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UPDATE: Monday 23rd March 2020
After the announcement by the Prime Minister this evening we have taken the decision to close the Centre from Tuesday 24th March 2020.
As you can imagine this is not a decision we have taken lightly but we feel it is in the best interests of the members, volunteers and staff that we abide strictly to the government advice of staying home for the next three weeks. We will keep everyone updated through social media and the newsletter. Sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of this page.
COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation and we have a dedicated team monitoring developments so that we can respond appropriately to any changes in the advice and guidelines provided by the Department of Health.
During the coming weeks we advise that you keep up to date with developments by regularly checking the NHS guidelines and any advice on their website
The MS Society have information available on COVID-19 and how it may affect you and any medications you are taking and this can be viewed HERE
On a personal note we would like to say a huge thank you to our wonderful volunteers who have continued to support the Centre through the past few weeks, we are very grateful.
We look forward to welcoming all of you back in three weeks time,
look after yourselves and each other.
With best wishes from everyone at The Brightwell
Our physiotherapy gym features ceiling mounted hoists for ease of movement as do each of our therapy rooms and washrooms.
In 2019 The West of England MS Therapy Centre officially partnered with The Bristol Therapy Centre and The Bristol Neurological Support Centre to re-brand as The Brightwell. Supporting people living with Multiple Sclerosis will continue to be at the heart of our work but, by re-branding under the banner of the Brightwell, we will be able to provide help and support to people with many different neurological conditions, whether it be Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Stroke or injury. For our current members be reassured that when you come to visit we are still the same great Centre, we still have a great team of volunteers plus supporters, and we're still the same friendly, welcoming community that we've always been.
The Brightwell offers several types of treatments and therapies for you to choose from with oxygen therapy and physiotherapy lying at the core of many our members treatment plans. You will work alongside your therapist to build other therapies into your treatment plan and the choice is always yours on which ones you would like to try.
To find out how you become a member, plus all the forms you will need to fill in, visit the membership area. You can download each form as a PDF and see some of the questions we are often asked. If you can't find what you need, or would like a spot of advice, please give us a ring on 01454 201 686 and we will be more than happy to help.
Volunteers are the beating heart of the The Brightwell and, as you can never have too much of a good thing, if you are interested in getting involved there are a range of roles available from admin to public speaking and anything
in-between. Some people volunteer once or twice a week, whilst others volunteer for a set project or role; whatever you decide to do, whatever your ability, we are always very grateful for the help, especially if it involves any form of baking.
The Brightwell is a non-profit charity, we receive no NHS financing and less than 1% of our costs are met by government funding. All of the complementary therapies that you can choose from are subsidised by the Centre and are available to members at a significantly lower rate than the standard. Costs are primarily met through fundraising and from small, local grants. Further funds are raised by a combination of voluntary contributions and a membership fee that equals £2.50 per month. That said, we have never turned anyone away who needs help and we will never refuse membership to a person based on their ability to contribute financially. If you would like to help us continue to meet this promise visit the fundraising section for ideas, tips, testimonials and any of our current sponsored campaigns that you can take part in.