ParKanDo is a grassroots peer support group run solely by
volunteers with lived experience of Parkinson’s.
ParKanDo’s mission is to increase the number and diversity of member identified peer support
options in Melbourne’s West.
In mid-2019 four people met for coffee and a chat. Two with Parkinson’s and two carers. Even though each of their journeys was very different, they shared a great deal of enthusiasm.
The idea to form ParKanDo was born. ParKanDo is a grassroots peer support group with a difference. Formed and run by volunteers with lived experience, ParKanDo surveys members to identify preferred activities for development.
Launched in February 2020, just as COVID-19 hit, ParKanDo offered activities online via Zoom. Members were assisted with pro-bono tech support, to access and use the platform. ParKanDo now offers activities simultaneously, via Zoom and in person (where possible).
The original ParKanDo members meet for a coffee and the rest is history.
Year in Review Reports
Sept 2020 – Sept 2021
Despite COVID lockdowns and restrictions, ParKanDo went from strength to strength during its second year.
The membership grew to 67 and members remained active and connected through Zoom activities and events.
Read about our second year of operation in our Annual Review Report.download 2021 review