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 newsletter 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.

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Unless stated otherwise meetings are held at St Francis Church Hall, Little Meadow End, Ash Hayes Road, Nailsea, BS48 2LP

General Meetings
We look forward to seeing you soon.

Saturday 10th August  10.30 am - 12.00 pm at St Francis Church Hall, Nailsea

Parkinson's UK Brain Bank Talk.

No Saturday meeting for September.

Holiday break.

Saturday 12th October  10.30 am - 12.00 pm at St Francis Church Hall, Nailsea

Talk from Solicitors.

Saturday 9th November  10.30 am - 12.00 pm at St Francis Church Hall, Nailsea

PUK Local Adviser Caroline Craig

2.30 pm - 4.00 at St Francis Church Hall, Nailsea. These are normally held  on the  second  and fourth  Tuesdays of the month. The next ones are:

Tuesday 23rd July

No Singalongs in August

Tuesday 10th September
Tuesday 24th September
Sing along to popular songs and old-time favourites led by Chris, our keyboard maestro. Helps preserve your voice. No skill required!

To register to go on one of the Nailsea walks go to:

To sponsor by donating go to:

that is the page set up by our treasurer Patricia James.

In detail in case you need it:


This year's Nailsea Charity Walks and Runs will take place on Sunday 9th June, but if that day doesn't suit you, you can take part at any time you like between then and the end of July.  If you haven't already registered to take part, now is the time!

In these difficult financial times we are in, charities are finding life particularly hard with increases in costs of all kinds, hindering their ability to provide their services.  They desperately need our support.  So why not take this opportunity to raise valuable funds for your favourite charity while enjoying a walk or run  through our lovely local area with family, friends and / or colleagues? And this year we have a new I Spy Nature Trail for children.

For full details, with updated advice on managing your fundraising,  and to register to take part, go to

Kind regards
Bob Keightley
for the Walks Team
Rotary Nailsea & Backwell


The NW Somerset Support Group only funds the supervision provided in the POWER joint supervisory sessions below. All the groups below are run totally independently of Parkinson’s UK and of the NW Somerset Support Group of Parkinson’s UK.

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” Parkinson's Exercise Groups:

Backwell: Mondays 10-12 Cuppa at 11

Mondays 10.00 -11.45  &  12.00 - 1.45

Tickenham: Mondays  10-12

Yatton: Mondays 10-12 Cuppa at 12

Clevedon, Strode road: tbc

Joint Supervisory Sessions for the POWER group 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
To join one of the POWER groups first contact Rowan 07518964332 or Amanda 07917116154

WEDNESDAYS Parkinson's Exercise group

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. 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.


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,  click on the links below 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

Newsletter: Kevin YOUDE  01934 824400 - 07855 936762

Publicity: Sally-Ann KODURAND  07966 759950

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

Welcome, Badging & IT:  Neil TURP  01275 392954 - 07422 965598

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

Parkinsons UK Network Support Officer    Claire DENBY  07842445020 / 02079633731 


Singalong (NWSomerset) - Pat and Belinda Kington 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

Parkinson's UK National membership issues:- see  > About us > Supporter enquiries 

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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).