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November 2020 The community magazine of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Stockton- on-Tees News www.stockton.gov.uk/stocktononteesnews Protect yourself Protect your loved ones Protect Stockton-on-Tees
Welcome to the Christmas and New Year November edition Opening Times of Stockton-on-Tees News. For full details of Christmas and New Year opening times for Council services visit www.stockton.gov.uk/festivehours and for leisure venues visit www.teesactive.co.uk 195th celebrations | 04 Head Wrightson | 11 Customer Services Telephone Contact Numbers Registration Sevices at Nightingale House in Main switchboard ............................. 01642 393939 Stockton With Coronavirus continuing to affect us all, we have decided to bring you a ‘COVID special’ edition of Stockton-on-Tees News. We Care for Your Area............................. 01642 391959 Thursday 24 December..................... 8:30am-5pm hope you will find it both useful and interesting. Taxation.............................................. 01642 397108 Friday 25 December.......................... Closed Saturday 26 December...................... Closed You can read an update on the Coronavirus position in Stockton- Housing Benefits............................... 01642 393829 Monday 28 December....................... Closed on-Tees on page 4, while on page 13 we bring you a summary Thursday 24 December..................... 8:30am-1pm of what you can do to protect yourself, your loved ones and our Tuesday 29 December....................... 8:30am-5pm Friday 25 December.......................... Closed Borough. Whilst all the COVID-19 information in this edition was Wednesday 30 December................. 8:30am-5pm accurate at the time of going to print, circumstances can change Saturday 26 December...................... Closed Thursday 31 December..................... 8:30am-5pm quickly so please remember to keep checking Monday 28 December....................... Closed Friday 1 January................................ Closed www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus for the very latest updates. Lines are open at the below times for the following Saturday 2 January............................ Closed On page 15 you can find out how the Borough’s Family Hubs have services only: First Contact, Homelessness, Welfare The Register Office will open as normal from adapted to make sure they can continue to support parents and Support, Care For Your Area and Environmental Health. Monday 4 January 2021. children during the pandemic, while on page 16 we share some COVID-19 - Protect Tuesday 29 December....................... 8:30am-5pm tips about how to stay well this winter. Stockton-on-Tees | 13 100 Heroes | 27 Wednesday 30 December................. 8:30am-5pm And in our regular Ambitious, Effective and Proud to Serve feature Bereavement Services at Nightingale House Contents Thursday 31 December..................... 8:30am-1pm you can find out how our Adult Services teams are delivering Friday 1 January................................ Closed in Stockton activities for residents in different ways due to the COVID-19 Saturday 2 January............................ Closed Thursday 24 December..................... 9am-5pm restrictions. Sunday 3 January.............................. Closed Friday 25 December.......................... Closed Despite the pandemic, we still have some exciting times to look Customer Services phone lines will open as normal Monday 28 December....................... Closed forward to. The Globe remains on track to open next year as the from Monday 4 January 2021. Tuesday 29 December....................... 9am-5pm News Round Up 4 largest live music and entertainment venue between Newcastle Wednesday 30 December................. 9am-5pm and Leeds and tickets are already on sale. Turn to page 9 to see Our Places 6 the glittering line up so far. COVID Community Support Team - 01642 733906 Thursday 31 December..................... 9am-5pm Friday 1 January................................ Closed Our People 13 Meanwhile, on page 12 you can see how the new housing at The COVID Community Support line is closed The Crematorium will open as normal from Monday The Sycamores in Stockton Town Centre is progressing and on between Thursday 24 December - Sunday 3 January Our Economy 24 page 26 there is an update on the work under way to make sure 4 January 2021. and will resume normal hours from Monday 4 Our Council 27 our six town centres continue to develop and adapt to meet the January. Normal hours are Monday to Friday damaging economic impact of COVID-19. 9am-12pm. Christmas waste and recycling collections The Coronavirus rules are making it very hard for the Mayor Thursday 24 December............Normal Collection to fundraise for his charities this year, so he is looking for 100 Friday 25 December.................Bank Holiday Stockton-on-Tees News is Stockton-on-Tees News heroes to raise £100 each by taking part in a challenge. Details Emergency Services - always open about how to sign up are on page 27. Saturday 26 December.............Bank Holiday published by Stockton-on-Tees is produced by Stockton- Adults Helpline .................................. 01642 527764 Borough Council and distributed on-Tees Borough Council’s Monday 28 December .............Catch Up of Friday free of charge. If you have not Communications Team and On behalf of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, my very best Children’s Helpline ............................ 01642 130080 25 December 2020 received a copy please email designed by Twentyseven wishes for Christmas and a healthy and safe 2021. Out of hours duty team .................... 01642 524552 Tuesday 29 December .............Normal Collection firstname.lastname@example.org or call Design. Pictures are courtesy of Homelessness and 01642 528146. Stuart Boulton, Dave Charnley, Wednesday 30 December........Normal Collection Housing Solutions ............................ 01642 528389 Andrew Heptinstall, Gilbert Thursday 31 December............Normal Collection Alternatively, if you need to Johnston, Dawn McNamara, contact Stockton-on-Tees Friday 1 January.......................Bank Holiday Borough Council, please call Gary Walsh and others. Real Christmas tree collections Monday 4 January....................Catch Up of Friday 01642 393939. There is an audio version of 1 January 2021 Stockton-on-Tees News aims to Stockton-on-Tees News. Email Christmas trees will be collected on your normal refuse email@example.com or call Collections will return to normal from Tuesday provide information about the collection day beginning Tuesday 5 January 2021. This 01642 528146 to order a copy. 5 January 2021. Council, its partner organisations, year you can also help support Teesside Hospice who local community groups and will take away your tree for a small donation. Visit www. businesses. Every effort is made to ensure all information just-helping.org.uk/register-tree for more information. Julie Danks is accurate and up-to-date at Alternatively, you can recycle your tree at the Household the time of publication. We Managing Director always welcome your views, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Waste and Recycling Centre at Haverton Hill in comments and feedback about Billingham. For details of opening times visit the magazine. www.stockton.gov.uk/recycling
