GOOD NEWS - 16th September

There's lots to share this week and we start with more details of the Macmillan Coffee Morning next Friday, 24th September, at our Community & Wellbeing Information Centre, Affinity Lancashire ...


Grab yourself a drink from Katie’s or one of the other food & beverage premises at Affinity and join us for fun and fundraising between 11am and 1pm. There will be some delicious treats and donations of cakes and are very welcome. New and unused gift items as tombola prizes are also greatly appreciated.


Contact us at Healthier Fleetwood and the team at the Blackpool Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service on 01253 955710 / bfwh.macmillan.info@nhs.net for how and when to drop things off or if you need is to arrange collection.


We look forward to seeing you there!


Before then, there are two other events at the Information Centre ...


Staff from Lancashire Adult Learning will be available on Friday (17th September) to talk about their online Autumn courses and other opportunities. Pop along between 11am and 2pm for a chat and to sign up for topics such as Arts & Media, Childcare & Education, First Aid, Food Safety, Health & Wellbeing, Maths & English, Volunteering and more.

> Don't worry if you can't make it on Friday, download a copy of the Autumn Course guide.


We are also delighted to be hosting one of the workshops for the forthcoming Finding Fleetwood Heritage Trails that will bring residents voices and stories to life.


Through themes like art, nature, wellbeing and community, these trails will create new ways to explore the town and discover the hidden stories of Fleetwood.


If you have a story to share about Fleetwood come along to the Information Centre on Wednesday 22nd, 10am to 4pm and meet the team from This Great Adventure who are collating the project on behalf of Wyre Council. Maybe you have a picture of a forgotten Fleetwood treasure, or perhaps you just want to share your thoughts about the place where you live and your vision for the future.


> Further information and other times and places to get involved are available here.


Faith in the Community operates the food distribution from The Pantry at the former Fleetwood Hospital, providing much-needed support.


They are recruiting for a new role of manager, combined with responsibilities as a church worker. It’s a full-time post on a 2-year contract. Applications need to be in no later than the 30th September. For further information and a job description please contact johnbloem@aol.com or telephone on 01253 876176.


Thank you to everyone who supported the Suicide Awareness Walk last Friday. It was a poignant and inspiring event, concluding with an illuminated service at Marine Hall, and the venue looked amazing with its new lighting.


Along with bucket collections on the night the fundraising for a ‘hope bench’, a place for a place to remember loved ones and to find comfort and support, has reached its target but the Just Giving page will remain open until the end of the month.


It’s great to see local theatre venues reopening for shows and events.


This also means that Harmony & Health will soon be able to restart their joyous, singing sessions again and they anticipate being back together, indoors at Marine Hall from mid-October. See the Harmony & Health Chat page on Facebook for the latest news.


The Princes Trust, based at Fleetwood Fire Station is recruiting for their next course.


It's for young people age 16 – 25 who are not at college or in employment and want to develop their skills for the workplace or to pursue Further Education. For more information call Katy on 07900 268707 and visit the Princes trust website.


Heritage Week events continue across Fleetwood and the Fylde Coast, Saturday and Sunday, 18th & 19th is the big weekend.


There’s a variety of venues to visit and discover including some of the local churches, the boating lake, Mount Pavilion, Rossall Observation Tower, Memorial Park and it’s free entry to Fleetwood Museum on both days.


Check out the Wyre Council website for further information and places to go.


The Mount is also hosting the first of the Mapping Memories workshops on Saturday and Sunday, 1pm - 3pm.You can learn more about Mapping Memories on the Fleetwood museum website. The digital map created, is hosted on the Visit Fleetwood website, which is also a great place to find a comprehensive listing of local events and news.


Huge congratulations to the amazing volunteers of Fleetwood Together who picked up a well-deserved Community Hero award at the BBC Lancashire ceremony in Blackpool last weekend.


Congratulations also to Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairson their first year of operation.

They have helped over 300 visitors to access the beach and shoreline with their family and friends, creating treasured memories. Healthier Fleetwood is proud to have played a part in setting up this wonderful volunteer-led charity.


As a coastal community Fleetwood is indebted to the dedicated, courageous volunteers of the RNLI who protect us in the surrounding waters.


The BBC’s ‘Saving Life’s At Sea’ series gave us a fascinating insight behind the scenes when it featured the Fleetwood crew this week.


If you missed the broadcast, it can be found on the iPlayer here and thank you to the men and women of the RNLI locally and around the UK.


Staying with the seafaring theme, on Wednesday 22nd September, Fleetwood Nautical College is holding its student fair to showcase local businesses and groups. If you’d like more information about taking a space, please contact Claire Titterington on 07833 460891 or claire.titterington@blackpool.ac.uk


Lastly, a reminder that the COVID vaccination van is back in Fleetwood next week, Thursday 23rd September, 1pm - 7pm at YMCA Fleetwood car-park. No need to book, just turn up if you are eligible and awaiting a first or second jab.


If you would like further information on any of the activities or events mentioned above please contact us by email to: listening@healthierfleetwood.co.uk and we will be delighted to connect you with the organisers.


Until the next time … take care.

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