New Year's resolutions - become a volunteer

Rachel Raymond

Happy New Year! It’s the beginning of a new decade and what better resolution than making a difference to someone’s life as a Parkinson's Disease Society (PDS) volunteer.

When I travel throughout the UK visiting branches, I’m always impressed by both the efforts and results of all PDS volunteers.

One volunteer I spoke to recently told me he always found volunteering to be a ‘win-win’ situation – not only was it his way of giving something back, but it gave him an immense sense of purpose and kept him in a positive frame of mind.

Others said that by getting involved and meeting people they felt they were not alone with Parkinson’s and many fundraising volunteers have told me about the fun and amazing challenges they've experienced along the way.

Our volunteers work on committees of branches and support groups, take part in fundraising events, are members of our Research Network, help with Parkinson's education, catering, campaigning for better services and more!

If you want to find out about volunteering opportunities and how you can get involved contact Kathy Reay on

2010 is a very exciting time to get on board and make an impact. And with so many areas of work to get involved in, why wait?

Rachel Raymond is Director of Community Services of the Parkinson's Disease Society

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