Could you support someone with MS?

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The Ballymena branch of the MS Society is looking for people across the borough who could offer vital support on a voluntary basis to people living with multiple sclerosis (MS).

The branch says volunteers fulfil a crucial role in offering a listening ear and emotional support to people with MS such as helping them to access the right services and grants – including those for home adaptations and short breaks.

Support volunteers also offer home, hospital and care home visits which can make a massive difference to people who can’t leave their homes or who feel isolated.

If you have a few hours to spare a week the branch would love to hear from you. Just contact the MS Society Development Team on 028 90 802 802 or to find out more. You can also get information at

Volunteers will be provided with comprehensive training, induction and ongoing support by the Society which is the leading charity for the more than 4,000 people living with Multiple Sclerosis.

Laura Patterson, who is a support volunteer at Ballymena Branch and whose dad has MS, says: “I’ve been a volunteer for about five years now and it’s an incredibly rewarding and varied role. I got lots of training which has made me feel really confident and have had support throughout the process.

“This is a great way to make a difference and meet new people, I’d definitely recommend it.”