NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group is supporting a project of health and wellbeing community activities delivered by AFC Fylde Community Foundation.

The CCG, which is responsible for planning and buying health services in the local area, will work in partnership with AFC Fylde Community Foundation to deliver a 12-month campaign aimed at supporting local people with a range of activities.

Weekly health sessions will be rolled out by AFC Fylde Community Foundation under its Get On Board campaign and will consist of four elements.

A primary school education programme will engage with all year five pupils in Fylde, to deliver a range of health and wellbeing advice and guidance. The complimentary workshops will take place over a five week period and will visit each school in the area.

A family engagement programme will reach out to local parents and children who need support when it comes to diet and nutrition advice. The weekly sessions will also offer ideas and encouragement around fun family-based physical activities.

A disability engagement strand will also work with both adults and young people. Aimed at improving community integration and overall wellbeing, AFC Fylde Community Foundation will be delivering twice-weekly physical activity sessions for Fylde coast residents.

The final element of the Get on Board activity is an alcohol awareness programme. Working with year nine students across all high schools in Fylde, AFC Fylde Community Foundation will deliver an early intervention and alcohol education scheme.

The aim is to help young people make informed choices and decisions when it comes to alcohol misuse later in life.

To continue to raise awareness about the partnership throughout the year, NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG has also become AFC Fylde’s new kit partner for this season.

Dr Tony Naughton, clinical chief officer for NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG, said: “We are delighted to work with AFC Fylde Community Foundation on this worthwhile project. Our decision to support Get On Board was an easy one as each of the project’s streams fit with the CCG’s areas of focus for health.

“We are encouraging people in Fylde and Wyre to use alternatives to their GP and A&E, and this includes educating them in self-care. A fundamental part of this is keeping fit and well, eating the right foods and generally looking after yourself.”

Tom Hutton, director of community development at AFC Fylde Community Foundation, explained: “Our Get on Board campaign is a huge priority this year and partnering with NHS Fylde & Wyre CCG has given us another great opportunity to continue our valuable work within the region.

“When it comes to making a difference, AFC Fylde Community Foundation is truly leading the way when it comes its commitment to building a positive legacy in the region.”

For more information on AFC Fylde Community Foundation’s Get On Board scheme, visit www.afcfyldefoundation.co.uk, follow on Twitter @afcfct or call Tom Hutton on 07739 796101.