After the terrific year that the group had in 2016 it was always going to be a difficult task to keep up the momentum and energy and carry it through into 2017. But thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of all our members we managed to do just that and l would like to thank you all for your continued support during the year. Without you the members, the Wakefield Parkinson's Support Group would not exist and we would not be here to help all those who need us not only for today but in the future. We continued to increase our membership once again during 2017 which was a great result and something I am sure we can continue to do during the 2018.
Second Monday in the month starting at 12-00 noon - This monthly meeting covers many of the issues that can affect those dealing with Parkinson's and is very well attended with lots of interaction between group members and some very helpful advice being shared amongst the group.
Fourth Wednesday in the month starting at 13-30 - This long-standing monthly meeting continues to be our best attended gathering with up to sixty members coming along on some occasions. At this meeting we have speakers covering a wide variety of subjects, not always Parkinson's related but always interesting and entertaining. Everyone who comes along does of course always have the opportunity to discuss with others any issues that may be of concern to them and to get advice and support from the group or from other members.
A Chair based exercise class this is provided by the NHS and Wakefield Council and takes place at 12-30pm prior to the start of the fourth Wednesday in the month meeting.
Every other Monday, - The Walking Group meets at 11-00 at Pugney’s Country Park, those attending take a steady walk round the lake (approximately one and a half miles) followed by a cuppa and a chat at the on site Cafe.
Every other Tuesday - Hobbies and Activities Meeting ,This meeting which started in 2016 and takes place in a new venue for us at the Standbridge Community Centre in Kettlethorpe starting at 11am. Here members can participate in a variety of activities from handicrafts, board games, model making , and the very popular BOCCIA game plus lots more. We even have a 1000 piece jigsaw on the go and a Wii console is available for those who would like to give it a try. One of the aims of this meeting was to give Carers the opportunity to have a little time to themselves and to maybe participate in an activity they no longer have the chance to do anymore, thankfully "Carers Wakefield" kindly provide us with two volunteers who come along to every session to help us achieve this objective . After this meeting we encourage members to bring along a packed lunch which gives us all a chance to have a natter.
Every other Friday - Coffee Morning, This takes place at the Victoria Garden Centre near Featherstone at 11-00 for a cuppa and possibly a bite to eat , the scones here are exceptionally good!! This is a great event to attend especially for new members, due to the relaxed atmosphere which helps those attending to get to know other group members on a more personal level
Twice a month - John Roberts Bridge Club meets, this is a small but enthusiastic group who get together to enjoy a couple of hours in the company of others who are passionate about one of the most popular card games in the world.
Every other Thursday - Coffee Morning, This takes place at the Wickham Arms in Cleckheaton at 11-00 and is run on the same basis as the one held at the Victoria Garden Centre in Featherstone.
We had several days out in 2017 to the following locations,
Skipton Canal Cruise with buffet on board
Biddulph Gardens in Cheshire
National Arbouretum in Lichfield
Oswaldtwitle Mill in Lancashire
Two Theatre trips including
a Two Course meal.
Two Afternoon tea's
Two Sunday Lunches at the New Wheatsheaf
Motor show at Wentwood Woodhouse,
Sitran Open Day visit in Sheffield
Xmas Lunch at the White Swan in Sharlston this year we had an attendance of Seventy
SHORT BREAK Eight members enjoyed a two night break at Burn Hall near York .
PARKY Merchandise produced
to raise Awareness and Funds
Group Web Site went live in February.
Engraved name badges for members.
Cleckheaton coffee morning every two weeks
Greater presence on Face Book and Twitter
Twinned with Paphos Parkinson's Support Group in Cyprus
PLANS FOR 2018
· Continue to have close
relationships with other groups especially in Yorkshire and Humber including
Scarborough, Whitby, Hull,
Halifax, Leeds, Barnsley, Huddersfield and Bradford.
Continue to Increase membership.
Utilise Social media and the Web site to publicise the group
Concert in Batley planned for March.