Making new friends, taking up a hobby or doing more exercise is a great benefit to your health and this is a key part of what’s known as Social Prescribing.
The video here which explains more about Social Prescribing is from the Healthy London Partnership.
If you are looking to make long term changes to improve your health and wellbeing one or more of the groups and activities below could be the answer.
We also encourage GPs and health professionals to refer patients as an aid to long term support. Please use the links for further information. Healthier Fleetwood is not responsible for the individual groups or activities. Every effort is made to keep the information up to date, however we do advise you contact the organisers in advance.
Information on groups and activities in Fleetwood and across Wyre is also available on the FYI Directory.
FRIENDSHIP & SUPPORT …
Fleetwood Men’s Shed
A group for men offering peer support, friendship and the opportunity to share experiences.
This group is still new but going from strength to strength with several sessions and activities each week. They meet for conversation and a cuppa at the Pavilion, Memorial Park, Fleetwood on Thursday and Sunday mornings from 10am to noon. (If you’re not familiar with the Pavilion, it’s the building by the groundstaff area and the tennis courts, Poulton Road side of the park.)
There is also a Wednesday morning session at St Davids Hall, Larkholme for Veterans which includes a free breakfast served to anyone from the Forces while offering a chance to chat and make friends. The plan is to find a permanent venue that can be used for activities including DIY, indoor sports and games. Suggestions of what the group could do and how you can get involved are very welcome!
If you are nervous about coming to your first session, they are a friendly bunch but you can contact them first via their Facebook page or through Healthier Fleetwood and we can arrange for somebody to look out for you on the day and settle you in.
A ladies only group providing friendship and support through regular meetings and activities.
Sister Circle hold a weekly get-together for chat, a cuppa and crafts at the Milton Neighbourhood Centre, Blakiston Street, every Tuesday from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. All ladies welcome.
The group’s “Make Someone Smile” project involves pebble painting and making soft toys to be left and found in and around Fleetwood, supporting people with mental health issues or, as it says, just to raise a smile!
Sister Circle also follow the Five Ways of Wellbeing – Connect … Keep Learning … Be Active … Take notice … and Give. Many of their activities and talks by guest speakers use these principles to improve health and wellbeing.
For more information follow Sister Circle on Facebook .
Just Good Friends
Isolation is one of the major contributors to poor physical and mental health …. Just Good Friends are all about bring people together!
The group’s main meeting is every Tuesday at the Highbury Club by Fleetwood Town FC from 10am. Monday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm is the board games session at the Fleetwood Library on North Albert Street and Thursdays mornings from 10.30 they meet at Wetherspoons, also on London Street for coffee and chat.
On the first Sunday of the month the group choose a venue for a lunch as well as a breakfast get-together once a month and organised trips out to shows and events.
Just Good Friends is also active across the Fylde with groups in Lytham and Kirkham. For further information on all their groups contact Bev on 07557 734233 or email@example.com
Breastfeeding Peer Support
Promoting the benefits of breastfeeding and helping to change attitudes to the practice of nursing babies in public.
One of the founders Rachael Dutton said, “I wanted to hear first hand from other nursing mums what it was like to breastfeed. I asked for help with setting up the group and now it is going from strength to strength. Meeting once a week means that we can all talk about our experiences and we have health care professionals there to signpost help and advice for other issues.”
The group now meet every Wednesday 11.30am to 1.30pm at the Milton Street Neighbourhood Centre, Blakiston Street, Fleetwood with staff from Children and Family Wellbeing Service, the Fleetwood surgeries Health Visitors team, Families & Babies Lancashire and Healthier Fleetwood dropping in to help where needed.
For further information on the group telephone (01253) 741117 or see their Facebook page.
The self-help group for those living with chronic pain, depression, fatigue and more.
No judgements, no questions. Come along to listen, share your story when you want to with no pressure. Meetings every Thursday evening at Fleetwood Fire Station from 6.30pm. Please contact the organisers Rachel (07706 549233) and Sharn (07948 675189) if you have any questions.
