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Hobbies Peer Pod

iStock-1225389838.jpgAre you crazy about crafting, mad about model building or besotted with baking? Perhaps you’ve had to adapt your lifelong hobby, or you’ve picked up a new skill you’d like to share? Whatever your interest – no matter how weird or wonderful – this peer pod is for you!

Whether you’re passionate about your favourite pastime and would like to tell others about it, or you’re looking for inspiration for a new hobby- we’d love you to join us.

Zoom sessions are held fortnightly on a Wednesday at 2pm so come and meet new people, have a chat and share ideas. Everyone is welcome!

If you’re interested and would like to know more, please email our Peer Support Coordinator, Vicky at



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Find out more about our Hobbies Peer Pod hosts, Carrie and Linda... 

"I am Carrie Gray and I have had MS for 30 years with many ups and downs along the way. I was medically retired from local government management in 2002 and retrained as a Psychotherapist – so that I could sit down!! I have had a private practice since 2007 and as I can dictate my own hours, I have had time to dabble at several crafts, such as crochet, mosaic, decoupage, jewellery making, felting, sewing and more. There have been many disasters that were unpicked or discarded but some that have sold and many given as presents to friends. I have enjoyed them all – the colours, the feel of the yarn, fabric etc. and the enjoyment of watching a project grow." 

"My name is Linda and I was diagnosed with MS in 2005. I was working in insurance at the time, but my dream was to become a complementary therapist and I trained part time for five years, studying Aromatherapy and Reflexology and finally qualified in both fields. Linda passport 2009jpg.jpg I was then 56 and although I tried to carry on working, things did not work out and I retired six years later. We were living in Shenfield at this time and I attended the Brentwood MS physio group once a week who really helped me get some strength back in my legs. 

Twelve years ago, we moved to Burnham on Crouch and five years later I started attending MS-UK’s wellness centre in Colchester, which I found to be of such great help – not only physically, but being able to meet with others and chat. Since the lockdown in 2020, I have taken part in the online exercise classes and chair yoga, which I really enjoy. 

My husband has been my rock and motivator over the years along with our two wonderful sons and four grandchildren. I like to knit, crochet and embroider, and that is why I have volunteered to help facilitate the Hobbies Peer Pod for MS-UK so that I can meet others with similar interests."