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GOOD NEWS - 23rd February

Have you seen the stunning new artwork popping up around the Town - part of the ongoing Fleetwood Heritage Action Zone Cultural program ...

The colourful and unique designs are now in place on the windows of buildings on Lord Street, at Fleetwood Museum and Marine Hall, and also on the walls inside Westview Community Association.

The pieces have been created by artist Laura-Kate Draws who collaborated with local residents of all ages to celebrate Fleetwood's fascinating heritage.

More great work will be in place during the months ahead including at Fleetwood Library and the next phase of the Fleetwood Heritage Action Zone Cultural program sees photographer Hannah O'Hara launch 'From Nothing to Now', which will capture people's memories and stories of Fleetwood's past and present.

For all the news from these exciting projects and to get involved ...

> Follow the Fleetwood HAZ Cultural program on Facebook or Instagram

And if you love great family events ... you've got to Love Fleetwood! The organisers of FLEETWOOD DAY have confirmed that this year's event will be held on Sunday 7th May in Euston Gardens. There will be FREE music and entertainment to mark the founding of our amazing Town and also a party atmosphere to celebrate coronation weekend. Full details including stalls and volunteering opportunities will be shared soon. > For updates, see the Celebrate Fleetwood Day event page on Facebook. Here are a couple more dates for your diary ...

Saturday 17th June - FLEETWOOD CARNIVAL

Sunday 16th July - FLEETWOOD FESTIVAL OF TRANSPORT (Tram Sunday)

Volunteers to support both events are also greatly appreciated. Use the links to contact the committees and get involved!

If you fancy picking up some new cookery skills and making friends, places are available on the FREE 'Chatty Chef' courses at Westview Community Association.

The sessions are held over 6 weeks and you will learn to cook using low-cost methods, pick up tips on budgeting, ways to improve your wellbeing and self-confidence.

For successfully completing the course will receive a Level 2 Food Hygiene certificate and a slow cooker.

> For more information and to book places on the Chatty Chef course please telephone 01253 870133 or email

Good luck to the staff and volunteers from Fleetwood Town Community Trust for The Veterans Walk for Wellbeing on Saturday 25th February. The group will set off from Morecambe FC's Mazuma Stadium and complete a 20.4-mile journey to Highbury Stadium, ahead of Town's home fixture against The Shrimps at 3pm. Funds raised will go towards supporting the fantastic program of events for veterans and their families delivered by the Community Trust and their partners including Walk & Talks, football sessions, wellbeing and social events.

or look out for the collection at the game!

Another team continuing to do great work are the lovely folks of the Wyre and Fylde Community Defibrillators fundraisers.

There's an online raffle with some terrific prizes, a Quiz Night coming up at the Fleetwood Cons Club on Friday 10th March and looking further ahead, they are planning a family fun day at Dolly's Kiosk, Fleetwood Boating Lake for the Easter holiday on Saturday, 8th April. They also hold regular CPR and defib training sessions and have great idea for a fundraising calendar later in the year!

Would you and your colleagues or clients benefit from attending a stress awareness course? Counselling in the Community charity is offering FREE Level 2 accredited courses in Fleetwood over the next few weeks. You will ... * Understand what is meant by stress. * Know the effects of stress. * Understand possible causes of stress. * Understand how to recognise stress in the workplace/home life. * Recognise stress in others. * Know ways to prevent and reduce the effects of stress. * Have a wellbeing toolkit to help reduce stress. The courses have started and more dates are available at local venues ... * Regenda Homes offices on Pharos St, Fleetwood: March 8th & 29th * YMCA Lofthouse Building, London St, Fleetwood: March 1st, 10th, 15th, 22nd (All the sessions are 9.30am - 3.30pm) For information and to book, please contact Counselling In The Community: Telephone 08081 963483 or email

Lancashire Adult Learning has a huge number of FREE on-line courses available covering wellbeing, health and social care, crafts and volunteering topics.

Over the next few weeks you can sign up for Mindful Doodling; Creative Wellbeing (Recycled Crafts), Create Your Own Self-Care Pamper Hamper, Drawing for Relaxation and Creative Wellbeing (Easter Crafts). Volunteering courses include Mental Health Awareness, Introduction to Safeguarding and Event Planning.

and there's much, much more available!

It's the next Healthier Fleetwood Open Meeting on Wednesday 1st March from 6.30pm to 8pm, Emmanuel Church at The Mount. All welcome to hear about the many groups and events and to share ideas for something new. The joy of these meetings is you never know what you might discover about the amazing Fleetwood community! And if you are free, please do pop into our Wellbeing & Community Information Centre at Affinity Lancashire on Friday mornings for the 'Chatter Cafe'. There's a hot drink, biscuits and cake but most of all friendly conversation among local residents, staff and volunteers from organisations and community groups. It's free, just drop in from 11am to around 1pm and next week, Friday 3rd March, we also welcome The Peter Lyttle Foundation for their monthly dementia awareness and support drop-in. Until the next time ... take care.




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