GOOD NEWS - June 2nd

We start this week's bulletin with some fantastic news!


It's with great pleasure we can share with you that Healthier Fleetwood has received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service for 2022.


Following the nomination and review process which began almost a year ago, we accept this prestigious award, on behalf of the many, many voluntary groups and volunteers across Fleetwood who give up their time and energy to support others, creating a vibrant, inspiring, compassionate and strong community. Over the next couple of weeks, we look forward to working with the Awards' committee to share some of the amazing stories from the Fleetwood community with a national audience.


In the meantime, a huge thank you to the individuals and organisations who supported our nomination and to all the amazing volunteers in Fleetwood for everything they do ...

... this is your award.


> The formal announcement of this year's awards winners is due to be published this morning on the official QAVS website here


And 'thank you' is the theme of this year's National Volunteers Week.


Volunteers are often unseen and unrecognised however the pandemic has quite rightly raised the profile of volunteering in our society we are now more aware of the immense contribution being made every single day by these dedicated and caring individuals. The incredible volunteers of Fleetwood Together are a perfect example. Fr. Alf of St Wulstan & St Edmunds and Lucy of Westview Community Association have asked us to share their thanks to the volunteers, and we are delighted to do so.

> Please take a few moments to read this lovely tribute on our website here.


For local volunteering openings see the Wyre Council website and for opportunities including telephone befriending visit Lancashire Volunteer Partnership. You can also call into our Wellbeing & Community Information Centre at Affinity Lanacshire for volunteering ideas in and around Fleetwood.


Although we are focusing on volunteering this week, some of our partner organisations have paid vacancies to join their teams working in the community ...


Change Grow Live (GCL) work with individuals and families in recovery, supporting them to become more independant, to be healther and happier. They are looking for: Admins Prescribing admin Admin team leader Recovery workers and Team leaders. (Click on the links to find out more and apply.


Regenda Homes are recruiting for a Pre-Employment Support worker based at their new offices within the Fleetwood Hospital building. Full details are available here.


Fleetwood Town Communty Trust have a vacancy for a full or part-time Sports Tutor. Full details are available on the Trust's website but be quick as applications close this week!


The BIG Weekend has arrived as we celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a fantastic line-up of local events to enjoy and bring the whole community together!


The festivities begin with the Beacon Lighting Ceremony at The Mount this evening, 2nd June: entertainment is from 9pm ahead of the 9.45pm lighting.


Fleetwood Market has a full day of activities and family fun on Friday 3rd June from 10am including arts & crafts, Royal Dress-Up and Carriage Rides. There's a FREE fun day and community picnic on Saturday 4th June from 12 to 6pm at Marine Hall Gardens. The event, organised by Fleetwood Rotary and Fleetwood Town Council includes rides and stalls, live entertainment, displays, arts & crafts and much more! Just turn up with your picnic and party on!

Fleetwood Museum, open Thursday to Saturday with some Jubilee-themed attractions is well worth a visit. Find out more about the Fish Queen, a local lady who was chosen to represent the town and fishing industry. There was a grand ceremony and the Fish Queen wore a stunning gown and crown both of which are now on display to the public at Fleetwood Museum for the first time. Watch colour footage of Fleetwood from the 1953 Coronation year and see a special display arranged by Fleetwood Museum with all of Fleetwood’s primary and secondary schools. Each school has produced a unique piece of artwork on a 1-metre square frame for a decade of the reign, the Coronation and Commonwealth.


Among the other events taking place this weekend ...


Friendlier Fleetwood are hosting a Jubilee Party at the Senior Citzens Association Hall on Saturday 3rd June at 12.30pm - see their Facebook page for details.


There's an afternoon in support of the charity Doherty's Destiny at The Queens pub, Fleetwood on Sunday 5th June from 1pm. More on Facebook here.

Lots to look forward to this month from The Bay: A Blueprint For Recovery. As well as several free events hosted by from their Wyre-based team, there's also a great range of resources to enjoy on days out around the coast including a new 'spotter sheet' for Fleetwood Beach. > You can download the activities here.


Our Information Centre at Affinity would normally be open on Fridays but we are closed this week on Friday 3rd June, reopening again on Monday 6th.


The retail outlet has been very busy this week and looking great with all the bunting and decorations. We have been chatting with visitors to the Information Centre, many calling in to collect printed copies for the new month's Great Outdoors events, What's On at Fleetwood Library and the Fylde Coast Veterans activities listing.


There are several partners with us this month at the Information Centre:

Friday 10th June: JUST REMINISCING, 11am - 1pm Browse a fascinating FREE collection of artefacts and memorabilia designed to spark memories and start conversations.

Friday 17th June: WEST FLEETWOOD COMPUTER CLINIC, 11am - 2pm FREE Tips to get the best out of your digital devices, connecting to the internet and keeping your personal data safe.

Tuesday 21st June: LANCASHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL FOSTERING TEAM, 12 - 2pm Could you change a child’s life by becoming a foster carer? It can be challenging but is also extremely rewarding. Call in to learn more.

Tuesdays: MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT, 11am - 2pm Call in to meet the staff and volunteers from Macmillan and find out more information on services and support for you and your family.

Have a chat with the FLEETWOOD SOCIAL PRESCRIBERS: Please ask about making an appointment with the friendly team for more ways to improve your wellbeing.


And one of the Fleetwood Social Prescribers is local resident Adam Diver who is taking on a huge challenge of his own this Summer. On the 22nd July, Adam will attempt to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records by swimming from mainland UK, to the Isle of Man taking on the tides and currents, the weather and wildlife like lion head jellyfish.


Why? Well, it's not been done before, it's to raise awareness of Mental Health in society and to collect samples of the Irish Sea water for scientific research. As an ex-serviceman, Adam is being supported by the Fylde Coast Veterans and community groups, and funds raised will go to the Healthier Heroes charity.


Adam, who is also a GB International triathlete, can often be seen training in the sea or Fleetwood Promenade lake and you can follow his progress through the Big Swim to the Isle of Man page on Facebook or look out for coverage on regional television. We wish Adam all the best in his preparations and calm seas on the day!


If you'd like to know more about anything we've shared here, please do contact us and we'd love to hear your 'Good News' and events for future editions.


We hope you all have a fabulous, fun Bank Holiday and enjoy the celebrations.


Until the next time, take care.


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