Highfield Road Park has been shortlisted for Colour Your Life

Please for Highfield Road Park in Colour Your Life!

Vote for Highfield Road Park here – https://woobox.com/b4h429

1 – The “People’s Choice” Award – the display that has the highest number of votes win £500 and 100 Calliope Geraniums. (Voting closes the 20th August).

2 – The Judges Award – all the displays will be featured in the judging pack and will be shown to the judges on Tuesday 21st August. The winner will receive £500 and 100 Calliope Geraniums.

ReachIT Digital Inclusion Project – URPotential

ReachIT Digital Inclusion Project – URPotential

The ReachIT Digital Inclusion Project is helping residents of Lancashire through the Building Better Opportunities funding that supports projects in England to tackle poverty and promote social inclusion. It is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.  

URPotential has been marketing and promoting the vast benefits of the Reach IT Project since January 2018 and this has certainly paid off.

Weekly IT training sessions have taken place at URPotential enabling the future Digital Champions to complete the necessary modules on Learn My Way.

In May 2018 the first one of the URPotential participants went through the second phase of the Digital Champion training.  Another two attended the second phase of training in July and there are twenty who are now ready to attend the final part of the training in September.  URPotential has been the first partner to deliver the second phase of the Digital Champion training from their offices.

One of the Digital Champions is now using this rewarding volunteering opportunity and is running successful IT Drop-ins three times per week at other organisation locations and charities across Blackpool and the Fylde coast and another Digital Champion has just started running a drop in once a week at Revoelution in Blackpool.

URPotential is delivering five IT drop-ins per week (one every day of the week) across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. This is promoting Reach IT and also providing the volunteers with the opportunity to run their sessions and also to recruit future eligible volunteers for the Reach project. This is also providing the residents of Lancashire with IT support making them more confident about using digital technologies, helping to improve their IT and online skills and ultimately support them towards achieving their goals of volunteering and employment.

URPotential has attended the partnership meeting during this quarter and has made links with Disability First and Fylde CAB office providing each other with communication and support.

Going forward and judging by the first few participants’ commitment to their volunteering at the successful IT drop-ins they have been delivering, this project has the potential to be a very sustainable role for the future.

For further details on the ReachIT Project or the daily IT drop-ins please contact Jolene on 01253 344398 or email [email protected].

Life with cancer through a lens

Cancer survivors and photography enthusiasts are being drawn together to help support patients diagnosed with cancer in a new competition.

The Fylde coast’s ‘living with and beyond cancer’ team based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital is launching a photography competition with the aim of making a 2019 calendar for cancer patients. The calendar will provide support information and inspire them to enjoy life despite the trying times of battling the disease.

The competition is looking for pictures based on the theme ‘with cancer I can…’ which depict people living with cancer doing activities or just enjoying life. The idea is to show that life does not stop with a cancer diagnosis and that patients can still enjoy doing things that make them happy; something that is essential in maintaining a positive attitude during treatment.

The pictures can be taken especially for the competition or could be ones people have taken of family or loved ones in the past. From entries 12 winners will be chosen which will be used in the calendar. The other entries will be added to an online album for patients to view.

Dr Adam Janjua, A Fylde GP and clinical lead for cancer at NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group said: “One of our key priorities across the Fylde coast health service is to provide better support for people living with and beyond cancer. We have spoken with cancer patients and they have come up with the idea of the calendar which we will include information and advice on along with the motivational pictures.”

To enter the competition pictures can either be uploaded to the NHS Blackpool CCG Facebook page or on twitter using #withcancerican. They can also be emailed to [email protected].

The closing date for entries is Friday 31 August 2018 with winners being announced in September.

Thousands jump into Guinness World Record books

Thousands of people joined the Fylde Coast NHS and ice skating star Daniel Whiston to jump into the Guinness World Record books this weekend.

1,696 people turned out to break the world record for the most people performing jumping jacks simultaneously which was achieved by NHS Fitter Fylde Coast with Daniel Whiston in Lytham on 21 July 2018 at Lytham Festival’s main proms arena on Saturday.

The record was broken following an attempt to break the record for the most people exercising to a fitness video in a single location, which unfortunately fell short.

The records were attempted as part of the Fitter Fylde Coast campaign, launched to raise awareness of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle in response to growing childhood obesity rates in the area. It also celebrated the 70th birthday of the NHS.

Three-times ITV Dancing on Ice champion and fitness instructor Daniel led the world record attempts from the main stage, having choreographed and filmed the exercise routine, dubbed the ‘Whiston Wave’.

Daniel said: “I’m absolutely delighted we have broken a Guinness World Record while encouraging fitness and celebrating the work of the NHS.

“It was fantastic to see so many children and families taking part and the best thing is they can now tell everyone they are official Guinness World Record holders.

“Exercise is so important but it is good to remind people how much fun we can have while doing it. Hopefully people will be inspired by the enjoyment they got from today into doing even more to keep fit.”

Dr Tony Naughton, a Thornton GP who has spearheaded the event on behalf of the Fylde Coast NHS, said: “Across the country, 40 per cent of children start secondary school overweight and 20 per cent are obese. What we are really keen to do is promote a healthier lifestyle across the Fylde Coast so people can start looking after themselves and their loved ones.

“If today’s event went just a small way to creating a Fitter Fylde Coast then we can all be very proud of what we have achieved.

“I would like to thank all the organisations, businesses and partners that have supported this project and helped make it such a success. These include Fylde Council, AFC Fylde Community Foundation, Fylde Coast YMCA, Jewson and Healthier Fleetwood.”

Diabetes UK Blackpool Project

In the UK there are more than 20 leg, foot or toe amputations every day because of diabetes. This is shocking as four out of five of these amputations are preventable. Amputation rates in Blackpool are currently above the national average, highlighting a need to support people living with diabetes in the area to better manage their condition.

With this in mind, they are currently working on a project in Blackpool with the aim of raising awareness about the importance of good diabetes management for people living with diabetes. Their project aims to bring together a group of volunteers who will hold events across Blackpool to raise awareness about these issues and support people to improve the management of their diabetes.

They are currently recruiting volunteers to be part of this exciting project and they would appreciate your support by asking if you could display the enclosed poster to help spread the word about this opportunity and get people involved.

Blackpool TaskForce Poster

Finally, if you are planning any events or are aware of any activity that they could get involved in to further promote this opportunity then please do let them know.

You can contact:

Jennifer Shaw
Volunteer Coordinator, North West

T 01925 644 578 | 07469 154827

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