Branch phone number
Treasurer: Carol Campbell
The Branch Meetings are held in The Antrim Day Centre - Station Road Antrim on the 2nd Wednesday of the Month except July and August at 7.30pm - 9.30pm.
Our group is busy and welcoming, and we aim to provide support, help and guidance to local people affected by Multiple Sclerosis. We have a range of information on local services, The MS Society hold a variety of events and classes to benefit our group.
We meet of the last Wednesday of every month in Allan Park Restaurant in Antrim for a lunch & catch up. All welcome, be there for 12.30 for 1pm!
We are lucky in Northern Ireland to be supported by the MS Nurses, who are based within the Belfast Royal Victoria Hospital. The MS Nurses offer support, advice & education to those affected by Multiple Sclerosis. If you have a confirmed diagnosis you can refer yourself, if you have not yet been incontact with a nurse. Your GP or neurologist can also refer you.
The MS Advice Line in Belfast is:
028 9063 2757
Mon-Thurs 9.30am - 12.30pm
2.00pm - 4.30pm
Friday 9.30am- 12.30pm
2.00pm - 3.00pm
Closed Bank Holidays and Saturday & Sundays.
The Northern Health & Social Care Trust is in the process of recruiting a part-time MS Nurse to cover the Northern Area, and we will update you when more details become available, meantime Belfast is the place to contact.
The Antrim and District Branch of the MS Society is indebted to a group of 6th form girls from Antrim Grammar School. The girls organised a cookery demonstration and produced a recipe book in order to raise awareness and funds for the MS Society.
The Antrim and District Branch of the MS Society were very grateful to receive the generous donation from Dungonnell Orange Lodge}
CHRISTMAS DINNER 2011
Top of the Town
CAROLS AT CHRISTMAS
STORMONT GREAT HALL
TOP OF THE TOWN MONTHLY LUNCH
JOHN BROWN BIRTHDAY BOY
MS INFORMATION DAY
DUNSILLY HOTEL ANTRIM 8th OCTOBER
MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE HARD AT WORK
Handbags and Gladrags
1st October 2011
Members of the Antrim and District Branch attending the Handbags & Gladrags at Lily's Lisburn Road.
Parkhall Community Integrated College Presentation 20th June 2011
Pictured are teacher Miss C McClintock, pupils Peter Woods, Luke Walker, Ashleigh Craig and Members of the Antrim Branch Committee.
Parkhall Community Integrated College raises vital funds for the Antrim & District Branch MS Society.
Parkhall Community Integrated College donated a cheque for £500 to the Antrim and District Branch of the MS Society NI from the proceeds of a sponsored walk and non uniform day. The Branch was delighted to receive this donation, and the money will be used to support people affected by M.S. in the Antrim area.
The Branch provides a range of services including monthly support meetings, complementary therapies, computer classes, exercise classes and social outings. The Antrim and District Branch also has a dedicated support officer who is the first point of contact for people and provides information, support and signposting to services.
The Branch would like to thank the pupils and staff of Parkhall Community Integrated College for their support; the money raised will make a real difference to people affected by M.S. in the Antrim area.
Antrim Grammar Presentation 13th June 2011
Pictured are Antrim Grammar School teacher, Dr Louise O’Kane and pupils Abby Patterson and Georgia Wilson, along with Committee Members of the Antrim Branch.
Antrim Grammar School raises vital funds for the Antrim & District Branch of the MS Society of N. Ireland
Pupils at Antrim Grammar School have supported the Antrim & District Branch of the MS Society of NI by raising £519 -37 through organising a non – uniform day. The branch was delighted to receive the donation, which will be used to support people affected by MS in the Antrim area.
MS affects over 4000 people in Northern Ireland and is the most common disabling neurological disorder among young adults. The Antrim & District Branch of the MS Society of NI provides information and support to people affected by MS in the local area. The branch is run by a voluntary committee and relies on donations and fundraising events to raise funds. The money raised by the branch is used to provide services and support to people in the Antrim area, as well as helping to fund important research.
