Open Meeting - Bedford
Bedfordshire and Northants MS Therapy Centre,
155 Barkers Lane,
Coffee etc from 10.30am, to start at 11am, finishing at 3pm.
13th October 2013 - Guildford MSTC
The Samson Centre
Start time: 11am, with coffee and registration from 10.30am.
20th July 2013 - Perth - Open Meeting
AK Bell Library
York Street Perth
28th April 2013 - Nottingham
Notts County Football Club (Wheelers Suite)
27th January 2013 - Harrow MSTC
MSNTC Open Meeting in Rotherham, 5/9/10
The latest MSNTC Open Meeting took place on Sunday 5th September 2010 at the South Yorkshire MS Therapy Centre in Rotherham. It was attended by 28 people representing 11 Therapy Centres. The prize for the longest journey to the meeting must undoubtedly be awarded to James Pratts from the Gibraltar MS Therapy Centre, which we are pleased to welcome as the newest member of MSNTC.
One of the highlights of an interesting and successful meeting was the discussion by Lynne Foster, Centre Manager of the Rotherham MS Therapy Centre, and Harry Smith, Vice-Chair of the Rotherham and Sheffield branch of the MS Society, on the ways that their organisations are working together to provide a 'One Stop Shop' for people in South Yorkshire who are affected by MS.
The new MSNTC database is now being piloted in four Centres. The initial feedback on the database from Jackie Wray (Swindon) and Martin Slade (Huntingdon) was very positive. Not only has the database been produced on time and on budget, it also seems to be successfully meeting the needs of the end users.
MSNTC would like to thank Lynne Foster, Judy Jones and Julia Conlan-Graves for making everyone welcome and all their hard work in hosting a successful meeting at the South Yorkshire Centre.
MSNTC Annual General Meeting 2010
More than 50 people attended MSNTC's 2010 AGM & National Conference on 16 May 2010 at MK Snap, Milton Keynes. They included MSNTC's patron, Roger Jefcoate CBE and his wife Jean, and representatives from 19 member Centres. They were joined by delegates from the MS Society, the MS Resource Centre and the MS Trust and these organisations also had display stands at the meeting. Medicotech Ltd exhibited a range of exercise equipment designed for wheelchair users, including the THERA-Trainer and BALANCE-Trainer, which are suitable for professional and private use. MSNTC is grateful to Medicotech Ltd for providing funding for the delicious lunch enjoyed by the delegates.
The AGM was followed by two scientific presentations. Dr Glenys Bloomfield (MSNTC Trustee) gave a talk on 'Understanding Clinical Trials' and Dr George Gveric (Imperial College, London) discussed the work of the MS Tissue Bank. There was also a lively and productive discussion session which covered a number of topics raised by the attendees, including GiftAid and training for oxygen treatment.
The next MSNTC AGM & National Conference will be held on 15 May 2011 in Bristol.
Open Meeting at Huntingdon, 18/10/09
MSNTC at the MS Therapy Centres (Scotland) AGM
MSNTC was invited to join the MS Therapy Centres (Scotland) at their AGM in Perth on 27 September. The Chairman and Treasurer represented MSNTC and were delighted with the positive tone of the meeting. Neil Kemsley made a short presentation in which he emphasised the central purpose which brought the Centres across the UK together: helping people with MS and their carers to help themselves in symptom management. In subsequent discussion it was agreed that the two bodies would work together in future in a close and mutually supportive manner and a number of specific initiatives were identified for further action.
Our picture shows Liz Armour (chair, MSTC Scotland) joining Dr Petra Kliempt and Neil Kemsley in signing the agreement by which MSTC Scotland contributes to the cost of the technical and medical advisory services for Oxygen Treatment provided by David Downie and Dr Kliempt.
To learn more about the work of the Centres in Scotland, visit www.mstherapycentres.org.uk and watch these pages for more detail about the individual Centres in Scotland.
Press Release - 'Self-help' and the Hilton Hotel, Milton Keynes save the day for MS Charity
When 45 members of the Multiple Sclerosis National Therapy Centres (MSNTC) charity found the gates of the venue for their AGM locked and bolted on Sunday 28 June, their own quick thinking and the Hilton Hotel, Milton Keynes saved the day. Once it became obvious that there was no-one coming to open up the venue in Milton Keynes (which had been booked well in advance for the AGM), the members of MSNTC lived up to their motto of ‘self-help is our way of action’. They quickly identified the Hilton Hotel at Timbold Drive, Kents Hill Park, as a possible alternative venue. The hotel sprang into action and laid on a meeting room with disabled access, refreshments and even allowed the MSNTC members to use the outside dining area for their own picnic lunch...