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Parkinson's UK

 

People with Parkinson’s don’t have enough of the chemical dopamine because some of the nerve cells in their brain have died. Without it people can find that their movements become slower so it takes longer to do things. This can make everyday activities, such as eating, getting dressed, or using a phone or computer, difficult or frustrating.

As well as the symptoms that affect movement, people with Parkinson’s can find that other issues, such as tiredness, pain, depression and constipation, can have an impact on their day-to-day lives.

Every hour, someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson’s. One in 20 is under the age of 40. Because we’re here, no one has to face Parkinson’s alone.

We bring people with Parkinson’s, their carers and families together via our network of local groups, our website and free confidential helpline. Specialist nurses, our supporters and staff provide information and training on every aspect of Parkinson’s.

As the UK’s Parkinson’s support and research charity we’re leading the work to find a cure, and we’re closer than ever. We also campaign to change attitudes and demand better services.

Our work is totally dependent on donations. Help us to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.

 

The website for the Parkinson's UK is parkinsons.org.uk and the Registered Charity number is 258197.

Their help line is 0808 800 0303.

 

The Bracknell & District Branch

The Bracknell & District Branch is one of over 300 local branches and support groups across the UK. They are all run by volunteers, often people who have Parkinson's, their carers, families and friends, and are supported by Parkinson's UK staff.

Branches and support groups meet regularly. Some have activities for particular groups, for example carers, or younger people. They provide an opportunity for people to meet up, chat, and share experiences and advice.

Many branches have voluntary welfare visitors, who can provide support to individuals and families by phone or face to face. Some branches also have community support workers, who provide a range of helpful services.

Some branches have a programme of activities, as well as social events. These vary, depending on your area, but can include:

  • Providing information
  • Holding talks - often from specialists in Parkinson's
  • Activities (e.g. art or poetry groups)
  • Classes (such as physiotherapy, swimming or
       complementary therapies)
  • Outings and holidays.

 

You can choose how much you wish to get involved. Parkinson's UK branches can be a huge source of support - and fun!


Parkinson's UK is the operating name of the Parkinson's Disease Society of the United Kingdom. A registered charity in England and Wales (258197) and in Scotland (SC037554). Registered office: 215 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1EJ.