The MS Society are members of our committee and represented by Yvonne Trace Regional External Relations Officer Gtr Mcr Lancashire & South Cumbria - MS Society.
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition affecting your nerves. You get it when your immune system isn’t working properly. Your immune system normally protects you by fighting off infection, but in MS it attacks your nerves by mistake, and causes damage to the covering around your nerves, called Myelin. This prevents or hinders messages travelling from your brain to your spinal cord resulting in a range of symptoms which varies from person to person. For more information about MS, symptoms and management please visit our website.
The MS Society provides support for all people affected by MS
The MS Helpline is available for free on 0808 800 8000. It's there for anyone with a connection to MS. Professionally trained staff and volunteers are available between 9am and 7pm from Monday to Friday
MS Society Grants
There are two grants on offer:
Health and Wellbeing Grants are there for items and activities that will have a significant positive impact on your life. That means everything from holidays and car adaptations to wheelchairs and exercise equipment https://www.mssociety.org.uk/apply-health-and-wellbeing-grant
Carer's Grants can help fund activities that give unpaid carers a chance to relax or learn new skills.
Resources and Publications
The MS Society has a huge library of free resources covering everything important to people affected by MS. These include information on:
• Social Care
• Symptom management
• Research related to MS
Visit our website to see all publications
Local Support Groups
Our local support groups are run by experienced volunteers and they aim to:
Bring together people living with MS locally
Provide support to be physically active
Offer emotional support and a sense of community provide access to information
Influence national and local services
Raise vital funds to support our shared goals.
To find your local group, click on the link https://www.mssociety.org.uk/care-and-support/local-support
NB Many local groups and activities are currently suspended and staff are furloughed.
There's a new service available to people living in Manchester, Salford and Bolton called the Improving Quality of Life Project.
The MS Society wants to provide better access to information, support and services so it's partnered with Citizen's Advice Bureau on a pilot scheme that if successful could be rolled out across the UK. To find out more click here
For more information about any of the above please visit our website for the most up-to-date information