When we launched Shift.ms ten years ago, I never imagined that a decade later Shift.ms would be a global network of well over 30,000 members. What an achievement! Not just for all those who have supported Shift.ms along the way, but for the MS community as a whole.
Multiple sclerosis is the most commonly diagnosed neurological condition in people in their 20s and 30s. Yet despite this, when I was diagnosed, I found it incredibly difficult to find other MSers my age, even online. Because of this crucial gap in support for people recently diagnosed with MS, Shift.ms was born.
Since then, over 1.5 million people have visited our website, our 30,000+ members have posted on our forum over 120,000 times and our volunteer network ‘The Energy’ is made up of over 200 active volunteers.
Shift.ms has come far since we launched in 2009, progressing from a small UK charity to a global network of thousands of MSers.
But we won’t stop here, in fact we’re just getting started.
We’ve reached an exciting time at Shift.ms, where the future holds promises of international expansion; our second MS Sessions event; the release of films relating to the challenges of having kids, relapses and support networks; and a revamped MS Reporters (watch this space!)
Our strategic priorities are clear, we know who we are and what we can deliver. We place MSers at the heart of all we do now more than ever before. We’re excited about what we can achieve together.
A huge thank you to all the MSers who make our community what it is, but also to our funders, volunteers and supporters - without you all this would not be possible.
Thank you for your support.
Co-founder & CEO