MS-UK’s Peer Support Coordinator Vicky welcomes you to our new services which will connect you with others for support and more
Hi, my name is Vicky, and for the past six years I worked as the centre assistant at MS-UK’s wellness centre.
One of the most positive elements of the centre was that it gave people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) an opportunity to meet others, to share experiences and offer each other support and encouragement.
When the first lockdown began in March 2020, we knew that our main priorities had to be to ensure people not only continued to stay physically active, but also to remain connected with their peers.
This meant that we had to get creative and use technology to help. Our approach proved to be successful, and the feedback we received showed that these interactions went a long way in helping our people feel less isolated – particularly during such a challenging and uncertain time.
We have learned a great deal this past year, and our experience using digital platforms has shown us just how much we can offer, and how much further our reach can be, to help support those living with MS.
As we step into 2021, we are really excited about the new services we will be offering online. There is one that I am particularly thrilled to be a part of, because it has provided me with a new role at MS-UK!
Join our Peer Pods!
We will be offering everyone that engages with us through our online activities the opportunity to join a Peer Pod. These will be groups that will be formed to allow attendees to get together online. We will look to recruit a volunteer from within each group whose role it will be to arrange and facilitate regular sessions, with the aim of creating a positive and supportive space in which you can come together, whether that be to motivate and inspire each other, or just to socialise in general.
It is our hope that in doing so, you will gain the many benefits that we have seen peer support can bring – such as connection, understanding, encouragement and (importantly) laughter.
With that all being said, this is MS-UK’s new ‘Peer Support Coordinator’, saying goodbye for now, and hoping to see you in the very near future!
Learn more about Peer Pods and how you can join
Find out about online information sessions and workshops
MS-UK's online exercise classes