SKIPTON and District Parkinson's Support Group is marking today's (April 11) Parkinson's Awareness Day with the news the future of the group is safe.

In February, the support group, which meets once a month in the Hub at Skipton Town Hall, said it was under threat of closure, unless more volunteers came forward.

A spokesperson said: "We’re pleased to confirm the future of our group is safe, as existing volunteers have taken on extra tasks. However, new volunteers are always welcome, whether serving teas and coffees at our monthly Hub Club, or working behind the scenes organising events and donations."

The group offers information, friendship and support to people with Parkinson's, their family and carers and meets at the town hall on the third Thursday of each month, from 2pm to 3.30pm for a cuppa, a biscuit and a chat.

Parkinson's is a neurological condition causing muscle tremors, slowness of movement and muscle stiffness, as well as non-motor symptoms, including anxiety, depression and hallucinations. In the UK, 153,000 people are currently living with the condition.

Advice, information and support for anyone affected by Parkinson’s also available via the Parkinson’s UK website,, or the free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303; anyone able to volunteer with the Skipton group can email