Notes from our November meeting

Pauline opened the meeting by saying how many positive things were happening in Fleetwood and we were looking forward to hearing about some of them this evening..

We congratulated Carole on her recent parachute jump in aid of RNIB. Carole said it was an amazing experience, she never felt scared because of the trust she had in her instructor and jump partner. Watch a video of Carole’s jump on You Tube.

Joanne wasn’t present but she was also congratulated for organising the Young Carers Halloween Ball at the North Euston. The event had been about thanking the young people for the support they offer and giving them an evening to enjoy themselves. Brian from the Milton Street Family Centre told us that it was thought as many as 4,000 young people were ‘carers’ across Lancashire. He told us that there are 2 new groups starting at the Centre to support young carers and their families – contact brian.wood@lancashire.gov.uk for information.

Several groups are working closely together in the community …. the WI Rolling Scones group meet every third Tuesday evening of the month at the Senior Citizen Hall, Warrenhurst Road. Victoria told us about the many projects they are involved in including beach cleans, poppy making and ‘make-do & mends’ with lots of ideas for next year. Find out more about the Rolling Scones on their Facebook page.

S.A.S.S. (that’s Smile, Attitude, Sparkle, Shine) is a ladies-only Facebook-based group with well over a 1,000 members sharing ideas, challenges and fun. They also meet in person for events and projects such as a ‘crafternoon’ on November 13th, the Festive Lights Xmas Party on 7th December and will be putting together gift hampers for the Ward 26 at Victoria Hospital appeal.

Completing this trio of vibrant and popular groups, the Sister Circle meet very Tuesday evening at Milton Street for chat, support and activities as well as organising a number of events throughout the year. You can find out more and how to get involved on the Sister Circle Facebook page.

(If you’d like to find out more about any of the groups mentioned but are not on Facebook, please contact Healthier Fleetwood by email to listening@healthierfleetwood.co.uk or by phone to 07399 093835 and we can put you in touch.)

Wendy Wood was introduced as the new Social Prescriber for the Fleetwood surgeries. She’s thoroughly enjoying meeting the many local groups and finding out what was available in the Town so she can connect residents to improve their health and wellbeing. More details of how to refer to the service will be announced soon in the meantime please email wendy.wood6@nhs.net

Rosemary and Mary from Fleetwood In Bloom attended with a Trophy and certificates from the North West In Bloom awards. Fleetwood won Best Large Town, Best Small Gardens and was recognised in several other categories. Huge congratulations to the team on their success, a great example of the community pulling together and showing pride in the Town. Suggestions of themes for next year’s displays are welcome with a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day one of the options. See a full list of award winners at https://www.northwestinbloom.com/2019bibawards

Mary also advised that any local groups looking for grants for community projects should apply to Fleetwood Town Council by 3rd December. For further information on the grants or Fleetwood in Bloom contact clerk@fleetwoodtowncouncil.org and your details will be passed on.

Lancashire Mind are hosting a series of Together Workshops at Milton Street for parents and carers of young people with mental health concerns. These will be on Wednesdays 13th, 20th & 27th November from 6.30pm to 8pm and offer advice, support and an opportunity to share experiences. Please email hollymannion@lancashiremind.org.uk for further information about the workshops.

There’s also a group starting in the New Year for individuals who suffer from social anxiety. It will be a 12 week course for anyone who needs help coping with every day situations and it’s led by Lorraine, a locally-based, qualified, integrated therapist. Contact lorraine.moffat1@nhs.net or ask for a leaflet in any of the Fleetwood surgeries.

Brian from Milton Street emphasised the partnerships going on in the Town as the Family Wellbeing Service was working with Fleetwood High School to support their work on reducing exclusions and also discussion with ASDA how they can be more involved in community.  

Mags for the Emerging Futures team is working with local families affected by addiction. The programme aims to recruit volunteers from the Community to offer peer support and Pat was introduced as the first. Emerging Futures is a branch of the New You initiative that also includes Inspire, The Well, Active Lancashire and others all working together to create a stronger community. Please contact Mags on mags.burrett@emergingfutures.org.uk to find out more.

Shaun MacNeil from Westview Community Association went through just some of the activities they support with their partners including Fleetwood Town Community Trust, many for young people to enjoy and learn new skills. There is also a busy coffee morning on Mondays and once a month a meal for local residents prepared by some of the young people.

Pauline invited Mark to tell the meeting about the recent event at Marine Hall, ‘Creating A Compassionate Community’. The idea was to bring together residents, staff from the local healthcare services, local authorities, schools, businesses, housing associations and more through an afternoon of fun and interactive workshops and performances that included art, music, singing, dance together with some inspirational speakers. Local resident David went along and said it was a great afternoon, he even had to ring home and say he was going to be late … he was enjoying it that much!

The event was part of #LoveFleetwood which is supported by a number of partners including Healthier Fleetwood. This is about big ideas and events which bring everyone together to share a love for and pride in Fleetwood. The Christmas Concert at Highbury Stadium on 19th December will be the next #LoveFleetwood event with plenty of ideas being discussed for next year. After a break for refreshments the group watched a short video of the event at Marine Hall and also a preview of the Fleetwood Voice DVD.

Copies of the Fleetwood Voice DVD are available to purchase from Fleetwood Museum at £10. See the Museum’s website for opening hours.

Our thanks to everyone who attended and contributed, to John and the team from Emmanuel at the Mount for their support and hospitality, Susan for helping with the refreshments.

The next meeting is on Wednesday 4th December from 6.30pm and will also include an exhibition of work by residents from the ANON arts group plus some festive nibbles too! All welcome, we hope to see you.

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