No one has to face Parkinson's alone

For many people, a diagnosis of Parkinson's can be a frightening and isolating experience, and it can be difficult to know where to go for help and support.

We have 350 local groups across the UK, offering friendship and support and a chance to talk face to face with others going through the same experience. The groups are not just for people with Parkinson's but for carers and families too. There are new groups forming all the time - recent additions include Orkney and Porthcawl.

We've just redesigned our local group finder on our website, so it's now a lot easier for you to find the group that's nearest to you.

If you feel this isn't for you, there are also 'virtual groups' that meet online. Our Facebook page, our discussion forum and also Twitter offer places for people affected by Parkinson's to interact with others in the same situation and get support.

The theme for next month's Parkinson's Awareness Week - 11-17 April - is 'Join us'. There are so many ways that you can get involved with us - over the coming weeks we'll be letting you know more about what's planned. In the meantime, why not locate your nearest local group - or take a a look at our forum, Twitter or Facebook pages - and take that first step?

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