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 united 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….

Social prescribing set to benefit Skelmersdale

As part of our Reframing Health, we’re keen to introduce a new social prescribing pilot initiative in Skelmersdale.   The local CCG has just started a procurement process to do just this. Join our social prescribing conversation: The CCG is looking to develop this idea alongside partners and would like to hear from anyone interested in…

Our REFRAMING HEALTH theme – what are we up to?

Kathryn Kavanagh, Health Inequalities Lead at NHS West Lancashire CCG, briefly introduces us to the world of social prescribing. “For anyone who has been part of our Well Skelmersdale conversation so far, they will understand that interestingly health and wellbeing has very little to do with healthcare itself. In fact, we know from international studies…

Our ENVIRONMENT theme – what are we up to?

One of our themes is environment. Ian Gill, Deputy Director of Development and Regeneration at West Lancashire Borough Council, and George Hurst, estates lead at NHS West Lancashire CCG, talk to us about the estates (property) bit of our work. “Our environment theme started out with a focus on the town centre with an emphasis…

Praise for the Junk Food Cafe

Matt Worden, an artist involved in Well North, visited the Junk Food Cafe and gives us his thoughts… Yesterday I was over in Skelmersdale today getting stuck in at the Birchwood Junk Food Café which is the brain-child of Stella Connell, Birchwood Centre CEO. The Junk Food Café has been serving great food and providing…

Team effort on mental health

Mental health groups in West Lancashire teamed together in May to recognise Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 – ‘Surviving to Thriving’ (8 – 14 May 2017). Everyone in and around West Lancashire was welcomed to attend FREE local events that took place in Skelmersdale. Birchwood Crisis Centre and their popular Junk Food Cafes collaborated with NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group…