The greatest reward I receive from coordinating the group is seeing the ladies appear to relax and feel comfortable in each other’s company. They attend alone without carers, partners or friends and gain a renewed confidence in communicating and eating with others in a pleasant social setting. There is much laughter, exchange of information and experience and chatter. New friendships are forged by the ladies who are supporting, motivating and encouraging each other.
We sometimes invite guest speakers or plan lunch outings.
Some ladies attend fundraising events for Parkinson’s and some volunteer for Parkinson’s research projects.
We are committed to supporting each person in the group by keeping in contact even when they can’t attend the lunch group due to illness, lack of transport etc. We also communicate via a private group Facebook page.
The name of our group was coined after reading the positive and enjoyable book- ‘Parkinson’s Diva -a woman’s guide to Parkinson’s ‘ by Maria De Leon, Neurologist diagnosed with YOPD. Dr Leon is in regular contact with our group.