Place Partners is a Sport England funded programme that invests in a behaviour change approach in a place to enable sustainable change and gain valuable learnings that can be shared across the country.

From July 2018, Stockport utilised research and insight to create their initial 12-month plan, starting from April 2019; this can be viewed here.

Stockport’s place partner work is working with the community in Brinnington and aims to work with the following audiences:

  • People out of work, and people in work but at risk of becoming workless;
  • People aged 40-60 with, or at risk of, long term conditions.

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Stockport are also taking a borough wide approach to working with families and those with special educational needs and disabilities.

The place partners work in Stockport is supported by borough wide partners who sit on the steering group, this is made up of:

  • Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Seashell Trust
  • Life Leisure
  • AgeUK (Stockport) and community groups such as Brinnington Big Local.

In Stockport, a major focus through the Place Partners has been on community input and feedback on what will help people get moving, with this feedback helping to establish projects that will benefit the whole community.

The creation of the 'That Counts in Brinnington' Forum, which is made up of key partners and more importantly local residents, formed the initial idea of creating three unique maps of Brinnington highlighting local landmarks and greenspaces.

The first of the three maps launched in February 2021 and highlights local landmarks and surrounding green space to help guide residents and visitors alike on what they can see and do in the community.

The next map will highlight local walking routes and physical activity options to help keep the community moving with a final map planned to cover the historical landmarks in Brinnington.

This fantastic resource wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the amazing community in Brinnington and partnership with Brinnington Big Local, Transport for Greater Manchester & Stockport Council.

To add yourself as a Stockport Moving partner or find more information about the place partners work in Stockport contact: [email protected]

GM Moving Podcast

Released in September 2022, the seventh episode of series two of the GM Moving podcast focused on the Place Partners  work in Stockport. 

In the episode Eve Holt spoke to Ross McGuigan and Stephen Pearson the Stockport Leads about the importance of community consultation and maintaining an open dialogue with communities. 

The full transcript can be found here.

To listen to the full episode please see below, or search The GM Moving podcast on other podcast providers.