North West Somerset Parkinson's Support Group  

About us:                    

The North West Somerset Support group was set up in 1994 to help those living with Parkinson's and those caring for them in Nailsea, Backwell, Clevedon, Portishead, Yatton and the surrounding areas.  Membership is free to all.

We are part of Parkinson's UK (, the national Parkinson's support and research charity.

Monthly General Meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of each month from 10.30am to 12.15pm.   These are social gatherings, often with a speaker on a subject of interest or curiosity to be enjoyed by those living with Parkinson's, those who are caring for them, their families and friends.  Tea and coffee and biscuits are served! 

We hold Singalong sessions twice a month to help with loss of voice or with speech problems due to Parkinson's.  

We publish a magazine, "Connections", with information and news - this is available to all members.

For more information about our local group, please call Marie on 01934 742091 or 07800 815262

See below for monthly meetings, singalong, announcements, other information and useful contacts. Please also check nearer the date as some dates may be subject to change.

General Meetings

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Saturday 14th October 10.30 am.  Falls - How to avoid falls, how to fall well and how to get up again - Louise Griffiths and Caroline Craig available to help on confidential issues.

Saturday 11th November 10.30 am. The War Graves Commission - Rebecca Smith

Friday 1st December 12.30 for 1pm. Christmas Lunch at the Masonic Hall in Nailsea. Payment and booking form needed.

Saturday 9th December - to be confirmed.

Our volunteers do a wonderful job in the kitchen, serving our teas and coffees, but they could do with an extra pair of hands.  If you'd like to help out with this, either regularly or when you can, please let one of the committee or the kitchen team know.  Thank you!


Tuesday 10th October 2.30 pm Singalong

Tuesday 24th October 2.30 pm Singalong

Tuesday 14th November 230 pm Singalong

Tuesday 28th November 2.30 pm Singalong


The Singalong group usually meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. 

Singalong is an opportunity to sing along to popular songs and old-time favourites led by Chris Coppin, our keyboard maestro.  This can help with loss of voice, a common Parkinson's problem.


General meetings and Singalong take place at St Francis Church Hall, Little Meadow End, Ash Hayes Road, Nailsea, BS48 2LP. A voluntary fee of £1 is collected to help finance room hire.Use Singalong to help with loss of voice due to Parkinson’s. No skill required ! 

For more information please contact Pat Kington on 01934 834060 about Singalong. 

(The "YOUR VOICE" vocal therapy project has been postponed at least till autumn.)


The NW Somerset Support Group funds supervision provided in the POWER joint supervisory sessions.

THURSDAY Exercise group:
A Parkinson’s exercise group open to all. Run by physiotherapist Amanda Burroughs at the Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, Nailsea. For information or for Amanda to ring you back, call the Scotch Horn, on 01275 856 965.

POWER “Warrior” Exercise Groups:

Backwell: Mondays 10-12 Cuppa at 11

Portishead: Mondays 10.15-12.00

Tickenham: Mondays  10-12

Yatton: Mondays 10-12 Cuppa at 12

Joint Supervisory Sessions are held at 12.30 - 2.30 at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, Nailsea, usually on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.

For further info about the POWER exercise groups contact

WEDNESDAYS New Exercise group - Autumn 2023

Clevedon 11am at the Everyone Active Stadium, Clevedon Town Football Club.  
For further info contact:    07825 033741

Parkinson’s UK North West Somerset Branch became Parkinson’s UK NW Somerset Support Group on 1st September 2022. The group is run entirely by volunteers and the change to a support group will reduce administrative demands. We are nevertheless keenly seeking more volunteers. We need you for everything from making tea and coffee to becoming a future coordinator to relieve Marie in summer 2023. Please do get in touch with Marie, Pat, or one of the other Support-Group contacts listed below if you can volunteer in any way.


Please contact Vicki e.g. on or Robert on with any changes to this webpage that are needed.

Specialist Advice

Parkinson's UK has a specialist adviser team who can provide information about any aspect of living with Parkinson's, managing symptoms, medication, social care, employment rights, benefits and much more. They can offer emotional support and liaise with health, social care and other local professionals to get you the support you need.


Call the Helpline on 0808 800 0303 or email, the Helpline Advisers will deal with any general enquiries and you will be put in touch with someone in your area if more local knowledge or in depth support is needed. Our particular Local Adviser is Caroline Craig, she is contactable via

If you haven't already, we would love you to properly join Parkinson's  UK and our local  support group . 

To do that, please email our membership secretary on:  for joining instructions.


If you would like to have a look at past copies of our Newsletter, Connections, please click on the copy below and fully "double" download it. Or email the membership secretary Robert on  and he will email them to you. 

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Useful North West Somerset Support-Group Committee Contacts:

Coordinator: Marie PEARSON 01934 742091 - 07800 815262

Treasurer: Pat JAMES 07801 865057

Connections Newsletter: Kevin YOUDE  01934 824400 - 07855 936762

Publicity: Sally-Ann KODURAND  07966 759950

Membership Secretary: Robert BROWN 01275 603146 (No messages) - 07751 606670

Fundraising: VACANT

Deputy Fundraising: Wendy GIBB 01275 394124

Social / Events Secretary: VACANT

Resources: Richard (Rich) JENKINS 01275 394989 - 07854147895

Personal: Joyce JENKINS 01275 394989

Secretary and Local Website: Vicki BREWER

Meet and Greet:  Don BREWER


Singalong (NWSomerset) - Pat and Belinda Kington 01934 834060, 07779819513,

Parkinson's UK Specialist advice - see above - Caroline Craig etc.

Local NHS Parkinson’s specialist practitioner (Sirona):  Mel FALK  0300 125 5550

Local NHS Parkinson’s Specialist practitioner (Sirona): Emily MORRISON 0300 125 5550

Parkinson’s UK:-     0808 800 0303

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Parkinson’s UK is the operating name of the Parkinson’s Disease Society of the United Kingdom. A company limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales (00948776). Registered office: 215 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1EJ. A charity registered in England and Wales (2518197) and in Scotland (SC037554).