Our monthly Parkinson’s Café provides an opportunity for people to find out about the Branch in an informal environment over a cup of tea or coffee, with documented information available and the Parkinson’s UK Local Adviser often in attendance.
Our monthly Branch Get-togethers bring members, family and friends together to listen, learn, and socialise. Occasionally we may organise a major day event on a particular topic or set of topics.
Local Support sessions provide opportunities for people with Parkinson’s to share, support, and learn from each other’s experiences, with regular sessions also provided for care-partners. We run a much appreciated 5-week Side-by-Side course in the autumn to inform those living and working with people with Parkinson’s. Our West Lothian Group runs a similar course in the Spring. For those of working age the Edinburgh Young Parkinson’s Support Group organises its own sociable and informative sessions.
Regular (Body and Mind) Activities provide opportunities to work on improving physical ability and general well-being for people with Parkinson’s and usually care-partners can also participate. There is no requirement for previous experience in any activity although a few require a pre-assessment. We tend to ask for a contribution towards costs. Some activities run weekly throughout the year. Some are weekly but have holiday breaks. Some may still be in a free trial or pilot phase as we are always keen to introduce new activities of potential benefit to those with Parkinson’s.
A strong contingent of members have an interest in Parkinson’s research and through our Edinburgh Research Interest Group (ERIG) we have built strong ties with similar groups throughout the country and with the Centre for Regenerative Medicine based in Edinburgh. The Group also keeps Members informed of opportunities for Participation in Clinical Trials. And as a Branch we actively seek opportunities to collaborate with those involved in health professional training so that students gain a better understanding of the patient’s perspective.
Every three years we sponsor a small group of Branch Members to attend the World Parkinson Congress organised by the World Parkinson Coalition and report back to our Members on advances and discoveries that can help day-to-day living with Parkinson’s.
Come and join us!
We genuinely hope that you will find something in our busy schedule that attracts you. We very much work on the basis that we are all individuals with different needs, interests and capabilities.