Support Workers & Advice

Parkinson’s Local Advisers

The Edinburgh Branch Local Advisers visit people at home, in hospital or in residential care, and provide confidential advice, information and support wherever possible. Most GP’s and hospital doctors do not have time to go into detail about the condition and many people remain anxious and confused about their symptoms. In particular they can provide:

  • Up-to-date information on Parkinson’s
  • Emotional support to people with Parkinson’s, their families and carers
  • Information about welfare benefits and how to access them
  • Information about, and access to, local statutory and voluntary services
  • Advocacy with issues such as pursuing complaints and support during assessments and reviews
  • Access to other Parkinson’s UK services

The service is available to all people in Edinburgh and Lothians who have Parkinson’s, or are their carers. They do not need to be members of Parkinson’s UK to access help. The Local Advisers are happy to take referrals from anyone and are particularly keen to hear from individuals who are living alone.

For Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian

Abenet Tsegai
Tel: 0344 225 3771
Email: atsegai@parkinsons.org.uk

Abenet Tsegai joined the team of Local Advisers in January 2018. Abenet tells us:
“I live in Edinburgh with my family, and have long had an interest in working with people with neurological conditions. I started out as a Speech and Language therapist working for the NHS; and I then moved into the 3rd Sector, working in Carer Support for VOCAL Carers Centre in Midlothian, focusing on older people and particularly dementia. I am really excited to be joining Parkinson’s UK, meeting my new colleagues and all those who are involved with Parkinson’s in East Lothian, Edinburgh and Midlothian. I am looking forward to getting into the Local Adviser role and providing support, information and guidance to people living with Parkinson’s and their families and friends.”

For West Lothian, North Lanarkshire and Forth Valley

Shona Lawson
Tel: 0344 225 3727
Email: slawson@parkinsons.org.uk

New Volunteer Co-ordinator for East and South-East Scotland

Following Gina Allen’s retirement from the role, Alice Hall is our Volunteer Co-ordinator. Alice says: “I live with my family in Haddington, and have worked for some years in a variety of third sector organisations, some of the more recent being Royal Voluntary Service, and Health in Mind in Edinburgh. I’m most looking forward in the first few weeks to meeting and learning from my new colleagues, and then getting to work alongside the volunteers in Parkinson’s UK – I hear great things about them!”

Email: vc.scotland1@parkinsons.org.uk