Well Skelmersdale Shout Out

Well Skelmersdale is building a coalition of the willing, a team of collaborators who are wanting to make a difference in the neighbourhoods that they live. After a successful first year we are looking to expand the network further and are seeking to engage with leaders who have passion for the town and who wish…

Meet Matt

Matt Worden is resident artist for Well North and has been working with Well Skelmersdale over the last 2 years.  Art can have a major role to play in helping us imagine what the future for Skelmersdale could look like, and how we might make it happen. Matt says:  ‘Art and creativity can transform people…

Age of Inspiration launches in Skelmersdale

There is so much we as an older generation can do to have a rich, fulfilled and active older life  –  Maureen Fazal, Age of Inspiration A new project is starting in Skelmersdale that aims to harness the untapped talent of the older people in our community.  The ‘Age of Inspiration’ social enterprise looks to improve…

Lathom High’s new EmBRACE programme – delivering impressive change

Most of us know that our experiences in childhood have a big influence on how we think, feel and live as an adult.  What’s less widely known is that those childhood experiences also affect our ability to learn at school.  Since Autumn 2017, Well Skelmersdale has worked with Lathom High to introduce the EmBRACE programme…

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….