This was the title of Parkinson’s UK Joint Education Day. Not a reference to the possible use of cannabis for people with Parkinson’s but recognition of an event brought into being by two branches of Parkinson’s UK. The Mid Cornwall and the West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly branches brought us a day that focussed on Friendship, Fellowship and Fun.
The conference moved through the introductions to the first session. Standup comedy by Maggy Whitehouse a comedienne. This was a good idea and a response to feedback from previous events that it could be a bit heavy. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite come off. The vicar wasn’t vicarious enough for us.(we didn’t live her experiences ). She didn’t manage to connect with us.and we responded passive and polite.
She was followed by Dr Christine Schofield and Julie with a request for participants in a research trial connected to the smell of Parkinson’.s. I was next with a 5 minute slot to promote two of my books Park Climate Change and Laughter the 2nd Best Medicine.
The next session involved a choice from an impressive selection of five workshops. These were singing, benefits, hypnotherapy, pilates and food tasting. Lunch was followed by a set of six workshops. These were boxing, Cornwall Carers, mental images to motivate, gt creative, active plus, and container planting. The number and variety of the sessions was highly impressive and I personally found the boxing session extremely useful.
The final session, an open session with a cream tea allowed for networking and mingling.
This was the latest in a line of well organised Education Day whose success has been built on a foundation of hard work and dedication of two local Parkinson’s UK branches. I would also like to mention the caterers who I felt were very attentive to participants needs.
Thank you to everyone involved.
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