News Britain’s first News News Viking helmet From across the Borough COVID-19 Update Local restrictions – what you need to know Tributes paid to Last month the Government announced a ‘Local COVID alert level’ system. Councillor Julia Cherrett For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus There are three levels of alert: It is important to keep up-to-date with the rules and restrictions in Stockton-on-Tees. You can check the current COVID alert Tributes have been paid following the sudden death of For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus Medium – This is for areas where national restrictions Councillor Julia Cherrett. level and restrictions at www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus/ continue to be in place. whataretherules Councillor Cherrett, 61, represented the Bishopsgarth and High – This is for areas with a higher level of infections where Elm Tree ward on Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council since Full information on the alert levels and what they mean can be some additional restrictions are in place as well as the national being elected in 2005. found at www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what- restrictions. New research has revealed a rare helmet that has been you-need-to-know She served on a number of council and partner on display at Preston Park since 2012 is the first ever 10th Very High - This is for areas with a very high level of infections committees, including Executive Scrutiny Committee, the century Anglo-Scandinavian helmet to be found in Britain. Coronavirus rates across Stockton-on-Tees remain high so it and where tighter restrictions are in place in addition to the Fire Authority and Stockton Home Safety Association. is important that we all work together to help stop the spread. national restrictions. You can read more about the recent discovery on page 10. Turn to page 13 to find out more about the simple steps we can She also served as chair and vice chair of the Housing and all take. Community Safety Select Committee. Managing Director of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Julie Danks, said: “Julia was an incredibly passionate and dedicated councillor who worked hard for the people she served and always had the very best interests of residents at heart. “Our thoughts and condolences are with her family at this very sad time.” Celebrating our Borough’s best A19 Norton to Wynyard The nominations for the 2020/21 Civic Awards are now open. The past year has seen so many individuals, groups and – what’s next? businesses go the extra mile to help people in our communities Highways England is continuing its work during the Coronavirus pandemic, and the Civic Awards will officially acknowledge those who have made a difference. to improve the A19 between Norton and If you know anyone who deserves this special recognition make Wynyard. sure you nominate them in one of the following categories: To ease congestion and delays, more lanes are being created • Young Person Award (Aged up to 18 years old) and the traffic noise will be reduced too because the road is • getting a special ‘low noise’ surface. 195th Birthday Celebrations Service to Community Award (Individuals) • Service to Community Award (Groups and Organisations) Work on the southbound carriageway began earlier this month so there is a contraflow in place using one of the three lanes on To mark its 195th anniversary in September, the UK’s newest • Service to Community Award (Businesses) the northbound side. The countdown to the mainline steam train, Tornado, revisited the route of the first • Health and Well-being Award Throughout the coming weeks there will be some night works bicentenary of Stockton steam locomotive to run on a public railway 195 years ago. • Green Award and road closures so the Wynard junction can be widened to accommodate the next part of the contraflow and while & Darlington Railway in Now Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Darlington Borough Council and a wide range of partner groups and organisations • Carer/Foster Carer Award pavement and drainage work can take place. are joining forces to plan a spectacular celebration for 2025. To submit a nomination, complete the form online The scheme is set to be complete by spring 2022. 4 2025 is on. For more information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/railway at www.stockton.gov.uk/civicawards before Friday 29 January 2021. To find out more and to register for updates visit https:// 5 highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/a19-norton-to-wynyard/.
Our Places Our Places Recycle like Flo For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus You may remember eight-year-old Flo from a previous edition of Stockton-on-Tees News. She uses her daily walk to school to litter pick in a bid to help keep her local area clean. Flo is passionate about doing her bit for the environment and thinks we all should be too! “A really easy and important thing to do at home is to make sure you are recycling the right things in the right way,” explains Flo. The young environmentalist is the face of our recycling campaign ‘Recycle like Flo’ so watch out for her on Recycling and Refuse wagons driving across the Borough. If you know someone like Flo who is passionate about the environment, we would love to hear about it! Tag us in your pictures on social media, just search ‘Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’. 6 7
