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GOOD NEWS - 17th November

Saturday is International Men's Day, an opportunity to recognise the positive role men play in our lives, encourage men to think about their health and wellbeing, and to talk about and share their concerns and ideas, helping others in their community.

It wasn't that long ago that men in Fleetwood would have struggled to find the support they needed to be open and honest, happily that's changed now.

Groups like the Men's Shed Fleetwood, Fleetwood Town Walking Football Club, Magic Mikes at Fleetwood Fire Station and others provide a welcoming, safe and above all non-judgmental environment. These and professional organisations can also signpost individuals to specific help if needed and Fleetwood Town Community Trust is leading on much of this good work.

They have backed three local residents to start Talking Men, a new group meeting on Thursday evenings, 7pm - 9pm at Verona Hall,Thornton Cleveleys for conversation and peer support. The Trust is also inviting you to nominate a positive male role model and share why they have made an impact on your life - the nominees will be acknowledged at Saturday's Fleetwood v Bolton game. > Make your nomination here

And before the game, Fleetwood Town Community Trust is also encouraging men and their families to meet at Marine Hall for 1.30pm, then to walk and talk to Highbury Stadium. Thank you to everyone who gives their time and care to help others.

Comedian Billy Connolly says "There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing!" It's definitely that time of year when you need to choose the right clothing

Over the next few months, the Monday morning 'Walk & Talk' group led by Rick from Fleetwood Town Community Trust will meet at The Ferry Café (not Marine Hall as usual) at 10.30am and depending on the weather set off for a stroll or just enjoy a brew in the warmth of the café.

If you've not been to visit Fleetwood Museum this year, don't leave it too long ...

... as the venue closes for the season on 26th November. Pop in to see the fascinating collection of artifacts and themed displays telling Fleetwood's story, much of it through the words and memories of local residents. > For opening times and information see Fleetwood Museum website

The team at the Museum are also supporting a new creative opportunity partnering with Photoworks and Historic England to capture images of the High Street.

The project involves a commission for photographic work, leading on some engagement activity (which the artist will develop with the Museum) and producing images that will be printed, displayed and shared throughout Fleetwood. The deadline for expressions of interest is Monday 28th November. See more information and APPLY HERE

If you're sociable and creative, there's a lovely job opportunity being advertised ...

Fleetwood Hall Care Home on Chatsworth Avenue is looking for an Activities Coordinator to join their team. It's a paid-role, 30 hours a week and you could be quizmaster, bingo caller, painter, conversation starter or even a personal shopper supporting the residents ... a truly rewarding and fun, fun, fun role! > Interested in this role? APPLY HERE

It's been our pleasure to have worked with Dance Syndrome and see the amazing impact of the support and creative expertise they offer. Dance Syndrome is an inclusive arts charity, providing a range of opportunities for individuals and organisations through inspiring workshops, leadership training and performances. They host regular sessions across the North West of England, perform at events all over the UK and currently have two vacancies to join their team ...

Data Manager: to lead and manage data collection, monitoring and evaluation frameworks and analyse results - this will better inform their work and how they best support people with learning disabilities. > FIND OUT MORE AND APPLY HERE

Chair of Trustees: an exciting and unique opportunity for the right person. The role is unpaid and part-time (approx 10 hrs/month), will include virtual working and face-to-face meetings in the North West. > FIND OUT MORE AND APPLY HERE

And last week we popped in for a catch-up with another wonderful group using dance to connect people and help them to share their creativity ...

Fleetwood Fusion is an inclusive dance class suitable for adults with and without disabilities. Led by George and Helen from LPM Dance it's a fun, creative and energising session, drawing on a range of dance styles and diverse music. Sessions are on Thursday mornings from 11am at the Barbara Jackson Theatre Arts Centre at Farmer Parrs, Fleetwood Road. At 2pm on Thursdays, LPM also host the Dance Hub, a fun and informal group dance and movement class, suitable for those living with Parkinson's or other neurological conditions, with friends and family members very welcome. We're delighted to say we will be working with LPM Dance on a fantastic arts-based event for the New Year and inviting residents to be involved ... watch this space!

Wyre Council is asking local residents for their opinions and suggestions on a number of topics over the coming weeks.

Specifically for Fleetwood there's a survey asking for ideas of new play equipment at Memorial Park, funded by the efforts of the fantastic Friends of the Park group. You can also contribute to the discussions regarding Sports Clubs, budgets and issues affecting our day-to-day lives such as COVID and the cost of living. > See the Surveys and Get Involved Here

With December approaching we will be launching our popular Advent Calendar thanking some of the wonderful individuals and groups from the local community.

This year we'd like to invite nominations for the calendar. It might be a volunteer who gives their time to help others, a team of staff who go above and beyond to make a difference or a friend who's always there for a chat and cuppa when you need it. If you would like to put somebody forward for a day on the Advent Calendar please contact us by email to the address We can't wait to hear your ideas!

There's a huge weekend of pre-Christmas celebrations in Fleetwood over the weekend from 25th to Sunday 27th November.

Fleetwood's Festive Lights will be switched on after the Lantern Parade on Friday 25th. There's the illuminated Fisherman's Friend tram, music & live entertainment, Santa's Sleigh, costume characters and more! Start: 5.30pm from Ash St, then along Lord St to Marine Hall. > See the Festive Lights page on Facebook

And the fun continues! The Mount Pavilion is being transformed into Santa's Grotto from the 26th - you can also book to meet the man and his reindeer on dates throughout December. Marine Hall hosts the fantastic FREE Christmas Fair, Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 4pm. > More about Santa's Grotto on Facebook

Many other events coming up, starting with Christmas Fairs this weekend (19th & 20th) at venues including Fleetwood Methodist Church and Rossall School. There's a 'What's On' listing hosted on the Healthier Fleetwood website - please do get in touch to add your events. > Upcoming community events in and around Fleetwood

A reminder we welcome West Fleetwood Computer Clinic to the Healthier Fleetwood Information Centre at Affinity Lancashire on Friday 25th November. Call in between 11am and 2pm for FREE advice on getting the best from you digital device, tips on maintenance, on-line security and more ... there's no need to pre-book. And also on Friday between 11am and 1pm you can pop in for a chat and a brew with one of the Fleetwood Social Prescribers - they can help you find groups and activities in the local community to improve your health and wellbeing. In next week's GOOD NEWS we will be updating on the venues opening as Community Warm Spaces over the Winter months, and the support they are offering to residents. Until the next time ... take care.




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