Bristol & District Branch of Parkinson’s UK
Activity and Support groups available for People with Parkinson’s (PwP)
The Branch promotes the activities listed as there is evidence that they are beneficial to PwP.
The activities are run by either accredited or recognised instructors and they take responsibility for their groups. If you are interested in any of the activities please contact the lead person first. They can answer any questions you have and, if appropriate, give you further information. No previous experience of having participated in any of these activities is necessary.
All activities and social groups are made available to those with Parkinson’s Disease and their carers. They are informal and friendly and provide opportunities to meet others and socialise.
(££) indicates those activities the Bristol & District Branch of Parkinson’s UK subsidise.
Involves walking over grass on Bristol Downs for approx 45 mins covering 1-2 km. Nordic Walking poles are supplied and used to aid movement. Account is taken of PwP’s walking speeds and pauses for stretching are allowed for during the walk. Venue: Meet on the Downs by Café Retreat: Mondays & Thursdays 11.15 Cost: £3 per 45 min session (££) Refreshments available at Café, Contact: Ros Ingleby to book: 07886 885213 / email@example.com Provider: Bristol Nordic Walking (Parking on The Downs- free).
Dance for Parkinson’s
Is mainly seated using music and free movements, with optional opportunities for moving to music in standing. Classes are led by dancers from The Original Spinners, trained to deliver dance to PwP.
Venue - Trinity Community Arts Centre, BS2 0NW: Tuesdays - 10.30 – 12.00 Cost: £5 per session includes coffee/tea and biscuits. Contact: Rachel: 07966 695209 firstname.lastname@example.org Provider: theoriginalspinners.com (Parking available – Pay & Display) Click here for more details.
Venue - Gate O, Brunel Building, Southmead Hospital: Fridays 1.30 pm - 3.00 pm. Cost £2 per session includes coffee/tea and biscuits. For further information or if you have any questions, contact Donna Baber, Fresh Arts Manager at North Bristol NHS Trust on 07554 334 828 or via fresh.arts@nb (Parking at hospital – free with Blue Badge). Click here for more details
Exercise as Medicine. Involves 30 minutes in the gym using equipment, following a personally tailored programme, and a 30 minutes circuit training activity. Activities can involve sitting and standing and can be adapted to individual needs. Venue: Thornbury Leisure Centre, BS35 3JB: Tuesdays at 12.00, 13.00 and 14.00 and Thursdays at 11.30 and 12.30 Cost: £5.40 per 1 hr session (££) Contact: Mary Burton, Neurological Physiotherapist 077181 77288 email@example.com see also www.maryburton.rehab for more information.
Active Lifestyle Centres Exercise class suitable for PwP. Venue: Yate Leisure Centre, BS37 4DQ: Thursdays – 12.00 Cost: £3.85 per 1 hr session. Contact: Kelly Smith, Gym Manager, 0300 333 0300 (limited spaces available) Provider: Active Lifestyle Centres.
Life Balance Class Venue: Henbury Leisure Centre, BS10 7NG: Tuesdays 11.45 Cost: £3.10 per 1 hr session Contact: Alistair Macfarlene 07825 033741 firstname.lastname@example.org (GP Referral required) Provider: Everyone Active (Parking at above locations – free) Details of lifebalance classes
Irish Set Dancing
Involves dancing in a group of 4 pairs of dancers and PwP are paired with experienced Irish Set dancers. Dance moves are all called and the speed of the music is reduced. Each set last approximately 10 minutes and you can take part as you feel able to. There are breaks between the sets and refreshments are available. Venue: The Vassall Centre, Fishponds, BS16 2QQ: Wednesdays 19.30 - 21.00 Cost: free (££) Contact: Sharon Carr: email@example.com Provider: Bristol Irish Set Dancing Group (Parking at The Vassall Centre – free). For video of class, Click here
Requires good flexibility, movement and agility and the ability to move around the gym unaided. However, there is opportunity for less able participants to take part. Venue: Broad Plain Boxing Club, Clement Street, BS2 9ES: Fridays – 10:00 / 11:00 AM.
PD Warrior is not the same as working out in the gym, going for a walk or going for a swim. It is exercise specifically designed to slow the progression of Parkinson's through power, amplitude and high effort. What you miss out on by doing generic exercise is the opportunity to drive the brains natural ability to re-wire itself and protect itself. The course runs for 10 weeks at a cost of £155 and is for those who have been recently diagnosed or in the early or moderate stages of PD and who are reasonably fit and active.
Venue: Bristol Brain Centre, Southmead Hospital. Thursdays 17.30 – 18.30. (Parking at hospital – free with Blue Badge)
PD Warrior 10 week course at Horfield Leisure Centre on Thursdays 15.30 – 16.30 Cost: £155
PD Warrior - continuation class
Venues: Henbury Leisure Centre - Mondays 16.00 – 17.00 and Wednesdays 12.00 – 13.00
Horfield Leisure Centre - Thursdays 15.30 - 16.30. -( From January 9th 2020)
Cost at both venues: £10 per class or £43.90 per month or £439 per year:
Contact: Alistair Macfarlane: 07825 033741 firstname.lastname@example.org for all PD Warrior courses and classes. Provider: Everyone Active (Parking at Henbury and Horfield Leisure Centres - free)
Can help to ease some of the key problems associated with PD. Trials show that Tai Chi strengthens all parts of the body and can ease stress and anxiety. Balance and motor control are improved, resulting in fewer falls and slows the rate of decline. Movements are adapted so they can be done standing or sitting. Venue: Lincombe Barn, Downend BS16 2RW: Fridays - 10.15 –12.15 Cost: £5 per session (££) Tea/coffee and cake available during break Contact: Brenda Sheppard: 0117 9678086 Provider: Sarah Bartlett & Poh-Eng San. (Parking at Lincombe Barn – free)
Yoga for Parkinson’s
Class designed to help manage common PD symptoms through seated, standing and lying yoga poses adapted to each individual, working on strength, balance and flexibility. Includes guided relaxation.
Venue: Yogafurie, 201 Ashley Down Road Bristol BS7 9DD Mondays 13:30 -14:30. Cost £6 per session (££)
Contact –Kate Hardcastle email@example.com
Parking - Street parking only.
For a List of Local Exercise Providers who have participated in Parkinson’s Awareness Training in Bristol or North Somerset Click here
(Free parking at the following venues)
Bristol and District Branch meetings
1st Saturday of each month at St Monica Trust, Cote Lane, Bristol BS9 3UN:
10.00 for coffee, 10.30 – 12.00 meeting For more details Click here
Contact: John Morgan, Branch Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org