The branch provides a range of services including monthly support meetings, complementary therapies, computer classes, exercise classes and social outings. The Antrim & District Branch also has a dedicated support officer service. The Support Officer, Karen Koehler, is the first point of contact for people and provides information, support and signposting to services.
The branch would like to thank the pupils and teachers of Antrim Grammar School for their support; the money raised will make a real difference to people affected by MS in the Antrim area.
Annual BBQ 18th June 2011
Our annual BBQ was held in Antrim Masonic Hall this year again, and what a wonderful night! We hope everyone enjoyed the evening and thank you all for coming.
Special thanks goes to Maurice & Steven Henderson and Gregory Esler who worked tirelessly to meet all our needs! and to the Masonic Hall Committee who again extended a warm welcome to our group! Thanks also to Pattersons Butchers Randalstown who supplied the delicious meat.
Thanks to all members who worked hard to make the night memorable for all! Our Ballot was, as ever, a great success and hope most of you were lucky!
We look forward to next year!!!
On the phone again Alvin !!!!!
Wakey Wakey Russell!
On Monday 6 June, the Antrim & District Branch of MS Society NI launched their first ever exercise class. The class has been set up in partnership with Active Communities and takes place once a week in Antrim Forum. People with MS can find it difficult to access exercise and activity opportunities as general classes are often not suitable for people with mobility problems.
Clare Watson, Northern Area Development Officer for MS Society NI said “This class is aimed specifically for people with MS and is a fantastic opportunity for them to get together as a group, with an experienced instructor and take part in tailored activity for people with different levels of mobility. The social aspect to the class is also important as it provides an opportunity for people with MS to motivate and gain support from each other.”
The branch is delighted to be able to offer this new service to people with MS in the Antrim and District area. The branch is volunteer led and provides a range of support and services for people affected by MS in the area. Some of the other services the branch provides include; a dedicated support officer service to provide information and support, monthly support meetings, complementary therapies and social outings throughout the year. The branch relies on fundraising activities and donations and all money raised is spent locally providing services to people affected by MS in the Antrim and District area.
Stormont - Launch of MS Week & The MS Register 2011
The MS Society were kindly invited to a reception, hosted by Alastair Ross MLA & Patsy McGlone MLA on Monday 23rd May 2011.
Committee Members Shirley Clarke, Carol Campbell (above left) and Support Officer Karen Koehler (above right) attended on behalf of our branch. Edwin Poots, Health Secretary, gave kind words regarding the work of the MS Society and welcomed the launch of the MS Register. If you have not already done so, please register at:
Antrim Street Collection - Thursday 27th May 2011
We held a street collection in Castle Mall Antrim, as we do every year, to help raise the profile of our group and collect funds to help support our local branch.
This event was very well attended and thanks to all our members, families and friends, who very kindly gave up some time to come and collect. Thanks goes mainly to the the people of Antrim & the surrounding district, who donated to us that day, contributing to the grand total of £830.
An Evening with Antrim Mayor, Pam Lewis
26th May 2011
The previous Mayor of Antrim, Councillor Pam Lewis hosted a reception on Antrim Civic Centre for members of the local MS Society Antrim Branch. The event celebrated MS Week 2011 and highlighted the wide range of work that the branch does to support people affected by MS in the Antrim and District area.
The theme for MS Week 2011 is ‘Putting MS on the map’. The MS Society has launched an exciting new research project – the MS Register, unveiled at the start of MS Week (23 May). This is the world’s first register, in any condition, to bring together information submitted by people with MS themselves, alongside data provided by clinicians and other routinely collected information.
By unveiling the ground-breaking MS Register the MS Society aims to develop a true picture of the impact of the condition and put MS on the map, for the first-ever time.
Clare Watson, Northern Area Development Officer said “The launch of the MS Register is really exciting news for everyone who is affected by MS. It’s our opportunity to find out more about the condition and, crucially, how it impacts people’s everyday lives. This powerful research tool has the potential to transform the delivery of care and support for people affected by MS - it’s a really exciting development.”
“We urge everyone with MS to join the Register now at www.ukmsregister.org.uk Together we can put MS on the map.”
