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GOOD NEWS - 7th September

There's another busy week of community events coming up in Fleetwood!


It's the 3rd annual Suicide Awareness Walk tomorrow, Friday 8th September starting at 6.30pm from the Sea Cadet base and making it's way to Fleetwood Town's Highbury Stadium for an illuminated service of remembrance. Walkers are invited to bring along a flameless lantern/torch and a photo of a loved one as the event is an opportunity to remember those we have sadly lost and support those in need. Funds raised from the event will assist the valuable work of Counselling in the Community.


It's the Fylde Coast Food & Drink Festival at Marine Hall on Sunday, 10th September from 10am to 4pm. You can discover a delicious range of local food and drinks, meet community groups and enjoy activites for all the family.There will be lots to try and buy including cakes and coffee, cheese and chutneys, pies and puddings, wines, beers, spirits and lots more. With award-winning exhibitors, this event caters for everyone’s tastes and is held across the whole venue including the main ballroom, gardens, terrace bar on the colonnade and the Wyre beach bar with its great views across the bay.


Then on Monday 11th September at 6pm, The Chill Lounge will follow the path of the Fleetwood Wellbeing Way, also starting at the Sea Cadet base, corner of Princes Road and Beach Road. This is supporting Great Arley School, in Thornton Cleveleys. The Chill Lounge is a group for women, they meet twice a week and organise regular events - the walk is open to ALL members of the community.


Something new has been added to the calendar for Saturday 16th September ... Fleetwood Community Fire Station hosts 'Age Is Just A Number'.

This event is all about sharing the many opportunities and support available for older adults such as groups to join, activities to try and practical help. Lots of fun and refreshments to enjoy on the day too but a reminder this is NOT a family event ideally suitable for children.Organisations attending include Age UK, Blackpool Transport Services and Fleetwood Town Council and we hope to also have a display of information at the event.


And staying with all the great work for the community at Fleetwood Fire Station, there are still some places available on the next Prince's Trust course.

The 12 week-programme starts on Monday 11th September 2023 and is for 16-25 year olds not in education or employment. The course is accredited through Preston’s College, learners will gain a qualification in Employment, Teamwork and Community skills either at entry level 3 up to level 2 and receive a bursary that will not affect their benefits. Learners will also receive financial support to cover travel expenses. Sessions are Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, based at Fleetwood Fire Station and out in the community. For more information or to refer a young person, please send their name, contact details, and post code to PTFleetwood@lancsfirerescue.org.uk and find out about the Team Programme on the Prince's Trust website.


We're delighted that the Dance Fusion classes have restarted again from this week.


Hosted by LPM Dance, this is an inclusive classes for adults with disabilities, based at the Barbara Jackson Arts Centre, in Farmer Parrs. It's on Thursday mornings, 11am to 12noon, £3.50pp, open to all and the group will be creating a new piece for performance for this term.LPM will also be announcing more chances to dance in and around Fleetwood and they will be part of our Creative Voice Live event at Marine Hall on Sunday 15th October.


MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING CUPDATE ... Friday 29th September


It's just over 3 weeks until our Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support. If you'd like to bake some cakes or biscuits for the event, helping to raise funds for the charity, please contact us: email listening@healthierfleetwood.co.uk or calling 07399 093835. Donations of good quality items for raffle prizes are also much appreciated. Thank you.


And coffee is definitely on the menu in the new Strive community cafe opening soon at Flakefleet Primary School.

We were lucky enough to have a sneak-peek round the new venue recently - it's looking great and will be a fantastic asset for the school and the the local community, somewhere for residents to connect with each other and get support. Healthier Fleetwood looks forward to following up on the ideas we discussed and exciting opportunities for the future. The official opening date for Strive hasn't been confirmed but is likely to be early October.


Thank you to everyone who attended the Healthier Fleetwood Open Meeting yesterday evening - a summary of the many wonderful community groups and events we heard about will be sent as a Good News extra bulletin over the weekend.


We look forward to seeing you soon ... until the next time, take care.


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