Ann Coffey

Monthly Archives: August 2016

Response to Department of Health consultation on the Government’s Strategy for Carers

Over recent months I have been carrying out a survey to find out more about the situation of people with caring responsibilities in Stockport. I have had a positive response to this survey with lots of feedback from local residents.

The Department of Health are currently developing the Government’s next Strategy for Carers and I have now provided a written submission to be included in the Department of Health’s consultation with a summary of the issues and concerns that local residents have raised in response to my survey. You can read my submission to the Department of Health’s consultation here –

If you live within my Stockport constituency and would like to complete my carers survey, you can do so via the following link – I should be most grateful for your comments.

Stockport Express Column- August 2016

On July 1st I attended Stockport’s commemoration of the centenary of the beginning of the battle of the Somme one hundred years ago. The battle went on for 141 days, not ending until 18th November 1916, with catastrophic loss of life.

I am interested in the many ways, for example through family histories, that we can remember the impact of the First World War one hundred years on. I think it is particularly important for young people to get involved in First World War projects and I am pleased to hear that funding is available for youth groups, residents associations, faith groups and others through a programme called First World War; then and now.

I have also been contacted recently about the First World War Memorials programme, which aims to inspire local communities across the country to survey and conserve their local war memorials. We have many “village” memorials to the fallen of the First World War in Stockport, including Heaton Mersey and Heaton Moor, as well as the main memorial at Stockport Art Gallery.

The national charity Civic Voice has embarked on a survey of all the local war memorials in Greater Manchester – about 2,000 in all.   Civic Voice is offering training workshops for volunteers who would like to get involved in recording the condition of local war memorials, so that if necessary they can be repaired as a fitting tribute to the fallen soldiers.

Civic Voice is offering volunteers a practical way to help protect our war memorials for future generations, so if you are interested you can find out more please phone 0151 707 4319.