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 informaion and useful contacts.

General Meetings

Saturday 10th June Our local Parkinson's Practitioners, Mel Falk or Emily Morrison, along with Jo Howard (Wellbeing Lead) will be talking talking about their roles.

Saturday 8th July Tina Huckle-Mills Community Development Officer for Woodspring (North West Somerset) will talk about her role.

Garden Party

On Tuesday 4th July we will be hosting a garden party.  Invitations will be handed out at the next General Meeting and will be sent out to all members on the email distribution list.  If you are not on this list and would like to be, please contact Robert (details below).


Tuesday 13th June  2.30 pm Singalong

Tuesday  27th June 2.30  pm Singalong

Tuesday  11th July  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.  

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.)


These are independent of Parkinson’s UK and independent of the Parkinson’s UK NW Somerset Support Group, although the Support Group does fund the POWER joint supervisory sessions.

THURSDAY Exercise group:
A Parkinson’s Exercise group open to all. Enquiries to the Scotch Horn Leisure Centre 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 these exercise groups contact

Nailsea Charity Walks & Runs 2023 - We would love it if you could join in with this event (details below) -

No need to get sponsorship!  Taking part costs just £10 and brings us a really significant and greater proportion of the overall takings of the event the more of us take part.  

In addition, any funds raised can be donated to Parkinson’s UK North West Somerset Support Group at the following “justgiving” page:

If you pay UK tax, your donation can also be Gift Aided here!

To take part in one of the walks/runs/etc click here:

or google Nailsea Charity Walks


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 email the membership secretary Robert on  and he will email them to you.

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


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

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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