First Steps Women’s Centre

Parkinson’s Awareness Week 2017

Since 1969 we’ve been working tirelessly to help find better treatments for people with Parkinson's. Whilst we've made developments in some areas, the last significant drug discovery for Parkinson's was over 50 years ago.

We know Parkinson's drugs aren’t good enough. They don't stop, slow down or reverse the condition or its effects. They can only mask some symptoms for a time – and they can have distressing side effects.

People with Parkinson's need a breakthrough. And we won't wait any longer.

That's why in Parkinson's Awareness Week, which will run from 10-16 April 2017 we'll be launching our new campaign – We Won’t Wait – asking the public to donate and support our new research approach. We’ll also be raising awareness of the need for better treatments.

We'll be providing you with all the information and resources you need to get involved. Only through your support we can find better treatments in years, not decades.

Credit Rated Learning Programme

Do you work with people with Parkinson’s in the Health and Social Care Sector or know anyone who does? Would you like to develop and share your knowledge of the condition with staff and peers to improve awareness and understanding of Parkinson’s?

Our Facilitator Workshops can provide you with all you need to deliver the ‘Understanding Parkinson’s Learning Programme’

What’s Involved?

  • 10 hours online learning in Parkinson’s awareness, which must be completed prior to training days.
  • 2 days of in depth Facilitator Training.
  • Learning resources and support from UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network will be provided to enable you to cascade learning and improve awareness and understanding of Parkinson’s to staff in your organisations.

Places are limited and we advise early booking to avoid disappointment.

For more information and to request a booking form contact NI Education Adviser, Nuala Campbell on 0344 225 3681 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We will be responding to the most recent consultations from the Northern Ireland Executive and would like to hear your comments.

The Programme for Government consultation document and related papers are available to view on the NI Executive Website at: and will the consultation will remain open until 5pm on 23 December.

The office of the Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland is holding a free event on 13 December at the Clayton Hotel in Belfast to discuss the Programme for Government and its lack of reference to older people. Officials from The Executive Office will also be speaking. The event will take place from 10am-noon and will be followed by a full Christmas lunch. Please confirm your attendance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for catering purposes

The Health and Social Care Transformation – Consultation on Criteria for Reconfiguring Health and Social Care Services will close at 5pmon 20 January 2017 and all associated documents can be found here.

If you would like to share your views on either consultation, please email Campaigns, Policy and Communications Officer, Caroline McEvoy, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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