Parkinson's Swindon and District


Recent news


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


Scootaway UK Challenge

"I wanted to let you know about some fundraising which is currently going on in the South. Four scooter enthusiasts from Chatham, Kent are attempting a world first – to simultaneously ride on the 50 motorways in Scotland, England and Wales in four days. The team are taking to their Lambrettas to raise vital funds for Parkinson’s UK as a close family friend was diagnosed with the condition at the age of just 45.


The last leg of their challenge will be taking place on the 9th July and they will head off from the Holiday Inn Express Swindon West. It would be great if a group of your members could be there to cheer them on. I will have more details shortly but just wanted to put it on your radar as July will be here soon enough!" -  Ruth Brady (Regional Fundraiser)


Information Sessions For Those Living With A Person With Parkinson’s

Swindon’s Parkinson’s Services are holding sessions aimed at people who live
with or support people with Parkinson’s. These sessions are detailed 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


Please Support Hop, Skip & Jump Swindon’s Project

An Outdoor Seated & Recreational Area

Tesco were delighted to let Hop, Skip & Jump (HSJ) know that their application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme has been successful and their project will be put forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores during May and June 2017.


Their project along with the other two successful projects in your region will go forward to a vote in Tesco stores where their customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favourite project each time they shop. Voting will take during May and June we will notify you by the end of July 2017 confirming the amount of funding you will receive. The project with the highest number of votes across your region will receive up to £4,000, the second placed project up to £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000. The Branch supported HSJ’s Grant Application as this project will also benefit our own members so please do vote.


HSJ provide our Respite Service and we hope in the near future to extend the hours available on Thursdays, when up to 4 hours respite can be booked to 9am - 2.45pm, rather than 1pm previously. This will make it easier for the carer to get the person being cared for up and ready to go there. Don’t forget that transport can now also be booked from HSJ.


To use our Respite Service, contact Keith Cooper, our Branch Welfare Officer on 01793 871848 who will send you the necessary forms to register with HSJ.


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