Our women’s peer pod, is a group just for women. Each session has no set topic, which means the conversation is about whatever the group choose to discuss. Whether that’s a discussion about what’s going on in the world or simply catching up with one another from the week before, the group offers the chance to share stories, listen and learn from each other.
The women’s peer pod was chosen by the MS community, with the understanding that there may be some discussions around MS which can be difficult to talk about, particularly when they are on sensitive subjects, so we hope that by having this group, people will feel more comfortable discussing the topics that really matter to them.
When – 6.45pm every Thursday, hosted by Lisa and 11am every Friday, hosted by Carrie.
For details to join the Zoom session, please email Vicky Timmins, MS-UK Peer Support Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.
See below for introductions from our peer pod volunteers who lead the groups.
‘Hi there, my name is Lisa and I was diagnosed with MS 24 years ago when I was 23. I worked as a primary school teacher and special needs co-ordinator until 2018, when I took medical retirement.
I have an amazing husband and a beautiful dog, and my favourite hobby is exploring new places to ‘walk’. My version of walking means using my mobility scooter, and I love the fact that it allows me to get out in the fresh air.
I like to look for the funny side of things wherever I can. It took me a long time to learn to live with my MS; MS-UK has helped me no end through exercise classes, workshops and of course Peer Pods. It is so helpful to have the support of these groups. Nobody should feel alone with MS and if you have a question or a concern, or just fancy a chat, they are a great place to start.’
‘I was diagnosed with RRMS in 1990, which in 2002 led to medical retirement from a career in local Government. I later retrained as a Psychotherapist (mostly so that I could work sitting down!). I now work part-time, and when energy and time allow, I enjoy dabbling in a wide variety of crafts.
I have also been singing in a choir for the past 12 years and have performed in six Community Operas, the last two in a wheelchair although I do not use one all the time.
I have chosen to volunteer for MS-UK because over the past year I have benefited from their weekly exercise and Yoga classes enormously and have enjoyed meeting new people in other peer pods.
I look forward to welcoming you soon!’