MS Centre Mid-Argyll provide an asset based approach to support people with multiple sclerosis to self manage within Argyll and Bute.
MS Centre Mid-Argyll has been established for over ten years. Based in Lochgilphead, they provide an asset based approach to support people with multiple sclerosis to self manage within Argyll and Bute.
It had become clear to the organisation that there were people living on the Inner Hebrides who had no access to self management support. For many rural inhabitants, a visit to their GP can mean a lengthy journey or an overnight stay and therefore accessing peer support groups or exercise classes can be especially difficult. After a successful application, MS Argyll was awarded funding through the Impact Fund to employ an outreach worker to visit people with long term conditions within their community. The Outreach Worker works on a one to one basis and with the whole family to support self management by providing access to information, exercise therapies, health and wellbeing advice or a listening ear which would otherwise have been inaccessible.
All recipients of the service have described the crucial difference the project has made, not only for their self management but their overall wellbeing and it has become a fundamental part of their life.
Although grateful to be offering the outreach service, MS Centre Mid-Argyll feels that one outreach worker is not adequate to meet the needs of people in the Western Isles and the long waiting list is strong evidence of that. “More funding is required to meet the needs of people in rural communities as they are quite often forgotten about”.