ALFIE IS THE FLEETWOOD YOUNG CHEF OF THE YEAR

The title of 'Fleetwood Young Chef of the Year' has been awarded to Alfie Hall, a Year 6 student from Shakespeare School. The competition was organised by Healthier Fleetwood as part of our programme to encourage residents to think about nutrition and the importance of diet to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Nearly 400 children took part in the competition in the last Summer term through the Town’s seven primary schools - the challenge was to design a three-course meal for their hero on a £10 budget. Alfie’s hero was his dad and the menu choices were his favourite dishes and flavours. Each school sent forward a student to the final at Twelve Restaurant in Thornton where they worked with the pr

IT'S ALWAYS A GOOD TIME TO TALK

As one of the events marking World Mental Health Day, the NHS Business Services Team based at Hesketh House, Fleetwood held a 'Tea & Talk' session. Here's the article that's just been published in their staff magazine. Last week a tea and talk event was successfully held to raise awareness about Mental Health Week and to raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation. A fantastic £255.00 was raised from the cake sale and staff taking part in the Guess-Tea-Mate cards which were sold around the site. As part of the drive to talk about mental health Dr Mark Spencer, a local GP from Mountview Practice accepted an invitation to give a talk about Healthier Fleetwood and how staff at Hesketh House mi

PETS AS THERAPY

Fleetwood residents Pauline Kennedy and Pip share with us their volunteering role for Pets As Therapy .... This is a nationwide charity which provides a volunteer visiting service, free of charge, to hospitals, care and nursing homes, schools and other organisations undertaken by temperament assessed dogs and cats. The volunteers who take their animals into establishments are not paid at all but give up their time to take their own pets into places. Pip (my Bichon Frise/Maltese Terrier cross) and I have been visiting various places for 5 years now. Despite being the laziest dog in the world, he looks forward to his visits and as soon as I show him his special collar and lead he is up and

LET'S TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

Staff from the Mount View Practice on Dock Street were out and about in Fleetwood singing feel-good songs to mark World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10th October. Starting from the surgery they called in to the Mountcroft Centre, Fleetwood Market, along Lord Street and down to Freeport. The songs included Bring Me Sunshine, I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing, Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life and several more while the group also handed out leaflets and raised awareness about the importance of discussing mental health. Dr Mark Spencer of Mount View practice said, "Mental health is one of the biggest challenges we face in Fleetwood so this is a great way for us to promote an important m

FREE GYM MEMBERSHIPS FOR 16 - 25 YEAR OLDS

As part of the Sportivate Campaign the YMCA Fylde Coast has free 2 month memberships available for 16 - 25 year olds including use of the facilities at the Fleetwood centre. Sportivate is a Lancashire Sport funded project which aims at building on the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics. With this help the Your Move team is offering young people with the opportunity to get active with the YMCA Fylde Coast. More information, how to register and the chance to win a Fitbit Charge 2 can be found on the Sportivate website.

RAY OF HOPE

At our recent open meeting we had the pleasure of hearing from local resident Ray about his reasons for getting involved with Healthier Fleetwood. His story is a great example of what we are hoping to achieve through the partnership, encouraging people to take more control of the decisions that affect their health and wellbeing. Without wishing to embarrass him Ray's journey in the last year or so has been remarkable to the point when he now tells a room full of people about overcoming a number of issues and clearly growing in confidence. In fact the week before he spoke alongside Dr Mark Spencer and Alison Halliwell from the Mount View surgery team at a conference in Liverpool (see the pic)

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.

Contact us by email: listening@healthierfleetwood.co.uk

Answerphone: 07399 093835

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