It looks set to be a happier, healthier new year for vulnerable local people thanks to AFC Fylde Community Foundation and its principal partner Cuadrilla.

Collaborative working means the popular ‘Extra-Time’ programme is to get even bigger and better in 2019. Two new community social activity and wellbeing improvement sessions are to be launched, based at the state-of-the-art Fylde Sports and Education Centre.

Through the support of Cuadrilla, the Foundation’s Health and Wellbeing Team have linked up with three local residential homes based within Fylde.

They will be providing members of the local community with the opportunity to participate in a range of health improvement activities, which help bring people together in a safe and supportive environment.

The programme will include a range of activities, some chair-based; accompanied walks; and health and wellbeing advice and guidance.

Sessions are developed around individual needs and requirements, ensuring everyone can get involved and work towards leading a healthier, more independent lifestyle.

 Since the Extra-Time programme launched in November, more than 360 residents have benefited from this much-needed facility.

With more than 3,000 visits to the programme predicted over the next 12 months, the Foundation and Cuadrilla are looking to further build on the incredible success already achieved.

Cuadrilla is backing the AFC Fylde Community Foundation as part of its commitment to Putting Lancashire First and playing an active role in supporting the local community where it is based.

Mark Lappin, Technical Director at Cuadrilla, said: “The social outreach programmes run by the AFC Fylde Community Foundation are extremely admirable and Cuadrilla is proud to play a part in supporting and enabling their good works.

“The new Extra Time sessions, which are run by a dedicated and enthusiastic team, are set in a very supportive environment and will help some of the most vulnerable people in the local community. We look forward to seeing the success of the programme in the coming year.”

Foundation Director Tom Hutton is undeniably proud of the newly launched initiative.

He said: “The Extra-Time programme is unique. By working with and supporting local residential homes we are enabling the more vulnerable members of our local community to meet new people and enjoy taking part in a more active lifestyle.

The programme directly benefits our community and I’m confident it will continue to grow and get even better!” 

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