Future Meetings 

Future meeting dates are now confirmed as –   Sat 19th October and Sat 7th December.

Whenever we have set a next meeting date or dates for any events, they will appear here on this page. We promise to keep this section always up to date, so you can be sure when things will be happening and and never miss out on being a part of Life On The Level – your support group 

Members may attend with friends or family, and non members may attend if they would like to come and meet “our group” before deciding to join. As we have very generous venue hosts we have agreed to always pre-advise of the actual numbers planning to attend each meeting. So it is important that non members always contact the support group before attending please, so we can be ready to greet you and ensure we give you the best experience as a guest – but you are most welcome to come and say hello. [Members already advise on their own attendance and any guests via email and phone] 

Everyone is welcome – Just please let us know you are coming

Our Next Meeting Date is 

Saturday October 19th @ 2.00 pm  [Doors open for tea and coffee at 1.30pm] 

 [Also Available to watch and participate via FaceBook Live  – www.facebook.com/lifeonthelevelsupportgroup 

We have two great presentations at our next meeting

[Please Note – Toni Robinson was due to Present on Oct 19th, but this has now been re scheduled to Sat December 7th due to  personal reasons]

Guest Expert Speaker is

Michaela Burton 

Michaela is a vestibular audiologist, hypnotherapist and mind coach.  Working at Leicester’s renowned NHS Balance Clinic.

Michaela’s presentation will be on aspects of her work in helping so many balance disorder patients to find a better quality of life , through her approach to both the body and the mind. 

Title – “Yes and no…” It depends on how you look at it.  Perception of your experience and the meaning it has to you affects your response influencing what happens next. Stress and anxiety impacts balance and recovery.

If you have a balance condition and suffer with anxiety  – Michaela’s presentation is one to watch !

“Based in Leicester since 2000 I have had the benefit of working with Prof. Peter Peter Rea and Mr. Anil Banerjee, world renowned consultants in balance assessment and treatment, for many years. I have always found it very important to be a calm and approachable listener whilst helping people find what is right for them and assisting them achieve their aims in a way that provides the most benefit. My experience in treating people with imbalance led me obtaining my MSc degree in Audiology rehabilitation with specific interest in the effects of anxiety in imbalance . In addition I studied and gained the Diploma in hypnotherapy and mind coaching. 

I take great joy and pride in being able to help people with both the physical rehabilitation of their balance system and in improving their mental well being, whether this is directly associated with imbalance or from other factors or circumstances. 

You can find out more about Michaela, her work and how to contact her on  www.do-it-differently.co.uk

Group Member Presentation

After a short break we will then hear from our group member and supporter :-

Rupal Rajani – From BBC Radio Leicester

  

Rupal will speak about  – My life as a broadcaster and journalist –  and facing the challenges of a serious balance disorder, whilst maintaining my career.  

As an experienced Broadcast Journalist who has worked for the BBC for 29 years. Rupal has produced and presented various programmes at BBC Leicester, BBC Asian Network and East Midlands Today. Born in Uganda and arrived in the UK when she was only two, Rupal’s documented journey back to her country of birth won Rupal an a Race in the Media award in 2005. She has continued to present various programmes on BBC Radio Leicester and met and interviewed many celebrities in her time.

Around 9 years ago she was diagnosed with Vestibulopathy with Visual Preference. Damage to her inner ear which has affected her balance significantly. She was able to continue work after an absence of around 8 months with the help of the Leicester Balance Clinic and regular vestibular physiotherapy . The condition worsened again in early 2015 which led to her being off work for over two and half years. She works as a freelancer and writes about how the condition has affected her life and hopes to help others through her blog https://rupalrajani.blogspot.com/

Meeting Venue Information

Please note to cover the cost of drinks and all printed materials used in the meeting there is a voluntary contribution of £1, this is merely to try to cover actual costs

Leicester Race Course and their CEO Bob Bracken, have generously provided the facilities for our next group meeting. We are back in the Premier Suite, as per our meeting in June. Not only does this have a large seating capacity, but also has provision of ample free parking, ground floor facilities with no stairs or steps to access the meeting suite. The Race Course is well signposted and situated on the outskirts of Leicester –    Leicester Road, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4AL

Download a pdf with full directions to get to the racecourse and find our meeting room here Directions to Leicester Race Course Meeting Venue

Can’t Attend the meeting? 

You can always watch the live stream on the day of the meeting, on our Facebook page here :-  http://www.facebook.com/lifeonthelevelsupportgroup

Or  after the day of the meeting  we issue full meeting reports ( click here to view ) , normally with audio and video recordings of key presentations with any important information & web site links – to all members.  Please also remember that as isolation is a common problem faced by many members, we also provide our Balance Buddy program to maintain contact without the need to attend group meetings. For members with no internet or email access, we send hard copies to their home address. 

Any questions – please contact us and just ask. We are here to help.