An OMS Circle is a collection of like-minded people who all share the desire to make positive lifestyle choices and live a better and healthier life with MS. Find answers to frequently asked questions here:
Family members, partners and friends are always welcome to join you at Circle meetups. It is often beneficial for them as well, to get a better understanding of the group and meet others in similar situations.
Most Circles are also pet friendly too, but please ask your Ambassador.
Once you have signed up using the form on our website, you will receive a welcome email from us detailing which Circle you have joined for confirmation and the name of the Ambassador for your Circle. Your Ambassador will be notified by us and given your email address to contact you and welcome you to the group.
We know it can be intimidating joining a group of people you haven’t met yet but rest assured our Ambassadors and community are inclusive, supportive and welcoming. We encourage you to reply directly to your Ambassador if you are not ready to send a message to a group.
We do not judge how suitable an Ambassador might be based on their level of recovery or symptoms present as this would not be a fair representation of our community. What we look for is warm and encouraging personalities who are passionate about connecting with others, spreading awareness of the OMS recovery program and providing support to other people with MS in their local area.
The great thing about our Ambassador program is that it’s very flexible. We are truly grateful for all of the support our Ambassadors give to us to help us achieve our mission. The main role of an Ambassador is to connect with new and existing members and organise meetings for the group. This could be coffee mornings, afternoon tea, lunch or dinner or an all inclusive activity such as mindfulness, yoga or pilates. There are endless ideas for you to engage with others and we are on hand to provide whatever support you may need to help you organise things for your group.
Each Circle is different because each Ambassador is different. They may share similarities but ultimately, no two Circles are identical. Some Ambassadors are active marathon runners who fundraise to support us further, and other Ambassadors are homely people who love a nice get together over some delicious OMS friendly snacks and tea.
You are given the freedom and tools to make being an Ambassador work for you so that you can continue to live in good health and also give back to the MS community.
Sometimes, you may not want to share everything right away, and that’s okay. If you’d like to connect with a Circle just to see how it operates, please put a comment in the box provided on the Circles form. You can give just your first name and the first letter of your surname if you wish. Please just make sure your email address is correct because this is where all correspondence will be sent. We do not require a phone number for you to join, however many Circles have group discussions on Whatsapp and so at some point, it may be useful to join this discussion when you are ready.
To join, simply visit https://overcomingms.org/recovery-program/find-support-oms-circles and select your preferred Circle from the drop down menu.
If there is no Circle near you, please select ‘none’ and your details will be held on file until there is a Circle near to you. You can also choose one circle which you want to join even if it is geographically far away, as many circles have online meetings. Plus you will stay on a waiting list so that if a new circle is founded in a place near to you, you will be alerted and get the possibility to switch (or stay in two circles). You can browse the Circles using the map.
Each Overcoming MS Circle starts by finding an OMS Ambassador to volunteer. Once established, the Ambassador works with us to raise awareness in their local area and to connect with other people with MS. This includes those who are already following the program, interested in finding out more or people who simply want to connect with others who will understand. If there is no Circle in your area yet, this is because we have yet to find somebody to carry out our message of hope and be a pillar of support in your local community.
An OMS Ambassador is somebody who actively supports our vision - that every person in the world with MS should be aware of the OMS recovery program. They volunteer as local hosts in their community, organising meetings for people with MS to provide support, encouragement and share their own journey of recovery to give hope to others. An Ambassador has experience following the OMS recovery program and actively encourages and supports others who wish to take the first step towards recovery.
An OMS Circle is a group of people who share a belief in making positive changes to their diets and lifestyles to achieve a better and healthier life with MS. They meet regularly for events and outings, answer each other’s questions, and act as a source of support and encouragement for each other, in good and not-so-good times.