MacMillan Coffee Morning, 19th October

I’m hosting a MacMillan Coffee morning on Tuesday 19th October, in the morning.  Some people will know that my mum has ovarian cancer and my Dad has prostate and bladder cancer, so I’m supporting MacMillan’s big coffee morning.  Please come along and buy some cakes and if you can also donate any cakes, it would really be appreciated.

Balance

The MS Society has been raising awareness of problems with balance and feeling dizzy which are common in MS. Like all MS symptoms, these issues affect people differently and vary from day to day.

Find out more about MS and Balance on the MS Society website here: https://mssoc.uk/3EcmFla

Did you know that both physiotherapy and oxygen treatment can help with balance wobbles? Give us a call on 0118 901 6000 to find out more about our services. 

Whisper TV is looking for homeowners who, due to life changing events, need to turn their homes into more practical and liveable spaces

We have been contacted by Carys Marchant from Whisper TV with a request: 

I am a Casting Researcher at production company Whisper TV and we are currently casting a non-broadcast pilot for ITV looking for families who are about to start work on a project which involves them adapting their homes due to a change in their personal circumstances. 

Our presenter for the series will work with a designer and the chosen family to help them adapt to the changes in their lives, and realise their homes’ full potential, turning them into beautiful, practical spaces that really work for their circumstances.  Whether it be an aged parent, who is moving in due to care, or a disabled family member who needs a downstairs bedroom. It could be a loft conversion for one of their grown-up children who’s been forced to return home to live; or they may want a proper home office instead of a make-shift one, as they prepare to make their work-from-home life permanent.

We are very keen to hear from families who will be starting a project soon (this side of Christmas) with budget, builders and planning in place, who would like some design advice from one of our chosen designers. 

If you are interested please email casting@whisper.tv

Booster shots for people with MS

This week the Government announced booster Covid shots for people over 50, those with health conditions and health and social care staff. 

We continue to strongly encourage you to regularly use lateral flow tests (find out more by clicking here). 

Here is the booster information from the MS Society website: 

Across the UK, people with MS who’ve already been fully vaccinated will be offered a booster jab. This will be timed for at least 6 months after your second jab.

The NHS will get in touch to arrange it. You might be invited to have the annual flu jab at the same time. 

Friends, family and colleagues might also be able to get a booster jab. It’s also being offered to everyone over 50 and adults who live with someone who is immunosuppressed. 

A booster could help keep up the protection that vaccines give against COVID-19, which decreases over time. That extra protection could be particularly important as we go into the winter months.

When will I get the booster jab?

The first booster jabs are expected from 20 September, but it’ll take several weeks or months to offer the vaccine to everyone who’s eligible.

Boosters will be offered in the same order as the UK government’s original vaccine priority list. But local areas will have flexibility, to make sure people get the booster as quickly as possible. For example, that could depend on when someone had their second dose.

Some people with MS are being offered a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine because they were severely immunosuppressed when they had the first or second jab. This is not part of the booster jab scheme. Read more about the third dose vaccine if you were severely immunosuppressed

Read the government vaccine advisers’ announcement of COVID-19 booster jabs

Source: https://www.mssociety.org.uk/care-and-support/ms-and-coronavirus-care-an

Enable Magazine September-October issue

Presenting Enable Magazine
September-October issue

The UK’s leading disability and lifestyle title

Introducing the September-October issue of Enable magazine.
We’re so excited to share this issue with you and your network.

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Documenting memories is an important step with many conditions. Find out how Janis Winehouse is fighting MS and preserving her daughter Amy’s legacy with a new documentary. As the world reopens the importance of care is at the forefront of many people’s minds. Carers emphasise the important role that respite has to play before charities and young people discuss the need to reform the social care system.

Diversity and inclusion should mean more than ticking a box: we find out how big brands are committed to putting disability on the agenda, and chief executive of The Valuable 500, Joanna McGrath, talks about leading the global movement helping CEOs to insight change. All of this and much more in the latest issue of Enable Magazine.

Emma Storr

DC Publishing

Acting Editor | 0141 212 2505

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APPEAL FOR OXYGEN OPERATORS

We are short of oxygen operators, as we have now lost Zoe who is starting at college this week.  Zoe generally covered 3 sessions a week. 

We need someone for Monday, Thursday and Friday morning so if you can spare some time 9.30-12.00 and would be prepared to learn how to operate the chamber one morning a week please let Sue know. 

Full training provided by a senior operator and you would not be required to operate it on your own.If we cannot find any new operators we may have to REDUCE oxygen sessions. 

For more information speak to Sue.

100 club winners for August:

100 club winners for August:

1st prize – Babs Copley

2nd prize – Angela Day

3rd prize – Peter Pearce


Sharing a prize fund of: £82.50Speak to Sue/Reception for 100 details, half the money raised goes to the centre, half as prize money.  It all helps!  You have to be a member of the centre to be in the 100 club.

MS Society – Approved but denied campaign

The MS Society has just launched a new campaign to make sure people with MS in England aren’t facing an unacceptable postcode lottery. Take action now to call on your local health service to provide Sativex for people with MS. 

Getting the treatment you need shouldn’t be a game of chance. But too often, this is the case for thousands of people living with MS who experience muscle spasms.  

Sativex, a cannabis-based spray, was approved to treat moderate to severe spasms when other treatments haven’t worked in England in 2019. Yet many people with MS are still unable to access it.

Sativex is only funded in 49 out of 106 of England’s local health bodies. This means that people with MS are facing an unacceptable postcode lottery.  Read on. 

Information webinar – Cognition and my MS

Like other symptoms of MS, cognitive symptoms vary greatly from person to person. The MS Society will be running a webinar tore

It will take place online on Thursday 16 September at 7pm.

Not everyone who has MS will experience problems with memory and thinking, but mild difficulties are common. Cognition refers to memory and thinking. Cognitive skills vary naturally in different people – we all have different strengths and weaknesses. Our cognitive powers are considered to be normal if our skills allow us to cope adequately with everyday life.

With the help of Professor Jonathan Evans from the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at Glasgow University, the MS Society will explore how our cognitive powers might be affected by MS and how we can harness them for our benefit.

Jon has conducted and published extensive research into the relationship between cognitive impairments and physiological change. He will also be joined by a panel of volunteer experts who will share their own experience of managing their MS.

You can ask any questions you have about cognition and MS at the event or, if you prefer, you can submit a question beforehand when you register for a place.

Find out more information on the MS Society website