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Side by Side with Parkinson’s Course

The Edinburgh Branch Side by Side course is run once a year, either Spring or Autumn, and takes place one afternoon per week for 5 weeks.

The course is intended to help those who know/live/work with someone with Parkinson’s and who want to learn more about the professional help, drugs, benefits and support available. The course is free. If needed, help is available for transport and if respite is an issue this can be discussed with the Course Organiser (see below).

(A similar course is organised the West Lothian Support Group. We are hoping to run a combined Edinburgh/West Lothian course later this year).


Confirmed dates for next course are 19th May 2022, running to 30th June.  Time: 2.00-4.00 pm

The venue is the Faith Mission, 548 Gilmerton Rd, Edinburgh EH17 7JD.  There is parking at the rear of the Centre.  Buses numbers 3 and 29 go to the venue.

You will get refreshments on arrival.

Note: For anyone who cannot make it in person, we can provide a Zoom link. When contacting Cathie to book (see details below), please confirm if you would like to attend online, via Zoom.


Course contents:

  • The role of the Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist and information on prescribed drugs
  • The role of the Parkinson’s UK Local Adviser and the help offered.
  • Multidisciplinary therapists available, i.e. Speech, Physio and Occupational.

Feedback from previous course participants:

A wide ranging course covering many aspects of the support available for PwPs. One of the greatest benefits was talking with other carers about their current issues. I had no idea that there was so much support.

This has been such a worthwhile course. The speakers were excellent and I feel more confident in accessing the support and help out there. It was also great to speak with others in the same situation – I have been feeling quite isolated out in East Lothian.

I found it very informative. I learned lots of new things about the condition I didn’t know. I was really glad I attended all 5 sessions as all of the people there were a great support.

I wish I had done this course when I first heard about it. I don’t know why I was so worried about coming. I’d recommend this course to everyone affected by Parkinson’s.


The Edinburgh Branch Course is organised by:

Mrs Cathie Quinn,
9/1 Warriston Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4HJ
Tel: 0131 557 6438, 07703497354,
Email: cathie@edinburghparkinsons.org

Please contact Cathie Quinn to register interest, or for more information (please also contact Cathie if you are from West Lothian).

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