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Parkinson’s UK set to form local support group

Parkinson’s UK is holding a public meeting in Shetland later this month to explore the creation of a new local support group for people affected by the condition.

The meeting will be held in the Yasp Physiotherapy Clinic, at the Scalloway Youth Centre, on Main Street in Scalloway on 21 August at 11am.

North of Scotland development manager for Parkinson's UK, Cathy Orr

Parkinson’s UK development manager for the north of Scotland, Cathy Orr, said everyone with an interest in Parkinson’s is invited to come along.

“Local people have told us during our recent visits to Shetland that they’d like to see a support group established. This meeting will help us to make this happen so please come along and get involved. You’re guaranteed a warm welcome,” she said.

Parkinson’s UK in Scotland has more than 40 groups spread throughout the country.

Run by volunteers the groups are invaluable in providing mutual support for people living with or affected by the condition.

Orr, who will be present at the meeting, added that local groups can be anything from a simple regular gathering for a cup of tea and a chat to a bigger, more structured community organisation.

“They are shaped by the people who attend and are supported by the charity. It’s exciting that we’re another step closer to establish a new group for Shetland.”

To find out more Cathy Orr can be contacted at corr@parkinsons.org.uk or on 0344 225 9831.