Improving MS support in Berwick

People in the Berwick area affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) are invited to share their views with the MS Society at an open evening later this month.

Friday, 18th May 2018, 08:21 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th May 2018, 10:25 am
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The event will be held on Thursday, May 31 from 5.30pm to 7pm at Berwick Rugby Club, Scremerston. It is part of an on-going consultation to improve the support provided by the group.

They want to hear from anyone affected by MS in the Berwick area, about the kind of activities and services people would be keen to get involved with or access more locally.

Mary Douglas, chairman of Scotland Council at the MS Society, will provide a short talk on the vision for the MS Society, highlighting current and future plans within the organisation. Mary also sits on the National Board of Trustees and will give insights into the operational aspirations for the Society.

There will then be an opportunity for everyone to come together and discuss what is needed in the area and what options might be available to support things to happen.

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People may wish to come together socially, to see therapeutic or exercise services develop to complement the support offered by statutory services such as the MS nurses or occupational health services. The organisation can respond to and build on the aspirations of those who live locally who are affected by MS.

MS affects more than 100,000 people in the UK and symptoms typically appear in people in their 20s and 30s. MS attacks the nervous system, causing a range of unpredictable symptoms, including problems with balance, fatigue, cognitive issues and pain.

There will be refreshments. It would be useful to know potential numbers so anyone interested is asked to leave a message on 020 8827 0369 or email Sheila.greenwood@mssociety.org.uk

Sheila Greenwood, one of the local Network officers supporting the groups said: “This consultation event is a great opportunity for people to come along with their ideas and thoughts on how services might be developed in the area, it is also a great way of meeting other people affected by MS from the local community. You don’t need to be an MS Society member to attend - everyone affected by MS is welcome.”

Volunteers from both the Alnwick and district and Borders Groups of the MS Society will also be available to answer questions about the support they provide.