Parkinson’s disease is a devastating condition that slowly takes away movement, independence and the ability to live a normal life. People living with Parkinson’s often miss out on exercise and can experience social isolation which in turn impacts on their mental health.
Volunteer students at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are giving their time freely to support an amazing initiative led by LPM Dance in partnership with UCLan based at the UCLan Media Factory on Kirkham Street in Preston. Neuro Moves is an amazing programme of dance, movement and social inclusion that supports people living with Parkinson’s.
The Connect and Flow sessions are led by Mel Brierley of LMP Dance supported by a number of students from UCLan Dance. Participants enjoy a pleasant social interaction with peer groups as well as the students. This helps to improve their movement and co-ordination, be more confident in managing their daily lives, and above all, having some fun.
Ruth Spencer from UCLan carefully plans and coordinates the Connect and Flow Programme at UCLan. Ruth commented on how well those who join in the sessions have such a great time. The social element is as important as the activity. Helen Gould said: “We are delighted to have been recognised for our work that supports communities in Preston and this support will enable us to continue to deliver this important work that makes a difference to our community’s health and wellbeing.”
The members of Preston Guild Lodge No 4408 have donated £1,000 to help support this magnificent project delivering such high quality and value services to a particularly vulnerable section of the community. Helen Gould, Co-Director of LPM Dance said: “We are delighted to have been recognised for our work that supports communities in Preston and this support will enable us to continue to deliver this important work that makes a difference to our community’s health and wellbeing.”
Preston Guild Lodge is the appointed UGLE Universities Scheme Lodge covering UCLan. Together with their partners in Freemasonry for Women, the lodges provide an easy access into Freemasonry for both staff and students at UCLan. It has been an honour for the lodge to support the student volunteer activity.
Lodge members Cliff Jones, Noel Colley, David Parker, and Radi Cheosea (who is also a student at UCLan) delivered the cheque to the group and took part in the session. The cheque was received by Laurie Exton together with Mel Brierley and Student Volunteer Robyn Swift.