Over 100,000 of us in the UK have MS. It's unpredictable and different for everyone. It's often painful, exhausting and can cause problems with how we walk, move, see, think and feel.
We know that 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 living with MS in the UK. Most see themselves as relatives or friends first and might not think of themselves as carers.
We're the MS Society. Whether you have MS, or care about someone who does, our community is here for you through the highs, lows and everything in between. We understand what life's like with MS.
We provide a range of free information and support for people living with MS on our website. You can also call our Freephone MS Helpline 0808 800 8000.
We're driving research into more – and better – treatments. For everyone. Together, we are strong enough to stop MS.
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 – 7pm, 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.