As the Covid crisis continues, demand for guidance and support has increased significantly. We remain a vital resource to those living with a muscle-wasting condition as they look to decipher ever-changing advice from public health about shielding and how it will affect their individual situation
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (205395)
Shielding has now officially ended however those with a muscle-wasting condition remain in the most vulnerable category. The need for our helpline and virtual peer support has increased as a result, despite a £2.8million decrease in funding. Since April we have dealt with 1093 requests for help and information even with having to reduce helpline hours. Financial support is needed to expand our helpline service and virtual event series to eliminate the felling of loneliness.
Our helpline capacity will be increased by upskilling volunteers thus enabling our team to continue to offer advocacy support particularly as they receive calls for assistance with complex issues. We have quickly adapted technology to provide weekly Live Q&A sessions to replace regional events and will extend our well-being programme to ensure that we are providing support for people of all ages during this period of isolation. We held our Annual Conference online and are looking to replicate this model to ensure that our community receives access to clinicians and peer support online.
"It’s good to know that you can just pick up the phone and get your questions answered. Not everyone has a good hospital team behind them who know about these things. If it wasn’t for the charity, I wouldn’t have anyone to ask these questions"
"We attended a superb webinar organised by MDUK. Excellent speakers, so much information and lots of research. I am determined to get a referral when life gets better."
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