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Exercise and voice classes

KEEP UP YOUR EXERCISE!

It’s vitally important to keep up as much regular exercise as you can. Our in-person classes are starting again from March 2022, but many of the classes are also available live on Zoom so that you can join from the comfort of your own home if you are unable to travel to the class.

If the timing of our 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.

Summer term 2022

Branch meeting

AreaTimeVenueNext session
OxfordWednesday, 7.00pm-9.00pmThe Cherwell School North Site, Marston Ferry Rd, Oxford OX2 7EE, UK and online1st Jun

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
OxfordFriday, 10.30am-11.30amSeacourt Hall, 3 Church Way, Botley, Oxford OX2 9TH, and online using Zoom - contact us for joining instructions20th May

Finding Your Voice

We have a weekly voice class on Fridays from 12.00 to 13.00. About 80% of PwP have some sort of voice changes at some time and these classes offer exercises in a fun way to help keep our voices healthy. One member has reported that his voice had been somewhat hesitant and by coming to the classes this has stopped. Certainly it is valuable to join this and other classes to halt the onset of voice changes in addition to sharing time with others.

The classes are led by our charismatic teacher Kate Wilkinson.

AreaTimeVenueNext session
Friday, 12.00pm-1.00pmOnline using Zoom - contact us for joining instructions20th May

Autumn term 2022

Branch meeting

Autumn term 2022
AreaTimeVenueFirst session
OxfordWednesday, 7.00pm-9.00pmThe Cherwell School North Site, Marston Ferry Rd, Oxford OX2 7EE, UK and online3rd Aug

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.

Autumn term 2022
AreaTimeVenueFirst session
OxfordFriday, 10.30am-11.30amSeacourt Hall, 3 Church Way, Botley, Oxford OX2 9TH, and online using Zoom - contact us for joining instructions29th Jul

Finding Your Voice

We have a weekly voice class on Fridays from 12.00 to 13.00. About 80% of PwP have some sort of voice changes at some time and these classes offer exercises in a fun way to help keep our voices healthy. One member has reported that his voice had been somewhat hesitant and by coming to the classes this has stopped. Certainly it is valuable to join this and other classes to halt the onset of voice changes in addition to sharing time with others.

The classes are led by our charismatic teacher Kate Wilkinson.

Autumn term 2022
AreaTimeVenueFirst session
Friday, 12.00pm-1.00pmOnline using Zoom - contact us for joining instructions29th Jul

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.