Module 1: What is Parkinson's?

How much do you know about Parkinson's? You'll find out all about the condition in this first part of your volunteer induction.

Welcome to module 1

Parkinson's UK volunteer Dick gives a quick introduction to Module 1 in this short video. 

What you'll learn

You might be affected by Parkinson's yourself and have some knowledge of the condition. Or you might not know much about it yet.

Each person's experience of Parkinson's is different. As a volunteer, it's important that you understand how the condition affects someone so that you can talk about our work and/or best support people affected by Parkinson's.

At the end of this module, you can expect to be able to:

  • explain that people with Parkinson's don't have enough of a chemical called dopamine because some of the nerve cells in their brain have died

  • list the common symptoms of Parkinson's

  • understand that everyone's experience of Parkinson's is different

  • interact with people with Parkinson's appropriately

  • provide our website address and helpline number for people who want to find out more about living with Parkinson's

Task 1: Discover the basics

What causes Parkinson's? What are the symptoms and how does it affect someone's everyday life?

For an overview of the key facts about the condition, watch this video presented by BBC journalist Jane Hill.

Task 2: Pop quiz

Thinking about what you know about Parkinson's and what you've learned from the video in Task 1, decide whether each of the statements in our balloon pop challenge are true or false.

Click through to pop each balloon and see if you were right.

Module 1: Top tips

  1. Make a note of our website and helpline number 0808 800 0303, a confidential service providing support to anyone affected by Parkinson's. Use them to point people in the right direction if you're asked for advice or information about living with Parkinson's.
  2. Ask your staff contact if you're not sure how to find out an answer to a question you or someone you're helping has about living with Parkinson's. They can suggest where to find out more.
  3. Visit the information and support section of our website to find out more about how Parkinson's affects someone's everyday life and what treatments and therapies there are to treat it.