Plymouth Support Group

This is a page for the Plymouth Support Group which will be edited by Plymouth member John Crosswaite. The group meet regularly on a fortnightly basis in the Prayer Room, Local Care Centre, Mount Gould PL4 7QD from 10:30 till 12:00. If entering from the road through the main entrance turn right and the room is just along the corridor.
There is always the opportunity to share ideas or request advice from the Area Nurse Andrew, or Specialist HD Adviser Charles, who are usually present.

Friday 20th April 2018
Louise from “Improving Lives Plymouth” will be joining us for a further taster session of Boccia – see below for possibility of more regular sessions. Unfortunately this event had to be cancelled at short notice and will be re-booked at a later date.

Friday 1st June 2018

Friday 15th June 2018

Here is a pdf of 2018 dates you can view or print and pin to the wall

Plymouth HD Support Group Meeting dates 2018

Boccia Group for HD Community
Boccia is a boules type game which is designed for people of all physical abilities to be able to participate in.
The aim is to get your ball as close to possible to the white “Jack” ball as you can.
The balls can be released in a variety of ways depending on ability, they can be thrown, kicked, pushed off the lap or even released with assistance from a ramp.


We have an opportunity to set up a community group at Ginko House Harley, where participants and their Carers can enjoy the benefits of playing this game regardless of ability. There will be a trained group leader in attendance and refreshments with all comfort facilities in easy reach.
1 hour will cost £25 so a minimum of 8 people would be needed to keep costs at a reasonable level.
In future “Ooomph sessions” (music and armchair exercise) could also be organised by our friends at “Improving-Lives Plymouth”

Please contact Andrew Parkinson (HD Nurse) on 01752 434535
or Lee Houghton on 07508 915 996 if you are interested in joining in.

A tale of two tickets
A year ago we bought a couple of tickets for the “Grand Prize draw” organised as part of an event through Jamie and his teams on both sides of the Tamer. We didn’t think much of it until Roy walked into the meeting and presented us with two envelopes, 2 7 day passes to the Nuffield Gym, and a day pass for a family of four at Morwellham Quay.
Now I don’t pump iron (except the cycle) but our son’s partners little girl has been taking swimming lessons, so I thought a weeks intensive swimming every day for a week during the holidays would be just the job. I hadn’t been swimming for several years, following a major operation, but sure enough, a couple of weeks later she swapped her orange hat for a yellow one and went up a group.
Then recently we managed to use the the Morwellham ticket, having a grand day out on the only dry day of the holiday. Many thanks to Jamie’s hard working teams for their support and of course The Nuffield and Morwelham for theirs.

Explaining what the settle was. And yep in the old days you still had to dress like this even when the stove was lit!
John Crosswaite

Seasonal exchanges
A fine crop of Seasonal jumpers graced the Christmas meeting where we enjoyed the usual quick quiz,  a raffle and thanks for everyone for bringing prizes and buying tickets, I think everyone went home with at least 2 prizes, if not more.

Charles kindly provided some nibbles towards lunchtime, and at the end of the meeting we were able to say goodbye to our Support Worker, Linda, who is moving on to pastures new on the other side of the Tamar.

We will be sorry to see Linda go as she had provided sterling support to the HD Nurse and been instrumental in finding out patients and carers need and co-ordinating the various agencies to assist them. We presented Linda with a card and some flowers and wish her well on the next stage of her life journey.

Support Group members get active
In the run up to Christmas members of the group have been taking part in golf exercises

and also Boccia at the Life Centre, from where Louise and Larissa from the charity  “Improving Lives Plymouth” (formerly Plymouth Guild)  came to one of our meetings to tell us about all the opportunities they offer for all ability activity at various venues around the city.  They then got us all involved in a game of Boccia (from the Marbles/Bowls/Boules family)

We understand one or two people are getting very competitive and have been promoted to the higher divisions.  Maybe they are also thinking about fitness and their figures before the midwinter feast?

Quilting “Bug” passed on in the family
When Plymouth Support Group member Marilyn was working she took several classes a week in Patchwork and Quilting, and also guided a great number of individuals over a span of 20 years or so in the intricacies of applique and creative embroidery.
One of Marilyn’s students passed on the quilting bug to her daughter Linda, now resident in East Anglia. Linda has kindly organised a sale of work and raised £200 in benefit for the HDA HQ funds. Linda made up beautiful quilts, bags, cushions and “Santa sacks” – always popular at this time of year – and everything was sold.

Thanks to the local HD community in East Anglia for taking an interest in Linda’s event, and thank you Linda, and no doubt family and friends, for all the time you have put in and your kind support.