CONNECTING COMMUNITIES ... FLEETWOOD AND MIDDLEPORT

This week saw a 2 day event bring together the team behind a successful community project in Staffordshire with our own. Residents on the Middleport Estate, Stoke-on-Trent have made an amazing difference to their lives by taking control of issues like litter and neglected public spaces. Members of Healthier Fleetwood visited the estate on Tuesday 28th March to see the results for themselves and meet some of the people involved. On the Wednesday it was Fleetwood's turn to be the hosts and welcome residents from Middleport and a similar project in Thanet to discuss the lessons learned along the way and the next steps. Healthier Fleetwood would like to thank everyone who gave up their time to a

FREE SWIMMING FOR PORT YOUTH

Youngsters in Fleetwood will be entitled to free swimming sessions at the town's leisure centre during school holidays for a year. The scheme at YMCA Fleetwood Health and Fitness Centre on The Esplanade has been made possible thanks to a £2,500 grant from Lancashire County Council secured by the member for Fleetwood, Lorraine Beavers. It will come into effect from Easter in April and cover 13 weeks over school holiday periods such as Whit week, the Summer holidays, Christmas and February half-term 2018. Coun Beavers said, "It is essential that as many people as possible learn how to swim and that they can afford to attend swimming sessions." This follows a similar scheme last year when funds

CREATING HEALTH CHAMPIONS IN FLEETWOOD

Healthier Fleetwood has helped deliver a two day course for residents to achieve their Level 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement. The course was presented by the Lancashire Wellbeing Service who kindly provided the places for free. Pam Whitaker of Lancashire Wellbeing Service said, "This is a recognised award from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) which provide candidates with an understanding of the principles of promoting health and wellbeing. It will enable them to become 'health champions' and direct individuals towards practical support to attain a healthier lifestyle." The attendees included parents and grandparents looking to pass on knowledge to their families and fr

A 'TALK' ROUND WARREN WARD

Following up the recent tour of Warren Ward, residents, volunteers, councillors, businesses, health and care providers met at Fleetwood Library to map out some of the assets and opportunities for future projects. With the support of Lisa and Gill from Connecting Communities, who have experience of similar projects around the country, the group discussed possible next steps. There will be further events to keep this moving and encourage involvement from residents.

Healthier Fleetwood is a not-for-profit organisation supporting the physical and mental health of the Town's residents by connecting them to each other, services and voluntary groups in the community. As an individual's confidence grows they take more control of their own wellbeing and an active role in the decisions that affect them. We are independent of but work in close partnership with the many organisations supporting the community.

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