Your chance to have your say!

Consultation workshops for people with MS and their Carers in Aberdeen, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, and Elgin.

Four workshops will take place throughout Grampian this Autumn to which all people with MS and their carers are invited.

Dates and venues for the workshops are:

ABERDEEN Saturday 10th September
at the Stuart Resource Centre, Long Walk Road, Mastrick, Aberdeen

FRASERBURGH Saturday 1st October
at Robertson Road Resource Centre, Robertson Road, Fraserburgh

INVERURIE Saturday 15th October
at Harlaw Centre, Harlaw Road, Inverurie

ELGIN Saturday 29th October
At Moray Resource Centre, Maisondieu Road, Elgin

Five years ago the SNAP report was produced (Scottish Needs Assessment Programme). It outlined a survey of peoples experiences of the health service and many recommendations were made.

Since the report was printed few improvements have been made.

In November 2003 the MS Society Scotland organised a lobby of MSPs in Edinburgh and approximately 200 people with MS met with approximately 50 MSPs.

In June 2004 at an open meeting at the Stuart Resource Centre, Aberdeen with local MSPs and representatives of the local Health Board and Social Services attending, it was agreed that a working party be set up to look at current services provided and to identify any shortfalls. It would look at health, social work and what voluntary organisations provided. The working party has been meeting regularly now for 9 months and is at the stage of consultation with people with MS and their carers. There are currently three people with MS on the working party.

The programme for each day will be:
11am-11.15am Setting the scene (speaker to be identified)
11.15am-12.15am Recent research into MS Professor Chris Linnington, Dept. of Medicines and Therapeutics, Institute of Medical Sciences, Foresterhill, Aberdeen.

12.15pm-1pm Lunch (provided courtesy of Norgine Pharmaceuticals)
1pm-2pm Group work
2pm-2.30pm Feedback to large group by the facilitators.
2.30pm-2.45pm Summary of the day (speaker to be identified)
An opportunity will be given at the end for 1:1 individual chats between people attending the event and the speakers.

It is vital that we identify the priorities of people with MS and their carers. We invite you and you carer (if applicable) to attend.