Parkinson's Swindon and District


Recent news


Flu Jabs and Vitamin D - message from PD Specialist Dr Lennox

I strongly recommend that you take up the offer of flu vaccination as early as possible this coming autumn.


People with PD are slightly more likely to catch flu, and more likely to become poorly if they do. Last year’s vaccine was very effective and there are no particular side-effects in people with Parkinson’s. Ideally other members of the household should also be vaccinated, to reduce the risk of spreading it to the person with PD.


NICE have recently issued updated guidelines on PD. These include the recommendation that everyone with PD consider taking a daily calcium and vitamin D supplement to strengthen their bones and immune system. Your GP will be happy to prescribe this!

Walking Football is moving venue with effect from 2 October to PlayFootball.

The new contract has been signed and sent to Parkinson's UK. Comments back were that "it sounds like a fantastic venue and relationdhip".


The new venue is set up for such a purpose, safer. The pitches are fully enclosed with netting and soft 4g playing surfaces. The costs is less than at present and at a special rate for us and includes free tea and coffee in their café area after playing helping to make it a more social event. Also if we go over time or need two pitches they won’t charge any extra as they want to support us as a charity recognising the reasons why we have exercise programmes for people with Parkinson's.


They have a permanent first aider on site including a defibilator.


You will get full info on the venue, address etc. here


Malmesbury Branch short break holiday offer

18th - 21st September. The Manor, Exmouth. Details here


Dance for Parkinson's with Swindon Dance

Term dates for Autumn/Winter 2017 Here


Parkinson’s Coffee Mornings - 4 July 2017

I can confirm that following the General Election and the re-election of Justin Tomlinson that the monthly Coffee Morning on Tuesday 4 July will take place from 10am to 12pm.

More detail here


Anniversary Event for the Swindon & District Branch

The 30th March 2018 will mark the 40th Anniversary of the inauguration of our Branch. We welcome any suggestions from our Branch members on how we should celebrate this milestone.


Dave Logan

Branch Chair


Royal Society of St George Wiltshire Branch

Thank you to Branch Member Pat Wallington who is secretary of Royal Society of St George Wiltshire Branch. Pat kindly persuaded the Society to name the Swindon & District Branch of Parkinson’s UK as their Charity for 2018.


Dave Logan

Branch Chair


LIFT Course "Living Well with Parkinson's" May - June 2017

This free 4-week course is for people who have a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease.

Full details and application form here


Parkinson's Awareness Week 2017

Full schedule for Swindon and District here


Swindon Therapy Centre Services

The following services are available at the Swindon Therapy Centre for MS and Other Neurological Conditions during April.


April Diary Dates

Citizens Advice, 10:00am – 12:00pm on the following dates:

Thursday, 6th April

Wednesday, 12th April

Thursday, 20th April

Thursday, 27th April


If you would like an appointment please see the Support Workers or telephone 01793 481700 to book a slot.


Swindon Carers will be in the centre, 10:00am – 1:00pm on the following dates:

Monday, 3rd April

Wednesday, 12th April

Thursday, 20th April

Wednesday, 26th April


Rupinder will be in the Centre from 9:30am – 12:30pm on the following dates for Threading, Nails and other Beauty Treatments:

Wednesday, 5th April

Monday, 10th April

Thursday, 20th April

Friday, 28th April


Midweek Socialites – Thursday, 6th April - 19:00pm until 20:30pm

This is an evening social group for people with MS and other neurological conditions. This is a great group, especially if you are unavailable in the day. Please come and meet us and make some new friends who can understand the challenges you may face. We meet at the centre. We look forward to seeing you.


Foot Specialist Visit – Monday, 8th May

Alan will be in from 10:30am – 12:30pm on this day. If you would like to book an appointment please sign up in the members area or telephone 01793 481700 to book.


The address is.

Swindon Therapy Centre

Bradbury House, Westmead Drive, Swindon, SN5 7YS


Dance for Parkinson's with Swindon Dance

Dance for Parkinson’s is being added to our Exercise Programme starting Friday 28th April. Following an initial 3 month trial, should sufficient numbers continue to support this new venture, it will continue on a permanent basis providing funds remain available.

Details here


Carer Support - Respite Programme Enhancement

The Parkinson’s Swindon & District Branch “Thursday Parkinson’s Respite” to help support carers of people affected by Parkinson’s that started in February is being enhanced and improved. Details here


Living Well with Parkinson’s

This free 4-week course is for people who have a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. The next course is Fri 27 January. However if you would like to attend a future one, please apply as per the flyer here.


Dance for Neurology

Following on from the talk by Swindon Dance on Friday 13 January Helen Ganberg has requested we send out the links below.


Helen has spoken to their specialist teacher Sarah Fletcher who has been trained in Dance for Parkinson’s and she has said that some other centres do include those with other neurological conditions such as MS.


As was explained at the meeting the process involves seated moving, stood supported moving and then if possible moving away from the chair. It was also very well demonstrated at the meeting with over 50 people joining seat dance movements to music and all seemingly enjoying the experience.


The scheme originally started in this country at English National Ballet but our teacher Sarah uses a range of dance styles- not Ballet.


Here are some links to Dance for Parkinson's websites and articles:


I hope these will give you more of an idea of why and what is involved.

With best wishes



Healthwatch Swindon Invitation

An invitation to work with Healthwatch Swindon to influence health and social care services.

Details here


Swindon & District Branch Carer Support

Following a success Grant Application from the Wiltshire Community Foundation to finance the first two years of Carer Support, the Swindon & District Branch is pleased to announce the launching of a Respite Programme to help support our Carers. This grant is specific for and allows us to fund 300 hours of respite per annum. If successful and funds or grants permit we hope to add to the yearly total of funded hours. Details here