Partnership with Parkinson's UK helps people stay active.

Two women walk along the cliff tops at Souter Lighthouse and the Leas

We’re teaming up with Parkinson’s UK to help people living with Parkinson’s in the North East become and stay more active.

Parkinson’s Power is helping people with Parkinson’s to access enjoyable opportunities to improve their physical and mental health.

We've teamed up with Parkinson's Power to make selected places in the region more Parkinson’s friendly; giving training to staff and volunteers and hosting Parkinson’s health walks and activities.

There are nearly 6000 people in the North East living with Parkinson’s. Being physically active and exercising can help people to live well with the condition.

" The National Trust is committed to making sure everyone can access the outdoors and take part in activities that support mental and physical health and well being. Ensuring our staff and volunteers are equipped to welcome everyone and offering activities which can be enjoyed by as many people as possible is an important part of that. "
- Robyn Brown, Assistant Director Operations, North East

Weekly Parkinson’s Power walks are now being run at Souter Lighthouse and the Leas, led by Parkinson’s awareness trained volunteers.

With the pace and distance tailored to suit everyone, the route takes in the wildlife and views along the coast with carers, family and friends welcome to join in.

Walks and events are also planned for Gibside, Cherryburn and Ormesby Hall.

There is currently no known cure and symptoms include tremors, slow movement and stiff and inflexible muscles, although those with the condition can also experience a range of other symptoms such as problems with balance, insomnia and depression and apathy.

Remaining physically active and exercising is one way of helping people to live well with Parkinson’s, and research shows that it can help with mobility and balance as well as improved physical and mental wellbeing.

Parkinson’s Power Project Support Officer Anna Castiaux is keen to get started on the project and is asking for anyone who is interested to get in touch.

Anna said: “This is a great opportunity to meet new people, visit some lovely parts of the region and become healthier.

“We’d love to see people with Parkinson’s and their families and friends all benefitting from the project”.

Parkinson’s Power is funded by the Sport England Active Aging Fund.