Community Information




The aim of the Community Information page is to provide short articles of relevance to U3A members, with links to more detailed information.
Please note that each article has a date indicating when it it was added to this page. Older articles may not be current and links may have changed.

Category Article Last Updated
Education    
  FutureLearn online courses 15 Nov 2017
Financial    
  Attendance Allowance 15 Nov 2017
  Copycat websites 15 Nov 2017
  Credit and Debit Card Scam 15 Nov 2017
  Little Book of Big Scams 15 Nov 2017
  Pension Credit 15 Nov 2017
  Protect Your Computer 15 Nov 2017
General    
  101 - Police 15 Nov 2017
  112 – the versatile, international emergency number 15 Nov 2017
  Cold Calling 15 Nov 2017
  In case of Emergency (ICE) number in your mobile phone 15 Nov 2017
  Making the Most of Retirement 15 Nov 2017
  Mature Driver's Assessment 15 Nov 2017
  Renewing your Driving Licence at 70 15 Nov 2017
  Silver Line 15 Nov 2017
  Telephone and Mailing Preference Services 15 Nov 2017
Health    
  Get 'appy and stay 'ealthy 15 Nov 2017
  Healthy Minds 15 Nov 2017
  Healthy Stockport 15 Nov 2017
  Medical Care Out of Hours 15 Nov 2017
  Patient Education Courses 15 Nov 2017
  Physical Activity Referral in Stockport 15 Nov 2017
  Recognizing a Stroke 15 Nov 2017
  Screening for Aortic Aneurysms 15 Nov 2017
  Stockport FLAG 15 Nov 2017
Legal    
  Citizens Advice Bureau 15 Nov 2017
  Wills 15 Nov 2017
Local Services    
  Community Transport 15 Nov 2017
  Leisure Key 15 Nov 2017
  Library Services 15 Nov 2017
  Off Peak Travel in Greater Manchester 15 Nov 2017
  Signpost Stockport for Carers 15 Nov 2017
  Stockport Council (was Stockport Direct) 15 Nov 2017
  Stockport Talking Newspapers 15 Nov 2017
Research
Hearing Research 10 Jan 2018
  Research into dementia 15 Nov 2017

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EDUCATION

FutureLearn online courses

Do you want to understand more about “Tackling the global food crisis”, “WWI – changing faces of heroism” or “Managing My Money”? These topics are just 3 of the many free online courses provided by FutureLearn, an arm of the Open University. The tutored courses are just a few hours a week for a few weeks. Go to https://www.futurelearn.com for details of these and other courses.

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FINANCIAL

Attendance Allowance

If you, or someone you know, is over 65 years and need help with personal care because of physical or mental disability they may be entitled to Attendance Allowance. For example, does the person need help with getting in and out of bed, with washing and dressing or need supervision by day or night? When completing the form, do not underestimate your needs.

There is a lower rate for day or night care and a higher rate for both day and night care. There are special rules for someone who is terminally ill, who receive the higher rate straight away. The benefit is non-taxable and is not affected by savings or income that the person has. Receiving the benefit may entitle that person to an increase in the amount of other benefits.

For up to date advice go to
- Attendance Allowance, HM Government
- Disability Benefits, AgeUK
- Ring the Benefits Helpline on 0800-88-22-00

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Copycat websites

Don’t be caught out by copycat websites – websites pretending to be Government websites but in fact charging you a fee for a service the government often provides for free. You may want to do the following online: Renew your Driving Licence at 70 – go to https://www.gov.uk/renew-driving-licence-at-70. Renew your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) – go to http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/Pages/about-the-ehic.aspx Renew your Passport – go to https://www.gov.uk/apply-renew-passport Complete your self-assessment tax return form – go to http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/sa/file-online.htm If you Google any of those terms (e.g. Renew EHIC), you may find that a copycat website will appear top of the list, as it is a paid advert, and may look like a government site. For all official sites the web address contains “gov.uk” or “nhs.uk”. For more information, go to the Which? Report on Copycat websites at http://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/action/how-to-spot-a-copycat-website

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Credit and Debit Card Scam

With every form of new technology there is usually a risk. Many credit cards enable you to wave the card over a reader, say at a supermarket check-out, and pay for items of small value without entering a pin number. Clearly this system is quicker and more convenient. However, there is a very small risk that a thief can “skim” your card and pick up your card details (such as card number and expiration date, although not the 3-digit security number on the back of the card).

