Northern Ireland’s Multiple Sclerosis charity

User-Led Groups

We have four user led groups, New B’s and Luncheon Club in Belfast and luncheon Clubs in Coleraine and Cookstown. These are monthly meetings with a varied programme of events including talks by specialist nurses and other professionals to social outings including the theatre , cinema and informal get togethers.

These meetings offer the opportunity to informally chat over a cup of tea or coffee. It also gives those who have MS the chance to meet other people with multiple sclerosis in their area. The groups offer friendship and support in a social environment and are co-ordinated by members of the social care team and volunteers. Members of our social care staff are available at these meetings to answer questions and offer assistance.

The New B’s

The Newbies is a group of people aged between twenty-five and forty (well, sort of, we’re not strict on this at all) who meet at different venues including the Action MS office in Knockbracken Healthcare Park.

We have tea and coffee and of course a good old chinwag. It’s great to talk to others who also have multiple sclerosis and many great friendships have been forged over the years.

However, our group is much more than just having a yarn. The group decides if they would like, for example, someone to come and address our group. In the past we have had guest speakers who have included a physiotherapist, an MS nurse, a dietician and someone talking to us about benefits.

Also Action MS helps organize trips. Summer outings include visits to local garden Centres; Castle Espie; Newcastle and visits to the cinema and bowling.

We have loads of fun and are growing in numbers all the time. Why not try a Tuesday? If you would like to become a Newbie, just ring the Action MS office on 028 907 907 07 or email for more information.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Luncheon Clubs

Unlike the Newbies, the Luncheon Clubs tend to be for those of a more “mature” age, with maybe even a slight hint of grey. A light lunch is enjoyed and activities include: speakers;armchair yoga and board games.

Of course, if members decide we would like more information about something, Action MS arranges a guest speaker to come and answer our questions. A very popular guest is an MS Nurse as we like to be kept up to date with all the latest information about new medications

The Belfast Luncheon Club meet in the Ivanhoe Hotel, Saintfield Road, Belfast on the last Tuesday of the month.

The Coleraine Luncheon Club meets in the Conservatory in the Lodge Hotel Coleraine on the first Thursday of the month.

The Cookstown Lunchon Club meet in the Glenavon House Hotel on the third Wednesday of the month.

For further information, ring the Action MS office on 028 907 907 07 or email

Looking forward to seeing you there.






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