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Exercise and voice classes

Big Bold and Balance

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

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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 2019

Exercise: Big Bold and Balance

These classes run during Oxfordshire school term times.

  • The current Autumn term ends on 19th December.
  • Spring term 2020 starts on 6th January and ends on 3rd April.

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.

TownTimeVenueNext session
DidcotWednesday, 10.30am-11.30amAll Saints' Community Hall, OX11 7ER (map)11th Dec
BanburyThursday, 12.00pm-1.00pmMethodist Church Hall, OX16 5BZ (map)12th Dec
BicesterThursday, 1.30pm-2.30pmKingsmere Community Centre, OX26 1EG (map)12th Dec
OxfordFriday, 10.30am-11.30amBotley W.I. Hall, OX2 0LT (map)13th Dec
AbingdonTuesday, 9.45am-10.45amPreston Road Community Centre, OX14 5NR (map)17th Dec
BurfordTuesday, 11.30am-12.30pmBradwell Village Hall, OX18 4XB (map)17th Dec

Singing

These classes run during Oxfordshire school term times.

  • The current Autumn term ends on 19th December.
  • Spring term 2020 starts on 6th January and ends on 3rd April.

We have a weekly voice class on Fridays from 11.45 to 12.45 at the W I Hall in Botley (there's a map on our contact page). 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 Emily Marshall. You can learn more about her work with us and other groups here on the Natural Voice Network’s website.

TownTimeVenueNext session
OxfordFriday, 11.45am-12.45pmBotley W.I. Hall, OX2 0LT (map)13th Dec

MoveMe large-amplitude exercise

These group exercise classes, promoted by our good friends at Parkinsons.Me, are based on the high-intensity PD Warrior ® commercial programme but are led by an NHS physio­therapist.

For more information about the programme and details of how to register, visit the MoveMe page on the Parkinsons.Me website.

TownTimeVenueNext session
ArdingtonThursday, 10.00am-12.00pmLoyd Lindsay Rooms, OX12 8PS (map)19th Dec

Spring term 2020

MoveMe large-amplitude exercise

These group exercise classes, promoted by our good friends at Parkinsons.Me, are based on the high-intensity PD Warrior ® commercial programme but are led by an NHS physio­therapist.

For more information about the programme and details of how to register, visit the MoveMe page on the Parkinsons.Me website.

Spring term 2020
TownTimeVenueFirst session
ArdingtonThursday, 10.00am-12.00pmLoyd Lindsay Rooms, OX12 8PS (map)2nd Jan

Exercise: Big Bold and Balance

These classes run during Oxfordshire school term times.

  • The current Autumn term ends on 19th December.
  • Spring term 2020 starts on 6th January and ends on 3rd April.

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 2020
TownTimeVenueFirst session
AbingdonTuesday, 9.45am-10.45amPreston Road Community Centre, OX14 5NR (map)7th Jan
BurfordTuesday, 11.30am-12.30pmBradwell Village Hall, OX18 4XB (map)7th Jan
DidcotWednesday, 10.30am-11.30amAll Saints' Community Hall, OX11 7ER (map)8th Jan
BanburyThursday, 12.00pm-1.00pmMethodist Church Hall, OX16 5BZ (map)9th Jan
BicesterThursday, 1.30pm-2.30pmKingsmere Community Centre, OX26 1EG (map)9th Jan
OxfordFriday, 10.30am-11.30amBotley W.I. Hall, OX2 0LT (map)10th Jan

Singing

These classes run during Oxfordshire school term times.

  • The current Autumn term ends on 19th December.
  • Spring term 2020 starts on 6th January and ends on 3rd April.

We have a weekly voice class on Fridays from 11.45 to 12.45 at the W I Hall in Botley (there's a map on our contact page). 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 Emily Marshall. You can learn more about her work with us and other groups here on the Natural Voice Network’s website.

Spring term 2020
TownTimeVenueFirst session
OxfordFriday, 11.45am-12.45pmBotley W.I. Hall, OX2 0LT (map)10th Jan

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.