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GOOD NEWS - 4th January

We hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and 2024 has begun well for you.


A new year brings new opportunities, for many new targets and ambitions - we look forward to sharing more positive news for and from the fabulous Fleetwood community in the months ahead.


If you've made a New Year's resolution, local personal trainer Craig Broomhead has come up with a few tips to help you stay on track ...

  • Identify your big overall goal for the year.

  • Break it down into smaller manageable chunks - 90 days works well.

  • Within the 90 days, set weekly or daily targets

  • Make sure you have a way to track your progress.

  • Regularly monitor your progress, amending your plan accordingly.

We have some fantastic gym facilities, inspiring and supportive personal trainers and a variety of ways to exercise in and around Fleetwood ... we'll be sharing many of these in future newsletters and through our social media.


Maybe you have been out on a new bicycle since Christmas, enjoying the Promenade and Esplanade or the country roads.


Fleetwood Police are setting up mobile stations tomorrow, Friday 5th January, to offer coding that can help track your bike should it be lost or stolen. Times and places are ...

  • 4.30pm at The Euston Hotel

  • 5.30pm at Marine Gardens

  • 6.30pm at Memorial Park

  • 7.00pm at Blackiston Street Community Centre

  • 8.00pm at Hatfield Stores

  • 8.30pm at Fleetwood Sea Cadets

This is a free service - you do need an email address for the registration. Just turn up at one of the coding sessions and have a chat with the officers who will also be out on foot patrol for the evening.


Of course, not all resolutions will be about physical fitness, for many giving up smoking is the target for 2024 and there's a wide range of support available from Smokefree Lancashire.


The expert team can suggest ways to quit including personalised plans to match your lifestyle and support on your journey. There's also advice for parents and carers - tips on talking to children about vaping.

> To find out more about the FREE service visit the Smokefree Lancashire website, telephone 0808 196 2638 or follow the page on Facebook.


Fleetwood Primary Care Network is currently recruiting for a Children & Young Person Social Prescribing Link Worker.


The role involves signposting young people and their families to community-based services that can support their physical and mental health; working closely with local schools and community groups and being a proactive member of the PCN team.

The closing date for applications is January 22nd.


Local residents are being invited to join the Patient and Public Panel for NWAS, the North West Ambulance Service.


NWAS regularly canvass for feedback which they can present to their board, sometimes in the form of a film or audio recording of the patient recalling their experience. This can include making suggestions for improvements and contributions are particularly welcome from individuals who have used the service within the last 6 months. To have your say and find out about joining the panel: email Patient.Panel@nwas.nhs.uk


You can also visit the North West Ambulance Service website for a full guide and a number of volunteering opportunities.


Among the community events coming up, a couple to share with you ...


Joyfest is a FREE family fun day, 11am to 4pm, Sunday 14th January at Marine Hall. Loads of activities and entertainment hosted by Karen & Sparkly Margaret from Jars of Joy and members of the community.

You can turn up on the day but the first 500 tickets reserved also include a free hot drink and slice of cake.

Healthier Fleetwood will be attending - please come and say hello at our Information stall


Here's something different ... Lancashire Archives & Local History have partnered with Goofus, a theatre company, to develop and deliver a puppet show at Fleetwood Library inspired by local history collections.

Puppetry & Lancashire is a volunteer event at Fleetwood Library, Tuesday 30th January, 10am - 4pm. You will help research stories from the archives to be performed later in the year. There are also other volunteering opportunities for this project.

Please contact Fleetwood.Library@lancashire.gov.uk for details and to get involved.


Although we are looking forward to a new year, we should also return to three community events from the Christmas period and thank the local residents involved.


The first Christmas Eve Carol Singalong was a great success and the organisers are already planning their next event. Christmas Day Dinner was a joyful and heart-warming occasion, much appreciated by those who attended and volunteered. Talking Tables also welcomed residents to call in for something to eat and some good company on Christmas Day.


They were all team efforts but huge thanks to Maxine, Heather and Monica respectively for their role on these 3 events. There were also several other groups working hard to look after others over the festive period ... thank you all.


The wasn't a Healthier Fleetwood Open meeting this week, traditionally we don't hold a January event so the meetings resume on Wednesday 7th February, 6.30pm at Emmanuel Church, Mount Road, Fleetwood.


There is a networking opportunity before then ... the monthly Bee Anytime event is at The Coffee Box & Bistro, Affinity Lancashire tomorrow, 5th January from 9.30am. Pop along to chat and swap advice with local small businesses and organisations.


Keep sending in your GOOD NEWS to share with the community.

We look forward to seeing you all soon ... take care.


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