People living with Multiple Sclerosis


 

Is the HOPE course for you or the people you support?

The HOPE MS course is an interactive, group-based, self-management support course, which runs for 6 weeks, with each weekly session lasting 2.5 hours for groups of between 8 and 12 participants. The course has been developed by Coventry University and  funded by the  MS Society.  

Self-management is beneficial in helping to improve health and wellbeing. If you are the kind of person who benefits from the support of others HOPE is ideal for you. The HOPE course provides  a supportive, friendly group setting which will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to cope with many of  the challenges, frustrations, fears and sense of isolation that living with  MS can bring.  HOPE facilitators go through a training programme but more importantly they are a person who living with MS.  The course deals with:

  • Goal setting and action planning

  • Looking for solutions to problems

  • Stress management (e.g. mindfulness and relaxation)

  • Fatigue management

  • Identifying strengths

  • Becoming more positive, grateful and appreciating life more

  • Healthy lifestyles (e.g. eating more healthily and physical activity)

  • Prioritising the important things in life

  • Communication skills

How does HOPE help?

Our research has shown that after attending the HOPE MS course participants report:

  • More hopeful about their future

  • More positive emotions

  • Fewer physical impacts of MS

  • Fewer psychological impacts of MS

  • Reduced depression

  • Reduced fatigue


What do people say about the HOPE Programme?

I’ve enjoyed the company and that we’ve had a laugh. The course tutors who also have MS have led us through many helpful suggestions and problem solving ideas. Brilliant!
— Person living with MS

The course has helped me be mindful of what I can achieve instead of thinking what I can’t
— Person living with MS

Benefits to organisations and commissioners

 

When people living this MS attend this programme, they take a more active role in managing their health which can result in fewer consultations with healthcare professionals and more efficient and effective use of healthcare resources.


Further Information

The Hope Multiple Sclerosis course is run by Hope For The Community.


Are you interested in a bespoke HOPE course for the people you support?