Informal peer support has always taken in place within the MS community. Since late 2019 MS Auckland has been working on developing a formal one-on-one Peer Support programme with trained Peer Support volunteers.
Our MS Peer Support Programme is still in development, however we do have two trained volunteer peer support workers who are available to talk to you on the phone or over a coffee.
More information will be available here soon but if you would like to talk to someone about the Peer Support Programme, or would like to be connected to a Peer Support volunteer, please contact Tatjana at firstname.lastname@example.org
“It was invaluable and tremendously reassuring to meet someone who has MS, and to be able to joke about our wooden-feeling feet and much else”.
“Being diagnosed with MS just recently at age 30 was a terrifying experience for me. I knew nothing about MS and although there were many well meaning people in my life offering advice, other people just didn’t seem to understand. I felt I was very, very alone and was getting rather low….. I was connected with a Peer Support volunteer. She is funny, friendly and positive and just the example I needed of someone living well with MS to dispel some of the fears I was dwelling on. I feel now I have a buddy on this journey that I can reach out to.”