We run or foster a variety of support groups:
- for all members
- for members with a special interest
- for carers.
- General Support Group Meetings
- Young Onset Group
- Women with Parkinson’s
- Guys and Games Gathering
- Carers Coffee
- Men Who Care
General Support Group Meetings
We run informal meetings monthly to give all members the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences.
These are normally held at the SHOUT Building (Pearce Community Centre), Collett Place, Pearce ACT.
The support group meets at on the fourth Tuesday of each month. For details of venue and times see the Calendar.
Young Onset Group
The Young Onset Group in Canberra was established in 2018.
This is not a typical support group: it acknowledges that people diagnosed under 50 (Young Onset) have different needs. The objective is to get in touch with other Young Onset people in our region with a view to having occasional get-togethers, to chat and share experiences, just as the Young @ Park groups in other regions do.
The motivation for this group is well explained in the address by Anthony Overs, the original convenor of the group, at PACT’s November 2018 seminar.
PACT strongly supports this group and is committed to assisting it reach its goals.
Women with Parkinson’s
A monthly catch-up for women seeking to share their experiences of living with Parkinson’s. Join us on the first Thursday of the month. For details of venue and times see the Calendar.
Guys and Games Gathering
This is a group for men with Parkinson’s. It’s based on the idea of meeting in a casual and relaxed setting where recreational games form a backdrop to simply chatting. Manuka Tennis Club provides that casual setting but playing tennis is simply an option: the games range from tennis to boules and Finska, from backgammon and boggle to board games. The chat ranges from simply social to the sharing of information and experiences of Parkinson’s of course.
For those who want to get on the tennis court, every meet includes a 45-minute tennis-based exercise session run by Manuka coach David Beniamini. Importantly, these sessions cater for all skill and fitness levels. You can be a beginner. The primary emphasis is on exercise and movement, so important for Parkinson’s, while enjoying tennis.
Don’t be dissuaded if you’re not so interested in tennis or games. Come along and meet up with other members. Partners are also welcome.
This group meets 10am-12noon every second and fourth Thursday of the month at Manuka Tennis Club on Flinders Way in Griffith. Occasionally we might schedule extra meets at other venues. For scheduled dates and details please check the Calendar.
Carers Coffee is a relaxed and informal gathering of carers who look after a family member or friend with Parkinson’s. Join us for a cup of your favourite beverage, and have a short break among people who understand your situation.
The current venue is Yarralumla Gallery and The Oaks Brasserie (next to the Yarralumla Nursery), but we occasionally meet at the SHOUT offices if we have a guest speaker.
This support group is for carers only, and only if they are members of Parkinson’s ACT or another state Parkinson’s group. Prospective members of PACT are also welcome to attend. It is open to men and women, but note that there is also a separate support group for Men Who Care.
We meet on the 1st Thursday of every month. For details of venue and times see the Calendar.
Men Who Care
This informal meeting of men who look after a wife/partner with Parkinson’s is held on the 3rd Monday of every month. We have a non-alcoholic drink of one’s choice, sometimes a bite to eat, and swap recent experiences, be they with MyAgedCare, care providers, residential aged care facilities (respite), and/or any other current concerns or funny stories we think might interest our fellow carers, or about which we’d appreciate their input.
This support group is for male carers only, and only if they are members of Parkinson’s ACT (PACT) or another state Parkinson’s group. Prospective members of PACT are also welcome to attend.
For details of venue and times see the Calendar.