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GOOD NEWS - 5th January

Hello everyone, we hope you had a lovely Christmas and the New Year has started well for you.

Our first GOOD NEWS bulletin of 2023 focuses on health, fitness and wellbeing opportunities and several upcoming community events to look out for.

We will start though by looking back a couple of weeks to congratulate and thank Heather, Gill, Christine and everyone involved with the free Community Christmas Day Dinner. Over 90 local residents who would have been alone on the day, were able to enjoy a festive meal and the friendly company of others. The dinner was held at St Wulstans Church Hall, around 40 volunteers helped out and was supported by many kind donations from local businesses. Heather says, "Together we created something beautiful!" > You can read more about the Christmas Day Dinner here

The start of a year is often the time to make changes to health and lifestyle but the first steps can be the hardest to take. Whether it be improving fitness and mobility, stopping smoking, losing weight, volunteering or taking up a new hobby there’s a huge choice in and around Fleetwood and also the support to help you.

Gym memberships are very popular at this time of year. Maxi-Fitness, CB Fitness and YMCA Fleetwood welcome inquiries and if you are a little nervous of the environment, they can put you at ease about what’s involved. Swimming is a great way to stay healthy - we encourage residents of all ages to take advantage of the local pool and a reminder that FY7 resident children can swim for free at selected times ... see Fleetwood Town Council for more information on this offer.

There’s also several personal trainers who offer 1-2-1 support and classes to suit you. Don’t forget our fantastic open spaces - perfect for exercise in the fresh air. The Fleetwood Promenade parkrun event is every Saturday morning and keep an eye out for the free, fun challenges on he Fleetwood Wellbeing Way. > We share details of the sports and fitness opportunities on our website. Giving up smoking is on many people's wish lists but even if you have tried before, the message is "it's never too late to quit."

The health concerns of smoking are well-known, we prefer to focus on the benefits of quitting, not least the improved quality of life for you and your family. Getting the right help can boost your chances of successfully quitting by up to 3 times and the Quit Squad offer a wide range of support. These include regular drop-in sessions at the town's GP surgeries and in the outpatients department at Fleetwood Hospital. Call 0800 328 6297 or visit the website for more information, tips and support to stop smoking.

Managing your weight is key to reducing associated health risks - Wyre Council and Slimming World host a 12-week funded programme for residents age 18+ with a BMI of 30 - 45. There have been some great success stories and you can read them here.

> If you'd like to know more about the programme email And for a little extra support to take control of your health, have a chat with the Fleetwood Social Prescribers. If you are a registered patient with a Fleetwood GP surgery, one of the knowledgeable link workers can help you to find something that matches your wellbeing goals and to achieve them.

Ask at your surgery about social prescribing or we can put you in touch with the team through Healthier Fleetwood.

As we said, many forthcoming community events, here's a few for your new diaries!

Wyre Council's JUST REMINISCING at Fleetwood Market is a fascinating collection of objects and artefacts from days gone by designed to spark happy memories and start conversations. Pop along on Friday 6th January from 11am to 1pm to take a look and chat with Lesley and the volunteers.

After a couple of successful mornings last year FLEETWOOD BABY BANK is now a monthly event and the next one is Sunday 8th January. It's from 10am to 12 noon at Skools Out Nursery, 444 Fleetwood Road. Pop in for the pre-loved and new items including prams/buggies, clothing & toys. Donations are also appreciated. > More on the Facebook page here

Monday 9th January is the first of this year's FOLK IN THE AFTERNOON sessions at The Strawberry Gardens. Entertainment is from 1pm to 4pm and you can listen or get involved - all singers, musicians and poets welcome! It's free admission, a collection is taken. > More on the Facebook page here

Fancy a bit of stargazing in the New Year? There's An Evening of Astronomy on Thursday 19th January at Rossall School. Astronomer in residence Dr Nick Lister will take you on a mind-bending, time-traveling trip around the Milky Way, Galaxy and beyond with a talk and Q&A. > More info & bookings on Eventbrite

We're delighted to be working alongside LPM Dance to present a new event, CREATIVE VOICE, a fun and interactive afternoon of dance, music, spoken word and art. Come along to enjoy all the activities and in between, we want to hear your ideas about supporting happier and healthier lives.

It's on Saturday 28th January, 1pm to 4pm at Fleetwood Library, is FREE to attend and suitable for all ages. PRE-BOOKING is advised to avoid disappointment on the day. Please contact us by email: / tel: 07399 093835 or through social media.

And ahead of the launch of the 2023 guide to Wyre Council's Great Outdoors, thank you to the Countryside Services Team for sending the January events schedule. Printed copies are available from our Information Centre at Affinity Lancashire and you can see the listing online here.

Our Information Centre at Affinity is open again for the New Year.

Call in on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays between 11am - 3pm to find out more about the many groups, activities and events in the community supporting your health and wellbeing.

We also have several free, drop-in events coming up this month at the Centre:

Friday 6th January, 11am - 1pm: Dementia Awareness and Support with The Peter Lyttle Foundation Tuesday 17th January, 12 noon - 2pm: Foster Care information with Lancashire County Council Friday 20th January, 11am - 2pm: Tech and digital support with West Fleetwood Computer Clinic All events are free, no need to book and refreshments are available while you chat. We look forward to seeing you all soon, listening to your ideas, and continuing to connect and support the community in 2023! Until the next time ... take care.




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