It's a daunting thing, being young/of working age and diagnosed with Parkinson's. We know - most of us have been there; we know how you feel, we know what questions pop up, we know the uncertainties, and we know how hard it can be on a day to day basis. But, we also know how much fun you can have, and how important it is to have people who understand around you. Not everyone experiences things the same way, or have the same needs out of a support group, but with around 40 members, we've got most of it covered, and the group is what you want it to be.
Our group was setup by a very friendly bunch of people all sharing a significant common life challenge, to provide a valuable support network to people diagnosed with Parkinson’s at a young/working age, in the Bournemouth, Poole, and surrounding area.
If you would like to talk to someone about the group, or maybe with a view to coming and joining us, then please contact Simon (details on the contact page) so we can introduce ourselves first, and then meet you there so you won't be coming in alone.
Our main monthly meeting is on the last Thursday of the month at 730pm, at a different venue each month (details posted well in advance on this website & on email, & see the activities page for previous events). It's always a relaxed catch-up, and depending on the venue/activity, it may also involve a meal, but you have discretion as to whether or not you wish to participate in any activity.
There is also a popular coffee/drinks afternoon at the Miramar Hotel, Bournemouth, that one of our members organises most months (address and map below), details by email and on the front page of this website.
Through our affiliation with the Poole & District group of Parkinson's UK and other means, there are also a number of beneficial activities on offer, such as dance classes at the Bournemouth Pavilion (address and map below), Tai-Chi in Poole, Pilates in Bournemouth, and hydro-therapy in Broadstone, with hopefully more to come.