How We Started
The charity was established by and for those with MS to access specialist physio and oxygen therapy. A vital community was created which became much more than offering therapies. This same spirit continues today.
The centre is part of a network offering oxygen therapy which grew in the 1980s from the first centre in Dundee in 1982 to over 60 centres throughout the UK. The Centres were initially called ARMS (Action and Research for Multiple Sclerosis), later changing their name to MS Therapy Centres.
Initially, many people from Edinburgh went to Dundee for treatment, so our own independent Centre was opened in Edinburgh in 1984. Treatments in Edinburgh doubled in the first year alone.
Where we are Now
This is a very exciting time for the charity - a time of change and growth. We will shortly change our trading name to COMPASS. Therapy, Support, Community for people living with neurological conditions, with the full support of our clients, members, volunteers, and staff. This change reflects that, in addition to our support for those with living MS, an increasing amount of our work is now supporting people with other neurological conditions. This includes those living with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, and severe Migraine/Cluster Headaches.
We have a positive vision for our future, and our plans over the coming years are for growth and transformation. Developing COMPASS as a unique community hub for people living with a neurological conditions, where expert self-management therapies and support can be accessed with understanding, sensitivity and compassion.