These new cards have a small chip called Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and carry a symbol . The thief can stand next to you with a scanner and collect the information without you knowing (“electronic pick pocketing”). Banks claim that the risk is very small and that they have several security measures in place. If you are concerned, you can ask your bank to supply you a card without the RFID chip. Alternatively just put some aluminium foil in your handbag or wallet around your card and the information cannot be extracted.

For further information go to:
- You Tube, the Risk inside your credit card
- RFID credit cards are more secure than magnetic strip cards, says ITRC

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The Little Book of Big Scams

The Police and Action Fraud have produced a very useful booklet called The Little Book of Scams. It gives advice on how to avoid matters such as Identify Fraud, Protecting your Computer, Investment Scams, Door-to-Door Scams, Dating and Romance Scams, Bank Scams, Mobile Phone Scams, Health Scams, Internet Scams and Psychic Scams. You can download a copy to read at https://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/fraud-and-scams/the-little-book-of-big-scams/

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Pension Credit

Do you know that up to one third of pensioners are entitled to Pension Credit but a third of them are not claiming it? Are you one of them?

It is a means-tested benefit so depends on your income and savings. There are two types of Pension Credit – Guarantee Credit and Savings Credit.

The first type, Guarantee Credit, is to ensure that everyone over the state pension age has a guaranteed minimum income. Currently there is a lower minimum income if you are single and a higher minimum income if you have a partner. It is a means-tested benefit so depends on your income and savings.

The second type, Savings Credit, is paid to people who are 65 and over and who have made some provision for retirement, such as savings or a second pension. There is a limit to your weekly income.

For up to date advice go to
- Pension Credit, H.M. Government
- Age Concern
- Ring The Pension Service on 0800 99 1234.

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Protect your Computer

Do you know how to protect your online privacy, do online banking securely and do shopping online safely
For good advice go to the Government website - Cyber Aware. Here there are tips on what makes strong passwords, security software (e.g. anti-virus software) and encouraging you to download software updates.
If you want further more detailed advice on these and related matters, go to GetSafeOnline.

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GENERAL

101 – the non-emergency number for the Police

101 is the new national phone number for you to use to contact police in a non-emergency, such as:

  • Report a crime that has already occurred (e.g. vehicle theft, your property damaged)
  • To report a minor traffic accident
  • If you suspect drug dealing in your area
  • To obtain crime prevention advice
  • To contact your Neighbourhood Policing Team

Dialling 101 anywhere in the country will automatically put you through to your local police force. If you have a speech or hearing impairment, use textphone 18001 101. The cost is 15p per call, no matter how long you are on the phone, from landlines and mobile phones.

999 is still appropriate in an emergency such as when reporting a crime in progress or violence is being used.

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112 – the versatile, international emergency number

We are all familiar with ringing 999 to call the emergency services. You may not know that you can also dial 112 to call the emergency services: - When you cannot obtain a signal on your mobile phone (e.g. walking in the Peak District). The emergency system, using any number, searches and uses all networks, not just your network. - When the signal is poor, you can often still text the emergency services (you need to pre-register) - When using another person’s mobile phone even if you do not know their password; this is true on all phones - When abroad as you are linked to the emergency services in over 80 countries and you do not need to know their local number For further information, including how to pre-register for texts, look at the 6 minute YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPZv_8dABfU

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Cold calling

Dorothy Chesterman, Chairman, raised the issue of cold callers in the October 2010 Newsletter. If at any time you are uncomfortable about cold callers, do call the police on 0161-872-5050.

For example, some people have had cold callers who say they are ex-prisoners on a scheme set up by the probation service. They are selling small household goods and say that if they show they can make a go of this work, they will be helped to obtain a permanent job. The police do not know of this scheme and ask anyone approached to contact them.

The police are promoting NO COLD CALLING AREAS in order to protect older people from scams.

For further information see http://www.gmp.police.uk

You can obtain a free NO COLD CALLING sign to put in your window, which should reduce the number of cold callers at your property. To obtain the sign go to http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/phones/no-more-junk#freesign

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In case of Emergency (ICE) number in your mobile phone

Would the emergency services know how to contact a relative of yours if you were say rendered unconscious following an accident? Well, you can put your choice of contact person in your phone address book against ICE. You can even have multiple contacts such as ICE1, ICE2 or ICEson, ICEdaughter etc. Some smartphones have a dedicated facility where you add the number. Emergency service personnel know to look for this number. This system is used throughout the UK, the rest of Europe and is spreading in the USA. For more information, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_case_of_emergency

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Making the Most of Retirement

The Planned Retirement Association of Greater Manchester (PRAGMA) and Age UK are giving a series of talks on topics of interest to retired people: Pension Freedoms (16th September), Housing options; Paying for Care, Tracing your Family Tree, Allotments and the Joys of Caravanning. They will occur at Church House on Deansgate, Manchester, are free with refreshments but you need to let the organiser know if you wish to attend (for catering purposes).

