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Conversations from Healthier Fleetwood Open Meeting, 3rd July

Pauline opened the meeting with thanks to our hosts Emmanuel Church and the first speaker, Fran, said all was going well with Friendlier Fleetwood.

Helen from LPM Dance updated us on plans for the Fleetwood Moves Festival in Memorial Park on August 3rd. Among the many live performances, there will be routines by early years groups, care homes and the Fleetwood Moves group – all ages, all abilities and all types of dance. There are still opportunities to get involved as a dancer or an event volunteer.

Mark congratulated Helen on the recent award of an MBE for her work supporting people with Parkinson’s.

Wendy is one of the Fleetwood Social Prescribers. The team are supporting a number of local residents to improve their health and wellbeing and have recently been attending sessions with The Bay: A Blueprint for Recovery. They are also making use of Wyre Council’s bicycle referral scheme and attended the launch of Wyre Moving Move. The Social Prescribers are getting lots of positive feedback from their clients.

Barbara is a volunteer with the KCA cancer peer-support group. They meet on Thursday mornings at Trinity Baptist Church and are holding a fundraising day on Sunday 25th August at The Queens Pub, Beach Road. Volunteers and raffle prizes are welcome. Join the KCA Facebook group or call Lesley 07918 453167/ Barbara 07784 759149.

Brian reminded us of the Linda Eaton Arts & Crafts awards – we have copies of the application form at the Healthier Fleetwood Information Centre.

Susan said the Wyre Flounders Adult Swimming group was bobbing along then John from Emmanuel Church told us about the recent Feast For the Nations. Many of those attending were new to the community from Afghanistan, Syria or Iran and they joined born and bred Cod Heads for a very enjoyable afternoon of food and music. Another event is being planned for later in the year, all about integration and connections.

Julie from Alcohol Free Women is always looking for ways to refresh her regular sessions across the Fylde Coast including a very enjoyable visit to Glazey Days. She thanked Anne for coming along to a recent meeting and inspiring her and another member to write some poetry while a future group will be run as a drop-in to encourage more women to attend. Julie will also be at the Fleetwood Methodist Church Funday on Saturday 27th July.

Andy is a Community Sergeant for Fleetwood Police and called in on his duty to find out what’s happening and meet local residents. He said that there were more officers on the street, leading to more interventions and that overall crime figures were down. He was delighted to attend the opening of the new youth hub at the former Fleetwood hospital and looking forward to all the opportunities it will bring to the community. Fleetwood Police are working closely with many partners including housing and Inspire (drug & alcohol recovery) and they have also been supporting local events.

David invited residents to share their ideas for the Big HeArt project – the first of the large-scale murals has now been fully funded. A series of workshops will be held in the Summer and work is planned to start on the murals later this year.

Mark brought us up-to-date on The Hub. Purchased by The Fleetwood Trust six years ago, several partners have already taken space alongside the continuing NHS outpatients and physiotherapy services. The new Youth Hub will be operated by Fleetwood Town Community Trust with activities and support for children and young people throughout the week. The existing youth service from DWP has already helped over 80 young people find employment, a similar number into further education and supported many more with wellbeing courses. The Boathouse by St Nicholas Church was also mentioned and together the two new facilities represent well over £2m investment into Fleetwood.

A community café, kitchen and laundrette will be opening at The Hub next, with additional support through Wyre Council from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. This will leave space on the First and Second floors and while conversations continue with the NHS, other options are being considered.

Mark was also delighted to say he has been appointed as the new Chair of the Fleetwood Trust, taking on the role from Lord Tom McNally.

Karen told us more about Ron’s Run on Friday 12th July … a free to enter 2k run or walk along the Promenade. Those taking part are encouraged to bring an item or items of food as a donation to The Pantry instead of an entry fee. The event is part of the new Wyre Moving More programme.

Andrea would like to see Fleetwood become an Orange Button Community and told us more about the scheme. Individuals and businesses can take the mental health awareness training so they are more confident speaking with somebody who may need help. More details of how to get involved will be shared in the weeks ahead with the intention to have training underway before the winter.

Anne read her poem for the month before Pauline closed the first part of the meeting and invited everyone to continue chatting over a cuppa.

Our next Open Meeting is on Wednesday 7th August from 6.30pm at Emmanuel Mount Church, Mount Road … all welcome!




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