Meet Rev Dr Anne, GP and Community Priest

Well Skelmersdale is about unleashing the potential in people – nurturing and supporting our skills and talents.  To grow and flourish, we often need support from those around us – family, friends, community networks, professionals.  Rev Dr Anne Kazich who has recently come to work in Skelmersdale for both Beacon Primary Care and Diocese of…

Social prescribing – a new route to wellbeing

This year, a new route to better health and wellbeing will be available to Skelmersdale residents.  From April onwards, a local ‘Social prescribing’ service is being introduced as a pilot project by West Lancs CCG after being developed with great success in other areas of UK. Over the last decade, there has been increasing awareness…

Claire’s story

Despite her young age, at 24 years, Claire McEvoy has experienced more than her fair share of life’s ups and downs.  Her story is a great example of how we can use our skills and talents to shape a more sustainable future for ourselves and Skelmersdale. Born and bred in Skelmersdale, Claire was so inspired…

Skelmersdale’s growing social businesses

There’s exciting times ahead for Skelmersdale in 2018 as the Social Innovators Programme helps kickstart a raft of new social businesses in the town. Fifteen local people answered the call in November for budding social entrepreneurs to join the new School for Social Entrepreneurs’ programme, and the group will meet monthly throughout this year.  Social…

The inspiring story of The Sewing Rooms

Please follow this link for the inspiring story of Skelmersdale’s ‘The Sewing Rooms’ social enterprise: https://youtu.be/SUHr9fwzazw Paula Gamester and Maureen Fazal describe the mission of The Sewing Rooms as being to ‘Repair the fabric of society’.  They tendered for their first contract without even having a sewing machine, but today their business has impressive social,…

Skelmersdale pivotal in developing women’s football

Women’s football is rapidly growing in popularity globally, with participation from grass roots to professional level increasing and attendance at grounds increasing by the thousands What many people may not know though is that Skelmersdale is regarded as one of the key places nationally for this development and this is down to Michael Vella and…

From Digmoor to Buckingham Palace

Each year The Queen hosts three garden parties at Buckingham Palace and one in Holyrood House, welcoming 30,000 people who are recognised for their hard work and dedication to public service. Margaret Highton, a resident of Skelmersdale since the 1970s, was one of those people being celebrated and attended the celebrations back in May 2017….

Artz Centre: putting Skelmersdale’s young people centre stage

‘Our greatest natural resource is in the minds of our children’ says a quote on the Artz Centre wall – summing up the motivation behind one of Skelmersdale’s home grown success stories. Local founder Mark Ashton established the Artz Centre in Birch Green in 2014 – to ‘tackle community and social issues through the medium of…

Local resident sings Skelmersdale’s praises

Having grown up in Fairhaven, Birchgreen, Louise has found memories of a happy childhood in Skem.  Raised by a hard working family, Louise started originally working at 14 and this was something she recalls being instilled in her.  College wasn’t considered as an option and instead at 17 Louise started working full time on a…

Calling all budding social entrepreneurs in West Lancashire!

The School of Social Entrepreneurs North West and Well Skelmersdale have teamed up to find talent on our doorstep and help social entrepreneurs reach their full potential. The newly launched Skelmersdale Social Innovators Start Up Programme is now welcoming applications from people with ideas for a new social enterprise and/or a recently launched one that…

Local residents get creative

Back in April during Mental Health Awareness week, Matt Worden artist in residence for Well North, led two art workshops during the lunch time service of Birchwood Junk Food Café at Tanhouse Community Centre and the Ecumenical Centre. Alongside Matt, over 60 people contributed towards building two large sculptural vessels from papier-mache and recycled materials….