Branch Get-togethers



Olivia Bell
Rodney Street, Bonnington, EDINBURGH, EH7 4EL
07594 481 175
North East, North West, South East, South West


Who is the service for?
Adults, Older People
What age range is it suitable for?
40 - 44, 45 - 49, 50 - 54, 55 - 59, 60 - 64, 65+


WEDNESDAY: 2nd Wednesday of each month 2:00pm - 4:00pm



Face-to-face events are currently suspended due to the Covid-19 measures. Under normal circumstances the Branch gets together every month from September to April for a sociable event usually with a key speaker. We are currently planning on-line events for the autumn and will announce these in due course.

Branch Blether Synopsis...

Our first online Branch Blether took place on Wednesday 9th September 2020.

While the numbers were not as high as we had hoped, it was a great success and those that attended were enthusiastic and engaged.

We split into small groups a couple of times, so that the chat would be more intimate. There was no real agenda, more a get to know each other. As it turns out someone was able to find out about the Quality of Life Group and will attend their next online meeting. Others were old hands at branch activities and one PwP actually had four Zoom meeting that day (the Blether, NeuroDynamics and a couple of other things later in the day).

We were able to determine that people feel continuing this as a monthly activity is a worthwhile thing. Many fear that a return to face-to-face Branch Get Togethers is not likely until 2021. So, with the winter approaching, we will continue with online Coffee and Blethers, which will be monthly on Wednesday at 11am (details will be e-mailed).

We got feedback that a speaker, or a quiz would be good. n fact talk then moved to whether it might be a good idea to have some additional ‘themed’ groups. Crafts, sport, and gardening were all mentioned.

So for now Chairman David Adams is creating a Branch Social Group to pursue interests and one-off events, on an online perspective. To do this we hope that Branch Members will not only participate but perhaps offer to host or co-host, or indeed be a speaker. Nothing formal, but more of a share-and-tell. We feel the membership has a lot of very interesting people, with a story to tell. We saw that when we did Lines, Laughs and Lockdown.

If you have any ideas for smaller themed groups, or would like to offer help to organise any one-off activity, please email:

Normal service details...

Branch Meetings can be informal - a chance to talk and discuss worries and experiences - or may include a presentation by an invited speaker, such as a healthcare professional or complementary therapist.

The Edinburgh Branch welcomes family members and carers, and involve health or social care professionals.

We provide:

- Opportunities for members to meet, share experience and support each other.
- Information about health and life style issues.

Please see for branch meetings.

Contact person: Liz Hume Tel: 07594 481175 Website:

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Edinburgh Branch Parkinson’s UK

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