As an organisation, one of our key goals is finding effective treatments, on a journey to ultimately prevent MS. Our ambitious Stop MS Appeal is on its way to raising £100 million to fund the groundbreaking research that will make this happen.
We pride ourselves on only funding the best research, according to the priorities chosen by people with MS. Our Research Team work hard to ensure that any research we fund supports our goals and is of high quality. It needs to meet the conditions of the grant application, and be peer reviewed by other researchers.
We want to ensure our volunteers have the opportunity to connect with more people in our local group network. So, from next month onwards, our Coffee & Chat sessions will be open to group volunteers from across the UK.
Whether you’re located in a small rural village or a bustling city, our Coffee & Chat sessions will provide a space to come together for an informal catch-up. This will be an opportunity to share updates, challenges and ideas with each other, and meet with members of the Volunteer Support Team.
When our last Community Networks Accountant left in March, we took the opportunity to review the finance support we provide to our groups. As a result of this, we developed two new roles with slightly different focusses:
A fixed-term, part-time, Finance Assistant - to respond to and resolve volunteer queries
A Community Networks Business Partner – to look at some of the bigger challenges we need to address, such as processes that need improving
The MS Society’s Lifeline Appeal was broadcast on the BBC on 26 June. Chef Tom Kerridge presented the film, which focused on three people with MS (Sasha, Stuart and Val) and their stories about our MS Helpline, research and local groups.