CHRISTCHURCH’s Parkinson’s UK branch is at risk of closure as it urgently appeal for more volunteers to support the group.

The branch has been successfully ran for 42 years and is popular with regular attendees however, a recent decline in volunteers may force it to close.

The group meets at Catherine’s Hill and is need of a branch chair, branch secretary and branch committee volunteers to keep the group operating.

Volunteers ensure people with Parkinson’s can access activities that make a difference to them.

Branch chair will act as leader, branch secretary will be responsible for organising the committee and committee volunteers are described as the ‘heart and soul of the group’.

Josie Taylor, Network Support Officer, Parkinson’s UK said: “Activities provided by local groups are a lifeline for people in the local area who are living with Parkinson’s, but unless new volunteers step forward people could be left without the support they need.

“If you can spare anything from a few hours a month we’d love to welcome you to volunteer alongside the amazing people who are part of the group - because with your support we really can change lives.

“As well as making a big difference to people living with Parkinson’s in your local community, volunteering is a great opportunity to try something new, have new experiences, and meet new people. Join us today!”

Around 153,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with Parkinson’s, including approximately 4,014 across Dorset and Wiltshire.

Parkinson's UK is the UK's leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's through pioneering research, information, support and campaigning.

The Christchurch and District support group meets on the fourth Monday of each month from 2pm until 4pm at St. Catherine's Hill Community Hall,  17 Marlow Drive, Christchurch, BH23 2RR. 

For further details about the volunteer vacancies for the Christchurch and District Branch, contact Josie Taylor, Network Support Officer, on 0344 225 3744 or