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Have your say on MS charity’s bold expansion plans
Exciting times are ahead at Cantebury-based Kent Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre (KMSTC) as it launches a major consultation into expanding services across the whole county. Established in 1984, the charity offers a wide range of cost-effective ways to help people living with MS (Multiple Sclerosis). The team at the Centre now want to hear from people living with MS about the services they want to access near them. To participate in the consultation, you can share your views on services and therapies via the KMSTC Services Consultation using this link https://bit.ly/KMSTCConsultation
As KMSTC approaches its 40th anniversary, an ambitious plan to make the Centre’s services more accessible to the whole county is in the works. The impressive range of therapies and services currently offered at their Canterbury Centre includes oxygen therapy, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy pool and gym-based therapies, complementary therapies, counselling and general information, advice, and guidance.
“We are keenly aware that for many people living with MS, making the journey to the Centre can be a barrier to using its services,” explains Chair of Trustees, Gavin Davis. “During lockdown we developed a fantastic range of online therapies that our members accessed using Zoom. This online outreach programme proved to be tremendously popular and effective. Making ‘virtual’ links across the whole of the county has highlighted the need to explore innovative new ways to extend our reach”.
KMSTC has launched a Services Consultation to help build a clearer picture of the services and therapies most valued by those living with MS across Kent. From satellite therapy centres to mobile oxygen therapy units, all options are currently under consideration. “We want to hear from people across the county who are living with MS about what really makes a difference for them. Whether it’s acupuncture or oxygen therapy, counselling or online Pilates classes specially designed for people with MS, we want to hear your thoughts,” says Gavin.