Volunteers come together for campaigner celebration
Campaigners gathered together in Birmingham to celebrate the hard work of our volunteers across the country and share tips and ideas on how best to campaign on issues that affect people with Parkinson’s, carers, and their families.
The event was a combination of fun activities, like a quiz, and training on how to build an effective campaigning team.
The group also heard from John Hinson, a campaigner in Humberside, who gave an inspiring speech about his involvement in our campaigns.
He was part of our local team fighting for better access to Parkinson’s nurses in Hull and East Riding. Because of the local campaign the Clinical Commissioning Group are now exploring commissioning a community based nurse.
He also campaigned against Northern Rail after they discriminated against him because of his Parkinson’s.
Sarah Smith, a local campaign volunteer and attendee said: “I am passionate about my involvement and have met some wonderful people, including everyone at the celebration. It’s so important as a volunteer to feel included and appreciated, so today was the icing on the cake.”
Benali Hamdache, Campaign Engagement Manager for Parkinson’s, said: “Our work wouldn’t be possible without volunteers and it was fantastic to bring together volunteers from across the country."
“Volunteers are crucial to helping us influence decision makers, as well as highlighting the issues people with Parkinson’s are facing in their local areas. It was great to share tips and ideas on how best to achieve campaign wins!”
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