As our name suggests, ParKanDo is all about shifting the focus to what you ‘Kan Do’. Member surveys identify preferred activities for development. Where possible, funding is sourced for pilot programs.
The intent is for successful activities to be offered on an ongoing basis. Check out the programs offered by ParKanDo, external facilitators of successful pilots and third parties running activities that may be of interest.
ParKanDo offers activities online using Zoom and in person (when permitted).
To receive invitations to all ParKanDo activities and events, simply become a member. It’s free to JOIN!
2023 Monthly Meeting Program
This year ParKanDo Monthly Meetings will be held on the last Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise stated. In response to member feedback, a change has been made to the program with Guest Speakers, presenting on a variety of topics, every second month.
Every other month will be coffee and a chat giving everyone more of an opportunity to meet and connect with others locally. This was trialled in late 2022 and thoroughly enjoyed by members.
Meetings are held in Newport with ample parking on site. We look forward to seeing you throughout 2023.
View the 2023 Monthly Meeting Progam.dowload schedule
Young & Early Onset (YEO) Group
The YEO Group supports younger people diagnosed with Parkinson’s. A common misconception is that Parkinson’s only affects older people. Many are now diagnosed under 65. In fact, twenty percent are under 50.
Juggling work and family whilst living with this chronic condition are just some of the unique and specific challenges facing those with young onset Parkinson’s. Under 65 and impacted by Parkinson’s, then this is the group for you!
Held on a bi-monthly basis the YEO group explores the challenges of early onset Parkinson’s and allows group members to support each other through these unique challenges.Enquire about YEO
Held annually, the Activities Fair presents a broad range of activities and support services for people impacted by Parkinson’s.
ParKanDo’s Activities Fair is full of fun, where numerous presenters have 5 minutes each to demonstrate or tell us about their service or activity.
It provides an opportunity to explore activities anonymously and potentially choose options that appeal to you.View Activities fair flyer
Successful Pilots, Externally Facilitated
These activities were previously piloted by ParKanDo. They are now offered by third parties and attended by many ParKanDo members.
The sessions run concurrently online via Zoom and face to face (when permitted).
Master Movers focuses on strength and balance adaptable for seated or standing exercise.
The Victoria University pilot in 2020 was so successful, the program required a wait list within two weeks of commencement.
Exercise physiologists run the program. For further information download the flyer below.MasterMOvers Flyer
Photo courtesy of Victoria University.
Photo courtesy of Star Weekly.
Dance 4 Parkinson’s and Wellbeing
Dance 4 Parkinson’s and Wellbeing is a highly successful program, based on the Dance 4 Parkinson’s methodology.
Seated and standing options allows participation to suit the individual. People of all abilities are encouraged to come along and try the fun filled classes.
Further information: www.dance4all.online
These are external activities unconnected to ParKanDo that members have attended and enjoy.
Exercise your voice, Sing, Chat and Connect.
ParkinSong is a professionally-supported, fun-filled singing group program held in an uplifting and social environment.
It improves health and well-being.
ParkinSong can help you exercise your speech and voice and engage in communication.
For further information: contact Fight Parkinson’s to find your local ParkinSong group.
Phone: 03 8809 0400
Walker Close Community Close
The Centre has a welcoming atmosphere providing a range of programs and activities to the diverse community groups residing in Altona North, Brooklyn Neighborhood, and the surrounding areas of Hobsons Bay.
The facilities at Walker Close Community Centre & Brooklyn Community Hall include function rooms that can facilitate small or large groups for classes, activities, forums, family functions and gatherings. It has a warm and welcoming atmosphere accessible to all age, gender & CALD community groups.
“Our diversity is our beauty, and our strength is our unity.”
For more please visit: www.walkerbrooklyn.com.au
Gateway Community Services
GCS PD Challenger program:-
Combines the principles of neuroplasticity and strength training for the management of Parkinson’s and neurological conditions.
PD Challenger Program instructors are an Accredited Exercise Physiologists and a Personal Trainer who have completed the PD Warrior Training as well as other professional development in exercise for people with neurological conditions. Together our team offers vast experience required to support those living with PD and their care givers.
The program varies weekly providing stimulus for gross and fine motor control, cognition and works on symptom management.
Want to participate?
Phone: 03 9399 3511