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Resources for you during the Coronavirus outbreak

Here we have tried to gather links to a variety of resources that you may find helpful when we are largely restricted to our homes and many services are disrupted.

Click here for the Coronavirus Chatterbox, our special edition Newsletter with whimsical, amusing, thoughtful and optimistic material. Check back regularly, as we will update it with new content - and send us any pictures, stories and anecdotes that you think will lift our spirits!

On this page:

Sally’s video messages to the Branch

Our Chair Sally offers a short monthly video message to all our members and friends, with a few thoughts about how to keep busy, buoyant and active while our ability to get out and about is limited.

NEW edition May 2020

Duration 4 minutes. Also available on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/415073055

April 2020

Duration 3 minutes. Also available on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/403091301

Branch activities

Events postponed

ALL OUR FACE-TO-FACE EVENTS are CANCELLED until at least the end of June.

During this time we are holding a series of online events that will allow us to meet, exercise, take part in music activities, or simply chat.

Using Zoom for online meetings and classes

Our remote classes, meetings and drop-in sessions will use Zoom, an online video meeting system. To take part you need a clickable link that you will receive by email. If you have not used Zoom before, don’t worry - it is very easy. You can find our simple guide to setting up and using Zoom on our website by clicking here.

If you are setting up Zoom for the first time and would like to check that everything is working properly, please contact Jonathan admin@oxfordparkinsons.org.uk who will be happy to set up a trial-run session with you and offer support.

Support for you from other agencies

There is a wealth of support available to people with Parkinson’s and their carers during this difficult time. Here are a few trustworthy sources of information and help.

Parkinson’s UK

Our parent charity has an excellent and regularly updated support page that you can find by clicking this link - and, of course, their telephone helpline is still available at 0808 800 0303.

Our Local Adviser, Delia Wells, is a wonderful source of information when you have a problem that can’t easily be answered by the charity’s website.

Support from Carers Oxfordshire

Carers Oxfordshire has opened a service for carers. They offer a friendly, regular weekly call to see how you are, to chat and also problem-solve if you are facing practical problems. You can access this service by calling 01865 411 288 which will connect straight to an answerphone where you can leave your name and contact number.

Age UK Advice Line

The national Age UK advice line is 0800 678 1602.

Online chat for carers

Take a look at mobiliseonline.co.uk/cuppa which gives details of a daily Zoom meeting where carers can chat and discuss issues that concern them.

Oxford City Council

Our City Council has many resources including a useful list of local shops and traders who can take orders and deliver directly to your home.

Michael J Fox Foundation

The Michael J Fox Foundation has a really good website (this link) with a wealth of interesting medical, research and support information.

Mindfulness teacher Azizë Stirling, who many of you already know, has told us about their webinar (online broadcast discussion) Living in the Moment when the Moment Is Unprecedented taking place on Thursday 16 April at 5pm UK time. You will need to register using this web link, but it is free to attend.

Exercise opportunities

We have a large and growing collection of videos and other home exercise opportunities, including our hugely popular live online Big Bold and Balance classes every Friday at 11am. Visit our exercise opportunities page for full details.

Music and singing

Kate Wilkinson recently took over our Friday Finding your Voice classes from Emily Marshall. Kate is being astonishingly creative in developing online voice activities and is running a regular 1-hour Find Your Voice class at 11.45 every Friday. Get in touch with our Secretary who can provide details of the Zoom links you will need.

Drop-in chat sessions

Even though you may be are stuck in the house, you can still get in touch with friends in the Branch! We are experimenting with drop-in Zoom meetings where the only rule is that you bring a cuppa. The meetings scheduled so far are:

As always, our Secretary or Chair can provide the Zoom meeting information that you will need to join.