In The Spotlight
A couple from Hyde have been giving local young people a great start in life since becoming foster parents.
SCHOOLCHILDREN from Tameside got green fingered planting lots of trees at a local event in Lees Park, on the border of Audenshaw and Droylsden.
FROM yoga to afternoon tea - volunteers at Ryecroft Hall in Audenshaw have been serving up an array of activities to the local community for over 35 years.
A piece of Audenshaw history returned home, from Thursday, February 11, the districts grant of armorial bearings was again displayed in Ryecroft Hall.
Tameside is set to benefit from the latest round of funding delivering safer and healthier transport links.
IT might be in Denton rather than Rio, but carnival time is coming to Tameside.
A Droylsden resident has kicked his lifetime cigarette habit which has cost him almost £110,000 in total.
A Droylsden man has quit his 20-a-day smoking habit thanks to the dedicated support from a local health and wellbeing service.
Delvin Stewart, 38, got in touch with Be Well Tameside, run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, in order to quit in time for his wedding to Rebecca on 16 September 2016.
Delvin, who works as a HGV driver started smoking occasionally when he was 13 years old, but his habit progressed from there to more than 20-a-day.
At their peak, Delvin and his wife Rebecca would spend over £70 a week between them on cigarettes, with Delvin himself spending an estimated £43,800* on smoking over the years.
Delvin said: “There were the obvious health reasons, but both myself and Rebecca wanted to quit so we could save up some money for our wedding and a holiday.”
While trying to complete his stop smoking programme, Delvin was fortunate enough to win a £25,000 wedding through a competition in a local newspaper, which made him even more determined to kick the habit.
“With the newspaper photographers being there we wanted to look our best and we wanted to enjoy the day without going out for a cigarette all the time.”
Delvin said that he has tried to quit at least ten times in the past, using patches inhalers and e-cigarettes, but was never able to stop entirely.
So Delvin contacted Be Well Tameside for support, who offered him an appointment to fit his work schedule and recommended varenicline to help him quit.
Delvin said: “The service looked at all my needs, like my home-life, stress and employment, to build a picture of my frame of mind and set me up with the best chance to be successful.
“Along with the treatment, the service is always available to check your progress, or help to stop you from relapsing, even long after you’re smoke-free.”
Lobna Begum-Haris, Specialist Stop Smoking Lead with Be Well Tameside, said: “We are delighted we could help Delvin to be smoke-free in time for his big day and we will continue to offer him support to help him remain smoke-free.
“As it’s Stoptober it’s a great opportunity for all smokers to make a commitment to quit, but remember that you’re more likely to succeed if you seek professional help - like that available from Be Well Tameside.”
Figures from Public Health England show that 2,965 people in Tameside were admitted to hospital with smoking related conditions between April 2014 and March 2015.
Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney, responsible for health, said: “Stoptober is a great opportunity for smokers across to quit together alongside friends, family and thousands of other people in our area.
“As an ex smoker myself, I can say from personal experience that the benefits are many when you stop. It’s not easy - but the support that’s available really helps. It doesn’t matter how many times you have tried before – you should never give up on trying to stop.”
You can also follow the service on Twitter @BeWellTameside and like them on Facebook by searching ‘Be Well Tameside’.
For more information about the Stoptober campaign, visit: http://po.st/Stop16_Tameside
THOUSANDS of visitors are continuing to flock to the new Ashton Library with hundreds also joining as new members.
AS Tameside marks International Women's Day, and the centenary of British women winning the right to vote, it's fitting that the Tameside College wing of the new Tameside One building in Ashton is being named in honour of suffragette Hannah Mitchell.
Hannah, who was born in 1871, lived on Elizabeth Street, Ashton, from 1900 to 1910. From an early age she objected to the domestic role women were then expected to play and became a key campaigner for women's rights.
In her autobiography, "The Hard Way Up", she stated: "I feel my greatest enemy has been the cooking stove — a sort of tyrant who has kept me in subjection."
Influenced by The Clarion newspaper, she began to speak at meetings of the Independent Labour Party. She later worked for Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst's Women's Social and Political Union before joining the Women's Freedom League.
In 1924 Hannah was elected to Manchester City Council and served until 1935. She died in 1956. There is a blue plaque dedicated to her on the wall of 43 Elizabeth Street, Ashton.
Jackie Moores, CEO and principal at Tameside College, said: "We are delighted and honoured to remember and recognise Hannah Mitchell in the Tameside College wing of the new Tameside One campus.
"It is a permanent reminder of how the college's values match those of our community. Hannah Mitchell will continue to inspire staff and students on and beyond International Women's day."
Tameside One is the centrepiece of the Vision Tameside project which is transforming the provision of further education in the borough.
As well as being shared by Tameside College, Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group and Tameside Council, it will include Ashton Library, Citizens Advice Bureau and the Job Centre.