Over-60s walk miles together for mental health

Elderberries on one of their recent walks.

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A Campbeltown social club for those aged 60-plus is pounding the Free Church boards to ‘walk a mile’ regularly for mental health.

Elderberries members, who meet from noon to 4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, are taking part in an activity created by Scottish mental health charity, See Me, and Chris McCullogh Young.

Elderberries spokesperson Joan Stewart said: ‘The idea is that people get paired up with someone they don’t know and then walk a mile together speaking about mental health.’

The activity was inspired by Mr Young’s walk around the UK to tackle mental health stigma.

Mrs Stewart added: ‘One of the main focuses of Walk a Mile is health and social care, to bring together professionals, carers and people with lived experience, people who may normally stigmatise each other, to walk together, to get to know each other and walk a mile in each other’s shoes.

‘It’s a great activity in which anyone who cares about tackling stigma can take part’.

Elderberries staff, volunteers and members started their ‘Walk a Mile’ after a recent talk from Tracey Chambers of the Kintyre Link Club.

The Free Church Hall had been measured by Dougie Lang and a route set out for them.

The walk will take a number of weeks for all members to complete but allows them to walk in pairs and discuss any issues they have.

As this was the start of their walk they were accompanied by Mr McKinnon on the accordion.

There will be an outdoors walk in Campbeltown, organised by PC Karen Cairns, on Saturday April 6. The walk is open to all, with full details to follow.

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