Community Connectors

'Let's Make a Difference' Booklet

At West Lancashire Borough Council, we recognise everyone should be able to access healthy nutritious food every day.  However, we also appreciate that in more challenging times, a little extra support may be necessary.

We have produced the 'Let's Make a Difference' booklet which, is full of useful cooking, shopping, budgeting, fuel money saving advice, ideas and tips to help people provide healthy, affordable meals for themselves and their families, useful links to financial and mental health signposting to support best health and wellbeing. Download the Let's Make a Difference booklet here (PDF 2140kb).

If you need any further information, please contact the Community Connector Team via email: communityconnectors@westlancs.gov.uk who may be able to help.

'Changing Lifestyles' & 'Walk this Weigh'

Countryside Walkers

How do I access the 'Walk this Weigh' scheme? 

Our programme can be accessed by anyone who feels they need to lose weight via a sensible/healthy route.

Two options:

'Walk this Weigh' courses

Topics covered include:

  • fats
  • sugars
  • making the right choices
  • portion size
  • food labelling
  • why diets don't work
  • goal setting
  • benefits of Physical activity

We are also launching a 'male only' course called Males v Scales

All new courses starting January 2024, free of charge! 

Booking is essential - limited places available.

For more information, please contact Lynne Abbott on 01695 583276

The 'Changing Lifestyles' Programme - Exercise Referral

WLBC Community Connectors have launched their new pilot programme 'Changing Lifestyles'.

Changing Lifestyles is predominantly a gym-based exercise programme with the potential to introduce swimming into your new regime.

Course Duration : 12 weeks

Cost: £20 'one off' payment

Gym Sessions: 1-2-1's and supervised

Venue: Nye Bevan, Skelmersdale WN8 6LT

Membership: 'Changing Lifestyles' offer on completion of course

Referral Information:

GP, Nurse or Health Care Practitioner referrals welcomed.

Self-referral: Complete the following form self-referral form (PDF 118kb)

Criteria:

We accept referrals from Cardiac, Pulmonary & Cancer patients including those clinically 'at risk' of developing these conditions.

This includes the following long term health conditions i.e. high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, angina, diabetes, obesity, long covid, asthma and COPD.

If you would like more details, please email changinglifestyles@westlancs.gov.uk

Active Line Dancing

No booking required, open to all!

Location: Greenhill Hub, Beech Close, Skelmersdale WN8 8DL

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm

Cost: £3

Tai Chi

No booking required.  All abilities welcome.

Come along to our Tai Chi class where you will be introduced to an easy and effective Tai Chi form, proven to regulate blood insulin levels, improve balance, coordination, and well-being and alleviate stress and anxiety.

Please wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled footwear (soft trainers); bring a bottle of water for the break.

Location: The Pulse Plus 1, Unit 137, Concourse Shopping Parade, Skelmersdale 

Day: Mondays

Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm

Cost: £5

For more information, please contact The Pulse on 01695 556630.

Health Walks

There are various, independently run  'weekly health walks' across the borough. These are aimed at beginners and those returning to exercise.  Please see our Health Walks page for more information on times and locations.

Nordic Walking

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 11.45am - 12.45pm

Cost: £3 ( plus additional £1 pole hire)

Location: Meet at Burscough Racquet & Fitness Centre, Bobby Langton Way, Burscough L40 0SD

Booking Required - Please contact Georgina on 07977 555946.

Tawd Valley Wellbeing Walk

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am

Cost: FREE

Location: Meet at Tawd Valley Allotment Site on Manfield, Skelmersdale, WN8 6SU

Come along and join us, simply turning up 5 minutes before the start.  This is a relaxed pace 'walk and talk' group promoting wellbeing.  Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.

For more information, please contact Terry Lake terry.lake@tinyworld.co.uk.