Four new support groups have been set up across Wiltshire for people living with Parkinson's and those who have a connection to it.

According to Parkinson’s UK, around 153,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with the condition, including more than 4,000 in Wiltshire and Dorset. 

Parkinson’s UK offer local monthly meetings to provide advice and support to areas such as Salisbury, Bradford-on-Avon and Trowbridge.

New groups have now been created in Marlborough, Devizes and two in Royal Wootton Bassett.

The groups vary from informal café meetings to events with guest speakers or fundraisers.

Jane Henderson, a network support officer at Parkinson’s UK, said: “Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s can be a shock and adapting to life with the condition can be hard for the person involved and their loved ones too.

“But we know that getting the right information and support at the right time can make all the difference.  

“That’s why our local groups and networks have an important part to play for people in Wiltshire.

“It is vital that we can support everyone affected by Parkinson’s, so that together, we can move towards everyone with the condition feeling empowered to take back control of their life with Parkinson’s."