A winning combination takes place every Friday morning from 10am-12noon at St John’s Hospice with the local Parkinson’s Group coming together for drop-in group sessions offering support, companionship and advice.
The group is run by Patricia Howard from Lancaster who was originally approached by Parkinson’s UK seven years ago to set up a group as support was badly needed in the north Lancashire area. Still going strong this local Parkinson’s Group increases in popularity every time they meet and is supported by volunteers from people with Parkinson’s and from hospice volunteers.
Group attendees really value the support, friendship and advice that they get at the meetings, and many like the fact their carers can attend too. For others it’s about meeting people who are struggling with similar problems and swapping tips on issues such as exercise, movement and other health tips.
“We wanted to run a group and we needed a venue so we approached St John’s Hospice. We like the atmosphere here, and meeting here encourages people to look at the hospice differently – a lot of people don’t know about the Day Therapy Centre and all the services on offer. We use the facilities and present a cheque every year to St John’s to help them with their fundraising.”
Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood visited St John’s Hospice recently to meet the hospice staff at the Day Therapy Centre and the Parkinson’s Group, she said;
“What a great morning, I’m really happy to be here at St John’s and have the chance to find out more about the Day Hospice. Spending time here today meeting all these lovely people from the Parkinson’s Support Group is very worthwhile. If anyone is nervous about coming to a drop in session they needn’t be – everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I’ve heard a lot of good things about these sessions and how valuable they are: if you are struggling with Parkinson’s disease yourself, or as carer, just try one of the sessions and see for yourself.”