The Wigtownshire Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society for Scotland are hosting a public meeting from 7 to 8:30pm on Thursday May 26 at the Green Valley Conference Centre at Castle Kennedy.
The director of the MS Society Scotland, David McNiven, will address the meeting and provide information about the services of the society and the implications of recent changes and developments. The MS Nurse for Dumfries and Galloway, Liz Clark, will talk about the developments in health services for people with MS. There will also be a stall about the benefits of massage as a complementary therapy for people with MS, with mini-treatment ‘tasters’ for people who wish to try this out.
The local branch committee has taken an important role in developing and coordinating the services for people affected by MS in the Wigtownshire area. The chairperson, Alan Richards, is issuing a special invitation to this event to anyone affected by MS, whether they are people actually with the condition, carers and friends, part of their support network or people who provide services for them.
He said: “We would welcome along anyone who wants to know more about MS and what can be done to help. We would particularly like to see people who are keen to offer support and ideas. We have an active and enthusiastic committee but also want to recruit extra people who are willing to join in and help us with our plans.
“We hope that this meeting will not be too formal, but give people some time to get together over tea and biscuits and chat about the things we need to talk about.”
The plans for next year involve the development of the events and activities at their resource and support centre at 24-26 Kerrsland Road, Stranraer, and further afield. This will aim to include more opportunities for outings, talks and meetings, further complementary therapies and creative workshops around the area. “We particularly hope that there will be good ideas and suggestions coming forward about these” said Mr Richards.
Another priority is to liaise with other groups working with long-term health conditions, and developing shared opportunities to deal with some of the big social issues, such as changes to benefits entitlement and attitudes to providing support and facilities related to mobility or disability.
Mr Richards continued: “We have a good record of developing our services, and we get a lot of public support in our area, for which we are very grateful. It is a good time to build on this and establish better links and a strong network for the benefit of all people who share similar difficulties. Getting together as many people as possible at our event next week could give us a good start on this.”