Parkinson’s UK will be offering its free Self-Management Programme in Reading later this year. It is designed to help you think about, and plan, how you want to navigate your life with Parkinson’s.
The programme brings 8-12 people with Parkinson’s, partners and carers together locally for six sessions of discussion, activity and self-reflection.
Delivered over 3 or 6 weeks our Self-Management Groups are led by
trained volunteer facilitators. These facilitators are either people with Parkinson’s and/or partners or current carers of people with the condition.
The aim is to share experiences and discuss the practical and emotional impact of Parkinson’s.
It differs from the really valuable support provided by our Branches and local support groups by offering a time-limited, structured and facilitated chance to talk through some of the bigger questions about life with the condition.
Our experience is that people really value the chance to meet others and talk through some of the bigger questions about life with Parkinson’s.
People tell us that as a result of attending the programme they feel:
- armed with information and knowledge
- more confident, positive, in control and able to move forward
- less alone as a result of meeting others
Participants also say they gain:
- greater self-awareness and insight
- a personal action plan for doing specific things such as exercise, hobbies and therapeutic activities
- improved speech as a result of talking in the group
It’s free to attend and partners/carers are very welcome as full participants.
The next Self-Management Group near our branch will be in Reading in September/October. Details here: parkinsons.org.uk/opportunities/reading-self-management-group