Wood work courses for men

As part of Adult and Community Learning Wellbeing project they are currently able to offer two additional woodworking classes –  just for men! They are currently looking at ways they can engage more men into learning and improving their wellbeing. In the long term they are also hoping to establish more courses within a ‘Shed Project’.  There are only 5 places on each course and these will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Details of the course are below. The courses are FREE to learners from Blackpool and surrounding areas above the age of 19 and who have mild to moderate mental health issues – or not.Learners are only able to attend one course per learning year: 1 August 2016 – 31 July 2017.

The health and well-being classes are funded by Department for Education as part of a Research Project that is testing out whether short, part-time community learning courses help people develop strategies to manage their mild to moderate mental health problems (like stress, worry, anxiety, and depression). There are 58 research sites in England  including here at Blackpool.

If you know anyone who is interested or might benefit from this or any of our many courses please get in contact with them on 01253 476798 or email [email protected]. To attend one of these courses learners will need to take part it an information and advice session with one of our advisers prior to starting the course.  During the session they will ask you to complete a mood and wellbeing questionnaire to see if you are eligible. If you are eligible, they will require your written consent to let them use the information for research purposes only.


Intermediate woodwork – Animal feeders

6 week course:

Dates: Monday 1pm-3pm noon – 08/05/2017 – 19/06/2017

At: Blackpool Centre for Independent Living B Shed

(no lessons on Bank Holiday Mondays)


Beginners Woodwork for the Garden – trugs and planters.

6 week course:

Dates: Monday 10am -12 noon – 08/05/2017 – 19/06/2017

At: Blackpool Centre for Independent Living B Shed

(no lessons on Bank Holiday Mondays)

New URPotential Courses

URPotential, the local  Community Interest Company and not for profit organisation are launching three exciting new courses.

Basic IT Skills aimed at Over 35’s running on 18th, 19th & 25th April 2017 (3 day course) , at the Pensioners Hall in St Annes

Surviving the Teenage Years running on 20th & 27th April and 4th & 11th May (4 day course), at St Thomas’ Community Centre in St Annes

Reaching URPotential – Women Only running on 26th April & 3rd May (2 day course) at Fleetwood Firestation, Fleetwood

These courses are for anyone living in Blackpool, Fylde or Wyre and are for people aged 19+ (apart from the Basic IT Skills for over 35’s) If you would like anymore information or would like to book a place please contact the office on 01253 344398 or email [email protected]

Basic IT Skills Aimed at Over 35’s

Reaching UR Potential – women only

Surviving the teenage years thurs 20th, 27th april, 4th n 11th may


Renaissance Training School

Book one of Renaissance at Drugline Blackpool and Lancashire’s Cutting Edge Training Sessions Today

• Half day commitment only
• Flexible timings
• They will come to you
• Open to any organisation in any area of the UK.
• Charities, public and private sectors

Renaissance training will increase knowledge and build confidence amongst attending groups.
All courses can be tailored to suit your specific needs.
It targets any areas of interest or concern you may have around the following subjects.
Sexual Health, BBV Awareness and Brief Advice
Drug and Alcohol Awareness including NPS
Sexual Violence Awareness
Domestic Abuse Awareness
Transgender Awareness

The training sessions will increase:
• Awareness and knowledge of all the very latest harm reduction information relating to drug and alcohol use including NPS – ‘legal highs’
• Your knowledge of risk factors associated with specific STI’s and BBV’s
• Increase your awareness of prevalent sexually transmitted infections
• Your knowledge of relevant local services
• Your awareness to access and refer to appropriate services

Course fees available on request

Contact their training school now [email protected]

Public Lifesaving Equipment on Rossall Beach

Rossall Beach Residents & Community Group have provided an Automatic External De­brillator (AED) adjacent to the shingle beach at Cleveleys for use by the public, and are inviting everyone to come to an information session at 3pm on Tuesday 5 April at Cleveleys Community Centre, to see how to use it should they need to in an emergency.

Your chance of surviving an out of hospital Cardiac Arrest is significantly improved up to 80% with early CPR and defibrillation;  without this, a person’s chance of surviving will decrease by 7-10% for every minute that treatment is delayed.

Jane Littlewood, Chair of the Group explains “The UK Resuscitation Council suggests that a defi­brillator should be available wherever medical treatment is more than 5 minutes away. Our beach is always such an incredibly busy place and next to an area of dense housing , so being able to provide this facility is a wonderful benefit to the many hundreds of visitors and local residents.”

The Rossall Beach Group has been working with the North West Ambulance Service to provide this piece of equipment for use by any member of the public in case of a medical emergency. Having dialled 999 for emergency assistance, the operator will provide, when deemed appropriate, a digital code to access the AED.

The commissioning process is underway and the AED is expected to be fully functional and ready for use early in April. One important part of this commissioning process is to make as many people as possible aware of what a defi­brillator is and what it can do.

David Hewitt, Group Secretary said “we would like to invite everyone to a familiarisation session which will cover basic life support skills and a demonstration of how to use the AED. It’s aimed at everyone who wishes to be familiar with an AED and is designed to remove fears about using one and give the user confi­dence.

“The event at Cleveleys Community Centre, Beach Road on Tuesday 5th April starts at 3 pm and will be hosted by North West Ambulance Service. The session will be very informal and we would like as many people as possible to attend, it’s about having the confidence rather than the competence to use one.”

Cheryl Pickstock from North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust added “It’s great to be able to work with and support the Rossall community to place this  vital piece of life-saving equipment for public use. In the UK, over 60,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests occur every year and without early defibrillation, that person has a very limited and minimal chance of survival. With more Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) around, more lives can be saved. There is no legal requirement to be trained in defibrillation, the AED is designed to guide the user through its use, but having the ‘confidence’ to use one means the AED will be used without hesitation or delay.

“Similar public access defibrillators are being installed throughout the country and the more people that are aware of these units and not afraid of them, the more successful the outcomes will be – not just on Rossall Beach but elsewhere – and therefore I would ask you to make every effort to attend.”

Everyone is welcome to attend this free session; there is no need to be a member of the group and no need to book a place. For further information see www.rossallbeach.org.uk, or telephone 01253 829390