Merlin MS Centre COVID-19 Response
It is a very difficult and challenging time for everyone in our communities, but especially vulnerable people living with long-term health conditions and have been told to self-isolate for three months. We know this is a worrying time, for our service users who are particularly at high risk, but also for many of our volunteers who are older and are being asked to self-isolate/socially distance.
Our clinical team is currently prioritising the most vulnerable who due to age, disability/chronic health conditions, rural and self-isolation and/or lack of family support, cannot get essential supplies, medication or other practical help or advice about their health and mental well-being - if we cannot provide our expert clinical advice then they are likely to call upon the already over-burdened health and social care system.
Keep in Contact Project
We have a number of clients who fit into our high priority who may require daily contact, but even where there are people with support networks, the expertise of our clinical team will be important in giving advice on physical and mental well-being – this is essential for anyone living with chronic conditions and particularly at this time when social contact is dramatically reduced. Sadly, as time goes on and the virus spreads support networks may also diminish.
The team have also put together a programme of virtual exercise classes that service users can access at home. It is vital for both mental and physical well-being that there is some continuity in therapy.
Our income streams have come to an abrupt halt and our small income generation team are busy looking at virtual fundraising ideas as well as applying for grants so that we are able to reopen the Centre in the future.
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or donate via our just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/merlincovid19
The Merlin MS Centre is an independent Cornish charity located in mid-Cornwall.
Merlin MS Centre is the only purpose built facility in Cornwall that provides a comprehensive range of subsidised and affordable therapies for those whose lives are affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The services the charity provides are also available to those with other neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, Stroke, ME Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)