Our Places www.stocktonglobe.co.uk For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus DIVERSITY STRICTLY PRESENTS ADAM KAY CONNECTED UK TOUR THE POWER OF DANCE THIS IS GOING TO HURT THE STORY OF WHAT IT IS TO BE A DANCER SECRET DIARIES OF A JUNIOR DOCTOR 2 JUNE 2021 24 JUNE 2021 1 JULY 2021 THE INFINITE THINGS TOUR 2021 WITH SPECIAL GUEST SATURDAY 9 OCTOBER PALOMA FAITH 2021 STEVE HACKETT THE INFINITE THINGS TOUR THE WATERBOYS GENESIS REVISITED 12 OCTOBER 2021 9 OCTOBER 2021 STOCKTONGLOBE.CO.UK 15 OCTOBER 2021 PRE ORDER THE ALBUM INFINITE THINGS FROM THE OFFICIAL STORE FOR EXCLUSIVE TOUR PRE-SALE ACCESS An SJM Concerts and DF Concerts presentation by arrangement with CAA NEW ALBUM RELEASED 13TH NOV First acts announced as Globe THE HOUSE & GARAGE ORCHESTRA nears completion HOUSE AND GARAGE CHRIS RAMSEY JOOLS HOLLAND ORCHESTRA Audiences at Stockton’s famous Globe Watch out for announcements for our exciting free ticket lottery to give local residents the chance to win pairs of tickets to 29 OCTOBER 2021 11 NOVEMBER 2021 13 NOVEMBER 2021 are set to enjoy top music, comedy and some of the main events in 2021. dance when it opens next year. Meanwhile, over on site things are quickly taking shape with Tickets are already on sale for a number of big names including the construction of the stage plus the restoration of ornate Diversity, Chris Ramsey and Jools Holland - tickets for Paloma plasterwork and painting in the auditorium itself. Outside, Faith sold out within a day, the fastest selling show of her 26- insulation has been fitted and the duct work in the roof for the date UK tour! You can read more about the acts coming to the heating and ventilation has been completed. Globe in 2021 on page 9. To buy tickets for Globe shows, and to sign up to the mailing The restoration of the much-loved art deco theatre, which is list, visit www.atgtickets.com/campaigns/sign-up/stockton- operated by the world-renowned Ambassador Theatre Group globe You can also check out the site to see a Virtual Reality (ATG), is on course for completion in April. fly-through of the building. @TheGlobeStockton Jo Ager, General Manager at Stockton Globe said: “This is the MIDGE URE JON RICHARDSON JOHN BISHOP start of something really special. We are currently talking to a @TheGlobeStockton THE KNITWIT RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW 14 NOVEMBER 2021 prospective headliner to open the Globe in the spring and as we 20 NOVEMBER 2021 26-27 NOVEMBER 2021 move forward, we will continue to focus on booking the best Stockton Globe’s restoration is funded by Stockton-on-Tees music, comedy and family performances in the business, and Borough Council and a £4.5million grant through the National 8 truly bringing the stars back to Stockton.” Lottery Heritage Fund. TheGlobeStockton Stockton_Globe Stockton_Globe
Welcome to Our Places Our Places the new Ingleby Barwick Librar y The new Ingleby Barwick Library opened this summer in the new IB Leisure Centre. Prominently located within the leisure centre, the new library For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus boasts a larger space than its previous site within All Saints Secondary School, and has a wider range of books, including many new ones, to suit all ages. There are also computers with For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus Head Wrightson free internet access, Wi-Fi facilities, a dedicated children’s area with a sensory nook and additional study space. When the main library is closed there is still a selection of books in 1959 to 1981 the main foyer with self-service available for you to issue and return your books. The opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am-8pm, Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-2pm. An online archive capturing memories of one Although it hasn’t been possible to keep all libraries open of the Borough’s industrial giants is now live. across the Borough due to the Coronavirus pandemic Billingham, Norton, Stockton Central, Thornaby Central and 16,000 images reflecting the work of Head Wrightson Yarm are open Monday to Friday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm. between 1959 and 1981 are available to view at On Saturdays, Billingham, Stockton Central and Thornaby www.stockton.gov.uk/headwrightson Central are open 10am-2pm and Norton and Yarm are open With a history spanning nearly 150 years, Head 10am-1pm. Your membership is valid in all the Borough’s Wrightson was one of Teesside’s industrial giants, libraries. For more information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/ manufacturing products used throughout the world libraries and employing more than 6,000 people at its peak in Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, some library services and the 1960s. facilities are reduced. For up to date information visit The photographs were donated by Chief Photographer www.stockton.gov.uk/servicedisruptions of Head Wrightson’s Research and Development department, Alan Simpson, and have been brought together by a group of volunteers thanks to Heritage Lottery funding. Britain’s first Viking helmet discovered Have you seen the rare Viking helmet on display at Preston Park Museum? It was discovered in Yarm in the 1950s and new research shows that it is the first ever 10th century Anglo-Scandinavian helmet to be found in Britain and only the second nearly complete Viking helmet found in the world. It is available to view at Preston Park Museum and tickets must be pre-booked online at www.prestonparkmuseum.co.uk/ book-your-visit (tickets will be available to book one week ahead of visiting, normal museum admission applies). Please note that due to COVID-19 the Museum is only open during school holidays until further notice. You can also view the helmet online and read a summary of the results of the investigation which were published in Medieval Archaeology, Volume 64/1. Visit www.prestonparkmuseum.co.uk 10 11
Teesside Tornado British Olympian and World Champion sprinter, Richard Our Places Our People unveils homes Kilty, has officially launched The Sycamores housing development in central Stockton. Protect yourself. Protect your loved ones. The 143-home scheme is on the site of the former Victoria Estate behind Splash Leisure Centre. Once complete, there will Protect Stockton-on-Tees. be a range of competitively priced two, three and four bedroom high quality homes and two bedroom bungalows. Coronavirus rates across the Borough are high but we can all help Also included in the development will be a number of affordable reduce the spread of the virus by following these simple steps: homes for rent provided by the Thirteen Housing Group. Richard, who lived on the demolished Victoria Estate as a child, opened the new show village. Hands. Face. Space To book an appointment to view the show homes visit Representatives from Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and Keepmoat www.keepmoat.com/the-sycamores Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds with Richard Kilty. For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus Wear a face covering when it is difficult to stay two metres away from other people For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus and where you will come into contact with people you don’t live with or who aren’t in your support bubble Keep two