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Dance for Parkinson's

Schedule Dates 2019

 

1st February

8th February

15th February

(Half Term - 22nd February)

 

1st March

8th March

15th March

22nd March

29th March

 

5th April

26th April

 

3rd May

10th May

17th May

24th May

Half Term – no class 31st May

 

7th June

14th June

21st June no class 21st June

28th June

 

5th July

12th July

19th July

 

All classes are held on a Friday, at 1.30-2.30pm with time for tea and coffee until 3pm.

 

Tweet from Parkinson's UK (@ParkinsonsUK)

Parkinson's UK (@ParkinsonsUK) tweeted at 10:20 am on Fri, Nov 23, 2018:

Do you often experience #freezing in the same places – particularly at home? Try using floor strips to help you overcome trouble spots. The strips can be useful if you have problems turning or changing direction on patterned flooring:

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( https://twitter.com/ParkinsonsUK/status/1065913022852538373?s=09 )

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Parkinson’s UK Financial Assistance 2019

From January 2019, Parkinson’s UK financial assistance grants will be available across the UK to people with Parkinson’s and their unpaid carers.

 

Our grants cover a wide range of items and services to help people affected by Parkinson’s feel more in control of their life with Parkinson’s or simply to improve the quality of their everyday life with the condition.

 

The application form and guidance for applicants can be downloaded from our webpage or mailed to applicants on request. Feedback tells us that the application process is clear and straightforward and applicants are well-supported by our Local Adviser service. Further information here.

 

What's new in Parkinson's Research? - Dr Camille Carroll

Find out about current research and how this will affect the future of care and treatment.

Friday 7 Dec 11.30am - 3pm St Margaret's Hall, Bradford on Avon BA15 1DE.

Poster here

 

Parkinson’s UK Swindon & District Branch - Committee Vacancies

As our Branch membership grows so does the work load for your Branch committee volunteers. Some of the long term committee members have obviously slowed down as their Parkinson’s progresses, so we are now looking for some new committee members to share the load and improve the effectiveness of the committee. Details here

 

Singing Group

New weekly singing group for people living with Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions.

Starts Monday 3rd September 2018. Details here

 

Fighting Fit Programme

Fighting-Fit has announced the availability of a weekend residential programme for younger and working-age people with Parkinson’s.

 

A pilot programme will be held from the 9th - 11th of November 2018 at the Holiday Inn, Weston Turville, Bucks, HP22 5QT for an inclusive price of £150 for a single or £250 for a couple. Details here

 

Parkinson’s UK Online Self-Management Programme

We are pleased to announce that Parkinson’s UK is planning to run an online self-management group this autumn for people with Parkinson’s, partners and carers living in Bristol, Somerset and Wiltshire. We would appreciate your help with promoting it locally. Details here

 

Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living

I would like to introduce myself, colleague Jen and Wiltshire CIL who now have the contract with Wiltshire Council for User Engagement. I am really keen that we get the word out as widely as possible and enable as many people as possible to be part of this if they wish to. http://www.wiltshirecil.org.uk/user-engagement - a useful link.

 

Zoё Millington

Development Outreach Worker

0300 1233 442

 

Thank You Nationwide Building Society

The Swindon & District Branch of Parkinson’s UK is both delighted and extremely grateful with the announcement by Nationwide, that having reviewed the request submitted by Nationwide’s Simon Evans and Karen Weedon on our behalf, have approved a sizeable donation for their continued support of our Respite Programme.

 

This quarter the funding committee at Nationwide received 65 applications which needed to be carefully reviewed and considered. Some tough decisions had to be made leaving some Charities disappointed, however Nationwide are delighted to have approved a donation of £1700 to Parkinson's UK - Swindon & District Branch and positive it will put to good use.

 

The next steps is for Nationwide to pass on your information to Charities Trust. Charities Trust will then process the payment on our behalf, subject to successful completion of their verification process. Please note this process may take 8 – 12 weeks to complete.

 

Since moving our Respite Programme from Thursday to Mondays thus giving a longer period during the day to book a respite period, the number of users has greatly increased as has the cost to the Branch, so this donation is very important to us.. It is an important programme in that it gives our carers some time to themselves, some “Me Time”.

 

So once again, we thank Nationwide for their support and promise this donation will be but to good and essential use.

 

Dave Logan

Branch Chair

Parkinson’s K – Swindon & District Branch

 

 

Imanyo Golf Society Parkinson's Charity Vase 9th May 2018 at El Plantio

This is the fourth year for this popular competition the “Parkinson Vase”. A special thanks goes to Geoff Ham, a Swindon & District Branch member and the competition sponsor, who has Parkinson’s and although no longer able to play golf, specially travelled from the UK to Spain for the competition. A grand total on the day of €285 was raised in aid of the Parkinson’s Branch in Swindon.

Full details here.

 

Sponsorship Agreement

I am pleased to announce that the cost of running our Branch Walking Football in being sponsored by Attorney Wills. This sponsorship agreement is effective from the 1st July 2018.

 

I would like to thank Attorney Wills on behalf of the Branch.

 

Dave Logan

Branch Chair

 

Marlborough Parkinson's Cafe

2.30pm - 3.30pm every third Thursday of the month from 17th May 2018.

Marlborough Leisure Centre, Barton Dene, off Bath Rd SN8 1PB

Poster here

 

A Message from Parkinson’s UK

Parkinson’s UK are looking for Volunteer self-management facilitators. They need people with Parkinson’s, partners and current carers to volunteer as self-management facilitators. You can use your first-hand experience and skills to provide support in your local area.

 

For full details please see the links below

 

A link to the Parkinson’s UK Facebook piece:

https://www.facebook.com/parkinsonsuk/posts/10156345610383856

 

A link to the Self-Management Programme pages on the Parkinson’s UK website:

https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/information-and-support/self-management-programme

 

And a link to the Introduction to Volunteering as a Self-Management Facilitator document

 

If you have any queries regarding this role please contact

 

Alison Lofas

Self-Management Programme Volunteer Co-ordinator

Direct Dial: 0344 225 3625

Mobile: 07964 393073

Email: alofas@parkinsons.org.uk