GOOD News: 7th July

This week has seen the 73rd anniversary of the NHS, an opportunity to show our respect and thanks to the service and the staff who work so hard to keep us all safe and well.


Landmarks and buildings across the UK were illuminated in blue light to mark the occasion, including Marine Hall in Fleetwood. So it was an appropriate time for Amanda Pritchard, NHS Chief Operating Officer, to visit the Town last week to meet community leaders and hear about the Future Fleetwood initiative supporting health and wellbeing, education and training, and economic prospects for residents.


The visit included brief presentations by Wyre Council, Faith in the Community and Healthier Fleetwood with local residents joining staff from the organisations. The party toured the Fleetwood Hospital to hear about plans for a community hub and then joined a sing-along with Harmony & Health before leaving with smiles and a great impression of Fleetwood.


Westview Community Association were also at the presentation and huge congratulations to Lucy MacNeill for her nomination as a 'Frontline Hero' at the The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management Impact Awards.


Lucy is part of the great team at Westview and since the start of the pandemic has also given her time, expertise and support to those in need as coordinator of Fleetwood Together. She has been deservedly nominated by her employers, Eric Wright Group, for the amazing contribution she makes to her local community.


> Find out more about why Lucy has been nominated and VOTE FOR HER on the IWFM website.


Did you follow the Fleetwood Jumble Trail recently? This community event saw dozens of residents hold tabletop sales from their front gardens and garages and has proved so successful, there will be another event soon.


The second Fleetwood Jumble Trail will be held on Sunday, August 15th from 10am to 2pm and you can get find out more by following the Facebook group and adding your sale to the map of locations.


There's a First Aid training session on Thursday 8th July, 10am to 2pm at St Nicholas Church Hall, Highbury Avenue, Fleetwood presented by URPotential.


The session is to support people living with or recovering from mental health issues and open to Fylde & Wyre residents aged 18 and over. Refreshments will also be provided. Places are still available - pease call 01253 344398 to pre-book and for information.


We are grateful to The Reading Agency and their partners for the donation of a collection of books to support better mental health and combat loneliness.


The titles are available to borrow from our Wellbeing and Community Information Centre at Affinity Lancashire. Subjects covered include Overcoming Social Anxiety & Shyness, How To Sleep Well Every Night, Mindfulness, CBT, Body Image and much more.


Initially, we will be offering the books on loan, one title per person until we get an idea of the demand. The collection has been donated using funds from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and has been collated and distributed by Peters Ltd. Thanks also to our friends at Lancashire County Council for thinking of us and making the arrangements for delivery.


We are now opening three days a week at Affinity Lancashire, usually Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am to 4pm but just for next week will be closed on Tuesday, the 13th.


Our opening days for the rest of the month are Friday 9th; Wednesday 14th and Friday 16th; Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st and Friday 23rd; Tuesday 27th, Wednesday 28th and Friday 30th. On Wednesday 14th we will be joined by Michelle Brereton with the specialist books and games she supplies for children with ADHD, autism and dyslexia.


With the news that we can expect many of the social distancing restrictions to be lifted on the 19th, groups and event organisers are now making plans.


The popular Fleetwood parkrun will be restarting at the end of July and volunteers are needed to help. See the parkrun webpage to get involved!


We hope to be sharing much more good news in the weeks ahead as community activivities resume.


Until the next time, take care and ... come on England!

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