metres apart from people you don’t live with Celebrating VJ Day If you have any one of these symptoms, stay at home and book a test Residents of the Borough didn’t let Coronavirus restrictions stop them marking a high temperature the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day in August. Homes across Stockton-on-Tees were decorated red, white and blue. In Hartburn, Ian Mackie (pictured), led the celebrations a new, continuous cough by observing the two minute silence followed by a day of socially distanced music, singing and afternoon tea. Ian Mackie with Yorkshire Regiment Office Manager, Mike Crisp a loss or change to your smell or taste Recycling this Christmas You can book a test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. If you or anyone in your household (or support bubble) has symptoms you must stay at home to self-isolate – Unsure about what you can and can’t recycle? this means you can’t pop to the shops or go out for a walk. You can find out more about testing and self-isolating at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus Yes please No thanks ONLY get a test if you have symptoms Support is available for people who need it s hristmas card •C •W rapping paper If you don’t have symptoms, please don’t book a test The COVID Community Support Team can help -g lit te ry on es) (non unless you have been advised to do so by a medical vulnerable and elderly residents with food deliveries, •P olyst yrene pack r tubes aging rapping pape •W professional or NHS Test and Trace. This is to help shopping, picking up prescriptions or making sure •P ackaging, trays make sure people who need a test can get one. people who are self-isolating and may be worried or and cans or plastic •D rinks bottles containers with an lonely get the support they need. y food Self-isolate if you’re told to s waste on •C ardboard boxe The team can be contacted on 01642 733906, between bs If NHS Test and Trace tells you to self-isolate because late tins and tu •P lastic bags •S weets/choco you have been in close contact with someone who has 9am and 12noon, Monday to Friday or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org ood boxes •F tested positive for COVID-19 you must stay at home for 14 days from the day you were last in contact with Advice about housing, welfare and financial support can the infected person. This applies even if you have a be found at www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus/support 12 See the inside cover of the magazine for your Christmas and New Year recycling dates. negative test result. 13 For more information about waste and recycling visit www.stockton.gov.uk/recycling
Don’t suffer in silence Our People Our People If you’re suffering from Domestic Abuse there is support and help for you. You can call Harbour Support Services Domestic Abuse can take many different And although the majority of cases on 03000 20 25 25 at any time, day or forms including (but not limited to): involve partners or ex-partners, domestic night, seven days a week. You can also chat confidentially online at • C oercive control (actions that harm, punish or frighten someone) abuse can occur in other types of relationships such as family members www.myharbour.org.uk or carers. • Your Family P sychological/emotional abuse But if you or someone else is in immediate danger dial 999 and ask for • F inancial or economic abuse • For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus the police. If you can’t speak call 999 and H arassment and stalking • Hub is open press 55 when prompted. O nline or digital abuse For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus Help protect others from abuse Stockton-on-Tees The Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board is urging everyone to ensure they know what to do if they suspect an adult may be suffering abuse. families looking for Everyone has the right to live in safety, free from abuse or neglect. If you • Financial abuse – a way of controlling a person’s ability to acquire, use and advice and support can suspect someone is suffering from maintain their own money still get it through the abuse or neglect, support is available. • Scams – there are many forms There are many forms of abuse and neglect, all of which have no age limit, including internet scams, romance scams, postal scams and doorstep Borough’s Family Hubs, including: crime. Always be vigilant despite the Coronavirus • D omestic abuse - this includes • Self-neglect – this can include physical, emotional and sexual abuse in couple relationships or between neglecting personal hygiene, hoarding and neglecting to care for their own If you are concerned about someone please email FirstContactAdults@ pandemic. family members surroundings or health stockton.gov.uk or call 01642 527764. Weekly parenting programmes are taking place, virtual • sessions are taking place and the team are on hand to E lder abuse – people unfortunately Typical warning signs are that the victim For more information visit talk over the phone. may take advantage of older parents/ may become withdrawn, less confident, www.tsab.org.uk grandparents, relatives or friends, lose weight and just not seem their Among the activities on offer are: often to gain money or other benefits normal self. • V irtual baby massage and yoga • ‘Relax Kids’ – a mindfulness programme for 3-18 15 FREE year olds to build confidence, self-esteem and help children manage their emotions • H ome Safety and First Aid for parents • The cafés at the four Family Hubs in Billingham, Redhill, Stockton and Thornaby are open too Childcare Hours per week To keep up-to-date with what is available visit www.stockton.gov.uk/familyhubs or check out each Family Hub’s Facebook page. Don’t let your child miss out on the best start in life, give them the opportunity to make new friends, learn through play and have lots of fun! Making a difference Many people living across Stockton-on-Tees are in need of a It can be a very rewarding role and you can often work around To find out if your child is entitled to 15 hours Personal Assistant (PA) to support them to live their life in a your other commitments if you have another job. way they choose and as independently as possible. free childcare from January 2021 visit If you would like to know more about becoming a PA visit PA’s are employed directly by people who manage and pay for www.stockton.gov.uk/pa www.stockton.gov.uk/freechildcare, call their own care through a social care direct payment or personal To apply for a vacancy visit www.indeed.co.uk/cmp/Stockton- 14 01642 527225 or email email@example.com budget. Personal Assistants usually support individuals in their Personalisation-Support-Service/jobs 15 own home or to go out in the community.
