Side by Side with Parkinson’s Course

The Edinburgh Branch Side by Side course is run once or twice a year, in Spring and/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.

Dates for Spring 2024 course are:

Thursdays: May 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, June 6th and 13th 

Time: 2.00-4.00 pm

The venue was the Liberton Kirk Halls, Kirkgate, Edinburgh, EH16 6RY.

The venue is served by Lothian Buses: 7, 31, 37 & 47. There is a small car park with 2 blue badge spaces, and there is free parking in the road.

You will get refreshments on arrival.

Anticipated course contents:

The confirmed order of the sessions  are listed below: 

  • May 9th: Isobel McCoy – Speech and Language Therapist
  • May 16th: Shona Lawson – Parkinson’s Advisor
  • May 23rd: Irene Nicol – from Astley Ainslie
  • May 30th: Melanie Arthurs – Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist
  • June 6th: Jeanne Marie Lee – Vocal. Coping with change
  • June 13th: Pamper/Me Time with Fiona Gardiner

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:

Cathie Quinn,
Tel: 0131 557 6438, 07703497354,

Please contact Cathie to register interest, or for more information.  

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