More than 100,000 people live with multiple sclerosis in the UK. Every one of them shares the uncertainty of life with MS.
Symptoms typically appear when people are in their 20s or 30s. It can take a long time for MS to be diagnosed. When it is, the news can be scary and life changing. MS can cause sudden attacks, or progress slowly from the outset.
The MS Society is the leading UK charity for people with MS. We’re fighting for better treatment and care to help people with MS take control of their lives. We're funding research that we believe will beat MS for good.
Why we support Carers Week
Around three quarters of people with MS will rely on care and support from family and friends at some point. That means there is a huge community of people affected by MS in the UK. Most see themselves as relatives or friends first and might not think of themselves as carers.
Michelle Mitchell is Chief Executive of the MS Society:
“We’re proud to again be backing Carers Week in 2016. It’s amazing to be part of something that recognises the remarkable work thousands of families, carers and friends do every day to support people around the UK who are living with MS.”
We support Carers Week to:
- Reach out to families and encourage more carers to recognise themselves in that role so they can access support they might not otherwise get
- Raise awareness of information and services that are available for families and carers
- Celebrate the important role that families and carers play in supporting people with MS
- Influence decision-makers and ensure that carers have access to the information and services they need
How we support families and carers
We provide information
There is also lots of information on our website, and an online discussion forum specifically for carers.
We provide emotional support
Families and carers can call our confidential freephone MS Society helpline on 0808 800 8000, from 9am – 9pm, Monday to Friday.
We provide grants
Our Carers' grant fund provides grants for things like leisure activities and personal development. There are three chances to apply – as a young carer, as a ‘transitional’ carer aged 16 – 24, and as an adult carer. We also have the Short Breaks and activities fund, to which carers can apply for help towards the cost of a wide range of different types of breaks.
We provide local support
We have a UK-wide network of 268 local branches that offer emotional and practical support, information, grants and social activities and events.
Find your local branch 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.