Safer School Our People Our People Stay well this winter Parking There are lots of things you can do to stay well this winter and with the COVID-19 pandemic Be prepared continuing, it’s more important than ever. Here are a few simple tips: • for flooding I f you have a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss or change in your sense of smell or taste register for a Coronavirus test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119 • You can help keep your family, home and For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus G et a flu jab – you can find out if you are eligible at www. nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine and property safe this winter by following some some pharmacies and work places offer a flu jab service for simple steps: For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus people who aren’t eligible for a free NHS one Sign-up to the national flood warning service to • I f you start to feel unwell but you don’t have any Coronavirus symptoms, get advice from your pharmacist, your GP (likely receive free flood alerts by phone, text or email and get the flooding history for your property by to be a telephone/virtual consultation) or call 111 visiting www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk • H eat your home to at least 18 degrees if you can, use a hot water bottle, layer up and have at least one hot meal a day Parents and carers are being Homeowners and landlords are responsible • M ake sure you get your prescription medicines before urged to carefully consider for providing sandbags and flood protection equipment. You can buy sandbags at a local pharmacies close on Christmas Eve • Try to keep active. Visit www.stockton.gov.uk/active for where they park when builder’s merchants or online. dropping off or picking up ways you and your family can stay active this winter. Prepare a flood plan – you can download a • H andwashing is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself template for households, community groups and others from illness. Wash your hands thoroughly for around 20 seconds regularly throughout the day their children from school. and businesses from www.gov.uk/prepare-for- flooding/future-flooding • C heck on vulnerable neighbours and relatives who may need help and support during the winter but make sure you Parking close to schools may be even more challenging than usual with many schools operating staggered start and Check your level of home insurance, finish times, but it is more important than ever for parents making sure you are covered for flooding. maintain social distancing and carers to do their bit to park sensibly so children can get For more information visit www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/ to school safely. Create an emergency flood pack containing keep-warm-keep-well/ items that you might need should a flood occur. Drivers are also asked to avoid parking on grass verges. Keep warm this winter Any incidents of grass verge parking or inconsiderate It should include useful phone numbers, a mobile parking outside schools can be reported to phone, blankets, a torch and batteries, warm firstname.lastname@example.org waterproof clothes, house keys and a first aid kit or by calling 01642 528439. including sanitary items and medication. Help is available for residents struggling to heat their homes this winter. Keeping warm can make it easier to stay healthy so the Council is urging anyone having difficulty doing that to find out if they’re eligible for the following schemes: We’re winter ready The Council’s winter maintenance crews are ready and waiting for the bad weather to hit. They work tirelessly throughout the season, including Christmas If you are: and New Year’s Day, to treat the roads when • Over 75 If you are a homeowner or rent through a private landlord and • In receipt of disability benefits your property has never had central heating, you may be eligible frost and snow are forecast. • Have a long-term illness made worse by the cold for a new central heating system fitted for free. Around 2,300 tonnes of salt is stored in a • L iving with a child (under 5) who has a long-term illness made worse by the cold If you live in an eligible postcode and meet the criteria you purpose-built salt barn and the team are ready for action 24 hours a day, seven days a week. could receive a range of benefits including an efficient new gas • Or living with Dementia boiler, radiators, heating controls and all necessary pipework. They also maintain 366 salt bins across the Borough, You may be able to get help with emergency heating, boiler This will also improve the energy efficiency of your home and mainly in areas not covered by our gritting routes, for services, debt advice and energy efficiency measures. could save you money. residents to salt roads and footpaths. For more information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/warmhomes For more information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/whf For more information on gritting and or call 01642 528215. or to apply call 01642 526100. 16 snow clearing, as well as salt bin locations, 17 visit www.stockton.gov.uk/gritting
Be Alcohol Aware Our People Our People Safer gambling means that you should: • O nly spend what you can afford Have you found yourself drinking • S et your limits for time and money more alcohol than usual? Safer Gambling And remember that: It has been a difficult year and in times of stress many A6- front Remember… Week runs every • G ambling is not the answer to any problem people find they drink more often or more heavily. not a Gambling ise way to mak year to support and • G ambling when angry or upset is not a good idea You can keep track of how much you are drinking using the ‘Try Dry’ app which you can download via any smartphone. money raise awareness of • G ambling shouldn’t interfere with your personal relationships Visit the Alcohol Change website for local advice, tips and responsible and safe information, www.alcoholchange.org.uk. If you are worried Safer gamb ling - ﬁnd ou linguk.org t more gambling. This year, it’s If you want more information on Safer Gambling Week, visit www.safergamblinguk.org about how much you are drinking you can also get local safergamb support from Change Grow Live (CGL) by calling encouraging us to talk FREE ca ll 133 0808 8020 If you or a friend needs help or advice, please call 0808 8020 01642 673888 or visiting www.changegrowlive.org/recovery- about what that means. For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus # SGWeek20 @SGWeek20 133 for free, or visit www.gamcare.org.uk to chat online. service-stockton For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus The 12 Keep fire scams of free this Christmas Christmas Residents across Stockton- Most home fires start in the kitchen on-Tees are being reminded and can cause significant damage, to be on the alert for scams. costing on average £15,000 to repair. Here are the top 12 ‘Scams of Christmas’ doing the rounds at So with many of us expected to celebrate the festive the moment: season by cooking a meal at home this year, Cleveland Fire • C OVID-19 Test and Trace scams asking for payment details to send out a test Brigade has issued a reminder about how to reduce the risk of a kitchen fire. • S ubscriptions or free trials that allow payments to be taken without you realising it D on’t drink alcohol and cook – have something prepared or get a takeaway • Fake charities asking for donations or subscriptions • Supporting healthier lives Pop-up shops selling counterfeit or faulty items S tand by your pan – don’t get distracted, if you • C alls claiming to be from HMRC saying you owe or are owed tax need to leave the kitchen turn it off K eep it clean – a build-up of dirt and grease on the • C alls or texts claiming to be from your bank reporting ‘suspicious activity’ on your account. Hang up immediately cooker/hob can easily catch fire The Stockton Service Navigation Project (SSNP) is reminding people living Healthy eating, physical activity and mindfulness are just some of the and inform your bank. Do not give any bank details over the across Stockton-on-Tees that support topics they can cover in a telephone phone T urn it off – make sure ovens and appliances are is available for anyone who wants to appointment. A