People living with Parkinson's are able to receive free memberships at leisure centres across Stevenage and North Hertfordshire.

The initiative, co-designed by Everyone Active and Parkinson's UK, provides access to gym, swim and group exercise classes, as well as online Synergy Dance classes.

A free membership will also be given to up to three carers to provide additional support if needed.

Currently, Everyone Active support 19 individuals in Stevenage alone with Parkinson’s.

The Comet: Free memberships are available at Everyone Active's leisure centres across Stevenage and North Herts.Free memberships are available at Everyone Active's leisure centres across Stevenage and North Herts. (Image: Everyone Active)

The memberships are on offer at:

  • Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre
  • Stevenage Swimming Centre
  • North Herts Leisure Centre
  • Hitchin Swimming and Fitness Centre
  • Fearnhill Sports Centre
  • Royston Leisure Centre

Gary Abrams, from Royston, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s nine years ago. He said: “It’s definitely worth joining, all the exercises are specific to those with Parkinson’s and they’re different to what I’m used to so it’s great to do something new which I know will be of benefit to my symptoms and general wellbeing.”

Parkinson’s is the fastest-growing neurological condition in the world and there is currently no cure. It affects around 145,000 people in the UK and there are more than 40 symptoms, from tremor and pain to anxiety.


Being physically active can play an important role in living well with Parkinson’s. Those living with the condition can find various activities, such as swimming, walking and dance, beneficial in managing their symptoms.

Allan Prescott, Everyone Active’s contract manager for Stevenage, said: “We are immensely proud to be partnering with Parkinson’s UK for the third year running, and truly believe the membership makes a real difference to the lives of those living with the condition and their carers.

“We want to provide a safe and welcoming environment where the whole Parkinson’s community feel supported as they exercise, and are confident we have an activity for all, no matter what your age, ability or fitness level.”

Sarah Kingsley, service director for place at North Herts Council, added: “This is a fantastic scheme helping those in the district living with Parkinson’s. A regular exercise programme can really help manage physical symptoms and improve mental health, and importantly their carers can join and support them.”

Those with underlying health conditions such as heart problems, diabetes or breathing issues should contact their GP before starting any new activity.

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