Action Together – Tameside -Update

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Rapid Drop-in Testing for Key Workers in Tameside
Rapid testing is now available for voluntary, community and social enterprise volunteers and workforce with no symptoms. Supporting communities throughout the pandemic, in public facing roles, means your workforce is eligible to receive regular and rapid testing.

Anyone who can’t work from home, or comes into regular contact with the public, is strongly encouraged to get tested. You’ve done so much for our borough and this testing service offers the opportunity to help to protect you, your loved ones, and those you come into contact with.

Public Health staff recommend that anyone who is eligible gets tested twice a week – an increase from once a week. Testing gives you a result for that moment in time and so by testing more frequently, we can better help to prevent the spread of Covid-19 unknowingly. With evidence to suggest the new variant of Covid-19 may be linked to a higher mortality rate we need to do everything we can to stop the spread and protect each other.

You don’t need to book, you can simply turn up at one of the rapid testing centres and bring ID and proof of occupation.

Volunteers will need to provide proof of their key worker status and confirmation letter to present when attending testing sites. Action Together can provide a volunteer confirmation letter, please contact

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Tameside Vaccine Roll-Out
Vaccines for Tameside and Glossop are being delivered by GP led hubs based on our Primary Care Networks – groups of GP practices within a neighbourhood. There are now five vaccination hubs delivering the vaccine locally – Ashton, Hyde, Denton, Stalybridge and Glossop. There is also a national vaccination centre based at The Etihad Tennis Club in Manchester.

As roll-out continues, all those people aged 70 years and over and those who are clinically vulnerable should have received an invitation to book an appointment for their vaccine. If you are in these groups and haven’t received or seen your letter you can book a vaccine appointment here.

If you are not aged over 70 or are in a clinically vulnerable group please wait until you are contacted by the NHS for your vaccination appointment.

You can watch a video here about why the vaccine is important.

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Tameside Community Champions Still Needed
Many Tameside residents are already ambassadors within their communities, inspiring and influencing others to keep to the rules to help reduce local transmission rates. Please sign up to become a community champion where you can help get messages into the heart of local communities.

Director of Public Health, Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy talks more about the role of community champions in this video here.

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Tameside – Latest Information
If you want information about the latest changes to the local lockdown, if you need support or if you want to know how you can support your community, check out our dedicated page on the Action Together website.
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Census 2021 – Tameside Groups Your help is Vital!
Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society, particularly relevant due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tameside households receive a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets. A paper questionnaire (available in multiple languages) can also be sent to you.

Taking part in the census is so important, as it gathers essential information that’s used for things that affect your Tameside community. Public bodies use census information to help plan and fund services like housing, education and healthcare, this could mean improved services such as doctors surgeries, schools, transport links for Tameside etc.

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Have Your Say on Tameside Boundaries
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking for your views on our electoral review of Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council. The review will agree new ward boundaries across the council.

They need local input to help them understand the different communities of Tameside and how that translates into workable electoral ward boundaries.

Have your say
Make 2021 an Active Year!
As many of us are spending more time at home, we’re likely to spend less time moving and more time sitting which isn’t good for our physical or mental health.

Moving more lifts our mood, burns off energy, helps us sleep better and enables us to manage a healthy weight.

Ideas about how and where you can be more active in Tameside
Good News! The Food Pantry
Smallshaw Hurst Community Action Group – Food Pantry is now registered as a CIO – Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

Volunteers are needed to support the pantry.

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T & G Healthy Young Minds Survey
Tameside and Glossop Healthy Young Minds would like to ask partners to complete the survey below to help understand your experience of our service and ways in which we might improve our support.
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Moving after Covid-19 Road to Recovery
After coronavirus, people may feel unsure of how and when to return to physical activity. GM Moving, has collated advice and guidance on how people can start to get moving again after coronavirus.
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Nominations Open Dementia Hero Awards 2021
Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Hero Awards 2021 will showcase the stories of people doing outstanding things during the pandemic – our dementia heroes.

Deadline: Friday 5 March.

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Donate Your Old Devices!
Can you help by donating an unused device or by giving your time as a volunteer?
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Tameside GP Survey Open!
Local people registered with a GP practice in Tameside and Glossop are asked to take part in a survey about their experiences of local NHS services.
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We offer support, information and guidance to Tameside residents and organisations on a wide range of volunteering opportunities. You can find local volunteering opportunities from hundreds of organisations on this page.
Give Time to Tameside
Do you live in Tameside and want to support your local community? Come and find out what’s available in your neighbourhood, and the different ways you can give your time, whether you want to support a local group or you have your own ideas, we are here to help!


  • Wednesday 10 February, 6pm – 7.30pm.
  • Friday 12 February, 10am – 11.30am
  • Wednesday 17 February, 6pm – 7.30pm
Book your place
Tameside Volunteer Coordinators – Coffee and a Catch Up!
These informal meetings will help us keep in touch with one another. They are a space to discuss organisational updates you may have, how you are involving volunteers and staying connected to them during this time. There will be an opportunity to meet people from other local organisations, to share ideas and to ask for advice.

When: Thursday 11 February, 12.30pm – 2pm.

Register here
If you need training, support, advice or help with funding, contact the Action Together development team on Tel: 0161 339 2345 or Email:
Advice and Guidance for Community Groups During Covid-19
Action Together is working closely with partners to identify best practice guidance for voluntary, community and faith sector groups to safely operate. As local and national restrictions continue to change we will provide the most up to date information we have available and how these may impact your building, services or activities.

Please join us for a Q&A session.

When: Tuesday 16 February, 10am – 11am.

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Free support for VCSE orgs via ‘Skills for Growth SME Support’ programme
Skills for Growth – SME Support is a fully funded, tailored service offering one-to-one, personalised and impartial advice from skills coaches, wellbeing champions and change specialists to help organisations grow through re-shaping, developing talent and enhancing team performance.
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Pilotlight Offers Charities and Social Enterprises Access to Strategic Business Support
Do you need help getting to the next step in your journey?

Pilotlight offers charities and social enterprises access to the strategic business support they need to thrive.

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