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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.

Sally, our Chair, presents a short video message every month as a way to keep us connected during the restrictions. You can see all her messages by following this link.

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!

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Branch activities

Events postponed

ALL OUR FACE-TO-FACE EVENTS are CANCELLED until further notice.

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. Follow this link for more information.

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 from Oxford Branch

Respite care grants

Our grant scheme offers financial support when you need respite care, either regularly or to cover an unusual situation. Please visit our respite care grant page for more details.

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.

Emergency free respite care from Carers Oxfordshire

For short-term urgent care needs where a PwP’s partner falls ill or is unavailable for other medical reasons, you should consider the emergency respite care available through Carers Oxfordshire. This scheme offers free emergency care for up to 48 hours when the carer falls ill or has to attend to a family medical crisis, leaving the person cared for at risk. We encourage you to pre-register for this scheme so that you can access its help quickly in a time of need. Full details about registration are available on that Carers Oxfordshire web page.

NHS Parkinson’s Nurse Service

The nurse team

Jo Bromley and her Specialist Nurse Team remain available for help with any change in your condition, questions about medication, and other Parkinson’s-related matters. You can contact the team on their central telephone number 01865 737465.

NEWThe Parkinson’s Nurse team have created a really helpful update leaflet which you can view or download at this link.

You can find more about the service by following this link to their page on the Oxford hospitals website.

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.

Our own website

We have gathered a page of useful resources covering therapy, learning opportunities, help with caring, and grants and other financial support.

It also covers help with adapting your own home to meet the needs of a person with Parkinson’s, and some information about Council Tax reductions that may be available to you.

Support from Carers Oxfordshire

Carers Oxfordshire provides wide-ranging support 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.

Through their Action for Carers initiative, they also offer a telephone help service called Carersline that provides practical support and advice. You can reach Carersline on 01235 424 715.

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 and social 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 on Wednesday at 10.30am and 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.