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

Residents, the team and friends of the award winning Buckshaw Retirement Village came together for a stroll around the village.

The walk, which was organised by 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 church from Midge Hall, who were on hand to help 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 beautiful grounds at the village.

Buckshaw Retirement Village comprises three distinctive living communities: The Grange, a luxury assisted living environment; The Lodge, a high-quality dementia care home; and The Court, which is privately owned independent living apartments.

Buckshaw Retirement Village is part of The Hica Group, a not for profit organisation, which operates a portfolio of 19 residential care homes, five of which are for people with a learning disability, along with two retirement villages. The company also runs a home care service providing approximately 11,500 hours of support and care from four regional offices in the North of England.