Shift.ms is a social network for people with multiple sclerosis. We aim to create a positive, enabling community which empowers MSers to acknowledge their MS, rethink how to achieve their ambitions and get on with their lives.
To achieve our aim, we focus on three areas
• Reducing isolation and increasing social support for MSers
• Helping MSers to acknowledge and actively manage their condition
• Creating a self-sustaining community organisation, run by its members
• No MSer should feel alone, particularly straight after diagnosis. We think it’s crucial to have support around this time, it’s probably the main reason we exist.
• A community can’t be a dictatorship. We want to make sure everyone gets a say.
• Life is interesting because people are different and have different ideas. We respect everyone’s opinion and let them speak freely (as long as they’re being nice about it, of course).
• Our community is global. Just because we’re based in the UK, doesn’t mean you have to be.
• Information overload is never a good thing. We love to do innovative projects which help MSers understand their MS in new ways.
• MS doesn’t mean giving your ambitions, just rethinking how to achieve them. We’re here to help MSers show each other it’s possible.
Read more about the community.
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 www.shift.ms. Find out more about the team and what we’re been up to in the past year.
Today we have over 8,000 members worldwide. Read more about our impacts on the MS community.
We’re a registered UK charity. Our registered charity number is 1117194.