Supporting the Heatons community during the coronavirus outbreak
In what feels like the blink of an eye, the whole planet has been plunged into an unprescedented state of affairs. In late February coronavirus was a news item, something we would talk about in passing between conversations about the weather and Brexit (remeber that?).
Just days later, and we’re now in the middle of a pandemic, enacting a lock down worthy of a Hollywood movie and wondering how and when our lives will be able to return to some sense of normality.
While Mother Nature is reminding us that we exist through her good grace, we’ve put together this page to help support the local Heatons community. We aim to keep it updated with links to the latest official information, and help you find support from our local businesses and communities.
Please check back regularly as we aim to keep the page as up to date as possible. If you are aware of any information that would be useful please let us know via our contact page.
Official Advice And Support
Getting help from the NHS
The NHS website has details of the latest advice on dealing with the Covid-19 virus. This should be your first port of call for getting advice medical advice.
I'm worried I may have contracted the coronavirus. What should I do?
Please read the latest information on the NHS Covid-19 website about what the symptoms are to look out for.
If you suspect you have the symptoms, or have come into contact with someone with the symptoms please use the NHS 111 online serviceor call 111. DO NOT GO TO YOUR DOCTOR, PHARMACY OR THE HOSPITAL.
Official Government Advice Website
This link is the official government website for the coronavirus outbreak. The steps being taken to combat this epedemic are changing daily, so it’s worth checking the site regularly.
Stockport Council response to Coronavirus
All the latest information and advice from Stockport Council in response to covid-19 can be found on this page.
Getting In Touch with the Stockport MP and Your Local Councillors
You can find your local councillor on the Stockport Council Find Councillor page.
There is also a list of all Stockport Councillors here.
Childcare for Key Workers - getting advice from Stockport Council
If you are a Key Worker and need information or support with childcare, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. This email address will be monitored between 9am and 5pm everyday.
Local Community Support
Heatons Covid-19 virus - self isolation neighbourhood outreach Facebook Group
A facebook group called Heatons Covid-19 virus – self isolation neighbourhood outreach has been set up to co-ordinate a community effort to provide help and support for each other. You can find the group here or search in Facebook for “Heatons Covid-19 virus”.
I'm not on Facebook, but I need some support. How can I get help?
If you’re not on Facebook but you need support, send us a message via our contact us page and we’ll ask someone local to you and able to help to get in touch.
However if you are feeling any symptoms of coronavirus or require immediate assistance, please contact the NHS or the emergency services in the first instance.
Finding work during the Coronavirus crisis
A new website has been set up in patnership with Stockport Council called Stockport Jobs Match. The site aims to connect employers with urgent temporary or permenant vacancies with people who are available imediately.
Visit the site here: https://stockport-jobsmatch.co.uk/
For more information take a look at our blog post.
How can I help?
The NHS is seeking Volunteer Responders to support them during the COVID-19 outbreak.
They require an ‘army’ of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Doctors, nurses and other professionals will be able to refer people in to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer.
This programme enables volunteers to provide care or to help a vulnerable person, which is permitted under the new rules announced by the Government on 23rd March 2020.
For more information and to register as a volunteer, please click here
Neighbour Help Cards Download Here
A STATEMENT FROM THE FOURHEATONS TRADERS ASSOCIATION : The Heatons’ has a thriving business community, one that we can all be proud of. But along with many businesses across the UK, there is a real and present risk that the impact of the coronavirus and the national lock-down could do long term and irreparable damage to our local high streets.
We want our community to get through this crisis in tact, and we ask you first and foremost to follow the Government advice on Social Distancing. But where possible, please look at supporting your local business too – use our directory to find the contact details of the Heatons’ businesses and see if they are able to support your needs via online or collection & delivery methods.
Our businesses are working hard to get through this crisis and provide a level of support to the local community. Please help them. The need for #ShopLocal has never been stronger than it is right now.
Local businesses taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme
(available Monday – Wednesday until 31 August)
Support for local businesses
Where do I find support from the Government for local businesses?
The support package being offfered to busiesses of all sizes is being updated almost daily. The Government’s Support For Businesses page will give you all the latest updates.
Local Support for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
The Government has launced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to try to safeguard jobs during the coronavirus crisis.
Details are available on the gov.uk website here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme
Heaton Mersey based accountancy firm McKellens have also published a guide on scheme, with examples on how to calculate what you can claim. This guide is available to download from the McKellens Masterclass website.
If you need help or advice with this scheme please contact us at email@example.com and we’ll put you in touch with a local accountancy firm.
Claiming your £10k / £25k grant - Action Required!
The Chancellor has said businesses on Small Business Rates Relief will receive a grant of £10k, and businesses with premises with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25k.
These grants will be paid to businesses in the Heatons through Stockport Council. If you receive Small Business Rates Relief or you do not pay your Rates vi Direct Debit, then you need to register your bank details with Stockport Council. You can do this on this page: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/business-rates-support-measures
Support for the Self Employed
The Chancellor announced a package to help Self Employed people in the UK. Details om how to apply are on the government website at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme.
A guide to the scheme has been published by local accounting firm McKellans on their McKellens Masterclass website.
Are you VAT registered?
If you have a VAT payment due between 20th March and 30th June please remember to cancel your direct debit if you have one set up. VAT is being defferred, but you have to cancel your DD to prevent the payment being taken. Click here for more information.
(Note, you still need to submit your VAT return as normal).
How can the 4HTA help my business through this difficult time?
The 4HTA Steering Group are looking for ways to support our members and the businesses of the Heatons.
- We are regularly monitoring the social media of our members and we will endeavour to share any informaton we can through our social media channels.
- We have compiled a list of businesses that are still operating and we will keep this list updated as we find out new information. Please let us know if you want to be added to the list or if any information has changed.
- We will keep this page updated with new information on the support available.
Further Articles from 4HTA Members on the coronavirus.