Social Anxiety Support
While most of us take socialising, meeting people or going about our usual tasks in our stride not everyone is comfortable in everyday situations.
If you or somebody you know suffers from social anxiety there’s a new group starting soon to provide support and advice. Led by Lorraine Moffat, a Fleetwood-based, qualified integrated therapist, the sessions will be weekly on Wednesday evenings at Milton Street Family Centre.
It’s a 12-week course but for further information and to find out if it’s right for you please contact Lorraine on 07878 736099 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ARTS & CRAFTS …
Anon, arts course
A free community arts course for local residents to discover their creative talents while making friends and having fun.
The course is for anyone aged 18 or over who feels their wellbeing will be helped by getting involved. You’ll learn several art techniques and styles but it isn’t about how good you are with a brush or pencil … it’s about relaxing, spending time with others, enjoying the sessions and expressing yourself.
All the materials, equipment and refreshments are provided.
Our current course runs until the end of November at YMCA Lofthouse Building on London Street, Thursdays from 10am to 1pm. If you have missed the start or want to ask a question for yourself or on somebody else’s behalf please email email@example.com or leave your name and number on our answerphone at 07399 093835.
Spaces are limited and priority will be given to residents from FY7 postcodes.
Our Big Green
Get some fresh air while you walk, talk, paint, draw, photograph, make and learn.
Our Big Green is a creative group using the local surroundings and in particular Fleetwood Nature Reserve to inspire creativity and support wellbeing. Materials are provided and there’s a cuppa at the end of the supervised session, all welcome. The sessions are on Tuesday mornings from 11am to 12.30pm. Contact Ocean on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Arts & Crafts at the Library
Fleetwood Library hosts several, weekly arts & crafts sessions whether it be for beginners, experienced artists or those just looking for a fun activity.
To find out more about the courses and the many other activities and groups held at Fleetwood Library see the What’s On listing and download the monthly events guide.
FITNESS & SPORTS …
Fleetwood Promenade Park Run
A weekly 5k run, that’s not a race. A great way to build up your fitness and share in a community event.
The Fleetwood Promenade new parkrun is every Saturday from 9am, starting at the rear of Marine Hall and going along the prom to beyond Rossall Tower then back again. To take part, you will need to register in advance for your unique ID and barcode. Visit the official parkrun website here to register, it only take a few minutes and you will receive your details immediately.
Chair Yoga sessions are on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30pm to 2.30pm (from the 8th January 2020) at St Nicholas Church Hall, Highbury Avenue.
This is gentle chair-based exercise with relaxation and breathing techniques to promote health and well being.
The sessions will be led by Julia Leech, a qualified yoga instructor and holistic therapist who already hosts a popular group in Poulton.
Loose comfortable clothing is recommended, no other equipment is needed.
The cost per session is £3pp but supported by Healthier Fleetwood, your first session is FREE.
To contact Julia for more information please telephone her on 07903 888232.
Exercise and make friends while enjoying the great outdoors!
Nordic Walking is an excellent exercise which uses 90% of the body’s muscles and burns 46% more calories than walking without poles. There are several sessions across Wyre including a Fleetwood walk on Wednesday evenings at 7pm but if you’re a beginner there is a free taster session at 6pm.
For further information, or if you would like to come along, please contact Ann by email: email@example.com
FREE sessions for residents courtesy of Rossall School.
The following sessions are available to adults and families from across Fleetwood …. our thanks to Rossall School for their support in providing this opportunity to the local community.
SUMMER 2019 – Dates are now available during July & August and early September.
All sessions are limited numbers and on a first come, first served basis only, and we ask that everyone book in advance. (Anyone who turns up on the day does risk being turned away). To give everyone an opportunity bookings are only taken 1 week at a time, no block bookings.
For information and bookings please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the date of the session you are interested in and the following information:
Name / Email / Postcode / Number in party / Any medical conditions / How you heard about the free swims.
