I do not have PD - so I'm a PwoP (Person with-out Parkinson's)and have volunteered when I can to support researchers as a control subject.
A few times I have been told that it is not always easy for the researchers to get the numbers of volunteers who don't have PD to take part in their research.
I have got in touch with researchers, who have advertised for participants on this website, and offered to travel to take part. Initially I expected they would say 'No!' you live too far away.....but not so!
I work in a school and live south of London - but have been called to take part in research in Manchester and Birmingham. When I've spoken to the researchers they tell me they often have plenty of PwP but not PwoP!! So I have been asked to take part in spite of the difficulty of fitting me in as I work full-time and the time and cost implications of living where I do in relation to their labs....
Go to 'Research' on this site...then follow the links through 'Get involved in Research' to 'Take part...' then scroll through the list of projects...
I know that the project about 'Learning New Movements' in Birmingham is looking for PwoP to be able to get the right number of people to have a statistically sound piece of research, and as age matches for their PwP volunteers.
I have just been in touch with the 'Investigating Pain in Parkinson's' research team in Manchester and they have said they will ask me to take part in the summer if they don't in the end recruit subjects from close by.
I love being part of the research projects and have had some really good conversations with people on the train journeys...(I always wear a PUK T-shirt)...and raise awareness of PD. I have met a specialist geriatric nurse, and a Dr who was doing genetic research, and a young man whose father had recently been diagnosed and knew nothing about PUK---he does now!