resident who recently switched off when not in use improve their health and well-being. contacted SSNP told us: "I am grateful to • C alls claiming to be from the Police reporting ‘suspicious bank activity’ The Coronavirus pandemic has caused have been in contact with SSNP - I feel less anxious and have the support I need R emember working smoke alarms save lives – some difficult times for some of us but • E -Greeting (online) cards that can contain malware – only open if you recognise the sender address dust and test yours regularly SSNP is on hand to help you feel happier and more positive. at this moment in time". If you would like further information • Bogus gift cards that have been illegitimately replicated For more advice visit www.clevelandfire.gov.uk The friendly team is offering one-to-one or to book a telephone appointment contact 01642 647770 or email • Too-good-to-be-true festive travel offers or follow Cleveland Fire health and wellbeing support, advice and information by phone, text or email. The email@example.com. • Fake ‘Sorry we missed you!’ delivery cards Brigade on social media. team also deliver online group support, You can also learn more about the • Dating website scams – only use trusted sites enabling people to meet and boost their physical and mental wellbeing. Project at: @StocktonNavigation Report scams to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. For further 18 19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/scam-awareness @StocktonNavigat
The gift of Our People Our People community In the last issue of Stockton-on-Tees News, we introduced the new Communities Strategy which over Amal Project Wheely great care the next three years will support our communities to be cohesive, strong and welcoming joining us in: Teesside Care assistants working to support residents across • Tackling poverty across the Borough For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus • Ensuring people in the Borough are not lonely Stockton-on-Tees have a new way to get around. Our regular “Spotlight On” The partnerships are empowering community-minded For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus Domiciliary care providers, Five Lamps and Partners4Care have used Government feature highlights the vital residents to make a difference, and we are proud that even funding to buy e-bikes and scooters. during the most difficult of times, there is a real desire and work the Borough’s voluntary, Care assistants who would normally walk to calls can now travel more quickly commitment to achieving the aims of the strategy. community and social which means they have more time to help people and can even fit in small shopping The seven Community Partnerships have started work on their requests and pick up medicines which really helps vulnerable residents during the enterprise organisations are creative and innovative plans for the coming year, speaking Coronavirus pandemic. with residents on how we can support the lonely, isolated and carrying out across Stockton- Amy Richardson, Marketing and Campaigns Manager from Five Lamps told us: “The vulnerable. Thanks to a donation from Element 1 CiC and the on-Tees. funding has made a significant difference to the working lives of our Care Assistants County Durham Community Foundation, a band of volunteers and also to the quality of care we can provide to vulnerable service users. We’ve have already had over 450 conversations with residents on how Amal Project Teesside works with black, Martin Anderson, Leah Codner, Netanya Alwis and also been able to buy backpacks so they can carry PPE safely from one call to the we can support their communities over a free bag of fish and Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) Mike McGrother of Norton Community Partnership next. COVID–19 has meant our staff need to spend more time than ever before on chips. families to provide them with store cupboard essentials and non-perishable infection control and the electronic bikes are making sure they have sufficient time The Christmas Gift items. to do that.” The Community Partnerships are working with some of The project was launched with support Emma-Louise Murray from Partners4Care added: “A 45 minute walk can now be cut the Borough’s voluntary, community and social enterprise from One Ummah Charity after it became down to ten minutes on a bike or scooter. Take away the pressure of travel and you’ll organisations to spread some Christmas cheer by making apparent that BAME families were less see more smiles because our clients will enjoy better quality time with our staff. It is gift hampers for families who may struggle over the holiday likely to access food banks because they a major leap forward for domiciliary care.” season. These rely on donations of long-life food, toiletries and couldn’t guarantee the food available luxury items. All the donations will be packaged into Christmas would suit their dietary needs. parcels and delivered to those in need. Amal Project Teesside provides tailored If you’d like to contribute, you can drop off donations at various hampers which contain some specialist locations across the Borough. To find your nearest donation food items and are vegetarian friendly point or to see a full list of suggested items, visit www. and alcohol-free. stockton.gov.uk/giftofcommunity. BAME families have been affected by Lighting up the Borough COVID-19 in the same way that everyone The Partnerships are also creating something quite has in terms of furlough, job losses and extraordinary to light up Stockton-on-Tees for Christmas in Good Neighbours other financial difficulties. Amal Project 2020. Twinkling with Christmas spirit, you will be able to watch is therefore helping to provide support the Borough sparkle and shine as Christmas approaches. sensitive to the needs of these families. We will tell you more about our plans very soon and how we will The project is already working with need your help in lighting up the Borough. Please get in touch more than 60 families within four People in need in Stockton-on-Tees are benefitting from a new using the details below to find out how you can get involved. schools across Stockton-on-Tees and Plus keep an eye on the Partnerships’ social media for the team of ‘Good Neighbours’. latest updates. Middlesbrough and is looking to expand. The volunteers, coordinated by Catalyst, are a friendly voice at the end of the phone, They have also developed partnerships a helpful hand to collect groceries or prescriptions, and providers of friendly advice with other organisations in the Borough about using digital technology to stay in touch with friends and relatives during the There’s lots happening with the Community Norton Community Partnership: to help distribute surplus food, share @NortonCo restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Partnerships. If you would like to get involved, donations and support each other. Future Stockton Central Community Partnership: aims are to continue to provide food Mrs Jackson (pictured), from Stockton-on-Tees, said: “This provides an excellent we want to hear from you. To find out more, @StocktonCentralCo hampers during school holidays when and necessary service to my husband, who is 90, and to myself. It is a comforting email firstname.lastname@example.org or join your families are more likely to struggle to thought that elderly and vulnerable people are valued.” Stockton West Community Partnership: Community Partnership on Facebook: provide food for their children. @StocktonWestCo Catalyst is coordinating the project on behalf of hundreds of community groups, Billingham Community Partnership: If you would like to know more follow the many of which are working tirelessly to support vulnerable or elderly residents during Thornaby Community Partnership: @BillinghamCo Amal Project Teesside on Facebook or these difficult times. Chief Executive, Jon Carling, said: ‘’Volunteering is a fantastic @ThornabyCo email email@example.com experience, an opportunity to make new friends and develop new skills, and to give Ingleby Barwick Community Partnership: Yarm, Eaglescliffe and Parishes Community Partnership: or call 07305412193. something fabulous back to the community.” @InglebyBarwickCo 20 @YarmParishesCo 21 To find out more visit www.stocktonvolunteers.co.uk or call Catalyst on 01642 733906.
