A NEW expert coordinator has been appointed to oversee the specialist activity programme for residents at an award-winning retirement village.

Buckshaw Retirement Village, which includes three separate communities to support a variety of needs and lifestyles, has appointed Michelle Mayson as its activities coordinator.

Buckshaw comprises of three facilities including; The Lodge, a specialist dementia care facility, The Grange, which provides assisted living, alongside apartments in The Court which allow for independent living.

Michelle is based at The Grange, and will plan activities which will also include the other communities within the village.

Her new programme will include special exercise, creative and community based activities which will support the variety of needs for the residents, including supporting physical and mental wellbeing.

Michelle, who is 44 and from Clayton Brook, has over 10 years’ experience in events. After working at a local community centre, she worked her way up from events coordinator to events manager.

Michelle said: "I am really pleased to have been appointed as the activity coordinator for The Grange. It is a very important role which has a lot of responsibilities and I am looking forward to the challenge and building up a rapport with the residents.

“It isn’t just about entertainment though, I want to give the residents activities that keep their minds active, that are also fun. I’m keen to get residents input too, so that a lot more can come forward and get involved.”