Resources and support for National MS Society Connection Program volunteers
There are nearly 1,200 Society affiliated self-help groups across the United States engaging some 30,000 people with MS, family members and friends. In addition, there are approximately 200 peer support volunteers working one-on-one with people affected by MS. The Society recognizes the valuable role self-help groups and one-on-one peer support connections play in addressing the informational, emotional and social support needs of people living MS. We also recognize that well trained and supported volunteers are key to the ongoing delivery of this core service.
The following resources are available to assist and support you in your leadership role:
Guidelines for managing and leading self-help groups: a manual for National MS Society self-help group leaders (.pdf), a handbook for leaders containing group management guidelines, strategies for maintaining group member engagement, managing difficult behaviors, and tools for measuring group effectiveness. Download the handbook (.pdf).
Connecting with others living with MS (.pdf) is a brochure showcasing the Society's available connection programs.
Create a Community Connections program in your area to enable more connections between peers and the Society. Click here for more information.
See the impact of Society connection programs by viewing the summary of the 2014 connections evaluation study. Promote the 2015 evaluation study by providing the 2015 flyer at your next group meeting.
To facilitate dialogue and discussion around issues important to people living with MS, the Society has developed meeting toolkits for use in your meetings. These toolkits are intended to provide a framework for discussion around critical topics.