New group will offer face-to-face support for people with MS in Redditch - The Redditch Standard

New group will offer face-to-face support for people with MS in Redditch

Redditch Editorial 3rd Apr, 2024   0

A NEW support group for residents living with multiple sclerosis (MS) has started at Arrow Valley Visitor Centre.

The meetings will be a chance to have an informal coffee and chat to shape how the group will meet and work going forwards.

MS is a health condition that affects the brain and spinal cord, which can make it difficult to move.

Previously, Redditch Borough Council successfully delivered a specialist exercise class face-to-face for those living with MS for more than 20 years.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, delivery moved online and has since continued to connect participants with specialist exercise and each other remotely every week.

This new monthly support group represents the opportunity for residents living with or affected by MS to meet up face-to-face to build a supportive community in the borough for those with or affected by MS.

Redditch Borough Council leader Coun Matt Dormer said: “This is a really good opportunity for residents who are living with MS to come together to help each other find ways to cope with their symptoms.

“Empowering them to design a group which will work for their needs is an important part of allowing residents the chance to access the type of support they need.”

The first meeting took place earlier this month at the Boathouse Cafe at Arrow Valley Visitor Centre and the next one will be held from 10am until 12pm on April 10 at the same venue.

Coun Dormer added: “The group taking place at the Arrow Valley Countryside Centre is a bonus.

“Having green open spaces, like Arrow Valley, at the centre of our town allows residents to benefit from the positives associated with spending time outdoors and socialising with others.”

The new group will give residents the chance to meet others living with the same condition as them and find mutual support.

Visit or email Hayley Gwilliam at [email protected] or call her on 01527 881404 for more information.

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