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Working together with Clacton and District MS Society: Information day 11.06.15

Ryan from the MS-UK Helpline team has been invited by the Clacton and District Branch of the MS Society to be one of the speakers at their next ‘Information Day’ on Saturday 11 June at Holland Public Hall, Clacton-on-Sea.

The event is open to people with MS, carers, family, partners and friends and anyone with an interest in MS. The event will run from 10:00am – 3:30pm. If you want to come along and be a part of the day booking a place is essential. Please download the booking form and follow the registration instructions.

For people from the Tendring district of Essex this will be a good opportunity to mix with other people with MS, get some up to date information, learn from each other and the professionals involved. Along with Ryan, the programme is filled with interesting and engaging speakers. It’s a real mix of essential information and also a presentation that will be quite fascinating and out of the ordinary.

Fiona Symonds from Uttlesford CAB will be starting the day off. Fiona is a Volunteer Benefits Advisor from the West of Essex and she will be talking about what’s changing in the world of benefits. Fiona is a passionate volunteer and very knowledgeable on welfare rights issues.

There will then be a talk from Chris Wiseman the local MS Nurse. Chris is from Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust. In addition to her presentation Chris will be allowing plenty of time for questions and answers from attendees.

After the lunch break Ryan will be delivering a presentation on ‘Exercise and Wellness’. Ryan will touch on the proven benefits of exercise for people with MS and also local resources to help remove barriers to activity including MS-UK’s local service Josephs Court. Ryan will be prompting participants to think about how they can look after physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing.

There will then be a talk from Barry O’Connell from ‘Canine Partners’. Barry will be talking about the benefits and support that a trained canine partner can bring to people’s lives. Although this service is not MS specific, it shows that the local branch is thinking creatively about the kinds of support people want and need.

Ryan and the MS-UK Helpline team are really looking forward to working alongside the MS Society local branch, showing that by working together we can support people with MS to be as informed as they can be.

The Helpline team say ‘watch this space’ for news about more work like this in the future.