Support service

A NEW peer support service has been set up for people affected by Parkinson’s.

The scheme is part of the Parkinson’s UK helpline and aims to put people affected by the disease in touch with trained volunteers who are willing to share their own experiences.

It is open to sufferers, as well as carers, family members and friends, and can cover issues such as Deep Brain Stimulation, managing work and family life and coping with diagnosis.

The charity’s helpline is made up of expert advisors, including nurses and specialists, to provide information on medicine management, benefits, employment and social care.

The organisation also offers a national network of information and support workers, local groups and online support.

To contact the peer support service call the helpline on 0808 800 0303 or email peersupport@parkinsons.org.uk