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New Members Welcome

Your MS isn’t who you are. It’s not on your insta profile. It’s not how you introduce yourself. On good days you can forget you have it. People around you may not even notice. It doesn’t define you.

At the Chilterns MS Centre we focus on keeping it that way. We can’t change your diagnosis but we can meet you on the journey, and help you keep life going in the direction you want. Our purpose-built Centre offers a number of therapies including physio, Pilates, hydrotherapy, talking therapy and oxygen treatment.

You’ll meet others on their own MS journey – and get plenty of advice on days out, benefit payments, and the best cake at the café.

Then you’ll head back out into the world, recharged and ready to think about the things that really matter. Work. Hobbies. Friends. Planning your next holiday. What colour you think you might paint the living room walls.

With our help, we’ll make you a little less MS, a little more you.

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped us, and it doesn’t stop us from accepting new members either.  Whilst we are only offering a very limited number of appointments, most of our services, including our initial assessments, are available online or through video or telephone calls.  We also have strict Covid procedures in place to ensure everyone’s safety.  Don’t let the pandemic and social distancing stop you from getting the support that you need.

The Centre is a fantastic support to have nearby. You feel that you’re supported and that finally there’s someone who understands what you need.

Barbara

Benefits of becoming a member

Whether you have MS yourself, or you are a family member or carer of someone with MS, everyone is welcome to become a member of the Centre.

Even if you feel well or haven’t had a relapse for a while, there are still plenty of classes and workshops that you can attend.  Studies have shown that early intervention can help to minimise the effects of some symptoms and can enable you to manage them so that you can continue everyday life as fully and as normally as possible.

As well as those living with MS, we also support family members and carers, helping them to adjust to life with MS and ensuring that their wellbeing is also considered.

Membership is just £25 per year.  For this you can:

  • Access therapy that may not be available on the NHS for more than a few weeks
  • Take part in exercise classes specifically designed for people with MS.
  • Receive support and practical advice for living with the day to day effects of MS
  • Meet others in a similar situation and form a support network
  • Access workshops on a number of topics from how to manage fatigue,  healthy diet, practical wheelchair courses or emotional wellbeing.
  • Be signposted to additional support services
  • Receive a regular newsletter to find out what’s going on at the Centre, fundraising events and much more.

Whilst we don’t make an additional charge for any of our treatments, classes or workshops, we do encourage people to make a regular donation if they can. Receiving these treatments privately would be very costly, but asking for donations enables everyone with MS to have access to the treatment and support they need.

How to become a member?

Ask your GP, MS Nurse or Neurologist to refer you to the Centre. Once we receive your referral we will contact you to invite you for the assessment. Assessment appointments are normally offered within 2-4 weeks of receiving a referral – although this is taking longer due to the pandemic.  We have a range of appointment times available, from 8.30am to 6pm.

Treatment can start within a few weeks following your assessment so the process is quite quick. During your assessment, we will talk to you about your symptoms and your goals, and assess the best course of treatment or support for you at that time.

You will be given a bespoke treatment plan and may be referred to some of our services such as physio, oxygen, counselling, occupational therapy or complementary therapy. You can also attend any of our workshops or social groups.

Family and carers can become members too, without the need for a referral, as long as the person with MS has become a member of the Centre.  They can then access all of our advice and workshops.  They can also have some treatments and therapies, such as counselling and physiotherapy.  Find out more here.

Download our referral form

Common Membership Questions

What if I cannot get to you during working hours?

If you are working full time, or simply don’t want to attend on a regular basis that’s fine. Whatever your situation we are here for you whenever you need us.

We also have an Early Bird exercise class, as well as pre-recorded classes on our YouTube channel for you to follow at a time to suit you.  All we ask is that you chat with our exercise therapist to work out the best classes to suit your needs.

When does the membership year start?

The membership year runs from 01 January to 31 December.

What are the subscription charges?

Annual Subscription: £25.00

Subscription from 01 July: £12.50

Subscription from 01 November: Not required if the full subscription is paid for the following year at the time of joining.

How can I pay for my membership?

We encourage everyone who becomes a member to set up a Direct Debit.

Alternatively, you can pay by cash, cheque, credit/debit card or direct from your bank account. Reception can provide further details. Please ensure that the name of the member is included with all payments.

How do I renew my membership?

Membership renewal letters are sent out in early December. Payment is required by 31 January at the latest. Membership will lapse after this date.

Who do I contact about membership?

If you have any questions about membership please contact Jo Kendall, Office Manager:
jokendall@chilternsmscentre.org

Telephone: 01296 696133

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