About us

Shift.ms is the social network for people with multiple sclerosis. Founded by MSers, for MSers, the charity supports many thousands of recently diagnosed people across the world as they make sense of MS. It’s independent and it’s free.
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At Shift.ms we believe that MS doesn’t mean giving up on ambitions, just rethinking how to achieve them.


Shift.ms equips people to make sense of MS as soon as possible after diagnosis.

We do this through

Our online community where thousands of MSers meet, share experiences and support each other.

Our films – by, for and about people with MS – which tell compelling stories and connect MSers with world-leading experts.

The impact of our community

  • Reduced isolation, anxiety and depression
  • The ability to come to terms with diagnosis and adapt to life with MS
  • Greater knowledge and confidence to make positive choices about health, lifestyle and the future

Our philosophy

Founded by MSers, for MSers, we believe in the value of information from experience. We encourage members of the community to be involved in everything we do.

We are committed to becoming a financially sustainable organisation.

Where we came from

Shift.ms was launched in 2009 by George Pepper and Freddie Yauner, following George’s diagnosis with MS at the age of 22. MS is the most commonly diagnosed neurological condition in people in their 20s and 30s in the UK. Despite this, George found it difficult to find other MSers of his age, even online. This frustration led him to set up a website, where MSers could meet and share experiences. This later became Shift.ms.

Today we have over 37,000 members worldwide.

Find out more about the team or read about our impacts in the MS community.

We’re a registered UK charity. Our registered charity number is 1117194.