Fridays – 6pm – 7pm – Fleetwood High School Sports Hall.
Any men or women with a disability, aged 16 plus are welcome to take part.
£3 per session.
For more information please either call John Hartley on 01253 208442 or email email@example.com.
Free sessions at the YMCA Fleetwood on Tuesday afternoons 1pm – 2pm.
Walking Netball is a slower version of the game; it is netball, but at a walking pace. The game has been designed so that anyone can play it regardless of age or fitness level.
From those who have dropped out of the sport they love due to serious injury, to those who believed they had hung up their netball trainers many years ago, it really is for everyone. Now you can have a go yourself, right here in Fleetwood at the YMCA.
For more information on Walking Netball, visit the official England Netball website.
Every Saturday afternoon at Fleetwood YMCA pool from 4.30 pm to 5.50pm Wyre Flounders swimming club hire the pool exclusively.
Wyre Flounders began in 1992 particularly for disabled swimmers or those recovering from illness or operation. In 2015 our leader was honoured by winning the Lancashire Sports Award for Service to Disability Sports. However we welcome any adult swimmer, disabled or not, who wants to swim when the pool is quiet. We have regular swimmers with arthritis, rheumatism, asthma, multiple sclerosis, back pain, “old age”, and some who just prefer an environment without crowds. Some have joined in order to “get back into swimming” before going on to join the YMCA or other pools.
Why not join our friendly adult swimming club. Arm bands are provided to give confidence if you have not swum for awhile and the lifeguard will help anyone into the pool on the chairlift. Please come one Saturday and meet us from 4pm onwards or ring the YMCA on 01253 771505. For more information on current fees (they hire the pool and lifeguard) and membership details please either call 01253 522232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fit For The Future
Are you over 60 years old? Do you want to meet new people? Would you like to take part in some light exercise?
If so, we are at St Wulstans Church, Poulton Road, Fleetwood every Tuesday morning mornings 10am – 11am. Your first session is free then it’s £3 per session.
For more information please either call John Hartley on 01253 208442 or email email@example.com.
Taster sessions and games for ages 50 plus – play at your level.
Walking Football is a sporting activity which is aimed at the over 50’s with no upper age limit! It is a fantastic activity for those who want to get a bit fitter and maybe meet new friends. You can attend a free, no obligation taster session to see what it is all about, come and give it a go you won’t be disappointed! A warm welcome awaits, just turn up in a pair of trainers!
Introductory sessions are on Wednesday afternoons from 12 noon – 1.30 pm at Fleetwood Town’s Poolfoot Training complex. To attend please contact the organisers first … see the Fleetwood Town Flyers website for further information on the taster session and more competitive levels of walking football.
Did you know … Fleetwood’s walking football team won the FA People’s Cup in 2018!
Tuesday evenings for young people 8 – 18 years of age.
Parkour is a non-competitive physical exercise about moving freely over and through any terrain through running, jumping and climbing. It focuses on developing the fundamental attributes of strength and fitness, balance, spatial awareness, agility, coordination, precision, control and creative vision. It is a sport that encourages self-improvement on all levels, revealing one’s physical and mental limits.
These sessions are led by Tyler Hiscock and Fleetwood Town Community Trust and held at Cardinal Allen High School are on Tuesdays until the 9th April … 7pm to 8pm for 8 to 12 year olds / 8pm to 9pm for 13 to 18 year olds. The cost is just £1 per session. Contact John Hartley on 01253 208440.
PLEASE … don’t try Parkour unless you are in a supervised setting.
SINGING & DANCING …
Warblers on’t Wyre
Community singing group meets every Friday morning at The North Euston, 11am – 1pm, North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood
Warblers on’t Wyre is a singing group originally started by the NHS at the Old Bank on Lord Street some years ago. After that facility closed down some of the group carried on singing and now meet at the North Euston Hotel every Friday at 11am – 1pm with a break for tea or coffee.
New members are always welcome and it’s only £1.
