Quizz night raffle prize

Just one of the many raffle prizes. a hamper of Tesco Finest Products from Tesco Didcot.  Draw this Friday at the Quiz night.  Buy your tickets this week while you can!!

Talking MS: Family and carers session, MS Society webinar – 7 March

Most people with MS will need support from family and friends at some point. And it’s only natural that many carers see themselves first as partners, sons, daughters or friends.

This session is for carers, friends or family and it’s an opportunity to come together and meet others and chat about your experiences. It’s a friendly and safe space to share and ask any questions.

Date: Thursday 7 March 2024

Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm

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This session is organised by the national MS charity, the MS Society. You can find out more about them by visiting their website at www.mssociety.org.uk

MS Awareness Week survey

#MSAwarenessWeek runs from 24-28 April and a number of national MS charities will be coming together to raise awareness of the condition.

The theme this year is about breaking the stigma and getting people talking about their MS symptoms, particularly those that might be seen as embarrassing or sensitive such as bladder control.

The charities involved are asking as many people as possible to share their experiences by completing a short anonymous survey. The survey is open to anyone with MS aged over 18 and living in the UK.

Complete the survey here

Time is running out to WIN £250 for Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre Oxfordshire! 

Help increase our chances of winning £250! Sign up to support Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre Oxfordshire on #easyfundraising today! Each new person who joins counts as an entry. It’s completely free, and winning would really make a big difference to us! Plus, you get to support us for free all year round as you do all your online shopping! Get started: https://join.easyfundraising.org.uk/omstc/22UNQQ/c2s/FZ9Up2Ac/CE809/facebook/

Neuroplasticity and brain changes with exercise, MS-UK webinar – 19 February

Dr Gretchen Hawley will be discussing the topic of neuroplasticity and how exercise can create changes of neural pathways within the brain.

She will be talking about the best tips and strategies to help you get the most out of your MS-specific exercises to encourage new pathways to be created and promote improvements in specific activities and movement patterns. Traditional exercises often won’t help improve weaknesses, however MS-specific exercises can leave you feeling stronger, walking better, enjoying more energy and with improved balance.

Date: Monday 19 February 2024

Time: 2pm

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This webinar is brought to you by national MS charity MS-UK. You can find out more about their work on their website.

MS Hope Programme – starts 6th March 2024 – Places available to book now!

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Are you living with MS?

Do you want to enhance your resilience, rediscover strengths and increase your ability to cope?

Hope For The Community CIC are running a group self-management programme for people living with MS to improve their wellbeing. The Programme was co-created with people living with MS, healthcare professionals and researchers at Coventry University to make sure it is rooted in science.

What will the programme involve? 

You will be asked to enrol on a 6 week online Hope Programme. It focuses on you and your wellbeing.

  • Learn whenever you like, at a pace that suits you. Please note that the Programme is not delivered in a way for people to be on “at the same time”. It takes about 2 hours to go through the materials each week, but you can do this at your own pace and time that suits. Some people do chunks of 20mins some people do more or less whenever they can find the time
  • Learn wherever you like. You can access the Programme on desktop, tablet or smartphone. You will require an internet connection to complete it.
  • You can learn whatever you like. If you do not enjoy some of the content or activities, just skip it or bookmark it and come back to it later.
  • Share and learn from each other. We all have a story to share and we learn best with others. If you want to, make sure you join in the page discussions, forum topics and by liking and commenting on others posts.

Each week the programme covers topics like:

The programme includes quizzes, worksheets, audio and video materials, interactive activities and social networking via email and forums. There will also be a mindfulness session and an opportunity for the group to come safely together online. You will be supported throughout by trained facilitators who live with MS.

The programme can be accessed from PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. The programme is not delivered in a way for people to be on “at the same time”. You will have access to the programme 24/7. It takes about 2 hours to go through the materials each week, but you can do this at your own pace and time that suits. We deliver the programme to people living with MS around the country and many found the programme helped them to feel better and improved their quality of life.

Next course date:                   6th March 2024 – ONLINE

Sign-up and more info:   BOOK NOW

Thames Water Priority Services Register

Did you know that if you have a disability, you can be added to the Priority Services Register for Thames Water?

The Priority Services Register can support you if the following applies:

  • disability or chronic health condition
  • condition that effects your life such as dementia
  • medical condition including difficulty hearing, Deaf or deaf, blind, or partially sighted
  • mental health condition
  • mobility constraints
  • risk of developing further needs due to older age (i.e. if you are a pensionable age)
  • child under five

Carers, friends, or family can register on behalf of someone they think could benefit from extra support.

The Register can help with providing bottled water to your house in the case of a water stoppage, a dedicated phone number for extra assistance, easier to read bills and more.

Once you’ve registered for the Thames Water Priority Services, they’ll also let your energy provider know, so you can get their support too.

Click here to sign up

Diet and nutrition, MS-UK webinar – 14 February

In this information session you will be joined by Michelle Paterson, a nutritional therapist, to discuss the different MS diets and how a good diet contributes to better brain health, providing a positive effect on MS symptoms.

Date: Wednesday 14 February 2024

Time: 2pm to 3pm

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This webinar is brought to you by national MS charity MS-UK. You can find out more about their work on their website.