Advent Calendar ... Day 22
No celebration of the Fleetwood would be complete without a mention for Men's shed Fleetwood.
Like all the best ideas it came from a local resident, supported by family, friends, neigbours and partner organisations and is now established at the very heart of the community.
Around 4 years ago Tony O'Neill wanted to create a safe, non-judgemental place where men could talk. and listen, to each other and offer support.
He said this at few Healthier Fleetwood meetings, each time a little more confident and determined to make it happen until a date was set for the first meeting and although only 2 attended, the numbers grew week by week.
Wyre Council provided the Pavilion at Memorial Park for the early gathering which soon became a much-needed chance for good times in good company.
Jump forward to today and, thanks to a generous contribution from a community-focussed donor, the Mens Shed have their own premises in the former Bee Hive Centre on Manor Road.
It’s a base for hosting groups and activities, not just for men but for all members of the community. in the New Year when the last of the refurbishment projects are completed and the centre is fully open, it will play a huge part in improving the health and wellbeing of local residents.
They are also a leading partner within Fleetwood Together and don’t hesitate to help individuals and families in need whether it be finding furniture or essential items, delivering food or connections to services and support.
The Mens Shed has probably become something bigger than Tony originally envisaged but it has certainly achieved his aim and without doubt has changed and saved many lives.