Our work in Scotland

Around 12,400 people have a diagnosis of Parkinson's in Scotland. That is about 1 in every 375 adults. And this number is growing. 

This year another 1500 people will be diagnosed with Parkinson's – about 30 people each week.

About half of people live with more advanced Parkinson's. This means that symptoms are complex, and medication does not manage them effectively.

Parkinson's affects people of any age. In Scotland almost 1 in 6 is aged under 65 while 1 in 3 are aged over 80.

Our work

We're on a mission to change attitudes, support one another and find a cure. Our small staff team and more than 300 volunteers are based in communities across Scotland. We work together to improve the lives of people with Parkinson's and the people who love and care for them.


There are more than 40 local groups in Scotland providing friendship and support for people with Parkinson's and the people in their lives.

Our volunteer-led Scotland Development Team is working to develop accessible, local resources that people with Parkinson's need to live well with the condition. Resources like exercise, singing groups, dance and creative activities.

On our frontline are 9 Parkinson's local advisers, who work in communities across the country to provide free and confidential information and support, and access to the right information on social security and other entitlements.

We provide self-management courses, online and face-to-face, to help people with Parkinson's and carers increase their resilience and knowledge about the challenges that Parkinson's brings.

Improving services

Our team helps to support 3 regional networks of health and care professionals with a special interest in Parkinson's and improving local care and services. We also provide education and training to health and care professionals, to help them drive up the quality of care they provide.

We also work to raise vital funds to support and grow our activities, and to raise awareness of Parkinson's. We work with the whole Parkinson's community to influence local and national services, and campaign to change things for the better.

To keep up to date with what's happening across the Parkinson's community in Scotland see Spark - our new newsletter.

Newsletter of events and news for the Parkinson's community in Scotland.

See what you helped us to achieve in Scotland in 2018.

Quick facts about Parkinson's in Scotland

People. Parkinson's. Scotland.

Read our comprehensive report on the provision of Parkinson's services in Scotland.

Report examining Parkinson's services across Scotland.