It was good to see Healthier Fleetwood on the BBC news last week. There are so many great local people working really hard on this project to help fellow Fleetwood folk lead happier, healthier lives.
Yes, it makes some tough viewing but we need to acknowledge that when it comes to health outcomes we need to find innovative new ways of approaching our physical and mental health problems which still blight the lives of some in our community.
But we are Fleetwood and we can.
We have the most stunning beaches and views across Morecambe Bay, we have community spirit by the bucket load and we can harness that to work together as a community to prove we can turn things around for everyone. Healthier Fleetwood’s next exciting proposal is for the introduction of a parkrun along the Promenade. They are hoping to get this started in the summer. It will be a brilliant addition to the hundreds of parkruns that take place around the country every weekend. They are free, 5km timed runs open to everyone, and are safe and easy to take part in – from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; everyone is welcome. So dig out those old trainers and keep an eye out for more news.
We were so lucky to have such a beautiful day for the unveiling of the town’s newest statue. Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood now stands proudly in Euston Gardens and it was amazing that so many local folk turned out for the event on Sunday. I hope you all enjoyed the day as much as I did.
To Over Wyre now and Preesall Fire station are wanting your help.
They are holding a fundraiser to mark the 75th year of the Fire Fighters Charity by doing a sponsored ladder climb. Between them on the 26th May they will be climbing 7500m – nearly the height of Mount Everest!
The Fire Fighters Charity began by supporting bereaved families of firefighters killed during the Blitz. It now provides a modern day service enhancing the health and wellbeing of the whole fire community. The everyday heroes of the UK fire community face traumatic life and death situations. The Fire Fighters Charity supports them whether injured, ill or in need of psychological support.
Preesall Fire Fighters want to raise as much money as they can for this essential service. They are asking people to text LFRS75 £5 (choose any amount you wish) to 70070 or go to www.justgiving.com/preesallfire.
Once again I’m furious that schools and teachers are being hit so badly by this government’s austerity measures.
The average teacher is £4000-a-year worse off than in 2010, House of Commons Library data shows.
Schools could be left facing fresh cuts unless new funding is found for a planned pay rise for teachers.
The warning was echoed by the School Teachers’ Review Body, the Government’s own pay review body for teachers, which said that some schools would struggle to pay any increases in salary at all.
As cuts to pay have continued the Government have seen teachers leaving the profession in record numbers; while the recruitment target has been missed for five consecutive years there are now more teachers leaving than joining the profession.
Even the Conservatives have been left with no choice but to admit they have left teachers thousands of pounds worse off.
It is no wonder they have created a crisis in teacher recruitment and retention when they are asking teachers to take real terms pay cuts year after year.
Their promise to lifting their own cap on public sector pay is meaningless without new, ring-fenced funding to ensure that teachers, as well as support staff, can finally get a real pay rise after years of cuts.
The next Labour Government will give our teachers the pay rise they deserve, with a fully-funded plan to end the public sector pay cap and increase wages in our schools.