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GOOD NEWS - 3rd November

As we start a new month, there's always plenty of events and actvites to share ...

here's a few more suggestions for things to do!


Healthy walks, beach cleans and conservation days are among the regular monthly Great Outdoors events and for November there's also a Nordic Walking taster session, a squirrel watch group and a gardening demonstration to help you make your green space look beautiful!


As well as events to mark Remembrance Sunday there's peer support, socials and sports for ex-service men and women from all the branches of the Armed Forces, and their families, in Fleetwood and across the Fylde Coast. > See this month's events for the Veterans Community


Printed copies of these listings are also available to pick up from our Wellbeing & Information Centre at Affinity Lancashire.


We have several drop-in events this month at the Information Centre ... FRIDAY 4TH NOVEMBER: 11am - 1pm

Dementia Awareness with The Peter Lyttle Foundation - call if for a chat with the friendly team for advice on the support available and to share your thoughts or concerns. TUESDAY 15TH NOVEMBER: 12noon - 2pm Lancashire Foster Care Service - find out more about the rewards and benefits of becoming a foster carer and providing a loving, safe space for a child or young adult. FRIDAY 18TH NOVEMBER: 11am - 2pm West Fleetwood Computer Clinic - FREE advice for your digital device, tips on maintenance, on-line security and more. No need to book! TUESDAYS: 11am - 2pm Staff and volunteers from Macmillan Cancer Support share information and signpost to additional services - subject to availability. Call 01253 955710 for the local Macmillan team. FRIDAYS FROM 11TH NOVEMBER: 11am - 1pm Fleetwood Social Prescribers will be available to chat with local residents and connect them with groups and activities to support their wellbeing.


Until the 12th November, there's a pop-up shop at Affinity hosted by the Lancashire branch of the Royal British Legion Riders Association. They are just opposite Healthier Fleetwood and you can find out more about their work and support this year's Poppy Appeal. Visit their website at www.rblr.org.uk


There's more news this week coming from The Fleetwood Trust and the vision to create a new community hub in the hospital building. The Trust's AGM is on Thursday 24th November at 4.30pm - all welcome. You'll hear more about the exciting plans and come along from 3pm for tours round the facilities already open.


Blackpool and The Fylde College offers some courses from their base at Fleetwood Hospital and tutors from these courses will be at their forthcoming Open Event at the Bispham Campus on Wednesday 9th November between 4.30pm and 7pm. School leavers can find out about Diplomas and the new T-Level qualifications and there’s also a great range of career-focussed courses for adults who want to upskill or reskill – from Level 2 to Degree level, Accounting to Engineering.


Based at The Youth Hub in Fleetwood Hospital is a new weekly drop-in for parents and carers hosted by Liz from Inspired Minds. It's a space to access specialist mental health support, information and advice for those caring for young people - it's also somewhere to meet and chat with others facing the same challenges. The sessions are on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, free to attend and refreshments are available.


And Liz has teamed up with Maxi Fitness Gym to offer more support to young people in and around Fleetwood. Funded by the NHS there are 4 months FREE gym memberships available for 14 to 18-year-olds who may be experiencing mental health challenges - improving physical fitness and self-confidence.

The parent & carer's drop-in is open to all, no need to book - the free gym membership offer does require a referral from an education, health or social care professional. For further information on both please email Liz on info@inspiredmindsmentalhealth.co.uk


The Duke of Edinburgh Award is about supporting young people to find their potential and play a valuable and rewarding role in their community. It's a life-changing experience, an opportunity to have fun with friends, discover new interests, talents and develop skills for life and work: DofE is a recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.


Westview Community Association in Fleetwood has hosted DofE for many years and is recruiting for ages 14 to 24 to join the upcoming course. You can pop along to Westview at 2 Eden Avenue on Monday 7th November from 6pm to 8pm to find out more information on the course or call 07903 177240 to have a chat about how you can get involved. Volunteers are also invited to help deliver the course. You will support the young people and make a real difference as they set out on their journey - please contact as above.


We are often contacted about support for carers of and those living with Autism and are pleased to pass on some information we've received this week ...


Autism Unlocked brings together free online resources to support autistic children, adolescents, and adults including: Strategies and guidance from leading clinicians; Insights from autistic people with real experience; Tips you can use every day; Online discussions and live Q&As; Videos, blogs, podcasts and links to much more helpful resources.


There are also some local peer-support groups you may want to contact ... FLEETWOOD AUTISM BUDDIES is a Facebook group, primarily for adults offering advice and information, They also meet in person once a week at The Men's Shed, Manor Road. SENDSATION supports children, young people and adults with a focus on Special Educational Needs and Disablities, again on Facebook and through meetings/events. THE A STARS, based in Blackpool welcomes families from across the Fylde Coast, working closely with AIMING HIGHER to offer inclusive activities and support. Please use the links above to Facebook pages for more information on these group. If you are not on Facebook contact us at Healthier Fleetwood and we can put you in touch.


Thank you to everyone who came along to another wonderful Healthier Fleetwood Open Meeting this week at Emmanual Church.


With these darker nights and the seasonal weather we do appreciate your time and your contributions at the meetings. Once again we heard about some of the fantastic ideas for and from the Fleetwood Community and enjoyed the opportunity to chat and catch up with good friends. A full summary of the evening will be sent as a GOOD NEWS EXTRA over the weekend!


Our last meeting of the year is on Wednesday 7th December, 6.30pm at Emmanuel at The Mount - all very welcome and no doubt there will be a mince pie as well as a hot drink!


After all the excitement of Halloween, Bonfire Night is the next celebration.

It's not for everyone but if you are attending a display like the huge event at Highbury Stadium this evening (Thursday 3rd November) or enjoying some fireworks in the garden, stay safe and we hope you have fun.


Until the next time ... take care.


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