Afternoon Tea Dances
A great way to exercise and socialise, the Marine Hall and North Euston Hotel host tea dances every week.
At Marine Hall the dances are on Monday afternoons 2pm – 4pm (except Bank Holidays). The admission of £4.50pp also includes tea and biscuits. See the Marine Hall website for further information and a list of the organists who will entertain you each week at the Tea Dances.
The North Euston Hotel tea dances are on Thursdays 2pm – 4pm throughout the year (check with the venue just in case there in another event). Again the £4.50pp admission includes tea or coffee.
Harmony & Health Singing Group
The free singing group for everyone, Tuesday afternoons from 1.30pm – Water Front Café Bar, Marine Hall, Fleetwood.
No experience necessary, it’s just about reviving your spirits in a welcoming environment with friendly people. A physical and mental workout as you improve your breathing and tune your heart while singing the songs you love. Relax & socialise, tea & coffee is available for just £1.
Local resident Pauline has been a member of the group from the start and says: “I can’t begin to tell you how good I feel after each session. It has helped my breathing a little, my mood a lot and it has been lovely to meet new people who are becoming friends. We sings all sorts of songs from ABBA to Elvis to Doris Day! Songs from musicals, hymns – you name it, we’ll have a go! It’s fun, fellowship and you feel great!”
All enquiries, please telephone: 01253 887693 or just turn up on the day.
If you’d like to help preserve the fabulous shoreline around Fleetwood for residents, visitors and wildlife while taking some gentle exercise and meeting people … a beach clean is just the thing!
There is a weekly session every Thursday from Rossall Point Observation Tower, 10.30am to noon.
Monthly sessions start from the Lower Lighthouse (at 10.30am) or the Central car park (1pm) on these Saturday dates … 16th February, 16th March, 27th April, 18th May, 15th June, 20th July, 17th August, 21st September, 19th October, 16th November and 21st December.
There’s also a monthly event meeting at Larkholme Parade by the new Promenade on the Sundays at 10.30am … 24th February, 24th March, 28th April, 26th May, 30th June, 28th July, 25th August, 22nd September, 20th October, 17th November and 15th December.
All equipment is provided, suitable clothing and footwear should be worn,
the sessions are suitable for children with an adult and of course they are subject to the weather. Further information can be found on the Love My Beach website.
Free Yoga Sessions
Fridays at 1.30pm – Fleetwood Fire Station, Radcliffe Road, Fleetwood
A free weekly yoga class with Mi Mi. Suitable for all as a way of gently increasing your physical activity and meeting new people. Presented by Active Lancashire and partners as part of the Challenge Through Sport Initiative.
For further information and to reserve a place, please contact Tamasin: 07557 092810 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Demonstration Garden in Memorial Park is based upon a community garden and meets every Wednesday and Friday.
The grounds offer 6 raised beds, a large poly-tunnel, a community room, ‘Yardens’, compost bins, willow garden, wild flower areas and several planting beds. They meet twice a week on Wednesday mornings from 9:30am – 12noon and on Fridays from 12:30pm – 4pm, and provide a public open space for people to meet, share interests and ideas and get involved in the local community.
The garden is managed by volunteers within the community and provides a space for working with and learning from nature, growing fresh organic food, learning hands-on gardening skills and sustainability but also creating and displaying community art.
Anyone from the community is encouraged to come along to one of the sessions to meet new people, have refreshment, share skills or even just as a change from the norm. Contact Kate Baird on 01253 887613 or email@example.com
Weekly sessions for the older sports fan to share sporting memories and combat the effects of dementia, depression and loneliness.
Friday afternoons 2.30pm – 4.00pm in the Red & Whites Bar at Highbury Stadium, home of Fleetwood Town FC and hosted by the Club’s Community Trust.
The sessions are an opportunity to discuss and reminisce about sporting history and memories with your peers. The second part of the weekly session will include a small amount of physical activity where achievable challenges will be set for everybody. For more information please either call John Hartley on 01253 208442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the Sporting Memories website for some of the work going on around the Country.