The Virtual Insight Panel (VIP) was launched back in 2016 to enable us to be community-led, which is one of MS-UK’s core values. We currently have 37 members from within the multiple sclerosis (MS) community including those living with MS, carers, family members and professionals.
Our VIP are there to help inform the work we do and since the panel was created they have contributed to many projects from reviewing our Choices booklets to helping us decide that launching a counselling service in 2017 was the right thing to do. It clearly was as since then we have provided counselling to hundreds of people with MS and made a difference to their lives.
So far this year we have already asked the panel about helping us out with our staff development days, creating a strap line for our logo, providing research about podcasts and helping us choose the best design for our new leaflet for the MS-UK Counselling service.
We would like to recruit new members to join our other amazing VIP members. If you have would like to get involved then please go to www.ms-uk.org/VIP and complete the application form.
If you can spare a few minutes each week or month to get involved then we would love to hear from you. Traditionally projects have been sent via email but this year we are looking to host some online focus groups on certain projects so we can see each other and have more of a discussion. This will also provide us and you an opportunity to meet others from the MS community
It is so important that we listen to the voices of those within the MS community to inform the work we do to make sure we get it right! If you would like further information please either go to www.ms-uk.org/VIP, call Diana Crowe, Head of Services on 01206 226500 or email VIP@ms-uk.org. We look forward to hearing from you.