Support Services

Welcome to our section on support services offered at MS Bournemouth – this will be added to as we introduce new services so keep checking back.

Support is available to everyone affected by MS. The support team is here for you and will try to assist where ever possible. This includes:

– Visits at home; in hospital; and Nursing Homes
– Grants – See section below for more details.
– We have two Counsellor’s Barbara Houston on a Monday and Zoe on a Tuesday at our centre. This is a free service and anyone wishing to make an appointment can do so through the Support team. A donation for this service is welcome.
– Citizen Advice Bureau service is provided through our partnership with their Poole office. Please call 01202 644474 or email Liz

Grants
The MS Society provides grants to people with MS for items needed as a direct result of their MS, for which there is no health or social services funding available. The MS Society will consider requests for help with items including home adaptations, wheelchairs, scooters, specialised beds and chairs, Motability advance payments, car adaptations, driving lessons, disability-related removal costs.

The MS Society also has a Carers Fund and a Short Breaks and Activities Fund, which have separate guidelines and application form. These grants are dealt directly with at the MS Society National Centre. We have forms available at the Osbourne Centre.

If you think you may qualify for a grant subject to the criteria above please email me and I will send you an grant application form or call the branch on 01202 570300.

Support Team
We recently held a recruitment coffee morning for our team. We had a good turn out and we are here to help anyone affected by MS. We are starting our new “buddy scheme” – pairing people up with someone in a similar situation that could be new to our branch or newly diagnosed giving them support when they need it. Please email or call me on 077404 73207 if you need support.

Shirley Worner
Lead Support Volunteer

Click here for more information on the Dorset MS Services at Poole Hospital

Citizens Advice Bureau

Judy Herring is at the centre on Thursdays and can be contacted to make appointment on 01202 644474 or by sending an email

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