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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 six 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).

Confirmed dates for next 2022 course are

October 6th, 13th and 27th, November 3rd, 10th and 17th.

Time: 2.00-4.00 pm

The venue is the BB Pollock Pavilion, 227 Ferry Road, Edinburgh EH6 4SP.

There is parking, which can be accessed via Bonar Place.  Buses numbers 14 and 21 go close to the venue.

You will get refreshments on arrival.

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:

For anyone who is living with someone who has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, the Side by Side course is a welcome light out of darkness!    The feeling of isolation subsides, as each week (of the seven week course) another knowledgeable professional gives help and advice.

Knowing that help is ‘out there’ restores faith and hope! .

Thanks for a fantastic “course“. I’ve learned so much & got to meet & share experiences with really lovely people.

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,

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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