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GOOD NEWS - 13th June

A summary of the Healthier Fleetwood Open Meeting held on Wednesday 7th June.

Pauline, our chair of residents, welcomed everyone and thanked John, Susan and Emmanuel Church for their hospitality and support.

Fran from Friendlier Fleetwood kicked us off with an update on the social dog-walking and training group - they meet on Sunday afternoons at Marine Hall Gardens. There’s also the new adult's drama group on Saturdays at Fleetwood Library, working on a fun production for later in the year.

  • See Friendlier Fleetwood on Facebook

Andrew is a regular at the Fleetwood Men’s Shed, 25 to 30 residents attend their groups and activities every day. They are looking forward to being part of Fleetwood Carnival and are holding a Quiz Night at the North Euston Hotel. Work is underway on refurbishment to the exterior of their building on Manor Road

  • See Fleetwood Mens Shed on Facebook or call 07864 065764

Kate from Wyre Council shared information on the many health and wellbeing, and volunteering opportunities they offer. Pauline reminded us of the popular fitness sessions with local personal trainer Jules and these now include a coffee group with Macmillan Cancer support followed by an exercise class.

  • See Fitness 50 on Facebook or call Jules on 07484 821156

Amanda from Lancashire County Council is supporting The Fleetwood Trust with work at The Hub, the former Fleetwood Hospital building and this will include a Community Café. Suggestions and feedback from residents and partner organisations is welcomed during the planning stage.

  • See Fleetwood Trust on Facebook for updates to The Hub project

It's another busy month for The Bay: A Blueprint For Recovery team with several FREE, family-friendly conservation and ecology events in Fleetwood and across Wyre such as the Big Beach Clean on Saturday 24th June.

  • See The Bay: A Blueprint For Recovery website for details

Karen from Jars of Joy is working on a forthcoming event and will be launching their new Tik Tok channel soon.

Jimmi set up Alternative Futures 4 Veterans, a group supporting former armed forces personnel and those about to leave service. He is also helping with the plans for Fleetwood’s Armed Forces Day, on Saturday 24th June which will include parades, displays and family activities. The group is also opening a new support centre soon.

  • See Alternative Futures 4 Veterans on Facebook

Blackpool & Fylde College is also at The Hub, offering a number of adult education opportunities: Maths, English and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). The Multiply course is open to local residents looking to improve their everyday maths, perhaps to support children/grand-children with homework and to help budget the family finances. The course offers a generous shopping voucher on completion.

  • See Blackpool & Fylde College on Facebook or call 01253 504693

Saima leads a group of ladies new to Fleetwood and explained more about the challenges of learning a language, integrating into the community and maintaining their culture. They meet at Fleetwood Library on Saturdays and would welcome offers for activities and to learn new skills. Please contact Healthier Fleetwood if you can help and we’ll connect you with Saima.

Lesley is part of the Enhanced Primary Care Team and they can assist patients registered with a local GP, supporting them to make hospital appointments and other tasks relating to their wellbeing - please ask at your surgery for more information.

Wendy Taylor updated the meeting on the work of the Social Prescribers, introducing Christina as a new colleague. They are working with local partners including The Bay and YMCA Fleetwood - some FREE gym and swim passes are available.

  • Call 01253 958493 or email for information

Julie from Macmillan Cancer Support told us about the fortnightly wellbeing sessions at their Information Centre in The Hub and they are looking at starting a new men’s health group with Fleetwood Town Community Trust.

  • See Macmillan Cancer Support on Facebook or call 01253 955710

Andrea from Lancashire County Council asked us to think about ways we could support the residents displaced by the recent fire in the residential floors of The Mount public house, many are now in temporary accommodation and at The North Euston.

She is also involved in a number of initiatives looking at a ‘whole family’ approach to healthcare … how parents and siblings can often be affected by the wellbeing of a relative. This was followed by some discussion on the mixed-messages around vapes and e-cigs, and how younger children were being drawn into their use.Brian invited submissions to the Linda Eaton Craft Awards to be held in October - details and entry forms are available from Healthier Fleetwood.

David mentioned that the Healthier Fleetwood Wellbeing & Community Information Centre at Affinity Lancashire had been busy recently and the opening of the new garden centre had increased the footfall. One group, Autism Initiatives, are holding regular drop-ins to promote their pottery workshops and it’s been great to see the individuals growing in confidence over the last couple of weeks.

  • See Healthier Fleetwood on Facebook for upcoming events

Pauline closed the meeting with an invitation to enjoy another brew and as one of the lovely things about this time of year is that our Open Meetings finish in the daylight, there was plenty of time to carry on the conversations.

The next Healthier Fleetwood Open Meeting is on Wednesday 5th July, 6.30pm at Emmanuel Church at the Mount … all welcome!




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