BMBF from home Our People Our People Hi, my name is Sadie Bright Minds Big Futures haven’t let and I’m the Head of Coronavirus stop them in their tracks Young People Services for Bright Minds Big – the group is still holding meetings, Futures (BMBF). I joined BMBF in January and it became quizzes and social events virtually using Zoom. Cycle safely clear from the start that although our School For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus main focus is improving young peoples’ Meanwhile, they are also making sure they are doing their bit to protect One of the unexpected effects of Coronavirus quality of life in the Borough, it is also themselves and others from Coronavirus by sharing important advice and Governors information via their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels. is that more people are taking to the Borough’s For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus a place for personal development. As someone who loves helping out in the roads and cycle paths on a bike. community, it offers a unique opportunity Whether it be commuters travelling to work, families to have my say and contribute to making Stockton-on-Tees a better place to grow up. The group helps every member gain needed cycling for pleasure or those of us simply wanting to keep fit, more of us are cycling. Whether you are a new cyclist or a seasoned one it’s important to remember confidence, resilience and the ability to these safety tips: make friends in all environments. Would you like to make a • Be aware – stay alert and keep your eyes peeled for fellow road users BMBF encourages you to be creative difference to the education and to take a step out of your comfort • Show drivers what you plan to do – always look and zone - whether that’s through being of children and young people signal before you move away, stop or turn a correspondent at events such as Stockton International Riverside Festival, growing up in Stockton-on-Tees? • Be visible - wear bright clothing during the day and reflective clothing in low light and at night representing the voices of young people in Parliament or even helping to organise Schools across the Borough are looking for school • Follow the rules of the road our brilliant Secret Sound concert. There’s governors and you could be exactly who they are looking for. • Plan your route in advance – use a downloadable map or visit The Hub for cycle route advice something here for everyone! Sue Symington, a Governor at St John the Baptist C of E Primary School, has found it a rewarding experience and Visit www.thehubstockton.wordpress.com The most valuable lesson I have learned through my time in BMBF is that young urges anyone interested to find out more: “I have had so much pleasure from being a governor in my own primary • also Wear a helmet – as well as protecting your head it can help increase your visibility • road people are so powerful. We have an school. You just know that you are helping children to find Have confidence – if you are new to cycling, start off- incredible opportunity to work together their role in life. If you can do one small thing for one child it in a park or use quieter roads to build confidence and make a significant impact not just on • Show consideration to other road users is worth every minute of your time.” our own lives, but the future generations of young people growing up in the For further information and to apply for a governor vacancy For more information on cycling including cycling safety community. email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit email email@example.com or contact www.stockton.gov.uk/governors The Hub on 01642 617672. And that’s not all they’ve been doing. BMBF may not have been able to take part Time to apply for in Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) in Stockton Town Centre this year but they did a great job of supporting ‘SIRF at Home’. They created a video of their SIRF experiences over the years, as well as promoting their favourite primary school memories on social media and getting stuck into the ‘SIRF at Home’ online If your child was born If you haven’t received a activities. letter please email school. between 1 September firstname.lastname@example.org The young people have also joined forces with the Mayor of Stockton-on- Tees to recruit 100 young people to get involved in fundraising for the Mayor’s 2016 and 31 August or contact School Admissions charities. They’ll be raising money through an online talent show and a 2017, they will be due on 01642 526605. sponsored walk. to start primary school Applications can be submitted in September 2021. online at www.stockton.gov. BMBF held its first virtual elections in August and are delighted to have a new Follow the BMBF social media accounts to uk/schooladmissions Big Committee in place, with Netanya Alwis taking the position of Chair. The find out more and keep up with the latest Parents of children due roles of Head of Environment and Green Space and Head of Arts, Leisure and The online application is updates. to start school next year Culture are still up for grabs and will be elected in January. available 24 hours a day, 7 www.facebook.com/ should have received a letter explaining the admissions days a week and the deadline brightmindsbigfutures If you are a young person interested in running for a position or just want process from the Council’s for applications is Friday 15 to get involved with BMBF, joining has never been easier – just email www.twitter.com/_bmbf January 2021. 22 email@example.com or go to www.stockton.gov.uk/bmbf School Admissions Team. 23 www.instagram.com/_bmbf/ for more information.
