We're the national charity for the 100,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in the UK. We are dedicated to improving treatment and care to help people with MS take control of their lives. And with your support, we are funding research that we believe will help us beat MS for good.
Why we support Carers Week
We’re dedicated to supporting all people affected by MS in the UK, and most will need support from family and friends at some point. We support Carers Week to:
- Encourage more carers to recognise their role
- Raise awareness of support available
- Celebrate the important role that families and carers have in the support of people with MS
- Work with partners to campaign for better support for carers
"Three quarters of people with MS will rely on care and support from family and friends at some point. That means there could be a least 75,000 carers of people with MS in the UK. Most see themselves as relatives or friends first and don’t define themselves as carers; the MS Society is here to inform and encourage them to recognise themselves as carers so they can access support they might otherwise not get.
"We’re proud to be part of Carers Week which recognises the importance and amazing contribution families, carers and friends make in the support of people with MS." Patricia Gordon, Acting Chief Executive, MS Society
Our support for carers
For confidential emotional support you can ring our award-winning free helpline on 0808 800 8000. It’s open from 9am-9pm, Monday-Friday.
We offer a range of publications for carers, including a handbook with practical information and advice on basic caring skills, and a dedicated guide for young carers. You can get hold of these from our website, or the UK Information Team on 020 8438 0799.
We have a UK-wide network of over 300 local branches which offer emotional and practical support, grants, information and social events. Find your local branch, and other local services and events by clicking here.
Our dedicated web pages have information about sources of support and links to carers’ organisations. There’s also a very popular carers discussion board where you can talk to others in a similar situation by clicking here.
We campaign for carers and work with parliamentarians, policy makers and other partners to improve services and support for carers. Visit our website to find out about or get involved in our campaigns.