Parkinsons UK (Aberdeen)

Charity registered in Scotland SC037554

Parkinson's UK are working to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's. We offer information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson's, their families and carers.

Current opportunity

Parkinson's UK Aberdeen Branch are looking for a person interested in becoming the Chairperson of the Aberdeen Branch of Parkinson's UK. The Chairperson’s role is to oversee the meetings and to be aware of the issues that can affect the smooth running of the various therapy sessions that exist to help and support people with Parkinson's Disease. The chairperson for the most part introduces the speakers at the monthly social event (these last no more than two hours). The social event takes place normally on Thursdays at 2pm. The Aberdeen Branch has organised several different therapy sessions, including physiotherapy; alternative therapies such as reflexology and facial massage; dancing for Parkinson’s; a very popular singing group; a carers’ group; and a Young People’s group. Efforts are also being made to re-institute sessions of hydrotherapy in an alternative location. Finally, there is a monthly social event with talks by invited speakers, and occasional lunch events too. The committee numbers over a dozen, with roles in assisting in the administration and running of these therapy sessions. There is a volunteer secretary and a volunteer treasurer too and they all give the chairperson valuable support. The committee meets on Wednesdays at 12 noon every month with meetings lasting one and a half hours on average, although there are usually no meetings in July due to a summer recess. The meetings deal with issues of finance, feedback from the various therapy groups, and looking at providing further means of support for those with Parkinson’s. All meetings involving the Chairperson take place in the Craigiebuckler Church, recently re-named the Springfield Parish Church, 185 Springfield Road Aberdeen AB15 8AA. If you are interested in volunteering in this important and fantastic role where you can make a real difference, with all help greatly appreciated, please contact Peter Fogiel (current chair) at email or telephone 07595362947.