Blackpool & Fylde Coast Directory
If you have previously used the blackpool4me website to find local services you will be pleased to know that a new up-to-date website is now available. The FYI directory is now live and can be used to find social groups, local traders and health related services. Click here to be taken to the website.
Making Changes - Family Weight Management Programme
Blackpool Council has just launched a brand new and exciting family weight management programme with a difference. MAKING CHANGES is aimed at families with children aged between 5 and 11 years old who are overweight and need or would like help to change their lifestyle.
It's a 12 week programme that consists of some nutrition information, active behavioural change sessions and family physical activity.
If you wanted to sign-up to this with a private gym, it would cost in the region of £800. However, as a Blackpool resident your family can access this service COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE - and you don't even need to visit your GP to be referred. To find out more and sign your family up, click on this link.
The is also an information leaflet with more information - click Making Changes leaflet.
Fit for Work
As part of the Governments initiative to help people return to work after illness, they have set-up the Fit for Work service, which allows patients to speak with specialist occupational health advisors who will help them plan their return to work.
The advisors will even liaise with your employer in order to agree the most appropriate way for this return to happen.
If you have been away from work for 4 weeks or more, speak to your GP about a referral to the Fit for Work service. If you would like to speak to an advisor about your circumstances, you can call 0800 032 6235. However, for the time being, all referrals need to be done via your GP.
If you are an employer and you would like to know more about this service, go to http://fitforwork.org/.
Why A & E
The 'Why A&E' is a Blackpool-wide campaign to raise awareness of the different services that are available to patients and to emphasise what type of problems are suitable for patients to seek advice from A&E. The video below highlights this in an unusual way...you may recognise the tune!