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Caring for someone with MS

Friday 7 June 2013 Further support

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition which affects around 100,000 people in the UK. We know that around three quarters of people with MS rely on care and support from family members and friends, which means there’s a huge community of MS carers and families out there.

Balancing caring with studying, and maybe work as well, has the potential to be really challenging. However, support is available from many sources, including your university.

The MS Society supports carers and families by providing information, financial and emotional support, and signposting to other organisations. Visit our website at for more information on how we can help.


We’ve got information publications specifically for carers and families, plus all the MS Essentials booklets which give information about different symptoms and issues that can affect people with MS.

Download these publications from the MS Society website, or order hard copies from the Information Team on 020 8438 0799 or from the online shop.


There are lots of organisations, services and groups offering local support for carers and families. Information about sources of local support (such as carers centres) is available on the Getting help and support page of the carers & families section of our website.

Find your local carers centre.

Financial support

We can provide grants to carers of all ages for a wide range of items such as school trips, driving lessons, laptops, and courses to enable carers to develop a new skill, study or return to work.

We also support carers through the Short Breaks and Activities Fund, to which carers can apply for funding towards short breaks, holidays, respite care and regular activities.

For more information about our grants funds for carers, contact the Grants team on 020 8438 0700 or or visit

Emotional support

The MS Helpline gives free and confidential information and support to anyone affected by MS, including carers and families from 9am – 9pm, Monday – Friday. The helpline number is 0808 800 8000.

There is also a dedicated online discussion forum for carers of people with MS on our website at