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Networking In Blackpool

Blackpool's project Co-ordinator has been busy in the last few weeks networking to promote and highlight the project to services in the local community.

Firstly a 'willow weaving' event was attended which was hosted by Groundworks Lancashire, a local environmental charity. The day started with an opportunity to look round the site, a local partner with a lot of land want to encourage and engage with locals and services to utilise the green space to benefit all.

 As the day goes on, discussions were held about partnership working and utilising staff skills, knowledge and abilities to improve service delivery for adult learning and Groundworks. As local agencies it became apparent that we have shared goals, objectives and outcomes, so it would benefit other services and service users to take a collaborative approach to services.

By the end of the day, we had completed the willow dome, which is now permanent living structure, in the grounds of a local respite centre. But actually we came away with so much more… by working outdoors we were more active, creative and improving our own wellbeing. This in turn resulted in new and exciting opportunities for both services, new courses have been planned and new relationships have been built.

Also, we attended the local Fire Service monthly team meeting. This was an opportunity to meet with every Community Fire Safety Officer in the area. They were interested in learning about the Mental Health Pilot as they conduct approximately 5000 wellbeing home visits a year in our local communities. They have requested copies of our new brochures and will be encouraging local residents to engage in the project. They are also promoting our project in their internal newsletters and on their social media platforms.

Networking and promoting the project remain high on our agenda. The Blackpool project has a busy month ahead; networking further at Internationals Women’s day event at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool and have meetings planned with the Wellbeing and Development Manager at the local college, The Healthier Workforce Project Manager and Voluntary Services Manager at the local hospital, The University of the Third Age and the Wellbeing Team at the DWP.