All About the MS Therapy Centre
Back in 1983 a group of people with Multiple Sclerosis decided they wanted to provide help, support and therapy for others with MS in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.
At that time, Oxygen Therapy was the treatment being sought by people with MS. This was not available on the NHS so funds were raised to provide it ourselves.
We now have over 1,000 members with approximately 350 attending each week.
All therapies provided are free to people with MS, but we ask for a donation towards the running costs of the Centre.
Please consider donating today – there are so many ways for you to help us raise the £1,000+ a day that we need to run the Centre.
Our facilities include two Baro chambers (for oxygen therapy), a large physio room, specialist gym and a hydrotherapy pool.
Our adapted minibus brings people in to the Centre from towns in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire each day of the week.
Our social area
We have a large social room where you can chat with people who understand how you are feeling.
Refreshments are available all day and lunch is also available to order from the local sandwich shop.
Gardens and free parking
We have created a number of outdoor areas and gardens that are accessible to all.
There is also plenty of free parking, with wide bays.
Lifts and ramps
The MS Therapy Centre is equipped with lifts and ramps throughout to ensure that access to every area is available to all visitors and members.
We employ a carer to provide some extra support for people with disabilities.
But we ask disabled members who cannot self-manage, to bring a carer to the Centre with them. Thank you.
Who can use the Centre?
Anyone with MS living in Bedfordshire or Northamptonshire is welcome to use the facilities at the Centre. The person with MS may phone the Centre directly, or they may be referred by their Neurologist, Doctor, Social Worker or friend.
The first visit involves a consultation with the Centre Manager to explain the various therapies and services available, followed by a tour of the Centre. A medical assessment is then carried out by the MS Specialist Nurse.
How will it help me?
We provide a complete service under one roof that encourages people with MS to make the best of their lives. It is shown that regular therapy can help to maintain or improve the condition.
Our integrated approach, with core therapies and complementary therapies being provided under one roof, allows people to dip in and out of each therapy as required.
Providing services for no direct cost enables people to have regular therapy, who may not receive it otherwise, maybe due to lack of provision or lack of accessible facilities.
Award Winning Team
Over the past few years we have been proud to receive several awards.
Policies to protect you
All of our policies are available in a folder in reception.
You can also find our safeguarding policy here.
We are very proud and grateful to our Patrons for their time and the much-needed support they provide.
HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis
Roger Jefcoate CBE DL
Alastair Compston CBE, Professor Emeritus of Neurology
Our support team
Some of the volunteers who provide additional services at the Centre.
- Oxygen Therapy – various committed volunteers
- Gifts – Jill Bozdogan
- Clothing shop – Val and team
- The Emporium – Rita Lewis and Rose Beal
We are a registered charity and so our board of Trustees meets to manage the welfare, regulatory and development needs of the Centre.
Trustees: Kay Taylor (Chair), Melanie Hawman (Secretary), Sue Napper, Alex Scott, Jean-Pierre Brown, Laurence Culhane, Michael Street, Liz Toogood, Maggie Marshall, John O’Mahoney.
A bit more about us…
We are a self-help organisation, run by people with MS for people with MS.
The organisation was set up by a group of people with MS and has continued in this way. The Management Committee (Trustees) consists of 10 people who either have MS, are carers or are close friends of people with MS, or have professional experience. These people can use their personal experience when making decisions about the Centre.
We have at least 40 volunteers working at the Centre weekly, a number of these have MS themselves. They play a huge part in the running of the Centre on a day-to-day basis and we would not be able to operate without them. More volunteers are always very welcome.
We continually monitor the services and care provided at the Centre by undertaking regular questionnaires or audits asking members if they are happy with the services provided.