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People across Lancashire are being encouraged to do their bit to help reduce loneliness amongst older people over the festive period by sending a Christmas card to residents of a local care home.  The campaign is now in its second year and runs both at Christmas and over the summer, with the latter focussing on summer holiday postcards. More than 100 care homes have signed up to take part this year.  As well as being something nice to...

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Lonely people in Blackpool now have a place to go following the introduction of a ‘chatty bench’ in Dickson Road. The idea for the bench, which will be placed in the grounds of St Paul’s Medical Practice, came from a group of local residents keen to tackle loneliness and isolation in the area. The brightly coloured bench is the first of its kind in the town and is designed to be a place for people who are feeling lonely to go and sit,...

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Blackpool has become the first town in the UK to ensure all its public transport is dementia friendly. Blackpool Transport has been including Dementia Friends Awareness sessions as part of its standard staff induction for bus and tram drivers since 2015. Building on their success around 1000 taxi drivers have also attended the awareness sessions this year as part of their licensing process. In the UK it is estimated there are 850,000...

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Blackpool Dementia Action Alliance have worked tirelessly in partnership with local services including Blackpool Transport, Blackpool Council and local taxi services to ensure travel within the town is Dementia Friendly. Dementia is a general term to describe symptoms associated with a decline in memory or thinking skills that affect a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. There are many types of dementia, with the most...

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Fairtrade Blackpool – Chair’s Blog

Fairtrade Blackpool – Chair’s Blog


Posted By on Jan 15, 2019

I am delighted  Blackpool’s Fairtrade status has been renewed. As a Town we have worked very hard to ensure our Fairness values go beyond our Fylde Coast borders. Fairtrade represents our commitment to ensure that every person who is responsible for providing the food eat, the tea and coffee we drink, the clothes we wear and the footballs we kick, are treated with respect. Why shouldn’t someone who lives and works in...

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Blackpool has successfully renewed Fairtrade Town status for two years, following its ongoing commitment to promoting Fairtrade principles. The town was first awarded Fairtrade status in 2017 in recognition of the strong support for Fairtrade within Blackpool and the achievement of five qualifying goals, such as a wide availability of Fairtrade products in local shops and catering outlets, high levels of support from local people,...

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