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Movember Geocache Walk  

Posted on the 8th November 2016

Residents in East Lancashire are invited to join in a public Geocache Walk starting at Turf Moor Football Club as part of this year’s Movember campaign.

The Burnley Mindsmatter team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust are raising awareness of men’s health by holding a Geocache walk open to residents living in the local area. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt, in which people use mobile phone and other navigational skills to hide and seek containers, called geocaches or caches. These geocaches are in specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. The Movember walk will start at Turf Moor Football Club, exploring Thompson Park and Queens Park in the hope to find five Geocaches in Burnley.

The walk is a great excuse for people get out and about, raise awareness of mens health all with the added fun of a treasure hunt along the way. The walk will leave Turf Moor in Burnley at 12.30pm on 30 November. Residents wanting to participate are being encouraged to donate £5 towards this year’s campaign and support one of the team members who is growing a moustache in aid of the campaign.

Steven Ratcliffe, Goal Difference programme lead at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

We are really looking forward to the event and to supporting this year’s Movember campaign. Men are an extremely difficult group to reach, so we really want to use this as an opportunity to target them and highlight the importance of men’s health. The service provides a number of interventions for people suffering with common mental health problems, including our Goal Difference course which runs on a Wednesday morning.

“The Goal Difference programme supports men to challenge unhelpful ways of thinking, learn to make changes to behaviours that are maintaining the way they feel, problem solve and set goals effectively. The event is going to run straight after the group and fits in well with its focus. We hope to bring along people from the group and also extend out to those we haven’t yet reached too. The main aim is to get as many people on board as possible, find the Geocaches and enjoy ourselves along the way!”  

People can access the Mindsmatter service via the online referral form from the comfort of their own home, by post, telephone or by visiting their GP. For more information about your local Mindsmatter service and to access their online self-referral form please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Mindsmatter.

If you haven't heard of Geocaching and want to find out more information then please visit https://www.geocaching.com/play. It’s a great hobby and millions of people are playing it around the world.