‘Our Lancashire’ Event

Emily and Luke Y6 accompanied Miss Jones to the launch of “Our Lancashire” event at the Blackpool Tower Ballrooms. We were given pin badges on arrival and had front row seats for the entertainment and guest speakers.

The event was hosted by BBC NW Tonight presenter Dave Guest. The aim of Our Lancashire is “Supporting people to improve their own communities” Clive Grunshaw (Police and Crime Commissioner).

“Everyone can make a difference. We are promoting and connecting groups across the county” Ian Stewart (Our Lancashire Programme Manager).

We watched performances and video presentations from several groups across the county.

  • Harmony and Health Singers: help lonely people to make friends and get out into the community.
  • Menhear: A support group for men to talk and assist with anxiety.
  • Fylde and Wyre Tea Dancers: Host community dance clubs.
  • Little Harwood Curry club: help with learning to cook and free meals every Monday for their community.
  • CSI Boxercise: use physical activity to promote Mental Health
  • Chorley Amateur Boxing Club: teach all abilities boxing skills.
  • Let’s Grow Preston: support and encourage environmental projects and both create and maintain community gardens.
  • DanceSyndrome (Luke’s favourite – see video interview): Fantastic young lady with Down syndrome that loves to dance but couldn’t find a suitable dance club so created one of her own to dance and support others.
  • Preston Partners: assisting people with Special Needs to improve social skills.
  • Padiham Community Choir: so popular in the community now that they were invited to perform on the new single raising money for Alder Hey hospital out this week!

    Both Luke and Emily took photos and videos throughout and took notes to blog. We spoke with Dave Guest and Ian Stewart who referred us to other members with ideas to bring in to school. Luke and Emily behaved impeccably and I was proud to accompany them. To finish we had a little dance in the ballroom before heading out on the comedy carpet to find my name 😜.

    Luke and Emily have written up their own comments for the blog:

Luke

What we liked about it

“My favourite part was watching all the acts perform on stage. I liked how our community came together to make changes in Lancashire. My favourite act was ‘DanceSyndrome’. Considering whether or not you have a disability, you can still take part and do the dance!”

Why did we go?

“We went to see how we can change our environment as one. Although we are starting small we can eventually build up bigger. I also enjoyed watching the dancing.”

Emily

What we liked about it

“The bit I liked the most was taking all the pictures and watching all the different groups. The one I like the most was Bluebirds.”

Why did we go?

“We went to see how we can change our environment as one. And I really enjoyed it, as well as meeting David Guest, the news presenter.”

Find out more at ourlancashire.org.uk

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