People living with Multiple Sclerosis in the Mid and East Antrim area are improving their wellbeing and making new friends thanks to National Lottery funding.
Multiple Sclerosis Society has been awarded a £155,973 grant from The National Lottery Community Fund.
The group is using this funding over two years to run their Mind My MS project to support people with the condition in Mid and East Antrim.
The project is creating nine community cafe groups for people with MS to come together, build relationships and share their experiences.
The groups, which are being organised and run by volunteers, will meet in cafes and other venues across Mid and East Antrim.
The project also includes counselling and mindfulness activities to help people cope with the emotional and psychological impact that MS can have.
David Galloway, director of MS Society NI, said: “It is such fantastic news that together with the National Lottery Community Fund we can bring valuable services and support to people affected by MS.
“People with MS have told us what they need to live better with MS. They need social interaction, opportunities to meet with others facing similar issues and emotional support. The ‘Mind My MS’ project is a direct response to that need and this relationship between MS Society NI, the National Lottery Community Fund and people living with MS will bring all of that and more to people in Mid and East Antrim. We are really excited to get started.”
Kate Beggs, The National Lottery Community Fund Northern Ireland Director, said: “I am delighted to announce this grant today. It’s great to see National Lottery money being used by people who are taking the lead in developing great ideas to help their communities thrive.
“This year we’re celebrating the 25th birthday of the National Lottery, and I want to thank all the National Lottery players who have helped make work like this possible.”
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