There are now some virtual classes being run on Facebook by Parkinson’s UK - look at Parkinson’s UK Physical Activity and Exercise page, you’ll need to ask to join as it’s a closed group and also look at Parkinson’s UK page. The classes are then going on to the Parkinson’s UK YouTube page. I wasn’t aware of either of these existing so I’ve learnt something new to pass on to everyone I now meet!We’vealsohadamessagefromourSpecialistSpeechandLanguageTherapistNatalieMincher-Lockett:Hi everyone FirstlyIdosohopeyouareallkeepingsafeandkeepingwell.Howmuchthingshavechangedinsuch ashortspaceoftime.Itallfeelsalittlelikeadreamdoesn’tit?!Idon’tknowaboutyouall,butIcertainly missseeingothersandseeingyouallinthegroup.I’malsoanxiousthatwemaintainourspeechand don’tforgetourKEEPLOUDmoto!Although,I’mnotsurethiswouldeverhappengivenhowmuchI nag you all!!!Withthisinmind,wehavestartedavirtualgrouponlinethroughZoom.Theyhavebeenvery successful,ratherfunandhavebeenmucheasierthanweexpected-sopleasedon’tbeputoff!I wouldbemorethanhappytotalkpeoplethroughitandevenhavelittlepractiserunswithpeopleif needed.Ifyouwouldliketobepartofthisgroupthenpleasejustletmeknow.Ifyoucouldeitheremailmeon firstname.lastname@example.org,letmeknowyour mobilenumberandemailaddressandgiveconsentformetocontactyouthatwouldbebrilliant.OnceI have people’s details, I can then give them instructions of how to access the group. OurnextgroupisonThursday14Mayat2pm.Ifyouhaveanyqueriesorneedanymoreinformation pleasedon’thesitatetocontactme.Solookingforwardtoseeingyouall!Inthemeantimekeepsafe and keep well and most definitely KEEP LOUD!!Staying at home and managing your mental healthWe've been told to stay at home. And it's natural to feel worried, concerned about friends or family, or anxious about how your medical care might be affected. Parkinsons’ UK have shared some tips and ideas for looking after your mental wellbeing while you're staying at home:1.Keep in touch with people any way you canIt’s important to stay connected with family, friends and essential services as much as you can. Trytoschedulecontactwithothersintoyourdailyroutine,soyouspeaktoatleastonepersoneachday. Hold video chats with friends so you can see people as well as hearing their voices. Don’tbeafraidtoaskfamily,friends,orneighbourstogiveyouacall.Ifyoucan’tspeaktosomeoneyou know, the Parkinson’s UK helpline (0808 800 0303) can offer emotional support.Onlineforumscanhelpkeepyouconnectedwithotherpeople.YoucanjointheParkinson’sUKforumand start chatting to people who know what you're going through.2. Plan a routineThinkaboutyournormaldailyroutineandsticktoitasmuchaspossible.Forexample,trytogetupand dressed,eatandexerciseatthesametimeeachday.Keepingtoaroutinemaintainsasenseofnormality.It can also help you keep busy and distract you from thinking too much about other things.3. Be aware of where you're getting your information from and how much you're checking newsWecannowgetcontinuousnewsandinformationfromlotsofdifferentplaces.Youmightfindsomecontent worrying, overwhelming or in some cases misleading, so it is important to be mindful of this.