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.

They meet several times a week for conversation and a cuppa …

Thursday and Sunday mornings from 10am to noon at the Pavilion in Memorial Park. (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.

January 2020 – Fleetwood Mens Shed opens its new base in the former Beehive Centre, Manor Road. The ground floor is being used as a meeting place with plans to create a woodworking facility and space for other activities upstairs.

If you are nervous about coming to your first session, please don’t be. The Mens Shed 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.

Watch this video for more about why the Fleetwood Mens Shed was set up and is already making a difference.

Sister Circle

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 .

Friendlier Fleetwood

Isolation is one of the major contributors to poor physical and mental health …. Friendlier Fleetwood are all about bringing 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 9.30 they meet at the New Venture Club on Warren 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.

To contact Friendlier Fleetwood call Maureen on 07729 787444, find them on Facebook or we can put you in touch.

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.

SASS

A ladies group where all are welcome! It’s about supporting each other through life’s daily challenges in health, mind and body. Having fun, sharing ideas and giving women the confidence they deserve!

Weekly challenges to help achieve your goals and learn new skills.
Live inspirational interviews with some of the SASS ladies.
Organised trips out and the chance to make new friends.

Find out more about SASS on their very popular Facebook page or we can put you in touch.

Invisible Illness

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 lorraine.moffat1@nhs.net

January 2020 – this course is now fully subscribed. Contact Lorraine for information of future courses.

ARTS & CRAFTS …

Art in the New You Lounge

A free weekly drop-in art group The course is for anyone aged 18 or over who feels their wellbeing will be helped by getting involved.

It’s just about spending a couple of hours in a relaxed, friendly environment having fun and being creative. All materials, equipment and refreshments are provided. The session is led by Heather, a talented local artist.

The current course runs until the end of March as part of the New You initiative which encourages residents to make positive changes to their lifestyle and behaviour through getting involved in the community. For information please email listening@healthierfleetwood.co.uk or leave your name and number on our answerphone at 07399 093835. 

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.

For further information on the Fleetwood Promenade park run, visit the official park run UK website here

Chair Yoga

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.

Nordic Walking

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: asannboyd@gmail.com 

Swimming Sessions

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.

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 s.smith@rossall.org.uk 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.

Disability Football

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 john.hartley@fleetwoodtownfc.com.

Walking Netball

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.

Wyre Flounders

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. They welcome any adult swimmer, disabled or not,  who wants to swim when the pool is quiet. Regular swimmers include those 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. Armbands are provided to give confidence if you have not swum for a while and the lifeguard will help anyone into the pool on the chairlift. 

Why not join this friendly adult swimming club. Please come on a Saturday and meet us from 4pm onwards or ring the YMCA on 01253 771505. For more information on current fees (to cover pool hire and the lifeguard) please either call 01253 522232 or email susanmunslow@sky.com

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 john.hartley@fleetwoodtownfc.com.

Walking Football

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!

Parkour

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.

Watch this video of Parkour 

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.

For further information contact the group by email to fleetwoodseagull@yahoo.com or see their Facebook group.

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.

GETTING OUT & ABOUT …

Beach Cleans

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.

Fleetwood Beach Care group meet monthly on Saturdays, 10.30am at the Marine Beach Cafe, Central car-park. Dates for the 2020 sessions are Dates for 2020 are … January 18th, February 29th, March 28th, April 25th, May 30th, June 13th, July 25th, August 8th, September 26th, October 24th, November 21st and December 19th.

The Harbour Village group meet on on Winward Avenue, once a month on Wednesdays at 10.30am, here are the dates for 2020 … January 29th, February 26th, March 25th, April 29th, May 27th, June 24th, July 29th, August 26th, September 30th, October 28th, November 25th and December 16th.

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.

Just turn up on the day or for further information in advance call 01995 602125, email garstangtic@wyre.gov.uk or visit Love My Beach website.

Health Walks

Wyre Council offer an extensive calendar of health walks across the region including 2 in Fleetwood – starting from Marine Hall and Memorial Park.

The Marine Hall walks are on Saturdays 11th January, 8th February, 22nd February, 28th March, 25th May, 6th June, 25th July, 29th August, 28th November and 16th December. They start at 2pm and take around an hour.

The Memorial Park walks are on Wednesdays … these are the dates in 2020: 22nd January, 26th February, 25th March, 22nd April, 27th May, 24th June, 22nd July, 26th August, 23rd September, 28th October, 25th November and 16th December. They start at 10.30am and take around an hour.

The walks are supervised and suitable for all ages and mobility. No need to book – just turn up ahead of the start time in suitable clothing and footwear.

If you do have any questions about this walk, suitability for wheelchair users or would like to inquire about other locations and equipment such as the Tramper electric vehicle please contact Wyre Council on 01995 602125 or email garstangtic@wyre.gov.uk 

Free Yoga Sessions

And relax ….

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: tlamb@activelancashire.org.uk

Demonstration Garden

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 kate.baird@wyre.gov.uk

Sporting Memories

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 rob.larcombe@fleetwoodtownfc.com. You can also visit the Sporting Memories website for some of the work going on around the Country.

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