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GOOD NEWS - 17th April

We had the pleasure of working with Fleetwood Town Community Trust and their partners this week to launch a new wellbeing hub for members of the Armed Forces.

The event was held in our Information Centre on Lord Street and organised by Tony, the Trust's Armed Forces Wellbeing coordinator. It brought together serving and former personnel to meet with staff from the Ministry of Defence, DWP, Social Prescribers and others to hear about the support available and what's on in the Fleetwood and Fylde Coast community.

The hub will be open for members of the Armed Forces, family, friends and agencies every Tuesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. There's no need to pre-book, just call in each week for a chat with the team, advice, signposting and a brew.

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And there's more great work at community hubs across Fleetwood ...

The Happy Pets Food Bank is based at Strive Cafe, Flakefleet Primary School. If you are struggling with the cost of feeding your pet at the moment the volunteers will do what they can to help and support. The next drop-in session is Thursday 18th April, 1pm to 3pm and it's generally the same time each week but worth checking their Facebook page for any changes to dates and times.

There's a 12-week, adults motivation and wellbeing course starting at Strive. Kelly from Coach & Shine invites you to meet new people, learn a new skill and more. The first session is being held on Friday, 26th April from 9am. The group will also help to plan an event for the ‘The Big Lunch’ in June - a community initiative which connects people to share conversations, ideas, skills, resources and friendship ... watch this space!

Westview Community Association's first 'Supper Evening' was today! It's a FREE hot meal and good company for adults aged 25 - 50 years on Wednesdays from 5pm to 7pm. Don't worry if you missed out ... book for next time by calling 01253 870133 or email

The Macmillan Cancer Support Centre, in Fleetwood Hospital hosts a varied programme of drop-ins and support groups for individuals coping with cancer, and for family and carers. Next is a visit by social prescribers on 30th April at 1pm.

A date has been announced for this year's Fleetwood Colour Run in memory of a much-loved and missed member of the community, Lisa Birtwistle.

Lisa was one of the Fleetwood Social Prescribers and following last year's fantastic inaugural event, you are invited to take part at 11am, Sunday 12th May on the beach by Marine Hall. There's no pre-registration, just turn up on the day for family fun and a celebration of life. All funds raised will be donated to local cancer support. More details will be shared nearer the day.

We mentioned the wonderful Wyre and Fylde Community Defibrillators Fundraisers recently and they have launched a fantastic new initiative this month. The group now has a portable defibrillator available for hire by community groups and event organisers. There is a fee for 1 or 2 days with discounts for scouts, cubs, brownies etc. There's also regular training sessions on how to use a defib and events to support installing more of this life-saving equipment across the local area.

A reminder if you need any help or advice with your digital device, drop in to see the volunteers from the West Fleetwood Computer Clinic. They will be at the Healthier Fleetwood Information Centre on Friday 19th April, 11am to around 1.30pm to offer suggestions for online security, data storage and technical issues. It's free to attend and there's no need to pre-book.

And finally ... it was lovely to see Anne, Princess Royal in town earlier this week as Her Royal Highness met with the volunteers from NCI Fleetwood.

The National Coastwatch Institution keep a lookout along the UK shore, each of the 56 stations assists in the safety of life at sea, and the safety of people using the beach and foreshore. They provide eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels, especially during times of bad weather and poor visibility.

Fleetwood station is based at the Rossall Observation Tower and there are currently around 50 volunteers in the local team with membership meetings every 2 months and training sessions three times a year. New members always welcome!

There's also an Open Day next month marking the Fleetwood station's 11th anniversary. It's on Saturday 25th May from 10am to 4pm - meet some of the watchkeepers, hear about what they do, plus advice on water safety, a prize tombola and a cake stall.

Please keep sending in your GOOD NEWS to share, we love hearing from you.

Until the next time, take care.




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