For full details click, here.

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Mature Driver's Assessment

The Institute of Advanced Motorists provides an assessment of driving for mature motorists. It consists of a 60-minute driving assessment in your own car followed by written feedback. The cost is £49.

For further details go to http://www.iam.org.uk/drivers/motorists-courses/driving-assessment/mature-drivers-assesment.

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Renewing your Driving Licence at 70

You need to renew your Driving Licence when you reach 70. You should receive a form in the post 90 days before your 70th birthday. You can also obtain this form (D46P) at a Post Office or renew your Licence online at https://www.gov.uk/renew-driving-licence-at-70#other-ways-to-apply. To renew online you need a valid UK passport.
A new Driving licence is free. Don't be caught out by copycat websites pretending to be a government site as these sites will charge you. See the item on Copycat websites on this page -  Copycat websites

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The Silver Line

The Silver Line is the confidential free helpline for older people, open every day and night of the year. They offer information, advice and friendship. They direct callers to the many varied groups and services that exist in their communities. They protect and support those people who suffer abuse and neglect. You can call them just for someone to talk to. You can receive a weekly friendship call and, if you wish, be part of a regular group call on subjects that interest you.

Their freephone numbers is 0800 4 70 80 90. For further information click here www.thesilverline.org.uk.

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Telephone and Mailing Preference Services

If you prefer not to receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls, the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is a free official opt out register. You need to register your phone online at http://www.tpsonline.org.uk/tps or call 0345-070-0707. After registering it can take 28 days to become effective. If you continue to receive calls after that time, you should take the details of the company calling you and register a complaint. Registering with the TPS will not stop calls from overseas companies, although it is supposed to stop calls from overseas for UK companies, e.g. UK banks.

This Service will not stop silent calls as they are generated by automatic dialers. However, there is a separate service called Silent CallGuard and you can register with them online at http://www.silentgard.com/register.aspx or by phoning 0844 372 2325.

There is a similar service, called the Mailing Preference Service, if you wish to reduce the amount of unsolicited direct mailings from marketing companies. Important mail, such as from your bank, from local authorities, etc. will still be sent to you. You can register at http://www.mpsonline.org.uk/mpsr/mps_choosetype.html or phone 0845-703-4599.

You can also register the details of someone who has died with the Bereavement Register to remove their details from mailing lists and marketing databases.

For more information go to Telephone Preference Service, Mailing Preference Service and Bereavement Register.

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HEALTH and MEDICAL

Get ‘appy and stay ‘ealthy

Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group has released a Stockport Health and Care Finder app to use on your smartphone. The app will give users rapid and easy access to up-to-date local health and social care information including a directory of pharmacies, GPs, hospitals, clinics, care homes and other services. The app can also be used to send out reminders about health checks and screening entitlements.

If you have a compatible Android or Apple device you can download the Stockport Health & Care Finder app by going to your app store and searching for it by name or click here for the QR code.

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Healthy Minds

Feeling anxious or depressed, have low mood or are stressed? Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust have launched a new website Healthy Minds through which you can access help. Complete a simple form and a health care professional will contact you. This service runs in parallel with your G.P. service. To access the service go to https://www.penninecare.nhs.uk/healthyminds/

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Healthy Stockport – Helping you make positive change

NHS Stockport’s Public Health Department have launched a ‘Healthy Stockport Website’

This is a health and wellbeing website featuring lots of information and advice to help those who want to make positive changes to their health and lifestyle. The site covers a range of topics including Healthy Eating, Move More, Smoking, Mental Wellbeing and Alcohol. By clicking on ‘Other Topics’, you can access the Getting Help Directory that lists organizations in Stockport that can help people to lead a healthier life.

To access the website click on http://www.healthystockport.co.uk

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Medical Care Out of Hours

Do you know what to do if you need non-emergency medical care out of normal GP hours and you don’t feel the need to go to A & E at Stepping Hill hospital? Well, if you live in Stockport, call your normal G.P surgery. You will be given either the phone number of Mastercall or asked to ring 111. They provide the out of hours service for all GPs in the Stockport area.

