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On Friday 31st January 2020, Tees Active in partnership with Parkinson’s UK held a free event for local people affected by Parkinson’s and their families/carers. The event was the first of its kind in the area and aimed to help those living with Parkinson’s improve their mobility and balance, make everyday tasks easier and positively impact their mental health and well-being.

The Parkinson’s Power project from Parkinson’s UK offers a variety of ways to encourage people to get active that are suitable for each stage of Parkinson’s. They also provide free information for anyone impacted by Parkinson’s. The session at Thornaby Pavilion offered indoor bowls, archery, curling, badminton and table tennis, all of the activities were easily adapted to suit each individual’s needs.

Speaking at the event, one of the attendees said “we are having a great day. It’s nice to get out of the house and do something together that is fun for us both”. Jasmine Danby from Parkinson’s UK explained “we are so pleased to offer this session to residents of Tees Valley. The feedback has been really positive and we’re keen to build upon this success to help more people get active and enjoy time with family and friends”.

Tees Active’s Community Engagement Manager, Allan McDermott, added, “This session has highlighted the positive impact of physical activity in bringing people together and improving emotional and physical wellbeing.”

For more information on future sessions please contact Allan McDermott on 01642 528772.

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