Association Visitors have a vital part to play in supporting people affected by motor neurone disease – both those with the disease and those close to them. They offer free and confidential emotional support, and information about the Association and other services that helps people to make informed choices.
Association visitors Key Roles
- to make and maintain contact by telephone, email or face-to-face with people living with MND
- to explain the support and services the Association and other local services can offer
- to enable people with MND to identify problems as they arise and explore how these might be managed
- to liaise with health and social care professionals
If you would like to be put in touch with one of the AV’s in Gloucestershire please contact
Regionlal Care Development Advisor (RCDA)
The Association Visitors provide face to face contact, telephone contact and support groups, to which everyone is welcome. Their knowledge is vast and if they don’t know the answers they find someone who does. A truly dedicated group of individuals and as a branch we are immensely grateful for all they bring. I am sure you can understand their role is difficult enough, but without the dedicated MND specialist nurse in place, it is even more difficult. We all sincerely hope for a MND specialist nurse in the very near future and that future links are strengthened between our A.V’s and the health care professionals ensuring the best level of care across the board.
Other volunteers are involved in care and support as well. We have a great team of general volunteers who are always there to give their time and practical help and support whenever possible. Without them we simply could not begin to offer the range of practical services and events that we do.
MND Gloucestershire Branch Secretary
Have you ever thought of becoming an ASSOCIATION VISITOR?
If so this might be the time to act on those thoughts.
What do visitors do?
1. Offer caring, informed support to people with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and their families.
2. Work as part of a local team visiting people with MND and their carers at home or keeping in touch by telephone.
3. Provide an invaluable link for people living with MND, keeping them in touch with the MND Association and proactively signposting them to various other sources of help.
What sort of people volunteer as Visitors?
1. Good listeners who work with sensitivity and understand the need for confidentiality.
2. Caring, reliable people from many walks of life.