GOOD NEWS - January 13th

We start this week with an issue that's not perhaps our usual ‘Good News’ but it is hugely important to the community.


Many of you will be aware of the concern over the provision of breast cancer screening in Fleetwood and across the Fylde Coast. Along with many other partner organisations and staff from Fleetwood’s GP surgeries, we have been making inquiries over the last few days to get more information and help where we can.


Healthier Fleetwood was formed to encourage individuals and the community as a whole to take more control over their health and wellbeing. This is a great example of exactly that, a community speaking up for something they care passionately about and wanting to be involved in the decision-making process.


We appreciate that now, more than ever, there will be many factors to take into consideration but fully support the efforts of local residents and all concerned to find a positive solution.


There was a smashing interview on BBC Lancashire this week with Rick Clement, Veterans Welfare Officer for Fleetwood Town Community Trust.


Rick and his colleagues, Kevin and Lisa, chatted with reporter Andy Mitchell about their work supporting veterans while enjoying the Monday morning ‘Walk & Talk’ session along the Promenade.


If you’d like to hear the interview, go to BBC Sounds here, starting about 1 hour 23 minutes into the recording … or of course, enjoy the whole of the show!


> We’ve also added a section to our website listing the activities for veterans and their families on the Fylde Coast


If your New Year resolution was to improve your physical fitness, there’s an offer on membership to the Fylde Coast YMCA centres.


There’s 50% off joining fees during January and February and that gives you access to all 9 centres across Wyre and Fylde so you can choose where and when you want to keep fit.


> Information on this offer is available on the Fylde Coast YMCA website.


Fleetwood Library has launched a new program of events for the New Year.


There’s arts and crafts, creative writing, a reading group, a cryptic crossword group, yoga and fitness classes in the Community Room and a parent & child activity session. Friendlier Fleetwood have also returned for a Monday afternoon get-togethers.


You do need to pre-book so please call in to see the team at the Library for further information – opening times are here.


Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership have updated the list of mental health support resources available across the region.


You’ll find contact details for agencies working with all ages, in specialist areas such as alcohol and substance recovery, suicide prevention, anxiety and bereavement.


> See a copy of the listing on our website


We also have printed copies available from our Wellbeing & Community Information Centre at Affinity.


Thank you to George for calling in to see us this week and drop off details of a new craft and coffee morning at Trinity Baptist Church.


The free sessions are on Tuesday mornings, 10am to 12noon, all welcome. There’s no need to book, just turn up!


There's a new funding opportunity available from the Screwfix Foundation.


The funding is intended for both national and local charities across the UK so that they can fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities specifically for those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability or other disadvantage/distress.


> Full details of the fund and how to apply are available on the Screwfix website.


A reminder of upcoming dates for the Vaccine Van in Fleetwood ...


If you are eligible for a booster, or a first/second jab pop along to Marine Hall on Wednesdays 19th and 26th between 1pm and 7pm - no booking required.


We’re pleased to confirm the Healthier Fleetwood Open Meetings will be resuming soon.

The first one of 2022 is on 2nd February from 6.30pm at Emmanuel Church at the Mount, then every first Wednesday of the month at the same time.


If you’d like to find out more about what’s happening in Fleetwood and how you can get involved, please come along. Thank you to our friends at Emmanuel for their hospitality - we look forward to an enjoyable evening as always.


Please do keep in touch with any news and information you'd like us to share, we love hearing from you. Until the next time, take care.

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