Lockdown webinar backed by former police chief

AS LOCKDOWN looms a community-minded group is offering pro-active support to

businesses, employees, self-employed, and individuals to help people cope in the light

of the latest restrictions.

Stuart Noble, former Chief Superintendent of Lancashire Constabulary and a Blackpool

Pride of Place partnership board member, is one of those taking part in a webinar on

Thursday (November 5) - the first day of lockdown - to offer advice on how to build up

personal resilience during these challenging times.

The webinar, which takes place from 2pm-3:15pm, has been organised by the Fylde

Coast Responsible Business Network, to provide invaluable practical advice and

support, and to signpost businesses and individuals to where they can gain further help

for their specific needs.

Employers are invited to attend to hear about how they can help the wellbeing of a

workforce that is increasingly anxious about the future and employment as a result of

Covid-19, and the latest lockdown. Individuals and self-employed workers who may be

going through a difficult experience themselves, are also invited to attend.

As well as the health risks of Covid-19, for organisations and individuals there is also

increasing uncertainty surrounding employment, finances and relationships, all of which

can have a detrimental impact on both physical and mental health.

Stuart, who will open the personal resilience webinar, said given Blackpool and the

Fylde Coast’s specific social issues including deprivation and reliance on a tourism and

hospitality economy, that Blackpool Pride of Place and the Fylde Coast Responsible

Business Network felt it was important to act and to take a proactive approach by

offering practical, easy-to-access advice and support.

Stuart said: “We recognise that across Blackpool and the Fylde Coast there are people

for whom the threat of losing their job, being furloughed, or having their hours reduced

is causing particular concern.

“There are groups of people, particularly given the social deprivation which exists in

areas of Blackpool and the Fylde Coast, who will worry that if they were to lose their

jobs that they would be unlikely to gain further employment. That can lead to anxiety

and depression and other issues.

“If we can predict what is going to happen, then we need to act now and do more to

prevent it. That’s why we are organising this webinar to help people build up their

personal resilience and to encourage them to take some simple steps which can help

them at this difficult time.

“This is about the business community across Blackpool and the Fylde Coast being

proactive and coming together to make a positive difference across our communities.

It’s about the public sector working with the private sector across the area through the

Pride of Place Partnership and the Fylde Coast Responsible Business Network to help

people in our communities access the help they need.”

Andy Anderson, head of R&D at Victrex and a member of the Fylde Coast Responsible

Business Network, has led on the initiative from the private sector and been a driving

force behind the webinar whose guest speakers will include:

● Neil Sladen, (Mind-that-gap) – Neil, a psychotherapeutic counsellor will give an

overview to ‘Mind that Gap’ a programme that promotes awareness of personal

wellbeing, effective coping strategies and building psychological resilience.

● Alison Crompton, Rapid Response Service Co-ordinator at DWP – What

support is available to companies and their employees from the DWP Rapid

Response Service before and after redundancy

● Carolyn Watkins, Commissioning Officer at Fylde & Wyre CCG – Emotional

wellbeing support across the Fylde Coast and how to access this service

Organisers have stressed that those who attend will not be able to see other

participants during the webinar and will therefore be able to maintain their anonymity.

Attendees will also be able to ask questions in private via the chat function. Questions

can be sent in advance to

To register for the webinar visit: