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Exercise and voice classes

KEEP UP YOUR EXERCISE!

While face-to-face classes are suspended because of infection control measures, it’s still vitally important to keep up as much regular exercise as you can - and online classes mean that you can join from the comfort of your own home.

If the timing of our online classes doesn’t work for you, there are plenty of exercise videos that you can use at any time you choose. Check out our collection of videos from Generation Games and Parkinson’s UK at this link.

Big Bold and Balance

This page gives details of activities that Oxford Branch promotes or subsidises because we think they may be of particular value to people with Parkinson’s.

On this page:

You can find our diary of other Branch meetings and events on our Future Events page.

You may be interested in other opportunities for exercise, dance, singing and therapy. Visit our Classes page to see a wide range of classes, services and support from a variety of providers.

Autumn term 2021

Carers' Chat

AreaTimeVenueNext session
Tuesday, 10.00am-10.30amOnline using Zoom - contact us for joining instructions7th Dec

Chat'n'Cuppa

AreaTimeVenueNext session
Tuesday, 11.00am-11.30amOnline using Zoom - contact us for joining instructions7th Dec

Big Bold and Balance exercise class

Big, Bold and Balance is a physiotherapy programme designed for people with Parkinson’s and delivered by Age UK’s Generation Games service. Weekly classes run at several venues around Oxfordshire. A subsidy from Oxford Branch means that we can offer these classes for a suggested donation of only £3 per session.

To confirm exact dates please check the Generation Games brochure, view our online calendar, or contact us.

In this 1-minute video, physiotherapist Jo Preston shares her enthusiasm for the Big Bold and Balance project and you can get an idea of what to expect.

AreaTimeVenueNext session
Friday, 11.00am-12.00pmOnline using Zoom - contact us for joining instructions10th Dec

Finding Your Voice

Big, Bold and Balance is a physiotherapy programme designed for people with Parkinson’s and delivered by Age UK’s Generation Games service. Weekly classes run at several venues around Oxfordshire. A subsidy from Oxford Branch means that we can offer these classes for a suggested donation of only £3 per session.

To confirm exact dates please check the Generation Games brochure, view our online calendar, or contact us.

In this 1-minute video, physiotherapist Jo Preston shares her enthusiasm for the Big Bold and Balance project and you can get an idea of what to expect.

AreaTimeVenueNext session
Friday, 12.00pm-1.00pmOnline using Zoom - contact us for joining instructions10th Dec

Spring term 2022

Branch meeting

Spring term 2022
AreaTimeVenueFirst session
OxfordWednesday, 7.00pm-9.00pmThe Cherwell School North Site, OX2 7EE (map)5th Jan

Carers' Chat

Spring term 2022
AreaTimeVenueFirst session
Tuesday, 10.00am-10.30amOnline using Zoom - contact us for joining instructions21st Dec

Chat'n'Cuppa

Spring term 2022
AreaTimeVenueFirst session
Tuesday, 11.00am-11.30amOnline using Zoom - contact us for joining instructions21st Dec

Big Bold and Balance exercise class

Big, Bold and Balance is a physiotherapy programme designed for people with Parkinson’s and delivered by Age UK’s Generation Games service. Weekly classes run at several venues around Oxfordshire. A subsidy from Oxford Branch means that we can offer these classes for a suggested donation of only £3 per session.

To confirm exact dates please check the Generation Games brochure, view our online calendar, or contact us.

In this 1-minute video, physiotherapist Jo Preston shares her enthusiasm for the Big Bold and Balance project and you can get an idea of what to expect.

Spring term 2022
AreaTimeVenueFirst session
Friday, 11.00am-12.00pmOnline using Zoom - contact us for joining instructions24th Dec

Finding Your Voice

Big, Bold and Balance is a physiotherapy programme designed for people with Parkinson’s and delivered by Age UK’s Generation Games service. Weekly classes run at several venues around Oxfordshire. A subsidy from Oxford Branch means that we can offer these classes for a suggested donation of only £3 per session.

To confirm exact dates please check the Generation Games brochure, view our online calendar, or contact us.

In this 1-minute video, physiotherapist Jo Preston shares her enthusiasm for the Big Bold and Balance project and you can get an idea of what to expect.

Spring term 2022
AreaTimeVenueFirst session
Friday, 12.00pm-1.00pmOnline using Zoom - contact us for joining instructions24th Dec

Other exercise programmes and providers

ONPhysio

Oxford Neurophysiotherapy (ONPhysio) is an independent physiotherapy service offering vigorous circuit-based exercise classes specially for people with Parkinson’s.

All their classes are based in the Bosworth Clinic in Cassington. Two different class formats are available, PD Defence and PD Attack. For Oxfordshire residents who have Parkinson’s these classes carry a £2 subsidy per session from our Branch, reducing the cost to only £10.50 per session. For anyone new to the classes there is a compulsory pre-class assessment (costing £50) to ensure the classes will be effective and safe for you. For further details please check out the OnPhysio website and contact the clinic directly.

ONPhysio also offers the high-intensity PD Warrior, a commercial programme developed in Australia and now delivered by accredited therapists worldwide. Because of its physically challenging nature, you must contact the clinic directly to discuss your needs before committing to this programme.

Your questions answered

How can I take part?

If you would like to join our Big Bold and Balance or singing classes, just turn up to the next session as shown in the timetables above. Your first session is free, and you can chat with the session leader about whether the class is suitable for you and how to sign up for future sessions.

For other classes, please contact the organizers directly.

How much does it cost?

Singing and Big Bold and Balance classes listed on this page are subsidised by Oxford Branch. We ask for a small donation, usually £3 per session, to cover the remaining costs. Most people pay in cash at the session.

Dance for Parkinson’s is part-funded by English National Ballet and Oxford City Council. Participants pay £5 per session.

Some Parkinson’s exercise classes provided by ONPhysio carry a £2 subsidy per session from Oxford Branch. Please check with the clinic for full details of costs.

What should I wear?

Most of the classes listed here can be done wearing ordinary clothes, though you probably don’t want too many layers on! It’s a good idea to wear comfortable shoes with soles that don’t slip.

You may need looser or lighter sports clothing for more energetic sessions such as MoveMe, classes offered by ONPhysio, and some other activities listed on our Classes page. The class organizers will always be happy to advise you.