November News

Hello and welcome to a round-up of just some of the news and community events from organisations and voluntary groups working in Fleetwood.

November sees some of the Town’s most popular events take place including the Fireworks Extravanganza on Tuesday 5th and the Lantern Parade to launch the Festive Lights Saturday 16th November. Huge thanks to the volunteers and organisations that spend so much time to plan and stage these wonderful events for residents to enjoy and be proud of.

And pride is the sentiment behind the #LoveFleetwood initiative and the Christmas concert at Highbury Stadium on Thursday 19th December. 

The suggestion came from a resident at a public meeting and it’s all about your BIG ideas for what happens next so follow #LoveFleetwood on social media, come along to the meetings and events and get involved!

Many of you will have attended the #LoveFleetwood event at Marine Hall earlier this month which brought together residents and staff living and working in the Town for an afternoon of inspirational talks, music, song, dance and art. It was a hugely positive experience but don’t worry if you missed out, there will be other opportunities in the future. We’re just working on a video of the event but in the meantime one of the highlights was the presentation by Jaz Ampaw-Farr and you can see and hear some of that on You Tube

Healthier Fleetwood’s public meetings continue and we’ll be at Emmanuel Church at The Mount on Wednesday 6th November from 6.30pm. The focus of these get-togethers is more on the smaller community projects and groups supporting health and wellbeing, sharing what’s happening and offering support to new ideas. Further ahead our meeting in December will also include an exhibition of work from the residents taking part in the ANON arts group and some festive refreshments, details in the next newsletter.

Emmanuel Church was the venue for a showcase of courses from Lancashire Adult Learning supported by Healthier Fleetwood and there are opportunities to take part in sessions to learn more about First Aid, Food Safety and with Lancashire Lifesavers next month.

The Family & Wellbeing Centre at Milton Street/Blakiston Street host a wide variety of groups and support sessions for the community including the Sister Circle. The centre is the venue for the ‘Together Workshops’ led by Lancashire Mind, an opportunity for parents and carers supporting a young person with mental health issues to meet and share ideas. The next sessions are on Wednesdays 13th, 20th and 27th November from 6.30pm to 8.00pm, contact hollymannion@lancashiremind.org.uk for more information.

It may be getting colder but there’s still plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors and the fresh air whether it be a gentle walk, taking part in the Fleetwood Promenade park run or on a bike. The health rides led by Wyre Council volunteers have been very popular for fitness and friendship and dates continue until the end of the year.

As we are approaching Christmas a mention that the Rotary Club of Fleetwood carry out a variety of fundraising activities to put food parcels together to distribute to vulnerable families and old people. If you would like to nominate an older vulnerable person or a family for a parcel, please can you email the details to Richard at Rotary on richardnewson634@gmail.com and he will arrange for a parcel to be delivered.

Congratulations to the YMCA Your Move and Active Lancashire’s Challenge Through Sport initiative for picking up the award for Wyre Council’s community project of the year.

The team deliver the very popular (and energetic) boxercise session at YMCA Lofthouse every Thursday along with other fitness and health activities which have been a great success with residents.

Keeping the sporting theme going, there’s a chance to be involved in a documentary film being made for the BBC focusing on men’s mental health through football. It hopes to encourage more men to feel comfortable talking about their mental health and the programme will be shown alongside coverage of the FA Cup. To find out more please contact the producer Jay on jay@goalhangerfilms.com.

Which leads us nicely into another date for your diary. Tuesday 19th November is International Men’s Day and Fleetwood is supporting this with an event at the Sea Cadet base on Princes Way from 11am to 3pm. The day is hosted by a number of local partners including Fleetwood Town Community Trust and the Fleetwood Men’s Shed. It’s about men sharing their experiences and finding out what support is available in the Town but it’s for not men only, all welcome!

As always thank you to everyone making a difference to the Fleetwood community. This newsletter includes just a little of what’s happening so if you hear about something, please share it with your friends, family and workmates on social media, by text or best of all just by chatting with them.

For questions and suggestions on anything above our email is listening@healthierfleetwood.co.uk, please do get in touch and keep also keep checking the FYI directory for a listing of services, groups and events.

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