Over the weekend of 31st August and 1st September the annual Young Person’s Residential event took place at Stirling University in Scotland attracting well over 100 people.
The purpose of the event is to bring together working-age people with Parkinson’s from all over Scotland. The event provides opportunities to share information, receive advice and support, meet new people and experience new things.
Pat Salter, co-founder of Fighting Fit, was invited to the event in order to learn things that could be useful for the Fighting Fit programme.
Pat said “It was welcoming, fun and informative from the off. The organisers built a trusting mood that neatly glued the two days together. I greatly enjoyed the technology session in particular as well as the talk on medication”.
Asked about the programme Pat added “The event was designed to keep sessions participative, active and on time – and it worked. In spite of the breadth of content for our Fighting Fit weekend we will be trying to do the same!”.
Pat’s final thoughts were “Personally I got a huge amount from the event, not least the motivation to keep going, help others and keep the glass half full”.
Fighting Fit is an innovative residential weekend programme for younger and working-age people with Parkinson’s that encourages self-management. The aim is to provide information and sign-posting, to share experiences and discuss the practical and emotional impact of living and working with Parkinson’s.