Strong turnout for health group

Fleetwood GP Dr Mark Spencer
Fleetwood GP Dr Mark Spencer

More than 60 people attended an open meeting staged as part of an initiative to boost the health of Fleetwood.

Residents, community and volunteer groups, health professionals, councillors and businesses heard how the Healthier Fleetwood project is gathering support and planning for the future.

The main part of the evening, held at the Health and Wellbeing Centre on Dock Street, Fleetwood, was an opportunity to share examples of people taking positive steps to deal with their isolation or ill health.

These included an 82 year-old man who has joined a computer club and found new friends and the use of music and song to unlock the memories of those suffering from dementia.

A spokesman for Healthier Fleetwood said: “It was inspiring to hear the stories and the difference it can make when people take control.

“It’s what we are all about, connecting the community and sharing all the wonderful work that’s going on. The enthusiasm was wonderful and the meeting so well attended we may have to look for a bigger venue for the next one.”

One of the aims of Healthier Fleetwood is to work with residents to deliver projects which benefit the community. The project was set up as a result of lower life expectancy in the town’s most deprived areas.

Fleetwood GP Dr Mark Spencer said: “We want people to become ‘doers’, not the ‘done to’. The best way to achieve that is by listening to residents. and find out what makes them feel well, not just makes them unwell.”

For details visit www.healthierfleetwood.co.uk.