Support group in urgent need of help people battling 
with Parkinson’s

PUBLISHED: 17:31 25 July 2019

Members of the support group taking part in Nailsea Charity Walks.

Members of the support group taking part in Nailsea Charity Walks.


A support group from Nailsea is desperately appealing for more volunteers to enable the group to keep running.

The North West Somerset branch of Parkinson's UK is urgently seeking a new treasurer for its committee.

The group provides vital support for people who suffer from Parkinson's disease, and their carers, with coffee mornings, exercise classes, welfare workshops and outings.

Jill Gilbert, from the support group, said: "The friendly branch is busy within our local community and there are regular activities including coffee mornings, exercise classes, welfare workshops, sing-alongs, visits to places of interest and other social events.

"Although under the umbrella of Parkinson's UK, the branch is virtually autonomous and is entirely self-funding."

The group raises funds to support its own branch and activities.

Money is also given to the national office to go towards research into Parkinson's and specialist healthcare.

Jill added: "Some committee members have Parkinson's, some are carers, while others may simply be people who care about helping out.

"We are looking for a volunteer with a positive attitude who has strong numerical, IT and communication skills as they would be working with a wide range of people and leading the group's finances.

"The successful candidate would become part of an innovative and inclusive organisation committed to finding a cure and improving the life of everyone affected by Parkinson's."

The current treasurer has served in the position for the maximum term allowed by Parkinson's UK and is stepping down at the group's annual meeting in March.

Committee members are keen to find a volunteer who can take up the post before March so they can shadow the current treasurer.

Jill added: "This would be an ideal opportunity for someone to do something meaningful for people affected by Parkinson's and to make a valuable contribution to the success of the local group."

Anyone interested in findout out more about the role, can contact Chris Coppin on 01275 854348.

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