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ISSUE           3


                                                                                                                                                             Time Twisters

                                                                                                                                                             Mood Lifters


                                                                                                                                                             Life Shifters

                                                                                                                                                             Curtain Twitchers

                                                                                                                                                             A CALL FOR


                                                                                                                                                             What have you been longing
                                                                                                                                                             for these last  few months?
                                                                                                                                                             A hug from a loved one?
                                                                                                                                                             A chance to meet  up with
                                                                                                                                                             friends in person? Fish and
                                                                                                                                                             chips along the prom?

                                                                                                                                                             Over the past year, we haven’t
                                                                                                                                                             been in the company of  as
                                                                                                                                                             many people as we would
                                                                                                                                                             have ordinarily, but all of that
                                                                                                                                                             is changing now as the UK
                                                                                                                                                             unlocks. Summer is on its way
                                                                                                                                                             and with it, the opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                             reconnect with our old lives
                                                                                                                                                             and loves.

                                                                                                                                                             With  Blackpool’s  vaccination
                                                                                                                                                             programme     roll-out  well
                                                                                                                                                             underway, it will become less
                                                                                                                                                             risky to step inside all of the
                                                                                                                                                             places that we’ve been asked
                                                                                                                                                             to avoid for the last year, but
                                                                                                                                                             that doesn’t mean you have to
                                                                                                                                                             rush back if you’re not ready.

                                                                                                                                                             Being apart from each other
                                                                                                                                                             for so long, you might feel  a
                                                                                                                                                             little  strange  interacting  with
                                                                                                                                                             others again.  You might think
                                                                                                                                                             it seems so much busier and
                                                                                                                                                             noisier than it was before.
                                                                                                                                                             Perhaps you’ve changed a
                                                                                                                                                             little bit from the person you
                                                                                                                                                             were  before. You  may  have
                                                                                                                                                             discovered    things   about
                                                                                                                                                             yourself  for  the  first  time,  or
                                                                                                                                                             changed the way you look. In
                                                                                                                                                             whatever way you have, or
                                                                                                                                                             haven’t, changed on the
                                                                                                                                                             inside, or the outside, it’s
                                                                                                                                                             natural to be feeling anxious
                                                                                                                                                             or  uncertain  about  the  shift
                                                                                                                                                             back  to  ‘normal’  and  fitting
                                                                                                                                                             back into your old life.

                                                                                                                                                             That’s why the trick to this
                                                                                                                                                             next transition is to approach
                                                                                                                                                             it gradually.

                                                                                                                                                             In this issue of  The Upside,
                                                                                                                                                             you’ll  find  stories  of  local
                                                                                                                                                             people who have started to
                                                                                                                                                             take steps to overcome their
                                                                                                                                                             fears of going out and meeting
                                                                                                                                                             up with others, as restrictions
                                                                                                                                                             have   lifted.   We’ve   also
                                                                                                                                                             included plenty of signposting
                                                                                                                                                             for things you can do  and
                                                                                                                                                             places you can go  to  safely
                                                                                                                                                             meet and connect with other

                                                                                                                                                             Have courage, if you can, over
                                                                                                                                                             these coming weeks. You’re
                                                                                                                                                             not alone in how you feel. We
                                                                                                                                                             all  need  time  to  readjust  to
                                                                                                                                                             the people and places we
                                                                                                                                                             haven’t seen for a while, but
                                                                                                                                                             perhaps now is the right time
                                                                                                                                                             to starting thinking about how
                                                                                                                                                             you’ll make your return.
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