Diane, a person with Parkinson's, with her Parkinson's local adviser

About us

We're the Parkinson's charity that drives better care, treatments and quality of life. Because we're here, no one has to face Parkinson's alone.

Our work across the UK

Our local teams work to support and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's across the UK.

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Our impact

Improving the quality of Parkinson's healthcare

We listen to people with Parkinson's and drive forward improvements in Parkinson's care services.

Our 2015-19 strategy included a target to improve the quality of care and narrow the gap between the best and least well performing Parkinson's services by 25% within 5 years.

Find out more about how we're improving the quality of Parkinson's healthcare.

Research is hope

Parkinson's research works best when people affected by the condition are driving it forwards.

That's why we empower people to get actively involved in all aspects of research through our growing Research Support Network.

Influencing our research

We bring people living with the condition and researchers together to shape, develop and plan research studies.

This ensures the studies are focused on the things that matter most, are practical and attractive for people to take part in.

In 2016 alone, members of our Research Support Network worked with 50 different research teams across the UK.

Making research happen

Better treatments and therapies can only be developed if people take part in research studies and trials.

We know that many people affected by Parkinson's are keen to take part in research but often don't know where to look for these opportunities.

That's why we highlight studies and trials on our website, and send them out to the Research Support Network.

In 2016, we helped 58 different Parkinson's studies find the participants they needed.

These included everything from clinical trials testing new treatments to studies exploring the complex genetics of the condition.

Better treatments, faster

We fund research to accelerate the development and testing of promising new Parkinson's treatments.

We're seeking a breakthrough treatment that can stop, slow down or reverse Parkinson's symptoms – something no existing treatment can do.

We tackle critical road blocks in the drug development process.

We're filling in the gaps and investing in big ideas so that we can get better treatments to the people who need them, faster.

Funding promising drugs

We fund research to develop life-changing new treatments.

Exploring ideas that show great promise but might be overlooked without our support.

We've stepped up to provide the funding and expertise to advance these carefully selected projects.

A unique approach that works

We were the major funder of a clinical trial of GDNF – a treatment with exciting potential to transform life for people with Parkinson's.

Without our support, the trial would not have been possible.

It's vital that we invest in more research to bring forward the day when we find a cure for Parkinson's.

Expert information and support

We provide expert information and support through our helpline, information content, local advisers and employment and benefits advisers.

One-to-one support

Each year, thousands of people affected by Parkinson's turn to our one-to-one support and information service.

Local advisers are just one of our forms of dedicated, tailored support for people with Parkinson's.

Providing the right level of support

Whether people affected by Parkinson's reach out online, by phone or in their local area, they will receive personalised support and accurate information every time.

Customer services excellence

People affected by Parkinson's are at the heart of everything we do, and providing a great customer experience is vital.

That's why we work hard to continue to achieve the Customer Service Excellence Standard.

Everyone who shared feedback told us that our information content helped them to take control of life with Parkinson's.

Vital support

Every year we connect thousands of people with Parkinson's with others living with the condition, empowering them to take control.

Connecting people

Our self-management groups support people with Parkinson's to come to terms with the condition and plan positively for their future.

Our peer support service, local groups, self management groups and online forum are just some of the ways we connect people with others who can share support, tips and inspiration.

Support from volunteers

We couldn't do any of this without our amazing volunteers, who give their time and expertise to run services and offer mutual support and friendship to people with Parkinson's.

Find your place

Watch our film and see how we're working together to bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinson's.