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Membership Developments

We have a membership of around 30,000 people, but many more people are affected by MS in the UK.

We’ve proposed that we grow our community by transforming our membership offer. We’ll reduce barriers so more people see us as relevant and want to engage with us.

Our members unanimously agreed, and so we’ve set to work developing a new model which we’ll be launching in 2021.

What you’ll get from our new offer

  • You’ll feel part of a wider MS community, where you have access to support and information.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to meet others living with MS and form relationships, either through our local groups or virtually.
  • You’ll have the tools to make the most of vital peer to peer relationships and be part of a wider network.

Why we’re evolving our membership offer

  • Our research with the MS community, including our members, showed us we need to change our current membership model to appeal to a wider audience.
  • We’ve learnt from other charities who face the same challenges as us. After they modernised their membership they were able to reach more of their community.
  • We want to reach as many people as possible, to support them in their MS journey.
  • We want to offer an new personalised online experience which provides you with the most relevant and up-to-date information .
  • We’ll have simpler governance processes, while still keeping our democratic principles.

What's changing?

Join an online session to hear more

We’ll be hosting some online sessions in late September and early October. Members can join us to hear more about our plans for membership and ask questions.

We’ll update this page in the coming weeks with the dates and times for these sessions and information on how to sign up, so please check back soon.

We’ll also be sending more information about the planned changes to our existing members. It will all be in AGM booklet we send out in October.

This year our AGM will be on Saturday 5 December.

We want to hear from you in the meantime

If you have any questions about the changes to membership and what they might mean to you, please email membership@mssociety.org.uk. A member of the team will be more than happy to help.