Healthier Fleetwood has been supporting the local community for 3 years. The first meeting took place in Spring 2016 at the North Euston and we are now established as an important link between residents and the many professional and voluntary partners doing great work in the Town.

With that in mind here are some dates for your diary of forthcoming community-focused events in Fleetwood …

Tomorrow (3rd April) is the first Wednesday of the month so it’s our Open Meeting. We changed the format at the March meeting to encourage more conversation and it worked so please attend, get involved and find out what’s happening. The meeting is from 6.30pm at Emmanuel Church at the Mount, Mount Road and our thanks to everyone at Emmanuel for their support.

On Sunday (7th April) we will be supporting the Health & Wellbeing event at Marine Hall alongside many of those local groups and agencies. There will be demonstrations, activities and tasters of just some of the ways you can improve your physical and mental health. This is a free event running from 10am to 4pm. See Marine Hall’s Facebook page for more information.

Please come and say hello at the Healthier Fleetwood table where we’ll be sharing some positivi-tea and you can join in with some art from our ANON group … we’ll also be announcing the date of the next ANON exhibition very soon!

Partnership In The Community is also a health and wellbeing event, at the Milton Street Community Centre, on Blakiston Street on Thursday 25th April, 9.30am to 3pm. Local agencies will be showcasing the support they can offer residents – the event is being organised by Fleetwood Job Centre.

Every last Friday of the month we hold a Chatter Café at YMCA Lofthouse Building, London Street and will be there on 26th April from 10am to 11.30am. Just drop on for a brew and a chat. Last month we had a great morning with one or two new friendships made. If you are not familiar with this building, it has some excellent community facilities such as meeting rooms, a dance studio, art room, recording studio and boxing gym. They will be holding an Open Day very soon.

Looking further ahead to Bank Holiday Monday 6th May and the first Celebrate Fleetwood Day! This will be held in the Euston Gardens and includes loads of free music, entertainment and things to do, all showcasing the amazing, talented people of Fleetwood.

Monday 13th to Sunday 19th May is Mental Health awareness week and we’ll be sharing a calendar of events to mark this soon. Any local groups or agencies planning events in Fleetwood as part of the week are invited to let us know so they can be added to the listing.

Plans are also well underway for Fleetwood’s Festival of Transport and the Spare Parts Festival on Sunday 21st July. Healthier Fleetwood will be there with several local groups such as Just Good Friends and the Fleetwood Men’s Shed.

The success of the Men’s Shed is amazing as this resident-led group goes from strength to strength. They now hold several weekly gatherings for conversation and a cuppa as well as other activities. Just being there to provide a friend is so important and making a real impact on local men’s lives. The priority is to find a permanent home, a workshop space where the group can carry out practical tasks like woodworking, repairs etc and use their skills and time for the benefit of the community. If you can help, in any way, or want to join the group please contact us and we can pass this on or drop into the sessions on Thursday and Sunday mornings at the Pavilion Memorial Park.

The Men’s Shed is just one example of the many, many groups available to local residents to support their wellbeing. To find out what’s going on in the community you can call in to our Wednesday morning session at Fleetwood Library 10am to noon or any of our events, visit our website or if you are looking for activities across the region check out the FYI Directory.

One other project to mention. The issue of food poverty is sadly on the increase and groups like the Mustard Seed and the Fleetwood Food Bank already offer support to residents. Several partner organisations are now working together to deal with the particular matter of holiday hunger for families with school-age children. Ahead of the Easter holidays volunteers are needed later this week to prepare food bags and help with distribution from Westview Community Association. Please contact [email protected] if you can help or want more information about the support available.

However you choose to, do try something new, get involved in your community and see the benefits it can bring to your health and wellbeing and to those around you.