The Antrim Branch of the MS Society provides a vital service to people affected by MS in the Antrim and District area. The branch is volunteer led and supports anyone affected by MS. The branch provides a wide range of support, including; a dedicated support officer service to provide information and advice, monthly support meetings, complementary therapies, IT classes and social outings throughout the year. The branch also has fundraising events throughout the year and all money raised is spent locally providing services to people affected by MS in the Antrim and District area.
Below (L-R) Chairman, Secretary & Assist. Treasurer enjoying the hot supper!
Below, Clare and some members in the Council Chambers.
Below (L-R) Colin Wilson, Margaret Fry and the new Treasurer Caroline Millar (in their Sunday best!)
Below (L-R) Cllr Pam Lewis with Sylvia Clarke and Francis Mitchell . Sylvia and Francis are 2 of the branches longest members!
The Hilton Templepatrick Hotel
The MS Society NI held an open day for members to attend, providing information about the work of the MS Society, with a variety of speakers. Many of our branch members attended and a great day was had by all.
Our Treasurer of 30 years, who has now stepped down and is still assisting the new treasurer, presented a cheque from the collection in memory of her late husband, Stanley Hamilton. Stanley was a dedicated, long standing member of the Antrim & District Branch and this donation from his family was an extremely generous gesture.
Dr Rachel Hassan excepted the cheque as a grant to help with her further studies in medicine, below.
Donation from Crumlin WI - 6th April 2011
Pictured below is a donation received from Rosemary Blackburn, to Joan Hamilton, on behalf of the Crumlin WI for £150, also pictured is President WI Rita Burns and our secretary John Coulter. On the same evening Colemans Nursery, Templepartrick was carrying out a demonstration of flowers to the ladies at the WI, and kindly gave a £25 donation to our local branch.
MS Quiz - 29th March 2011
Antrim Masonic Hall
This was the 1st of 2 quizzes to take place this year.
An excellent evening was had, with lots of laughs, refreshments and a lovely supper, supplies by our ever attentive ladies!
Many Thanks to all who attended and watch out for our next quiz in October!
We raised over £500, a truly excellent amount!
Well done to Committee Member Margaret Fry's team, who came joint first, and well done to all who took part!
Quiz Master Roy Lamont (right) Joan & Neil Simpson
Busy Selling Tickets!
Tables of Teams!
Kerry Gilchrist and Robert Woods along with Harold Marquess Jnr of Marquess Meats organised a motorcycle outing from Antrim to Newcastle Co.Down and raise an amazing £1152 through sponsors.
They are seen here with Mrs Joan Hamilton (Teasurer) and John Coulter (Secretary).
Also many thanks to all the motorcyclists who supported this event seen below.
Back to School for Members of The Antrim & District M.S. Branch of G.B. and N.Ireland
This was the first day of the Computer Class on
9th September 2010.
The Course runs for 10 weeks and the enthusiasm of the Members was great.
Photos of the Branch Supper Dance held in
The Templeton Hotel Templepatrick on 23rd September 2010
Plug And Dom
Many thanks to all our Friends and Branch Members who came along and supported this Great Event.
Andrea Moore along with Debbie Forte (Reflexologist) after getting
Indian Head Massage.
All who attended the Reflexology said how much they really enjoyed this and a special thanks to Debbie.
Once again in October the second of our two Table Quizzes was a great success and the support from the community in the Antrim District was really appreciated.
The Branch Members would also like to thank the Committee of the Antrim Masonic Hall for the use of their premises.
Christmas Dinner 2010 at the Top of the Town Bar & Restaurant
the Staff and Customers of The Top of the Town
Antrim & District Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of N.Ireland Day Out with Belfast Lough Sailability in Carrickfergus
On Friday 21st May 2010
Rhondda Davies runs The Lisburn Half Marathon for
The Antrim M.S. Branch and raised £270.
Many thanks Rhondda.
These 3 Antrim Ladies
Debbie Kirkpatrick - Keri Coulter and Tirzah White
Abseil down The Europa Hotel for
The M.S. Society N. Ireland
and together raised an amazing £790