Swindon Parkinson's Activity Group

 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

In order to comply with charity rules

Swindon and District PUK Branch will cease to exist as a branch.

This is because there are only four members on the committee and there is no chairperson. Our status as a group will change to become an ‘Activity Group’

 

The following activities are cancelled:

AGM in March, skittles in January, talk in February, and plans for April and May. There will be fewer social events as we do not have the volunteers to run them.

In 2019 the flourishing Swindon & District Branch was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (the highest award that can be given to a charity) thanks to Chairman Dave Logan and the existing committee of about 12 people. Each member had a specific job, some more onerous than others, but if it was needed, it got done! Sadly, as well as covid, many of our previous hardworking committee members have either passed away or become too far advanced with Parkinson’s to continue. Despite many requests and advertising in this newsletter we have been unable to increase the number of people on the committee or gain enough volunteers.

We have lost all but four of our original committee members and this has meant that our activities

have had to be severely curtailed.

All the activities which the Branch had been able to start: exercise classes, dance classes, Xmas Sale, Xmas Lunch, and other recent social events such as the summer picnic, pub lunch and bingo/quiz night, have been organised mainly by just two committee members. This is not sustainable, especially as these two members also work hard as Treasurer and Secretary. A third member is the Membership Secretary and the fourth the Newsletter Editor, and both these positions require considerable input. We cannot continue as a committee in this manner; we need the support and input from more members in order to enjoy social events again and hopefully to restart Walking Football, Tai Chi and Day Respite Care.

To move forward we hope to follow the ‘Activity Group’ Module as set by PUK and In future we will be known as

Swindon Parkinson’s Activity Group

The change will take place immediately and will impact our financial status, with head office having more oversight of the local finances than before. To bring ourselves back up to the flourishing branch that we were, we need to provide more exercise classes, (i.e. walking football, tai chi), and more social activities such as skittles, race night, pub lunches, talks, quizzes, bingo……, all of which greatly benefit our members affected by Parkinson’s. We need to restart Respite Care to help carers who need a break, and to organise publicity and fund-raising from organisations.

To be able to organise these events

we need volunteers to take charge of an activity.

However, we are indeed grateful to those very dedicated members who work hard and raise money for us to spend on social events and other activities.

There are over three hundred members in the Swindon area; surely there are people who would like to run an event. In the past these events have been greatly appreciated by and have been of great value for many people who would miss out on the enjoyment and benefits they have experienced.

Anyone coming forward will have the full support and help from the existing committee. If anyone is interested to help us get back on our feet again, please contact Anna Newman anewman.parkinsons@outlook.com / 01793 695698 Secretary for Swindon Parkinson’s Activity Group or Sue Grice scgrice.parkinsons.swindon@gmail.com / 01793 851540 Treasurer for Swindon Parkinson’s Activity Group

Please rest assured that we will not be cancelling our Tuesday and Wednesday exercise classes or our Friday Dance class.

 

The lunch at New College North Star Campus (formerly Swindon College), will also take place on March 24th.

 

Pride of Swindon
  • Walking Football at Grange Leisure

    Walking Football at Grange Leisure

  • Walking Football at Grange Leisure

    Walking Football at Grange Leisure

  • Walking Football at Grange Leisure

    Walking Football at Grange Leisure

  • Kennet and Avon Canal trip

    Kennet and Avon Canal trip

  • Kennet and Avon Canal trip

    Kennet and Avon Canal trip

  • Kennet and Avon Canal trip

    Kennet and Avon Canal trip

  • Cotswold Steam Train Trip

    Cotswold Steam Train Trip

  • Cotswold Steam Train Trip

    Cotswold Steam Train Trip

  • Cotswold Steam Train Trip

    Cotswold Steam Train Trip

  • Visit to Rooksnest, Lambourne

    Visit to Rooksnest, Lambourne

  • Visit to Rooksnest, Lambourne

    Visit to Rooksnest, Lambourne

  • Visit to Rooksnest, Lambourne

    Visit to Rooksnest, Lambourne

  • Visit to Rooksnest, Lambourne

    Visit to Rooksnest, Lambourne

Pride of Swindon

 

Thanks for visiting our website. We hope you find all the information you need to know about our Group and what we have to offer in support of all people with Parkinson’s, including their families & carers, in the Swindon area.

 

We aim to keep up to date with events, activities and news and provide a source of useful information.

 

For visitors to the site for the first time, please browse our website for information and if you are keen to find out more or to join us please contact us.

 

We hope you find the information provided useful. We welcome your feedback regarding improvements or other information that you would like to see provided.

supported by:

Zurich

supported by:

Wiltshire Community Foundation

supported by:

Swindon 1055