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Local groups and things to do

Getting out and about is great for your health and wellbeing. There’s a lot going on in Wyre for you to enjoy including all sorts of groups and activities where you can meet friends, chat and try something new. Here are just a few of the activities going on, we try to keep this list up to date but it’s best to check with each group or venue before travelling to an event:

  • Lifelong learners - for people aged 55 and over at Thornton Little Theatre. They meet every other week and host things such as a gardening club, a writers group, bowling, cribbage, art appreciation, theatre trips and a walking group. If you are interested in joining please call Thornton Little Theatre on 01253 887693.
  • Wyre U3A (University of the Third Age)
  • Tea dance at Marine Hall, Fleetwood Every Monday at 2pm – 4pm
  • Guided walks, including free health walks which start at a gentle amble up to hour long walks
  • Gardening club at Memorial Park, Fleetwood
  • Teanlowe 60+ group at Teanlowe Day Centre, Queensway, Poulton, Monday to Friday, 10am until 1pm and Saturdays, 10am - 12 noon. Members of the community from across Wyre are welcome to drop in at any time for a drink and a chat. For enquiries about the centre, contact Phil Howarth on 01253 890197 or email p.howarth@sky.com 
  • Cleveleys Community Centre and Church
  • The Verona Association provides facilities for elderly members of the community to participate in physical and mental recreation activities including dance, singing, snooker, bowling and a friendship club. The association has its own premises at 124 Fleetwood Road North, Thornton Cleveleys, FY5 4BL
  • Fylde Rotary Ramblers
  • Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) – Many GP surgeries have a PPG that you can attend. Call or visit your GP surgery to find out when your PPG is next meeting. It’s a great chance to find out what’s new and to have your say
  • Wyre Pensioner’s Forum – the group is on the lookout for new members. Everyone is welcome. Come along and let us know what’s important to you. The group meets every 6 weeks at Wyre Council’s Civic Centre in Poulton. If you are interested in joining the forum contact Councillor Patsy Ormrod on 01253 867728 or by email Patsy.Ormrod@wyre.gov.uk
  • Libraries – find out what’s on at your local library, regular events in Wyre include knit and knatter, getting online, adult colouring groups and board game

Care and Repair

Did you know that Wyre Council has a Care and Repair service? The service is available to those in Wyre and Fylde who are aged over 65 or who have a disability. If you need repairs or adaptations to your home, or guidance on obtaining funds for work to your home, the Care and Repair team are here to help. Advice and home visits are free, and if you decide we can help we will arrange for estimates from reliable contractors and will then oversee the work from start to finish.

Affordable warmth

You might be able to get help for energy-saving improvements to your home if you’re on certain benefits and own or privately rent your home. You may get all or part of the cost of insulation work, for example to your loft or cavity walls and/or replacing or repairing your boiler – or other upgrades to your heating. To find out about eligibility and how to apply visit Gov.uk’s page about the affordable warmth obligation. 

Dementia friendly Wyre  

Did you know that 850,000 people live with dementia in the UK? And if we don’t take action this number is predicted to rise to over two million by 2051?

Wyre Council has embraced the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends campaign, the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition. A number of council officers, elected members and local businesses have become Dementia Friends so far. Our hope for the future is that the borough will become a dementia friendly community.

Scams

It’s important for everyone to be aware of mail, online and doorstep scams.

Some scams come in the form of letters through the post, often targeted at vulnerable consumers. The National Trading Standards Scams Team helps tackle such mass marketing scams, take a look at their website for more information.

Some fraudsters rely on the internet to commit their crimes. Learn about some different types of internet frauds that and how to protect yourself and get safe online – visit the Action Fraud website.

Lancashire County Council also outline simple steps you can to take to protect yourself from a doorstep scam, for example when a bogus caller (someone pretending to be someone they are not, like a workman, or a member of staff from a utility company) tries to get into your home, obtain personal details or sell you something you do not need.

If you think you have been the victim of a scam or you suspect a scam, please call the Action Fraud helpline on 0300 123 2040 or visit the Action Fraud website.

If you receive an electronic scam you can forward it to Lancashire County Council Trading Standards at tsscams@lancashire.gov.uk for further investigation. 

Potentially fraudulent mail should be reported to Royal Mail - write to Freepost Scam Mail, call 03456 113 413 or email scam.mail@royalmail.com

Flu jab

A flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to anyone aged 65 and over. Visit the NHS website to find out more and to see where you can get your vaccination.

Keeping fit

The Fylde Coast YMCA works in partnership with Wyre and Fylde Borough Councils and has been commissioned by Lancashire County Council and Fylde and Wyre CCG, to ensure all members of our community have access to superb facilities and programmes. As well as four YMCA leisure centres in Wyre with fitness activities for all ages and abilities, they also run a specialised health and wellbeing programme -Your Move.

One recent participant on the programme, Daphne Stockton was referred onto the Your Move Weight Management programme after a visit to her GP revealed she had high blood pressure, as well as being overweight. She was apprehensive and had little faith in the programme as she had already tried slimming world and the Cambridge Weight loss plan with no results. But after meeting with her physical activity officer, she soon realised that this programme was different. Daphne has said:

“I wasn’t just been told what to do, I was being guided and pointed in the right direction to making healthier choices in every aspect of my life. Whether this was discovering the secrets of foods I thought were healthy or controlling my portion sizes with the use of the portion plate (which I still use) and doing different exercises that worked for me.

“I’ve met a great group of ladies, my social life is better than ever and our regular coffee morning natters, lunches out and theatre trips with the girls have all stemmed from the Your Move programme”.

Visit the YMCA Your Move website to find out more.

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