All across Fleetwood residents are taking control of decisions that affect them, making changes to their lifestyles and seeing the benefits for themselves and their families.
It could be taking more exercise, watching what you eat, or just getting out and about more to make new friends. Looking after your mind is every bit as important as looking after your body.
We’d love to hear your story… what have you done to make you feel well?
Inspirational Fleetwood residents tell their story here.
Healthier Fleetwood attended the World Health Innovation Summit event at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. Several residents went along to share personal experience of taking control of their health and wellbeing.
John Popham is a digital storyteller with a passion for promoting the positive aspects of health and social care. He recorded interviews with the wonderful Katrina, Richard and Pauline and Dr Mark Spencer (see John’s website for more about his work).
Fleetwood resident Pauline Kennedy shares her story of how taking control of her life has made a real difference.
I wondered what Healthier Fleetwood was all about but thought that I had nothing to lose by going to one of the meetings to find out more. It was really interesting hearing people talk about empowering Fleetwood residents to help themselves and make changes to improve their own health. There were all kinds of people at the meeting, representatives of different organisations and ordinary residents like me but it was really welcoming and there were lots of friendly faces.
…and Pauline’s story continues!
More local people share their experiences…
I was looking for something positive around getting a bit healthier and found out that Healthier Fleetwood were encouraging people to get involved. So we talked about some ideas I had, one of which was table tennis. We now have at table at the YMCA on Wednesday afternoons and some new bats and balls so it’s taken off really well.
Since getting involved with Healthier Fleetwood, I’ve also now joined a table tennis league to improve. After all, practice makes perfect! I enjoy playing for fun and competitively as part of a team and I can do something positive around getting out and about, keeping healthy.
– Richard, Fleetwood resident
I wanted to volunteer as I’m currently studying to become a social worker and wanted to do something that I can relate too with my study. I found Healthier Fleetwood on Facebook, and asked if I could help in anyway. After a meeting with them, I’m now a volunteer!
I’ve set up a new games night event after listening to our community, and I’m really enjoying the experience. As part of my study at the moment, I’m looking at the Five Ways of Wellbeing – it’s vital that our community has these activities and gets involved with what’s available. I can’t wait for it to grow even further.
If you are thinking of volunteering or helping out I’d definitely recommend it.
– Leanne, Fleetwood resident
New stories will be shared regularly, please come back again soon.