Buckshaw Retirement Village organises mental health walk

Residents, the team and friends of the Buckshaw Retirement Village enjoyed a stroll around the village to raise awareness of mental health.
Residents, the team and friends of the Buckshaw Retirement Village enjoyed a stroll around the village to raise awareness of mental health.

Staff at a retirement village in Chorley organised a Walk for Change in support of Mental Health Awareness Week.

The walk, which was organised by Buckshaw Retirement Village activity coordinator Alison Evans, was also used as an opportunity for those taking part to socialise.

Sandra Livesey, from Lancashire Care NHS, joined the strollers alongside her colleagues who explained the need to raise awareness of mental health issues and the benefits of social wellbeing to the group.

The team was also joined by members of the local church from Midge Hall, who helped those who needed wheelchair assistance.

Phil Hill, director at Buckshaw Retirement Village said: “Mental health awareness is becoming increasingly important in every community, and something which has always been a priority to us here at Buckshaw Retirement Village.

“We have a range of different communities within our village, including independent and assisted living as well as specialist dementia care. Our residents, especially in the assisted and residential care environments are provided a range of activities which support good mental and physical health.

“The walk was a great opportunity for members of the community to have a get together, socialise and chat about mental health whilst enjoying some light exercise.”

Following the walk the entire group headed back to The Grange for cakes and coffee, where they had further opportunity to chat, play bowls and enjoy a morning in the grounds at the village.

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