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GOOD NEWS - 9th July

Conversations from the Healthier Fleetwood Open Meeting, 5th July ...

Pauline opened the meeting by thanking everyone for coming along on a lovely, sunny evening.

Richard is a leader of the 16th Fleetwood Scouts and came along with his sons Ronan and Matthew who told us how much they enjoy the many activities and working towards their badges. Scouts like Cubs, Brownies, and Guides offer children and young people a great way to make friends. learn skills and be part of the community. Richard is also looking to start a new group for ages 4 to 6 years, The Squirrels, and is recruiting for volunteer leaders.

  • Please see the 16th Fleetwood Scout page on Facebook to get in touch.

Georgie and Anita from the Enhanced Primary Care Team came along to say hello and find out more about what’s happening in the community.

Mike and Chloe from The Bay: A Blueprint for Recovery shared their news including the very popular wellbeing sessions at Rossall Tower, supporting local residents in partnership with the social prescribers. The Bay also has a programme of events for July.

  • Visit The Bay: A Blueprint for Recovery website for details.

The Mens Shed is flourishing, as well as their regular groups they have been offering advice with paying energy bills and have been distributing ‘clean’ packs to people in need and through schools.

  • Telephone the Men’s Shed on 07864 065764 or see their Facebook page.

Rob from the Mens Shed said how he’d learned about the power of talking and listening and that it takes time.

Behind Closed Doors is also continuing to do well, although as Mandy mentioned, that means there are more women and families needing their help. They are planning several events including a stall at Tram Sunday, Halloween and Christmas parties. Mandy would also like to expand the team with a volunteer to assist with fundraising and trauma support.

  • Contact the group through the Behind Closed Doors Funding page on Facebook

Friendlier Fleetwood are adding a new social crafting group - meeting on Thursday afternoons at the library - to their weekly activities. Shaz told us that the Wyre Wednesdays friendship group for adults has moved venues to The Strawberry Gardens - all welcome. Shaz is also part of Sendsation, for children and adults with special educational needs,and is hoping to set up a group supporting people with Graves Disease. Click on the links for their Facebook pages.

Pauline thanked Emmanuel Church for hosting the meetings and their continued support. John from Emmanuel told us about the recent event connecting refugees now living on the Fylde Coast. Around 50 people attended, bringing food to share and creating a sense of welcome and belonging. A further event is likely to be arranged.Wendy is one of the Fleetwood Social Prescribers, and the team is supporting people to improve their health and wellbeing. They are also helping to set up some new groups alongside Macmillan Cancer and local residents. The recent video of Linda, sharing her experience of social prescribing, has been very successful and the story will also be printed in Chat magazine.

Vicky from Macmillan Cancer Support said their new Information Centre at the former Fleetwood hospital is welcoming more visitors and the Transformation Tuesday sessions are very popular. Brian reminded us of the Linda Eaton Arts Awards – copies of the application forms are available from Healthier Fleetwood.

Richard is working on a book telling the story of his mental health challenges, supported by Lancashire County Council. The launch may be in October for Mental Health Day - free copies will be available to pass on to local community groups and the NHS.

Fleetwood is in demand and several NHS regions would like to visit and meet the community – from Nottingham in August and from Merseyside in September. Also in September, we will be welcoming Lord Victor Adebowale – chair of NHS Confederation. The visits will include chatting with local residents, voluntary group leaders and local organisations.

Anne has been helping with a photography project for the Fleetwood Heritage Action Zone, her words will accompany some of the images. Anne read a poem about friendship and then Pauline invited everyone to continue chatting over a cuppa.

The next Healthier Fleetwood meeting is on Wednesday 2nd August, 6.30pm at Emmanuel Church – all welcome and we look forward to seeing you.




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