In this issue:
If you have feedback about these topics, or any recent experiences about health or care services you think we should know about, give Healthwatch Tameside a call on 0161 667 2526. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are running a series of surveys over the next few months, with each one open for about 6 weeks. A new one will open every 3 weeks or so, as an older survey closes. The first few questions on each survey will be about a specific topic, and the second part will provide a chance for you to feed back about health and care services you have used recently.
The new survey is asking for your views on COVID-19 Test and Trace. If you have been contacted by Test and Trace, how did it go? The online link to complete the survey is www.healthwatchtameside.co.uk/test-and-trace-survey
This survey will close on 2 April 2021. As usual, if you, or someone you know, prefers to complete surveys on paper, or over the phone, please give us a call on 0161 667 2526. Our email address is email@example.com
Vaccination survey - What do you think about the COVID vaccination programme? If you have already completed this survey thank you. www.healthwatchtameside.co.uk/healthwatch-tameside-vaccination-survey
Thank you for helping us, and please share the links with your friends.
We have recently posted out our paper newsletters to people who have requested a copy. If you would like to read it, an online version is available on our website at www.healthwatchtameside.co.uk/sites/default/files/winter_february_2021.pdf
If you know someone who would appreciate receiving a copy, please ask them to give us a call on 0161 667 2526.
Partnership Engagement Network conference
This event is a virtual event on Zoom, on Tuesday 9 March 2021 (2.00pm – 4.35pm)
The discussion sessions have now been finalised and are about:
You can book a place at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/partnership-engagement-network-conference-march-2021-tickets-137395953997 and choose the 2 workshops you want to attend at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/penmarch2021workshops no later than 5.00pm on 4 March 2021.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Local community services
Here are a couple of groups you may not know about:
New services are available. Have a look at the website www.noahs-art.co.uk/
No experience needed - a relaxed and informal group bringing neurodivergent people together to explore creativity and learn new skills. For more information see https://starlingcio.org.uk/projects/creative-minds/
Greater Manchester Bereavement Service
This service is available to anyone in Tameside and Greater Manchester who is bereaved or affected by a death and needs support.
Please seek support if you need it - call 0161 983 0902 or find out more about what services are available in your area at www.greater-manchester-bereavement-service.org.uk
Many organisations welcome volunteers, and there are many different roles available. In this article, we are looking at opportunities such as governor, board member or trustee.
Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust - Council of Governor elections will take place between April and June. There is a vacancy in Tameside, and also other boroughs. If you would like to know more see www.penninecare.nhs.uk/cog
Diversity Matters North West - there are two vacancies available for members of the local ethnic minority communities to join the Board as trustees. For more information see https://diversitymattersnw.org.uk/trustee-vacancy-2/
Healthwatch Tameside - We are looking for new board members to help us to make sure we have a good representation of different communities in Tameside. If you would like to know more, please give us a call on 0161 667 2526 or email email@example.com
If you are interested in volunteering for Healthwatch Tameside in other ways please get in touch.
NWAS newsThe latest edition of Your Call magazine is available to read at www.nwas.nhs.uk/news/the-latest-edition-of-your-call-magazine-is-out-today/
Vaccinations - as the roll-out continues, all those people aged 70 years and over and those who are extremely clinically vulnerable should have received an invitation to book an appointment for their vaccine. If you are in these groups and haven't received or seen your letter you can book a vaccine appointment at www.tamesideandglossop.nhsvaccinations.co.uk/
If you are not aged over 70 or in an extremely clinically vulnerable group please wait until you are contacted by the NHS for your vaccination appointment.
Rapid testing - this is targeted COVID-19 Rapid Testing for key workers with no symptoms. More information is available at www.tameside.gov.uk/rapidtesting
For information on the latest restrictions for Tameside, local support, advice and service changes, visit: www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus
BSL videos - Information for eligible adults is available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-british-sign-language-resources/bsl-video-guide-on-covid-19-vaccination-for-eligible-adults
Alternative language videos - these are available in Bengali, Urdu, Gujarati, Hindi and Polish at www.tameside.gov.uk/Policy/Coronavirus-(COVID-19)-Service-changes,-support-an/Covid-19-Vaccine/COVID-19-Vaccine-Multi-Language-Explainer-Videos
Self isolation - a leaflet has been produced in Tameside www.tameside.gov.uk/TamesideMBC/media/policy/J003197-Self-Isolation-Leaflet-V3.pdf
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