Re:dish projects support some individuals too. Community Champions have been sharing their experience to teach people about computers and laptops, or to learn a new craft skill, and Common Ground (DBS checked) volunteers have been visiting the isolated and elderly in their own homes. If you think you could be a Community Champion, or a Visitor, please get in touch.

The big excting news for 2018 is that our pop-up charity shop in Houldsworth Square (sponsored by SMBC and Julian Wadden) has been a great success. Local people have supported it with donations, and by shopping there, and regularly commented on what a lovely place it is to go into. The ground floor Re:dish Shop is providing enough income to allow us to make plans to develop the upper floor, and offer a Work Club, a Learning Suite, a Wellbeing centre, and places for local agencies and Councillors to hold surgeries. But again, none of this will happen without the interest and commitment of local people. If you would like to be involved, please call into the Re:dish Shop, or contact us via our Facebook page, or phone Gemma on 07498 996634.

The success of Re:dish depends on partnership, kindness, sharing and respect – it brings the best out of us. The fact that these simple values can make such a powerful difference shows that nothing can stop us creating a community of kindness.”

Angie Stanton  Re:dish Chair.

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bee messy – reddish vale young people’s centre

All children love bee-ing messy so come along to this exciting 50 minute session and get hands on with lots of messy fun and a variety of activities on offer. Suitable for babies and toddlers aged 6 months to 2 and a half years.

Also an opportunity for parents, carers and children to meet new people and have a chat.

If your child has allergies, is outside the recommended age bracket or needs any specific requirements, they welcome everybody with open arms, so do get in touch.

Discounts for nannies, childminders, groups or siblings.

Please email beemessy@yahoo.com or text 07583 888040 to book a place.

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‘enjoy local’ coming to reddish in 2018

Enjoy Local is coming to Reddish in 2018 following the success of our Heaton’s, Stockport and Didsbury’s launches… If you own a business or know of somebody who owns a business within the postcodes of SK5 then please get in touch. It is a great community project which has been growing in popularity since it’s release earlier in the year!

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Distance to work

How far people travel to work says a lot about the nature of an area. For example if people live and work in market towns there is likely to be a lot more community spirit to experience in daily life. When people are travelling further afield to work, they effectively spend their days on two different communities. It will be interesting to see if community spirit increases as people work more from home.

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