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Child health

The NHS has some really good advice on all aspects of getting healthy as a family. Take a look at the child health section on the NHS website for information and guidance on all sorts of issues from sleep to diet and exercise, stress, sun safety, bullying and much more.

There is also some useful information on under 18s and smoking and talking to your child about drugs. Plus Alcohol Concern has some helpful advice on talking to young people about alcohol.

Patient.info is also a really useful resource for information on teenage health.

Children’s emotional health and wellbeing

As well as looking after our family’s physical wellbeing it’s important to pay attention to our mental health at the same time. The NHS has an excellent information hub that offers young people advice and help on mental health problems including depression, anxiety, stress, eating disorders and self-harm.

YMCA Your Move programme

If you want to get your kids out of the house and learn about being healthy, then the YMCA’s Your Move Kids programme might be what you are looking for. The programme gives children age 4 – 13 the chance to take part in fun games and activities, and learn about healthy food choices. There’s also a Your Move Teens programme designed to support teenagers to manage their weight whilst encouraging them to make healthier choices. These free 12 week programmes are available through a self- referral system which you can access on the YMCA Your Move website

TrySport 

We are proud to sponsor the TrySport scheme that is delivered here in Wyre by Fleetwood Town Community Trust and Fylde Coast YMCA. The programme gives young people the chance to get involved in lots of different types of sport. It’s a great way of making new friends, trying something new and gaining some sports specific skills, and of course having fun! There’s a really wide variety of sports to have a go at from running to street dance, ten pin bowling to table tennis plus loads more.  Find out what’s available and download this year’s programme on our TrySports page.

Fleetwood Multistars

Wyre Council runs the Fleetwood Multistars programme to provide fantastic opportunities for young people aged 8-20 years with disabilities or special/additional needs to take part in a wide variety of sports and activities. Apart from the obvious health benefits of taking part in sport, the scheme also helps to develop confidence and gives young people a chance to socialise in a safe and positive environment. Taking place every Thursday at Fleetwood High School sports hall there is a small charge of £1 per hour at sessions.

Parks

We have lots of open space and beautiful parks in Wyre for children to have fun in! From the play areas, MUGA and parkour (free running) at Memorial Park to the exciting new play equipment at Marine Gardens in Fleetwood to the award winning Wyre Estuary Country Park, plus lots of other local parks in our towns and villages - why not take your little ones out for some outdoor fun in the fresh air.

Xplorer events

Did you know we run a series of Xplorer family events at Memorial Park in Fleetwood, Rossall Point in Fleetwood and Wyre Estuary Country Park in Thornton – and they cost just 50p per person!

Xplorer is the perfect outdoor activity for primary and pre-school children and their families. It’s a family friendly navigation challenge that is educational and fun and gives children a sense of adventure as they explore the park to find the markers. It involves a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making that the whole family can enjoy together. Take a look at when the next Xplorer event is coming to a park near you.

Sure Start

There are a number of Sure Start children’s centres in Wyre and Rural Wyre providing a range of high quality services based around child and family health, early education, childcare, family support, employment and training and much more. They offer a range of activities each week from baby group to play and learn, messy play, young parents group plus much more. Activities vary across the centres - contact your Sure Start centre to find out what’s on. For Fleetwood, Cleveleys, Thornton and Poulton contact 01253 770682 (Sure Start Fleetwood) and for Garstang contact 01995 606736.

Libraries

Take a look at what’s on for families at your local library. As well as lots of brilliant books to borrow, they often host events such as reading challenges plus regular groups including bounce and rhyme, story time and activities to enjoy in the school holidays.

Accessible and inclusive activities

Take a look at Lancashire County Council’s list of accessible and inclusive activities. Here you will find details of autism friendly film screenings, soft play areas and sensory rooms, theatre, music, dance, support for parent carers and much more.

Staying safe online

Young people are spending more time online than ever before and it’s important for children and parents to know how to stay safe online. As well as keeping personal data private, it’s essential to know who you are chatting to when spending time online.

The NSPCC have a handy guide to social media apps which will help you to understand the different social networking sites out there, what their privacy settings are and what age each one is suitable for.

Online bullying is also an increasing concern and there are many things that a young person might come across online that they find upsetting. If you or your child is feeling threatened or upset by anything you see online it’s important to know what you can do to help. Childline have lots of information about standing up to online bullying with answers to many questions you might be too afraid to ask.

Bullying

Bullying can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. It may feel like you can’t escape but it’s important to remember that no one has the right to make you feel unhappy. There are lots of actions you can take and help is out there. Both young people and parents can access practical help and support from organisations such as Childline, Kidscape and the NSPCC to help put a stop to bullying.

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