Ataxia UK heads to Stirling for our Scottish Conference

Our Scottish Conference will take place on Saturday 23 June 2018 at the Stirling Court Hotel, and is packed full of events and workshops tailored to our Friends who live in Scotland. The deadline has passed for booking this conference. 

What’s in store?

Read the full agenda for the conference here.

The conference will begin at 10.00am and run until 5.00pm, with registration and coffee opening at 9.30am.

Professor Rita Horvarth from Newcastle’s Specialist Ataxia Centre will be on the platform for our Doctor’s Q&A; Anja Lowit will be discussing her speech and language therapy research trial; research updates will be given by our Research Officer Dr Julie Vallortigara and Natalie Frankish, the Scottish representative of the Genetic Alliance, will tell us about their rare disease work in Scotland. Scottish Huntington’s Disease Association will talk about the financial advice project we are hoping to launch with them in Scotland.

Various people will be sharing their tips on coping with ataxia in our ‘It Works for Me’ sessions, and if you’re affected by a recent diagnosis, you can learn more about the condition in our ‘All About Ataxia’ breakout. There will be a yoga breakout and we hope to have someone available to provide massage.

We aren’t planning to host a children’s event or a Conference Dinner, so if you're interested in dining together on Friday evening, please indicate this in your booking.


Booking are now closed for the Scottish Conference; but all is not lost! Why not join us for the Annual Conference in the East Midlands this October 


Applications for the bursary scheme for the Scottish Conference are now closed. For anyone who has had their application accepted, please remember to claim for your reimbursement in the four weeks following the conference.

Thanks to a generous donation made by one of our Scottish Friends, we have a special fund dedicated to award Scottish delegates two bursaries this year, for those who are attending the Scottish Conference and the Annual Conference in 2018. Both bursaries cover 50% of overnight accommodation, transport and attendance fees.                            


For attendees to the conference, please send your completed breakout forms to Mike Garrett at [email protected] .


There are a limited number of adapted rooms available at the Stirling Hotel and more available at several others in the local area. You  must reserve adapted rooms through Mike Garrett ([email protected]). Please only reserve an adapted room if essential, as others may be in greater need.

For all other bookings, please book directly with the hotel by calling 01786 451712 and quoting our reference number: 187106 to get our negotiated price.


Parking is free and plentiful at Stirling Court and we’ve reserved all available Blue Badge spaces. All parking is close to the hotel and there is room for drop-offs.

If you have any queries about the booking process or conference in general, please contact Steph Marley at [email protected] or Mike Garrett at [email protected] . You can also call the office on 020 7582 1444.

Bookings for this event have not yet opened. Please check back, or stay in touch via our social media channels or e-newsletter to stay informed of updates.