They are open Monday-Friday 18:30 – 8:00 and on Saturdays/Sundays/Bank holidays there is a 24 hour service.

If ringing Mastercall, you will be asked to give your personal details, the name of your registered GP and information on your illness. They will prioritise the urgency of your call:
• Emergency – an ambulance will be called
• Urgent – you will be contacted within 20 minutes
• Routine – you will be contacted within 60 minutes.

You will be given either advice by phone, asked to come to their centre, which is International House, Pepper Road, Hazel Grove, SK7 5BW, or in certain circumstances (e.g. bed bound) you will receive a home visit. You cannot walk in without an appointment.

For further information see Mastercall Healthcare

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PARIS – Physical Activity Referral in Stockport

PARIS is designed to help people with moderate medical conditions (such as diabetes, COPD, angina, have had a heart attack or coronary artery bypass, or suffer from anxiety, depression or joint pain) become and stay physically fit.

Trained staff work with you to produce a personalized physical activity plan. One element is discounted membership at fitness centres where staff work with you one-to-one. A second element is in the community where you do group activities such as extension or yoga. A third element, for the less able, is training in exercises for you to do in the home.

You have to ask your GP to refer you. All local health centres, but not Bramhall Health Centre, are in the scheme.

For further details ring PARIS on 482-0900 or go to the PARIS website Physical Activity Referral in Stockport

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Recognizing a Stroke

If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.

The main stroke symptoms can be remembered with the word FAST: Face-Arms-Speech-Time

• FACE: their face may have fallen on one side and perhaps they cannot smile
• ARMS: they may not be able to raise both arms and keep them there or there may be numbness or weakness
• SPEECH: their speech may be slurred
• TIME: if any of these symptoms are seen, it is time to act fast and ring 999

The quicker someone with a stroke receives treatment the more successful it is.

The symptoms of a transient ischaemic attack are the same as for a stroke but only last from between a few minutes to a few hours, then completely disappear. Do not ignore as a transient ischaemic attack may warn of a stroke in the future so requires investigation.

See NHSDirect http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stroke/pages/symptoms.aspx .

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Screening for Aortic Aneurysms

The NHS has introduced a screening programme for aortic aneurysms. An aortic aneurysm is where a weakened section of the aorta (a major blood vessel) bulges outward. If it ruptures it causes severing bleeding and may be fatal. The 3 requirements are that:
- you are male (these aneurysms are much more common in men)
- over 65 years (more common over 65)
- your doctor's surgery postcode is in Greater Manchester.

The programme is being rolled out across the country. In the Greater Manchester area they are writing to men who pass the 65 year mark within the first year but men aged 65 years can self-refer and older men need to self-refer.

You just need to ring 0161-291-5716 to make an appointment. You will need your NHS number, which you can obtain from your GP surgery if you don't have it, and the postcode of the surgery. They will try to find a place for the scan that is close to you. Nearby locations are the Shaw Heath Health Centre, the Abacus Childern’s Centre in Adswood and Brinnington Health Centre.

For further information click here http://aaa.screening.nhs.uk/greater-manchester and
here http://www.gmpublichealthpracticeunit.nhs.uk/aaa-screening/.

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Stockport FLAG (For Local Advice and Guidance)

Stockport FLAG offers free, confidential and independent advice and guidance to health and social services in the Stockport Area for anyone aged over 18 years. They aim to be a one-point contact for people to deal with the many statutory and voluntary services in the area. The organization will direct you to the most appropriate services or they can do the leg-work for you. They always follow up users to find out whether people received the service they were seeking.

Examples of the work they do are:
- identifying aids to help disabled people or those people coming out of hospital to live at home
- seeking support for carers
- finding a nursing home for a relative
- advice on community transport
- helping with housing problems
- dealing with domestic violence

Stockport FLAG has an office at Graylaw House, Chestergate, Stockport, and you can just drop in or phone (0161-474-1042) to make an appointment. Information can be found on the Stockport FLAG website. In addition, there is a very user-friendly website called My Care, My Choice that helps you identify appropriate Adult Social Care services in Stockport.

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Patient Education courses

Stockport NHS runs two group courses to help people manage long-term illnesses. One course is called Diabetes X-Pert and helps people with Type 2 diabetes, whether newly diagnosed or who have had the condition for a while. The other course is called Expert Patient Programme and is to help anyone living with a long-term health condition to manage their symptoms better and feel more in control of their life.

