‘We’re here so no one faces this alone’
Universal Care in Beaconsfield is celebrating its 30th anniversary by supporting 30 local and national charities over 30 weeks from April 4 to October 28. Each charity will receive a cash donation and free use of Universal Care’s conference room to use as it wishes during its allocated week. Each week, this paper will showcase one of the 30 charities. The third charity being supported is Parkinson’s UK, which has the conference room on April 21
PARKINSON’S UK turns lives upside down, leaving those affected with a future full of uncertainty.
It can make people feel frightened, isolated and alone.
To help raise local awareness, the local branch of Parkinson’s UK is inviting selected organisations to a briefing on April 21 at the offices of Universal Care in Beaconsfield.
People who come will leave the briefing with:
A better understanding of Parkinson’s and the issues faced by people with the condition.
The ability to signpost support and activities available to them locally from Parkinson’s UK.
A range of information to share with others in their organisations 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.
Amersham and High Wycombe Branch
Run by volunteers, the Amersham and High Wycombe Branch brings together people with Parkinson’s, their carers and families.
We aim to help improve the well-being of everyone in our area affected by the condition.
In our meetings and activities, we support people and provide opportunities for them to meet others and feel more at ease with the condition.
People share their experiences of Parkinson’s and form new friendships and acquaintances.
Our range of activities for people with Parkinson’s caters for different abilities and interests and helps maintain or improve physical and mental fitness.
We also support spouses, partners and other family carers.
Our fundraising enables our branch to fulfil its aims and activities as well as contribute to Parkinson’s UK research into finding a cure for the condition.
Through our publicity, website and other communications we aim to let everyone affected by Parkinson’s in our area know about our branch and its activities.
We also seek to raise awareness and improve perceptions of Parkinson’s amongst the general public in our area.
For more information call the helpline on 0808 800 0303, email secretary@parkinsonsAHW.org.uk or visit www.parkinsonsAHW.org. uk.
Parkinson’s Awareness Week runs from April 18 to 24, 2016.