New Parkinson’s Cafe for Dunbar Community

The Dunbar Craft Studio will open its doors on Thursday 3 June to welcome people with Parkinson's

A new cafe is opening this week for people with Parkinson’s in Dunbar and surrounding areas. The Dunbar Craft Centre and Community Shed will launch its new service this Thursday, 3 June. They've had 2 successful open days where locals were able to meet staff and view the services on offer.

About 12,400 people in Scotland have Parkinson’s, which is around 1 in every 375 adults.

Volunteer Kevin Blair is delighted to be part of such an exciting project. He said:

“Being diagnosed with Parkinsons is life changing and living with the condition can be extremely  difficult for the person and their loved ones. But getting the correct information and support  at the right time can make all the difference. 

“Parkinsons affects people differently and symptoms can be varied and occur at different time  scales. It's a debilitating disease for which there is no cure.  

“Meeting other people and sharing information and providing facilities for sufferers and their  partners and carers to do practical activities, or just chat, has to be an enormous benefit.  

“This is why it makes me proud to be part of a team of volunteers opening a Parkinson's Cafe for  people in Dunbar and the surrounding area.”

Katherine Crawford, Director of Services at Parkinson’s UK said: 

“We know that over a million people with Parkinson’s, family members, friends and carers have needed Parkinson’s UK more than ever during the pandemic. We also know that meeting others  living with Parkinson's is important, and many people are telling us they’re ready to consider  getting out in person again. 

“As we start to move out of restrictions and into a ‘new normal’, it is vital that we can continue to  support everyone affected by Parkinson’s, so that together, we can move towards everyone with  the condition feeling empowered to take back control of their life with Parkinson’s.” 

Due to ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, you'll need to book your place at the cafe.

You can do so by emailing [email protected], calling 07488260596 or via the Dunbar Parkinson’s cafe Facebook group