Anita’s role as Information and Support Worker for Parkinson’s UK in our area means she meets people needing help and support with all sorts of matters. We asked her to tell us about some of the things she deals with in a series of occasional articles to be posted on our website.
This is her first article.
Parkinson’s Awareness Week
My normal working week involves offering information and support to people with Parkinson’s and their carers/families in the South Bucks area, through telephone calls, emails and visiting people at home.
Last week however, my working week looked slightly different, as I supported a number of Parkinson’s Awareness Week events.
On Tuesday I put up a display at Rayner’s Hedge Neuro Rehab in Aylesbury to help raise awareness to patients and staff.
Wednesday I attended the first meeting of a new monthly Parkinson’s Group in Princes Risborough being run by the Speech and Language Therapists from Amersham hospital. They talked about how to run the group in the coming months and we finished with sing along to exercise our vocal chords! There were a number of familiar faces there, but it was also a good opportunity for me to meet some people who weren’t in contact with Parkinson’s UK or aware of the information and support service.
Thursday morning was spent raising awareness and serving tea & cake at Wendover library with members of the Aylesbury Branch.
Friday morning I was Sainsbury’s in Chesham with Amersham and High Wycombe Branch members setting up a stand and promoting the ‘Up my Friendly’ campaign. Shoppers were asked to pick a pledge to ‘Up their Friendly’ such as – Give up a seat – Hold the lift – Really listen – Let someone go first . They stuck the pledge on our poster and took way a card with some information about Parkinson’s. It gave us the opportunity to really engage with people and was a very effective way of raising awareness and raising funds, and they were also offered a cake for their trouble, and the balloons went down well with the younger audience.
I finished the week volunteering at the London Marathon and cheering on the 230 runners who ran for Parkinson’s UK. It was a fabulous day and an amazing atmosphere, I came back hoarse from shouting and exhausted, but a great way to end Parkinson’s Awareness Week.
Read about Anita’s role and her contact details