About Sudbury Independent Parkinson's Group

Support and Activities for People with Parkinson's in Great Cornard and Sudbury

Sudbury Independent Parkinson's Group, or Parky People is a charitable club run entirely by volunteers who are passionate about supporting those affected by Parkinson's. Parkinson's can be tough for everyone involved. That's why Parky People offers a welcoming space for people with Parkinson's (PD) and their loved ones.

  • Stimulating Activities: We believe in keeping minds and bodies active. Our monthly meetings feature a variety of activities – from play, exercise, and dance to informative talks by guest speakers – designed to help manage Parkinson's symptoms and improve overall well-being. 
  • Social Connection: Whether you have PD or are a caregiver, Parky People provides a chance to connect with others who understand your challenges. Build friendships, share experiences, and offer support in a friendly and relaxed setting. There will also be a Christmas Lunch in late November or early December at a selected Venue.
  • Separate Therapy Sessions (Subject to Interest): We're planning to offer additional sessions focused on specific therapies like the Alexander Technique. These sessions will be individually priced based on participation.
  • Daytime Outings: Join us for enjoyable outings throughout the year. We arrange accessible transportation with a reliable local coach company for a stress-free experience. (Costs are based on participation).

Meeting Groups:

  • Afternoon Group: Open to people with PD and their carers/loved ones. Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (Jan-Nov) at The Stevenson Centre (CO10 0WD) in Great Cornard. Each meeting is structured to include stimulation of brain activity or to help physical mobility (or both) – that’s why we have a range of different, beneficial, activities every month – particularly, but not only for those with PD, to enjoy – and to take something learned away from each meeting. Please arrive at 1:45pm for 2pm start, at The Stevenson Centre, CO10 0WD in Great Cornard.  There will be intermission refreshments served, and occasional special guests providing information and / or entertainment. (£10 yearly membership)
     
  • Working Age/Young Onset Evening Group: Open to people with PD and their carers/loved ones. Meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of each month (February - December) at 7PM, at The Maldon Grey pub/restaurant (CO10 2RZ) in Cats Lane.  Come along for a drink, chat, compare experiences and make friends and tell us what else you would like to get out of our club so we can shape it to meet our members’ needs.  Membership is £5 per year for each person who wishes to come along to meetings and events, payable at 2nd meeting attended in cash when we will register you.

 

Membership - Yearly membership fees contribute to venue rentals, supplies, insurance, and promoting our club. Membership is  £10.00 per year for each person who wishes to come along to our afternoon meetings and benefit from other daytime events, payable at 2nd meeting attended in cash when we will register you. 

 

Therapies - Subject to interest and anticipated take-up, we will be arranging separate regular session(s) to provide specific therapies e.g. ‘The Alexander Technique’ – separate therapy sessions such as these will be chargeable on a shared basis at cost or less than cost – exact pricing to be decided based on take-up.  Please see our Alexander Technique page on this website for up-to-date 2024 arrangements.

 

We are a small, charitable club - nobody is paid for running it - but we do pay for some regular services to promote what we are doing, to provide meetings venue(s) stationery, etc. and to address legal requirements e,g, insurance cover - for which, in our first year, our past / current committee and volunteers are financing to help us get re-started as an independent group. Our committee and volunteers are people with Parkinson’s or carers or loved ones who have benefited from what our group has offered in past years.

 

We had a great first year in 2023 and are looking forward to an even better 2024 by helping as many ‘Parky People’ as we can – please help us to spread the message!

 

Contact: John Lane 07941 391 107 Email: info@parkinsonsudbury.org.uk

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