New Parkinsons’ Support & gentle exercise groups come to Torquay – Community Matters

We have some good news for Torbay, after months of planning, two new groups are starting have started.

Parkinson Social Support Group & Easy Exercise Classes to include people with Parkinson’s. To give you a flavour of how this came about and the work I do as a Community Builder, I wanted to share how it started.

I received a referral from Torbay Community Helpline to contact a lady in the community who wanted to know about any local Parkinson’s groups. So after researching Torbay and with Parkinson UK it was found that no groups were set up in the area.

I then had many conversations with the Parkinson SW Advisor about the best way to try and get something within Torbay. Speaking to the other Community Builders it was found that there was a great need for groups of this nature and so I had a chat with Anne George who had been heavily involved in one in Paignton some time ago but had sadly closed. Anne was keen to be involved and get groups started and this is how it all came together.

Exercise Easy – Enjoy a safe, gentle exercise program for those living with neurological & autoimmune conditions, chronic pain, low mobility, and recovering from surgery. Guaranteed light-hearted Fun. Held twice a month with the next being today, June  15, then July 20, August 3rd and 17th, September 7th and 21st, October 5th and 19th,  November 2nd and 16th,  and finally, December 7th. Each class costs £5 per session.

Parkinson Social Support Group – a new monthly meet-up and a big welcome for everyone affected by Parkinson’s – family members, carers & friends. Connect with others, enjoy a cuppa and a chat. Held once a month on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 2.30 to 3.30pm – June 15th , July 20th , Aug 17th,  Sept 21st, Oct 19th, Nov 16th and Dec 21st. Admission and refreshments are free.

Both groups are held at: BARTON BAPTIST CHURCH HALL, HAPPAWAY ROAD, TORQUAY TQ2 8EU. For more information on both groups, please contact Anne George: 07778426653  [email protected]

 Please get in touch with me if you would like any support within the community.

Jennie Langridge Tel: 07469660888 email: [email protected]