Who we are...

Who we are & what we do.
The Halifax and District Branch meets monthly to provide support and friendship to those living with Parkinson’s or those caring for someone affected by the condition. Held on the 2nd Saturday of every month these informal gatherings are usually accompanied by a talk or activity followed by refreshments and an opportunity to chat with other members. The branch is very active in raising awareness and fundraising throughout the year. Funds raised have enabled members to take respite care or engage in therapeutic activities. Becoming a member is easy – you can attend one of our meetings or contact our Local Adviser.

Parkinson’s UK Local Adviser Janet Edmunds: 0344 225 3638

Our Aims

The aim of the branch is to provide help, assistance, friendship and support to all those people in Calderdale affected by Parkinson’s. Not only to those living with the condition, but also carers, families and friends


Benefits

Branch membership is free to members of Parkinson’s UK.
We meet monthly at : Elim Church Hall Hall Street, Halifax. HX1 5AY

Meetings take place on the 2nd Saturday every month @ 2pm. We aim to provide a varied programme of informative, entertaining and social meetings. Please check before travelling.


We have a Local adviser, funded by Parkinson’s UK, who offers information and advice, particularly to newly diagnosed.
Please ring Janet Edmunds on 0344 225 3638 if you require any assistance.


Respite Care

We have limited funds available to provide Respite Care and approved therapies. 
Please contact our local Parkinson's UK local adviser on 0344 225 3638 for more details


Access to Relate counselling

Please contact our local Parkinson's UK local adviser on 0344 225 3638 for more details


Conductive education

in Huddersfield, subject to availability and prior training. A contribution of £10, per 90 minute session, is requested to reduce costs to the branch.

Please contact Phil Beckett on 01484 713035 for details

For those who are booked to attend, the dates do not always follow strict pattern, should you be uncertain - they are listed on our event calendar.


For the Joy of Singing Group

For the Joy of Singing Group - presently searching for a tutor.
Please ring Anne on 01422 253368 for more details. 


Exercise Groups

At the Maurice Jagger Centre Lister Lane Halifax HX1 1UZ
Most Mondays 10.15am - 11.15am "Tai Chi"

Most Tuesdays 10.00am - 11am "A Gentle Exercise Class"
Please contact: Elaine on 01422 832645 for further details.


Dance4fun

 

Member's Coach Trips

A monthly newsletter

By Email or collection from any session
3 - 4 postal newsletters delivered throguhout the year

Annual Programme of Events

An annual programme of events is published each April with contact details and a list of all activities for the year.
Programme of Events & Therapies Timetables are available, throughout the year, in paper form on application.

Fundraising events

Are held throughout the year to help fund these activities for our members.

Playhouse Theatre

Halifax Members are invited to dress rehearsals, free of charge, please check the event calendar for dates. All the packages listed above need to be accessed, initially, through the branch.


* Some of theses events are free. Others we ask a nominal contribution towards the cost of providing these services. If you require any further information, please contact one of the committee for further details..

Our History

The Parkinson’s Disease Society was founded in 1969. Recently better known as "Parkinson’s UK". The Halifax branch was founded in 1970 by Hilda Hitchen, 2nd only to Tunbridge Wells. We have over 150 members to date and meet every month.

Hilda Hitchen was a remarkable lady. She was co-founder of the branch – with the help of her church minister (King Cross Methodist) – on 20th October 1970. She had only been married for six years, when in 1953 her husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 40.


There was no help or support available and very little treatment. The drugs we are now all too familiar with hadn’t been developed. In 1970 she heard about Mali Jenkins of Tunbridge Wells who had founded the Society after her sister had been diagnosed with PD. Hilda wrote to Mali for advice and support – The result of which was to set up the second branch in the country – Halifax.


Hilda worked tirelessly for the Branch even after the death of her husband in 1974, until her own failing health forced her to take a back seat in 1999. Even then she was always available to give advice, and was Vice President of the branch until her death in 2004. She was one of the first people to be made an Honorary Life Member of the Society and the framed certificate signed by Princess Diana took pride of place in her living room.


One of Hilda’s ambitions was to set up a Specialist Parkinson’s Nurse Service and just prior to her death in 2004 we were very pleased to be able to tell her of our success in securing a nurse in Calderdale.


Hilda once said ‘Of course, I would rather Parkinson’s hadn’t existed in my life, but through the PDS I’ve learned an awful lot, made so many good friends, locally and nationally and it has expanded my life so much.’ .

Who we are...

Who we are & What we do The Halifax and District Branch meets monthly to provide support and friendship to those living with Parkinson’s or those caring for someone affected by the condition. Held on the 2nd Saturday of every month these informal gatherings are usually accompanied by a talk or activity followed by refreshments and an opportunity to chat with other members. The branch is very active in raising awareness and fundraising throughout the year. Funds raised have enabled members to take respite care or engage in therapeutic activities. Becoming a member is easy – you can attend one of our meetings or contact our Local Adviser.

Parkinson’s UK Local Adviser Janet Edmunds: 0344 225 3638

A Present from the past
Introduction

The project is aimed at people living with Parkinson’s who are suffering from mild dementia. Dementia is defined here as some memory loss, slowness of thought and a general reduction in mental capacity.


According to Parkinson’s UK, 50% of people with Parkinson’s develop dementia within 8 years of being diagnosed. Their research shows that 80% of patients who have had Parkinson’s for 20 years or more will have developed dementia. The result can be a loss of confidence and increasing isolation.

Aims

Provide support Assist participants to recall memories Trigger memories, through stimulants such as:

Also help participants to make voice recordings, if they wish of their memories, so they can take a CD or a similar form of media away to keep and share with their families and friends.


Participants might like to leave the recordings with younger family members as a record of their lives or experiences. Some participants might want to produce written accounts of their memories, or complete a document to leave for their families, answering questions to trigger memories, but often these will just be a starting point, with memories coming tumbling out, especially when they hear others speaking about their recollections.


If participants are willing, they could be radio show guests to talk about the past or some of the recorded memories could be edited to be broadcast and reach and benefit a wider audience. If desired participants could remain anonymous, or elect not to be part of any such radio show. This would be for each individual to decide, there would be no pressure to do so.


Should you wish to discuss taking part in this exciting innovative project or learn more about the programme Please contact: Phil Beckett on 01484 713035