The courses are free and are run in various venues across Stockport. Each course runs for 2.5 hours each week for 6 weeks.
For further information on the Diabetes XPert course click here and http://www.stockport.nhs.uk/serviceview/33/diabetes.
For further information on the Expert Patient Programme click here and http://www.stockport.nhs.uk/serviceview/111/expert-patients-programme.

New courses run throughout the year, but you can ring 0161-426-5576 for an application form to go on the waiting list.

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LEGAL

Citizens Advice Bureau

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) provides free, confidential and impartial advice on a wide range of topics, such as tax, benefits, money management, health, education, consumer affairs, civil rights, family matters and the legal system. The Stockport branch is located in Fred Perry House, Edward Street, behind the Town Hall, with a drop in service from 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday. The telephone advice service is open from 10am to 7pm Monday to Thursday and 10am to 4.30pm on Friday on 03444-111-444. The Cheadle CAB is in Cheadle Library 10am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday.

Stockport CAB has about 80 volunteers and is always interested to hear of more people wishing to volunteer. Training lasts one to one and a half days a week for a year with volunteers gradually taking on a more independent role during that period. The CAB is looking for people willing to commit to a day a week after training.

For more information:
Stockport CAB - http://www.stockportcab.org.uk/

National CAB - http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

CAB Online Advice Guide - http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/

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Wills

Did you know that if you die without leaving a will your estate is distributed according to the intestacy rules? For example, if you are not married nor in a civil partnership, the intestacy rules mean that your partner will not inherit. Similarly step-children do not inherit from their step-parent unless named in their will. If you are separated but not divorced, then your ex-partner will inherit the first £250,000 of your estate. To ensure that your estate goes to whom you want have a will drawn up. Also, you can minimize inheritance tax paid on your estate by an appropriate will.

You can make your own will, use a will writer or use the services of a solicitor but be aware of possible problems with the first two methods. Every November is Will Aid month during which many solicitors will draft wills for free as long as you make a minimum donation to charity (see http://www.willaid.org.uk/ ).

For advice on wills:
An article in the Daily Telegraph
Citizens Advice Bureau
Government information
Money Savings Expert

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LOCAL SERVICES

Community Transport

Communicare is a Bramhall and Woodford charity providing friendly and personal transport for elderly and disabled people in our area to doctors, dentists and hospitals normally in the Stockport area.

To book transport ring 439-6000 on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday from 9am to 5pm between a few days and 10 days in advance. There is no charge for the service but donations are appreciated.

Communicare is in real need of people to be drivers; the time commitment is totally flexible. Communicare also needs people to be telephonists on Monday to Friday to take bookings and arrange drivers. The calls are taken in their own home and routed from a central number on that day. If you would like to be a volunteer driver or telephonist ring 439-6000.

Ring and Ride is a transport service provided by Greater Manchester Accessible Transport Ltd, a charity funded by Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority.

It provides a door-to-door service for people of all ages who find it difficult to use public transport. You can use it for journeys such as for shopping, travel to work, school or college, attend health appointments, go to day care centres or visit places of worship. The service operates 7 days a week from 8am to 10pm and covers not only Stockport but the whole Greater Manchester area. There is a small charge, for example £2 for a single trip before 9:30am and £1.60 for a return trip after 9:30am in the Stockport area.

You need to register first by ringing 0161-206-6011/0845-688-4933. Bookings can be made by phone or post "(Stockport Ring and Ride, 20th Floor Portland House, Portland St., Manchester M1 3LD) or by email enquiries@gmatlcallcentre.info and can be made between 7 and 1 days in advance.

For further information ring 0161-206-6011/0845-688-4933 or go to http://www.tfgm.com/ringandride/Pages/default.aspx.

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Leisure Key from Stockport Council

A Leisure Key gives discounts on leisure and cultural activities for certain Stockport residents. You can obtain discounts at swimming pools, recreation centres, heritage sites (such as Bramall Hall), Stockport F.C., the Garrick Theatre and other places. For example, Bramall Hall is free (normally £3.05 for an adult) and table tennis at Bramhall Recreation centre is £2 (normally £4 for an adult) but do check with each place.

NB Bramall Hall will be closed for restoration and refurbishment until Spring 2016.

There are several categories of people who are eligible. Of particular relevance to members of Bramhall U3A is Band B, which covers people over 60 years of age and people with registered disabilities of any age plus their carers.

