South East Region
Welcome to the homepage for services in the South Eastern region. We cover counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford and Tipperary. We provide a range of services and activities to people with MS, their families, health professionals and others interested in or concerned about MS.
Services are provided by professionally trained staff and a dedicated team of volunteers. In the South East Region, we have five voluntary Branches offering local support and contact - Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary South, Waterford, Wexford South.
South East Regional Services
The services listed below are provided by our staff team and voluntary Branches. To learn more about these services or to ask any questions, please get in touch with our office today.
Individual and family support, often called casework, is a one-to-one service provided by the Regional Community Worker. They work with the person with MS or/and their family to work through any issues or concerns. These issues may include those related to health and wellbeing, emotional factors, available services or welfare needs.
They are there to listen to your concerns, provide you with information you may need, support you in coming to terms with your diagnosis and refer you to other services and organisations if needed. Learn more about individual and family support.
Contact our office today to speak to a Regional Community Worker.
Our programmes are a great way to learn more about MS, meet other people and pick up tips and hints from others. We provide a range of programmes including newly diagnosed seminars, support groups, physiotherapy and exercise classes, symptom management sessions and other information and professional advice programmes. These are run for people with MS, carers, families and health professionals.
MS Ireland believes physiotherapy and exercise is an important part of managing the impact of MS. Through our Physically Activity Programmes and research we have devised various physiotherapy and exercise classes for people with varying levels of ability. In our region, we run a number of these types of classes.
Check our calendar to find out what programmes are currently running.
Professional Information and Advice Workshops aim to give people with MS a focal point for appropriate, evidence- based information, advice about MS health issues in small groups.
The workshops are usually delivered by skilled clinical staff from the Health Service Executive, Money Advice Budgeting Service, Citizens information
Topics include being newly diagnosed with MS, managing MS symptoms – fatigue, continence, mobility, pain, cognition and talks on allowances, benefits, disability payments.
The workshops are a great way of learning more about managing MS in a relaxed and comfortable environment.
Occasionally we also run 6 week Chronic Disease Self management Programmes across the South East in partnership with other agencies such as HSE, Disability Federation of Ireland and others.
The Directory of Services acts as a guide for people with MS towards relevant and useful services and organisations in their locality. The Directory encourages people with MS to become self-reliant and to find out and understand as much as possible about their life with MS and how they can better manage it and its associated symptoms
The National Ability Supports System (NASS) was established in 2018. It replaces two previous systems – the National Intellectual Disability Database (NIDD) and the National Physical and Sensory Disability Database (NPSDD). It is a computer database that captures information on the service use and needs of people with disability.
Data is a key resource for planning future services and evaluating service use. The HRB system is the only national database on disabilities in Ireland. Its data is used to inform decisions such as budget allocations and policy considerations. Therefore it is essential that everyone who is eligible for inclusion on the NASS database is encouraged to participate so that their needs are reflected.
MS Ireland can offer financial assistance to people with MS to help cover the costs of some expenses associated with the condition. Voluntary Branches raise this money through their fundraising activities. The Regional Community Worker liaises with the applicant and the voluntary Branch to ensure money cannot be sourced through state funds. Financial Assistance is administered through a payment made by the voluntary Branch and is governed by national regulations.
There are many types of events and activities organised to meet other people with MS in a comfortable, safe and friendly setting. Ranging from coffee mornings, socials and outings, these events are great ways to learn from others and share experiences in an informal setting.
All our voluntary Branches fundraise extensively to fund their services and the contribute to the overall services of the South East. From church-gate collections and bag packs to fun runs and concerts voluntary Branches rely on the generosity of the local community. Check out our calendar to find out what fundraising events are coming up in this region.
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