GOOD NEWS - June 9th

Thank you very much for your congratulations and kind words following the news Healthier Fleetwood has received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.


We had a lovely morning last Thursday with many of our friends from the community to announce the award and as we’ve said, it is very much for the whole Fleetwood community. The presentation by the Lord-lieutenant will take place to all the Lancashire winners at County Hall, Preston in July and our party will include local voluntary groups.


This week it’s congratulations to the Over 60’s squad of the Fleetwood Town Flyers walking football club.


They have claimed the Division 2 title and promotion in Greater Manchester Spring League. The Flyers host 3 sessions of football each week for men over 50 at the Poolfoot Sport Complex, Thornton Cleveleys. If you haven’t played before or you are returning to the game, Wednesday afternoons are a great way to start. There is also a quicker version of the game on Friday evenings for the more experienced players but all the sessions offer great camaraderie and exercise. > See the Fleetwood Town Flyers website for more information.


And the Fleetwood Town Wrens ladies football are looking for players who want to improve their game and play competitively.


The club is holding an open trial at Poolfoot on Thursday 16th June from 7.45 to 9.30pm. Telephone 07740 300307 or see the Wren’s page on Facebook for more details. Fleetwood Town Community Trust also present football for girls from ages 8 to 18 years as part of Premier League Kicks.


The new Fleetwood Youth Hub based at the former hospital building on North Albert Street is hosting a number of events for young people, aged 16 - 24.


On Thursday 23rd June, there’s a FREE 'Confidence and Resilience' session delivered by Lancashire Adult Learning which will look at understanding feelings surrounding confidence and self-esteem. Coming up soon are sessions on Debt Management & Budgeting, Dealing with Stress and Conflict Resolution. > Read more about Fleetwood Youth Hub


Volunteers Week was all about thanking those that give up their time to help others and make a difference and we saw another great example of this last weekend.


Fleetwood’s Jubilee celebration picnic at Marine Hall Gardens was a huge success thanks to so many people including the Town’s Rotary Club and members of many other community groups. It was wonderful to see a big crowd supporting this event on the day and hear all the positive feedback since.


A big thank you also to Lauren, Cheryl and their colleagues at Fleetwood Town Council not just for funding the event but the many, many hours of preparation and hard work on the day to ensure it all went smoothly.


Of course, volunteering is all-year-round and there are several opportunities to get involved in and around Fleetwood.


We saw again this week just how valuable the work of the RNLI can be as two people were rescued from the sands by the amazing Fleetwood crew. There are volunteer vacancies at the RNLI shop, including for a manager/coordinator. The shop supports the work of the boat crew through selling merchandise and passing on information about the service. For a full volunteer role description and to apply please visit the RNLI website.


The very popular Fleetwood parkrun events on Saturday mornings rely on the dedicated marshals, time-keepers and administrators turning up, rain or shine and new recruits to the friendly team are always welcome. > See the Fleetwood parkrun website page for info.


Citizens Advice Wyre is looking for individuals with good digital skills to join their team based at Fleetwood Market. You will help others with accessing on-line information and form-filling. Training and supervision is provided. Call into the CAB office on market days (Tuesdays,Thurdays, Fridays and Saturdays), call 01253 770522 or visit their website here.


Residents are invited to contribute to a survey that will help plan local healthcare services in the future, in particular, access during evenings and weekends


Fleetwood Primary Care Network (the collective name for GPs surgeries, mental health practitioners, pharmacists, social prescribers and other NHS professionals) will take over responsibility for delivering these services in October. Your answers and comments are important and will be listened to. > Complete the survey here


Healthier Fleetwood is delighted to be supporting a new, community-led group the Fleetwood Autism Buddies (FAB).


At the moment this is a Facebook group for adults only, offering a place for mutual support and sharing information but they are set to hold their first face-to-face meeting later this month. We look forward to helping the group develop in their own time and as they want to in the months and years ahead. > Contact Fleetwood Autism Buddies through their Facebook page


We don’t really need another excuse to mention the Men’s Shed Fleetwood but it is International Men’s Health Week from 13th to 19th June!


It’s been great to see Rob from the Men's Shed to our recent meetings and to be part of the photo for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. He’s been sharing some of the ways the Shedders have been making a difference to people's lives, being there for those in need and it’s been truly inspirational to hear. Among the events every week is Magic Mike’s (not that Magic Mike) drop-in at the Fire Station on Mondays; the Veterans Breakfast on Wednesdays at St David’s, Larkholme; the Friendly Lunch Club on Thursdays at the Beehive Centre and much more. > See the Men’s Shed Fleetwood page on Facebook for all the latest news.


There are other partners working to support men’s health ...


We’ve already referenced the walking football and the Man v Fat sessions from Fleetwood Town Community Trust and Wyre Council use the sport as way of bringing men together to lose weight and improve their wellbeing - there have been some great success stories from men on the first courses. > More information about Man v Fat on the Community Trust website here.


Open to men and women is a new art group led by local resident and friend of Healthier Fleetwood, Richard Christy.


Supported by NUVU in the Community, the workshops will be at the Chapter Two Bookshop, North Albert Street, Fleetwood (near to the Library) and are all about being creative, making new friends and having some fun. The first session is on Wednesday 6th July, from 5pm to 7pm. Equipment and materials are provided: a £2pp contribution is appreciated.

> To reserve a place please email: nuvucic@gmail.com or telephone 07585 672428


A few more dates for your diary …


Joining us at our Information Centre, Affinity Lancashire tomorrow (Friday 10th June) 11am - 1pm is JUST REMINISCING, a fascinating FREE collection of artifacts and memorabilia designed to spark memories and start conversations.


And on Friday 17th June we host the monthly WEST FLEETWOOD COMPUTER CLINIC from 11am - 2pm. Drop in for FREE Tips to get the best out of your digital devices, connecting to the internet and keeping your personal data safe.


This month’s heritage walk with Fleetwood Museum is on Wednesday 15th June, starting at 1.30pm and tells the story of the Town’s ‘Deep Sea Fishing’. Please call 01253 876621 to book your place. Not long to wait for Fleetwood’s next BIG event as it’s Carnival Day on Saturday 18th June.

See the official Carnival page on Facebook for details.


The Fleetwood Scarecrow Festival ends on Saturday so if you’ve not found all the terrific entries this year, see the list on the Facebook page, get out and about and get spotting. Sonny, our own scarecrow at the Information Centre, has his fans. One lady even started singing “You are my sunshine!” to him this week. Sonny didn't join in but we think he was pleased!


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.


Until the next time, take care.


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