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As 2019 draws to an end Healthier Fleetwood will be out & about again next year and we want to hear from you!

Our monthly Open Meetings return in February 2020 then on the first Wednesday of the month from 6.30pm at Emmanuel Church at the Mount. We host a free Chatter Café on the last Friday of the month at the YMCA Lofthouse building on London Street and one of the team is always at Fleetwood Library on Wednesday mornings from 10am to 12 noon for our drop in sessions. Our thanks to the teams at these venues for their continued support.

Next year we will also be hosting a series of free ‘tea & talk’ afternoons for residents to meet each other, share their experiences find out what’s happening in the community. The first of these is Tuesday 14  th January, 2pm to 4pm at Emmanuel at the Mount, all welcome. We’ll be joined by some visitors from other parts of the Country who’ve heard the buzz from the Fleetwood community and want to meet the people involved. So if you’ve a story to tell for yourself or on behalf of a group, contact us on listening@healthierfleetwood.co.uk  about being involved.

Fleetwood certainly is getting attention. At the GP Awards in London last month the Town’s Primary Care Network was recognised as the best in the UK. A primary care network is a partnership between a neighbourhood’s care services such as GPs, pharmacists, emergency services and support teams with the contribution of residents. The Fleetwood neighbourhood is one of the leading examples of how this approach can make a difference. Read more here.

On the subject of awards congratulations to Harmony & Health and members of the Willow Garden project who have recently been acknowledged for their role in the community, richly deserved.

As this Newsletter is going out final preparations are being made for the  #LoveFleetwood BIG Christmas Singalong at Highbury Stadium. Residents of all ages will be gathering to have fun singing carols and festive favourites as well as enjoying a light show. The event has received fantastic support in particular from Fleetwood Town FC and Affinity Lancashire but as always it’s about local residents getting together as a community. Look out for more #LoveFleetwood events in 2020!

Lancashire Mind are launching their Community Wellbeing Challenge in the new year. This will bring together people aged 30-50, once a week for ten weeks, where they will learn about promoting mental wellbeing and design a project for the community that they will launch after week ten. The first sessions will be held at Milton Street Family Centre, anyone interested in being involved should contact ruthwhitworth@lancashiremind.org.uk

Using technology to connect individuals with the support available is important and there’s a new NHS texting service for Lancashire residents who prefer to communicate this way. To start a conversation text HELLO to 07860 022846 and somebody will respond between 7pm and 11pm Monday to Friday or between 12 noon and midnight on Saturdays and Sundays.

Throughout this month we’ve been highlighting some of the many local groups, venues and services supporting local residents wellbeing although it’s impossible to include everyone because there is so much happening. If you’ve missed any of the daily posts they are all available on the News pages.

One group we would like to mention this month is the Wyre Flounders Swimming Club. They host a closed session suitable for anyone with a disability, health issue, lacking confidence or just wanting to return to swimming in a calm and welcoming environment. They meet on Saturday afternoons in the Fleetwood Health & Fitness Centre, Marine Splash and Cafe pool from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. There’s no music playing and it’s an adults-only session. Susan set up the group, she says that “movement has been my medicine” and she’s a great ambassador for the positive impact of exercise and social interaction. The group has been going for some time now but does need more members to help cover the cost of the pool hire. If you or somebody you know are interested in attending please contact Susan on 01253 522232 or email joan.wilmot@sky.com

In the new year we know of several new activities starting up such as chair-based yoga at St Nicholas church on Wednesday afternoons so please follow us on Facebook, Twitter or get in touch for more information.  

Of course not everyone in our community looks forward to this time of year so if you get a chance to support somebody on their own or feeling down, maybe just a chat over a cuppa, please do. Huge thanks to Heather Johnstone, Gillian Ward, Emmanuel Church and all the volunteers who’ve organised a Christmas Day lunch for local residents who would otherwise be isolated. Once again the Fleetwood Community has got behind this wonderful idea and it will make such a difference to those involved. Thanks also to the volunteers at Fleetwood Food Bank, Westview Community Association, the Mustard Seed and groups like Fleetwood Rotary for the work they do all year round supporting residents.

However you mark the season we take this opportunity to wish you all health, happiness and a prosperous 2020.
 
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