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GOOD NEWS - 30th March

Thank you to everyone who attended last Saturday's art workshop at Fleetwood Library for the NHS Creative Voice project.

We had nearly 30 local residents of all ages taking part across the two sessions - sharing what they love about Fleetwood and what they'd like to see in the future through the mediums of watercolour and gouache paints.The day wasn't really about creating a masterpiece, although there were some very talented artists in the group eager to pick up tips from the creative leads Heather and Wakin.

It was an opportunity for residents to express their thoughts and ideas in a relaxed, fun environment rather than through online surveys or feedback forms.Many of the finished paintings were of views around Fleetwood and the natural beauty of the coastline was a popular theme to the conversations but there were also suggestions for new facilities and opportunities to enhance the Town.

There will be more Creative Voice events soon, using different mediums, formats and locations ... watch this space!

Our chair of residents Pauline Kennedy and Dr Mark Spencer are joining a video conference with senior NHS executives, health and social care professionals today (Thursday 30th March) to share Fleetwood's story and feedback from the community.

Photography is a great way to capture the local environment in all its splendour and The Bay: A Blueprint For Recovery is offering young people the opportunity to improve their camera skills.

From next month they are hosting a FREE 8-week workshop experience with a professional photographer - a chance to learn how to use a smartphone or other camera equipment in the field. The course is for anyone aged 16 - 24 years, living in the Fleetwood area however places are subject to limited availability.

The start date is Friday 14th April 2023 and sessions run weekly until 2nd June, 11am to 1pm at the Rossall Point Observation Tower. If you are interested in taking part please contact Jane at The Bay, by sending an email to

Some more Easter holiday events and activities to share ...

Counselling In The Community charity is holding an Easter Extravaganza fundraiser at St Nicholas Church on Sunday 2nd April from 11am to 2pm. Join them to help their work supporting individuals to cope with life's challenges. > Counselling In The Community website.

Wyre Neighbourhood Centre presents Easter fun & games at Memorial Park on Tuesday 4th April, 1pm to 3,30pm. There's an Easter bonnet competition, egg hunt and more - activities are better suited to babies and children up to 12 years. > Pre-booking HERE is requested.

Registration is now open for the first Fleetwood Jumble Trail event of 2023 which will take place in front gardens and on doorsteps, Sunday 14th May, 10am to 2pm.

Dozens of households get involved in this smashing community day, it's a great way to make a few ££s from unwanted items and to meet other local residents. Register your 'sale' so it can be added to the online map for visitors to find you on the day.

The first of the new, free walk & talk events in the Beach Road area was very successful last week, with 12 people attending.

This weekly session will set off from the Queens Pub at 2pm on Wednesdays for a stroll of 20 to 30 minutes before returning to the pub for a complimentary hot drink. The initial walks are being led by Bernard from the charity Living Streets and is a great example of partnership work. Before launching the sessions, he spoke with Healthier Fleetwood, Fleetwood Town Community Trust and the Fleetwood Social Prescribers to learn more about what was already on offer in the Town. These conversations avoided duplication with other walk & talks and opened up new opportunities to engage with local residents in neighbourhoods across Fleetwood. Another event is starting soon ... The Larkholme Loop is a walk from and to The Rossall Tavern followed by a hot drink - Tuesdays at 2pm from 11th April.

Bernard is hoping to attend our next Open Meeting on Wednesday 5th April, 6.30pm at Emmanuel at The Mount Church to tell us more. And of course, we'd love to see as many local residents and community groups as possible attend the meeting. It's the first after the clocks have changed so the evenings will be a little brighter. Free refreshments are available, doors at 6.15pm, Seabank Road entrance.

It's almost two-years since we opened the Healthier Fleetwood Wellbeing & Community Information Centre at Affinity Lancashire. Stewart and the team at Affinity have been amazing hosts and it's been a pleasure working with them to share news of groups, activities and events for and from Fleetwood. Among the many wonderful partners we have welcomed to the Centre is the local team from Macmillan Cancer Support. We have an extensive range of support books to take away on topics that affect people with cancer and their families. Macmillan staff and volunteers drop in regularly and we look forward to continuing to support their terrific work in the future. We'll also be at the Macmillan Health & Wellbeing event, Thursday 6th April, 1pm to 3pm at The Grand Hotel in Blackpool and the official opening of the new Macmillan Information & Support Centre at The Hub (the Fleetwood Hospital building) is on Tuesday 18th April. > Please see Blackpool Macmillan's Facebook page for updates on their work and events.

A reminder The Peter Lyttle Foundation will be at our Information Centre for a dementia awareness drop-in on Good Friday 7th April, 11am to 1pm.

Chat with the friendly volunteers about support in the local community for people coping with dementia, in particular early onset, and also help available for their family members. It's honest, caring advice from people with lived experience of dementia and of looking after a loved one. The Information Centre is a relaxed environment to talk and complimentary refreshments are also available. For more about the work of the Peter Lyttle Foundation please see their Facebook page or telephone 07856 933003. All visitors are very welcome at our Centre for the Chatter Cafe on Fridays - free tea, coffee and biscuits while you meet with other local residents and community groups, and browse the wide range of information available. Until the next time ... take care.




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