Investing in the Our Economy Our Economy Borough’s schools The £52million investment programme for schools and nurseries across Stockton-on-Tees is continuing despite the Coronavirus pandemic. Capacity at Our Lady & St. Bede Catholic Academy in Stockton has increased by 300 thanks to a £5.4million expansion which includes a new entrance, refurbished teaching block and a new sports hall. Meanwhile, a £10.4million project to improve and modernise the facilities at Egglescliffe School is under way. For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus High Flyers nursery in Thornaby and the nurseries at Crooksbarn, Priors Mill, St Mark’s, Fairfield and Tilery primary schools are also going to be able to cater for more children For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus following a £2million investment in early years facilities. In future editions of Stockton-on-Tees News we will update you on plans to invest £2.6million in schools for children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities which will mean more places are available and facilities are improved. £5.4million expansion investment at Our Lady & St Bedes Catholic Academy. Najma Emmanuel, Company Director Stockton-on-Tees has a or deformity correction systems, spinal implants and a broad portfolio of world- long standing tradition in class foot and ankle systems used in the manufacturing that is still NHS, and private hospitals across the UK, Learning that lasts very much in evidence Europe, the Middle East and the United States. today. Through our regular English, maths The company boasts an innovative big Made in Stockton-on-Tees toe implant which allows movement in feature, we take a look the toe – the first of its kind. The Roto- at some of the Borough’s Glide toe system is the only implant in and ICT are Some of the products and tools used manufacturing success the world that allows the patient’s toe to for a knee implant function as normal. stories. Najma Emmanuel, Company Director, essential skills Based on the Teesside Estate in said “We are one of the last privately- Thornaby, Implants International Limited owned British companies in our field, is a modern bioengineering company competing with overseas multi-national that designs, develops and manufactures medical companies. We are very proud for us all orthopaedic implants, using state-of- of our northern manufacturing heritage the-art manufacturing and inspection and to be part of the sector in Stockton- systems. on-Tees. The Roto-Glide big toe Founded in 1995, the company at its “Our products positively improve people’s We offer a range of English, maths and IT courses to help you learn for work and life. peak employed over 35 skilled workers. lives, and we look forward to a better Due to Coronavirus it currently employs future for UK manufacture and export in 12 people, however will be looking to the years to come.” For more information visit www.slss.ac.uk or call 01642 527904 expand as production returns to normal. Products manufactured on site include For more information visit www. 24 For more information visit 25 hip and knee PAGE 25 joint replacements, trauma implantsinternational.com. www.implantsinternational.com.
100 Heroes Our Economy Our Council The search is on for 100 heroes to help raise £100 each for the Mayor's charities. Securing a BMBF are This year, the Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Javed, is walking to the supporting: Houses of Parliament on • The Halo Project treadmills future for • The Great North East Air Ambulance Kitty Brown made and sold If you’re • Macmillan Cancer Support 100 cakes for interested in £1 each. getting involved, Fundraising in the usual ways is not possible at the moment contact mayors. For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus our town because of the Coronavirus pandemic and that’s why the Mayor office@ is calling for your help. stockton.gov. For the very latest COVID-19 information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus uk with the He said: “I am encouraging 100 people to become a hero by details of your taking on a personal challenge to raise £100 each, for my challenge so we nominated charities. centres can help you to “This challenge could be anything from a sporting trial to bake get started. sales - the choice is entirely up to you!” Rowing the French channel on a rowing machine, running, cycling or walking 100 miles, baking 100 cupcakes and a virtual talent show are just a few examples of the varied ways funds have been If you’d like to donate to the Mayor’s charities, or find out about The Coronavirus pandemic is having an unprecedented raised so far. the challenges that have been taken on so far, visit impact on the lives of residents across the Borough. As www.stockton.gov.uk/mayorsgofundme well as devastating health impacts, the damage to the economy is making the viability of town centres even more challenging. Recognising the economic challenges, the Council is more New Text Service matter Your for tip permits committed than ever to regenerating its towns. Work is under way on developing a masterplan for each town, building on the findings of the “Let’s talk about our towns” consultations which views asked people for their views on the future of the Borough’s six town centres. As part of the Council’s efforts to improve its services, In Billingham, there’s an opportunity to work with the town centre a new way to apply for tip permits has been introduced. owner, St. Modwen, to lever in major commercial investment You need a permit if you want to take a van to the Household alongside plans for new council offices, with a focus on the West Precinct area. Here we bring you our regular update about Waste and Recycling Centre and now all you need to apply Ingleby Barwick has the brand new £14million IB leisure centre consultations being carried out by the Council. for one is a mobile phone, some photo ID and proof of but through the consultation people told us they wanted more address. It’s easy to do: green space and outdoor facilities for young people. In December and January, the Council will be consulting • Text WASTE to 07723466991 • Norton has experienced considerable growth in recent years, with residents on the future development and uses of F ollow the instructions that are sent to you, including particularly in its nightlife offering, but car parking and traffic Wynyard Woodland Park. We will also be launching following the link to our online booking system to reserve flow are among the concerns that people have raised so the a public consultation on our draft Local Council Tax your slot masterplan will address that. Support scheme for 2021/22 later this year. Major plans for Stockton including the redevelopment of the • G o to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre with your photographic ID, proof of Stockton-on-Tees address and Castlegate Centre site to create a riverside park, land bridge and To keep track of all Council led consultations, the mobile phone number used to register opportunity for commercial development alongside a Council building were announced earlier this year. The feasibility of visit the My Views consultation portal at Visit www.stockton.gov.uk/permits to find out more. covering Wellington Square and parking options for the town are www.stockton.gov.uk/myviews also being considered. In Thornaby, a Town Deal Board has been established to bid for £25million from the Government. The Board has identified a range of priorities for the town ranging from tackling long- term vacant properties and poor housing to enhancing further Voting by Post education provision. The consultation also found a strong desire Remember, you must be on the Electoral Register to vote in Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, we’ve to do something about the Golden Eagle and Phoenix House next May’s elections for the Tees Valley Mayor and Cleveland buildings. been encouraging you to apply for a postal vote Police and Crime Commissioner. In Yarm, work is under way with the Town Council to explore and we’ve receive more than 10,000 applications. If you aren’t registered to vote, it will take just a few minutes to the potential for a heritage centre in the Town Hall, as well as register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Here you can improved toilet provision and cycle parking. The Council is Voting by post means that you can vote at a time that suits also apply for a postal vote. continuing to work on increasing long-stay parking too. you before polling day, by simply filling out your vote and 26 dropping it into a post box. For more information, call the Electoral Services Helpline on 27 You can keep up-to-date at www.stockton.gov.uk/towncentres 01642 526196.
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