Rochester Riverside Community Board funds online Parkinson’s café

The Rochester Riverside Community Board has funded an online café for those living with neurological conditions, their families, and carers, that has been organised by Parkinson’s UK Medway and Medway Adult Education.

Taking place on the first Friday of each month, a cream tea will be delivered to participant’s homes, courtesy of Jaspers Community Café, for a ‘virtual afternoon tea’ that provides an opportunity to socialise and chat.

With current coronavirus restrictions preventing physical meetups and many having been advised to shield, leading to social isolation, events such as this provide an invaluable support network for those living with neurological conditions.

Parkinson‛s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world and the members of the Medway Working Age Group are some of the 145,000 people currently living with the degenerative condition in the UK. 

The homemade cream teas are being provided by Jaspers Community Café, another group which was launched last year and supported by the Rochester Riverside Community Board. The café, which provides an opportunity for people with learning difficulties and disabilities to be trained as volunteers, was forced to close temporarily due to the ongoing coronavirus situation. Determined to continue providing wholesome food across Rochester and beyond, they have delivered food parcels to customers, keeping local people fed and connected.

We are proud to have supported this small scheme, which will have a massive impact locally and continue our relationship, with both groups and the beneficiaries. This initiative follows the Community Board’s support of the Medway Neuro-Arts Festival in 2019, which highlighted the therapeutic benefit of the arts for those with neurological conditions and was part-funded through a £5,000 grant.

The Rochester Riverside Community Board was set up to ensure that the benefits of Rochester Riverside, Countryside and Hyde’s £419m regeneration scheme in Medway, are felt across the area, bringing to life worthwhile initiatives and ideas that enhance the local area with an annual budget of £30,000 available for selected community-led projects.

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Story posted: 19/11/2020

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