You can obtain your Leisure Key at any Stockport Library, the Tourist Information Centre in the Market Place, Stockport, or at Fred Perry House behind the Town Hall. You need to provide proof that you live in Stockport (e.g. Council tax bill or recent fuel bill), a passport-sized photo and that you are over 60, disabled or a carer.

For further information go to Stockport Leisure Key, ask in any Library or phone 0161-217-6009.

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Library Services

We all know we can borrow books from Bramhall Public Library but are you aware of the wealth of other services available in your local library?

• Borrow large print books, talking books and DVDs
• Learn the basics of email and searching the web with FREE taster sessions
• Search Ancestry online for your ancestors
• Pick up a wide variety of information leaflets (e.g. on benefits, consumer advice) and see an advisor on Stockport services

The library is open all day Wednesday (9am to 8pm) and weekday evenings until 8pm unstaffed for you to gain access using your library card and pin number and to use many of the facilities on a self-service basis - a system called Open+. To register for Open+ you need to show library staff a proof of identity and a proof of address. Ask in the library for further details

See Bramhall Library for opening hours and services.

Stockport Central library has an excellent heritage section useful for searching local and family history -

Many services are available online from your own PC, such as

• You can renew your books or reserve books or search the catalogue
• Search sources such as business and legal information, encyclopaedias and The Times for the last 200 years
You can download e-books and audio-books from their website. For further information click here

Free digital magazines are available for Stockport Library users. You can download them onto a phone or tablet and take them on holiday with you. Examples, from the more than 100 different magazines, are BBC Top Gear, Hello!, Ideal Home, Gardener’s World, New Scientist, National Geographic and Amateur Photographer. For details, go to http://www.stockport.gov.uk/newsroom/zinio

If you cannot go to the library, the library service will come to you as there is a free home library service.
For details of Stockport libraries and their services click here

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Travel in Greater Manchester

You can not use off-peak tickets to travel on trains within Greater Manchester that start between 16.00 and 18.30; you will need anytime tickets. For more information go to www.tfgm.com/trains/Pages/Northern-Rail-off-peak-change-sept-2014.aspx.

However, you can continue to use your free Concessionary pass from Transport for Greater Manchester, known as your “Bus Pass”, during those times. There is a TfGM Travelshop at Stockport Bus Station, where you can obtain a Bus Pass. Information on what is needed to obtain a Bus Pass can be found at tfgm.com/journey_planning/Tickets/Pages/tickets_low_fares_over60.aspx.

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Signpost Stockport for Carers

Signpost Stockport is a local charity, funded in part by Stockport Council and NHS Stockport, to support carers. They run free courses for carers. They also provide services and benefits, such as Fact sheets to give advice, liaison officers to help with completing forms such as for Attendance Allowance and help with grant applications for brief respite care.

For further information, click on the links:

Stockport for Carers
Carer Self-Registration form for Signpost
Schedule of courses run by Signpost
Booking form for Signpost courses

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Stockport Council

Stockport Council provides residents and business users a choice of ways to access services. You can access most of their services via their website at https://www.stockport.gov.uk. Here you can report problems (e.g. a missed bin collection), receive advice on benefits, tax credits, consumer issues, employment rights, environmental issues, Leisure Key applications, money matters, planning applications and more besides. There is a town centre facility in Fred Perry House, Edward Street, Stockport (just behind the Town Hall). It is open 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday for face to face contact. Bramhall library holds leaflets on many of the above topics.

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Stockport Talking Newspapers

Stockport Talking Newspapers is a free service for the visually impaired (blind or partially sighted). Each week a CD is sent with local news taken from the Stockport Express and of other events. A bi-monthly magazine is also produced.

For further information ring 430-7808 or 439-4873 or 494-1197 or click here http://www.stockporttalkingnewspaper.org.uk.

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RESEARCH

Hearing Research

The Manchester Centre for Audiology and Hearing Loss need volunteers with normal hearing and hearing loss to take part in research studies that teach them more about hearing loss and how best to treat to treat it. For more information and to sign up go to http://research.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/audiologyvolunteers. For phone enquiries, contact Helen Whiston on 0161-275-0516 (Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays).

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Research into Dementia

The National Institute for Health Research in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Society have developed Join Dementia Research, a service which allows people to register their interest in participating in dementia research and be matched to suitable studies. To know more, go to www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk. You can also download a leaflet here.

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