We're supporting Parkinson's Awareness Week

Monday, 10 April 2017

We're supporting Parkinson's Awareness Week.

This week we'll be sharing some of our Parkinson's projects with you. We're starting with our Dance for Parkinson's sessions. 

Dance for Parkinson’s is a weekly tailored dance session for people with Parkinson’s, held at Southmead Hospital.  The sessions incorporate a range of movements and a combination of seated, standing or walking dances so that everyone can join in at a level that suits them. 

The sessions offer an opportunity to stretch and move to music, and a social space where participants can meet others with Parkinson's over a cup of tea.

Participants in the Southmead Hospital Dance for Parkinson's session dance with feathers









The programme is funded by our team at Southmead Hospital Charity and hosted by our Fresh Arts team. Fresh Arts Programme Manager, Ruth Sidgwick, said: "Dance for Parkinson's helps with co-ordination, balance and stability, but is also about people coming into a group of people in exactly the same position as you and not having to explain why you can't do certain things and having a cup of tea together.

"The sessions are being led by a dance teacher who understands that members of the group have limitations but knows how to push physical movement. At a time when your life might be closing in on you these dance sessions show that you can still learn new skills and make new friends."

Anyone with Parkinson's can attend the sessions every Friday (except holidays) from 10.30am until midday, along with carers, relatives or friends. Thanks to all of our donors who have made this possible, and to Bristol City Council, Parkinsons UK, the Bristol and District Parkinson’s Group, and Parkinson's Dance UK. 

Find out more about the sessions here or email: fresh.arts@nbt.nhs.uk