Friday, 31 July 2009

Accesible Portugal

Accessible Portugal is the first travel agency in Portugal, specifically targeted for reduce mobility persons, their families and friends.

Since it was set up in 2005, Accessible Portugal has organized holidays and tours in Portugal and Spain for over 2000 tourists from all over the world.

Tours, adapted transport, adapted rent-a-car, Accessible hotels and villas, equipment rental, airport transfers, and much more can be found on:
www.accessibleportugal.com

Last January, Accessible Portugal won the annual award, from the Portuguese Tourism Board, for the best project in the “Services” category. This award is the recognition of the work carried out by Accessible Portugal, as a relevant contributor for the qualification of Portugal, as an accessible touristic destination.

This award shows that mentalities are changing in Portugal and all over Europe, and the tourism boards are aware of the market changes going on.

Caring in Reading

The Caring in Reading information pack is a directory of advice, information and support for Carers.

The main book is for all Carers and there are additional books offering specialist advice and information for Carers who support older people or people with physical disabilities or sensory needs.

Get your copy at the Princess Royal Carers Service in Cross Street Reading, or online at www.reading.gov.uk/carers

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Blue Badge Map on Mobile


Use the Blue Badge map on your mobile to find Blue Badge parking bays, accessible toilets, petrol stations with ServiceCall and local parking rules. Watch the video for a short introduction to the service.

See link below: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/MotoringAndTransport/Bluebadgescheme/DG_176269

Latest News on Swine Flu and MS

From the MS Trust Website - The NHS Choices website reports that whilst the risk profile of the swine flu virus is still being studied, it is already known that certain groups are more vulnerable. This includes people with chronic neurological conditions including MS who are advised to start taking antivirals as soon as they are confirmed with the illness.
http://www.mstrust.org.uk/atoz/swine_flu.jsp

Monday, 27 July 2009

Accessible Britain

Accessible Britain is a new, exciting organisation set up by disabled people for disabled people.

Accessible Britain has one main aim:

To provide a forum for disabled people to share positive experiences of all accessible places through the UK.

Accessible Britain needs your reviews!

To help develop this exciting new forum please complete as many reviews as possible of any accessible place; for example, a country park, a sports centre, a UK holiday destination or even your favourite place to go for coffee! Help disabled people access Britain.

To receive a form email stewartwhite@accessible-britian.co.uk (Website under construction) or pick one up at the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

MyBrainGames!

MSMyWay is a free resource for people with MS by people with MS. They hare recently launched MyBrainGames which is a FREE unique online game designed specifically to provide cognitive challenges for people living with MS.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

New Reading Walk-in Health Centre Opening Soon!

When Reading’s new GP-led health centre opens at the Broad Street Mall on 10 August, one of its highest priorities will be to tackle the health problems which are a key issue in the town and a priority for NHS Berkshire West. “Many people are healthier and living longer than ever before. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to share these benefits,” said Charles Waddicor, Chief Executive at NHS Berkshire West.

Have you asked your GP for Tamiflu yet?


One of our Members did, and his GP advised that because he has MS he should have the medication on hand to take should he develop flu symptoms. He gave him a prescription for Tamiflu. GP's may differ in opinion, but it is well worth getting in touch with your GP to ask the question.

MS Society-funded study unlocks part of the mystery of remyelination in MS

Researchers working in Cambridge and San Francisco have discovered clues about how stem cells promote myelin repair.

See the MS Society website by clicking the link below:
http://www.mssociety.org.uk/research/news_in_research/research_news/wnt_remyelinatio.html

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Gene Regulates Immune Cells' Ability To Harm the Body

(From the MS Society Website) American scientists have identified a specific gene which allows immune cells to start the self-destructive processes thought to underlie autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS).

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Extra Massage Sessions!


We have a new Qualified Massage Therapist who has volunteered her services to offer 2 appointments every other Friday from the 25th September for our MS Clients. Please contact reception on 0118 901 6000 to make a booking!

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Monday, 13 July 2009

Swine Flu - Berkshire West PCT - How to Prepare Your Home

Be prepared - now is the time to choose your ‘Flu Friends’ Swine flu may become a pandemic in the UK over the coming months, so now is the time to choose your ‘Flu Friends’. Relatives, neighbours and friends can all be ‘Flu Friends’ who will collect medicines, food and other supplies if you get swine flu so that you do not have to leave home. Preventing people with the virus from going outdoors will help restrict the potential spread of flu. It is a good idea for each person to identify up to five ‘Flu Friends’ because an ill or unavailable ‘Flu Friend’ cannot help you, but having at least one is very important. In addition, you could consider becoming a ‘Flu Friend’ to a neighbour who may live alone, family members that might need help, or offer yourself as a ‘Flu Friend’ through networks that may be set up by local organisations, such as churches or parish councils.

A useful fact sheet to be prepared should the need arise.
http://www.berkshirewest-pct.nhs.uk/_store/documents/flu_friends_form.pdf

Swine Flu - MS Society Fact Sheet

The MS Society has produced a factsheet on swine flu specific to people with MS. If you require further information about swine flu please visit NHS Choices website or contact your healthcare professional. Download the MS Society swine flu factsheet.pdf (74 kb)
The MS Society helpline is available on 0808 800 8000. Our specialist staff and trained volunteers are available 9am to 9pm, Monday to Friday, except bank holidays.

Swine Flu - MS Trust Info

The indications are that people with multiple sclerosis are at no greater risk of contracting the H1N1 virus (swine flu) than the general population. However, as the effects of flu may worsen MS symptoms, it is sensible for people with MS to try and reduce their risk of infection.
http://www.mstrust.org.uk/atoz/swine_flu.jsp

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Walking for MileS 2009 - Sunday 4th October 2009

This years sponsored walk will start from Pangbourne College on Sunday 4th October.

There is a choice of three walks in all, you may want to join members of the MS Centre using wheelchairs and stroll around the college grounds through the Falklands Memorial Chapel and back to the registration point; alternatively you could choose one of the more demanding routes.

For more information and an entry form see: http://www.bmstc.org/Events/Walking-for-MileS.aspx

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Volunteer Drivers and Escorts Needed!


The Reading & Wokingham Districts MS Soceity is looking for Volunteer Drivers for its minibus. Escorts are also needed. If you think you could help, please ring Neil Pankhurst on 0118 9599610.

No experience necessary, training will be given.

Really Useful Things Dot Com!

One of our members recommends this site to others!.....

"Whilst I was on holidays I met a chap in a wheelchair who was drinking a pint of lager with a long straw held securely to the glass. I thought this was a wonderful idea. His wife kindly gave me a few of their straws and clips along with the website address where I could get them from.
I thought I'd send you the website as it sells more than just the straws and others might find it helpful (even if it's just for ideas)."


www.reallyusefulthings.com