Ataxia means ‘lack of order’. People with Ataxia have problems with coordination, movement, balance, and speech. Over 10,000 people in the UK have a form of Ataxia. There is currently no cure but worldwide research is continuing.
Ataxia UK Sheffield and District Branch is part of the national charity Ataxia UK, the branch covers all of South Yorkshire. The group is comprised of a small number of people with different forms of Ataxia, plus their personal assistants/carers. They have been meeting once a month since 2006 at the Circle, an accessible, pleasant and friendly venue in the centre of Sheffield.
What we do
We are a branch of the National Charity Ataxia UK and have a chair and Treasurer, meetings are informal; members suggest what they are interested in, and what they would like to do. For example:
- A talk about ataxia by our local neurologist Professor Marios Hadjivassiliou.
- A talk by Professor Larry Parsons from Sheffield University about the latest research on the cerebellum
- Meeting about yoga, massage and meditation.
- Sharing information and getting to know each other.
- Kelham island Museum
- Creswell Crags
- Local restaurants
- Yorkshire Wildlife park
- Cannon Hall
- Sheffield museum
We have close connections with the Neurology Department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.