Helping out at Jooly's Joint
Jooly's Joint wouldn't survive without your
support. People often ask me if they can help out in some way. The answer is
'yes you can!'.
How is Jooly's Joint funded?
From time to time, I apply to the
MS Society of Great Britain and Northern
Ireland for a grant to cover my (very low) costs. Their support has been
wonderful, and much appreciated. To date, the Society has paid for my computer
and has helped out with my phone bills. The Society also publicises Jooly's
Joint in their literature and this is of great help in bringing newly diagnosed
people to the service.
The Jooly's Joint website is hosted by Eurobell,
free of charge. This represents a saving of around 300 UK pounds per year. Many
thanks to Eurobell (and Steve Darrall) for this much-valued
A number of other companies have helped by
donating competition prizes and through sponsorship of JJ meetings.
Wilson/Petersen Real Estate sponsored the creation of JJ Koolties and Sun
Microsystems sponsored the JJUK 2000 party.
Everything else is provided by me - Julie Howell.
It's my great pleasure to bring Jooly's Joint to you, and I will always give
freely of my time and resources.
How you can help!
- Be a pal - our webpal
boards list hundreds of people who wish to hear from someone with MS. Our
chat room is often full of people that would appreciate
a listening ear. Our forum and
email lists are brimming with people hoping for
support. Use these services and be a friend to someone who needs to talk. You
could find a lifelong pal, and you'll reap the rewards of simply being able to
- Participate - Jooly's Joint has around 10,000
members worldwide. Many of the people that come here read the site, but don't
participate. This community is for everyone with MS, so please join in and
encourage others to do so by being friendly and welcoming. A community which is
buzzing with activity will have a long life.
- Send me your ideas - almost every Jooly's Joint
service was started in response to a request from a community member. Your
ideas are very important to me, so send them
- Tell your friends - the more people who know
about Jooly's Joint, the better connected the community becomes. Tell everyone
- Tell your MS Society - in the UK, the MS Society
actively promotes Jooly's Joint and it really makes a difference. Print out
some pages and send them to your local Society. MS Societies are often the
first point of contact for newly diagnosed people, so the more they know about
Jooly's Joint, the more people they can direct here.
- Buy a book - if you order a book on any subject
from our Bookstore, Jooly's Joint receives a small
amount in commission.
- Campaign for web accessibility - many people
with MS have sight problems which make using the web difficult when sites are
poorly designed. People with MS have the right to read every site on the web,
so if you come across a site which is hard to use, tell the webmaster your
problem and refer them to an organisation like
- Help more people with MS get online - if you're
reading this, you're an internet expert! Contact people with MS who are not yet
online and see if you can help them get access to the internet.
- Link to Jooly's Joint - if you have a web site,
I'd really appreciate a link. The Jooly's Joint web site address is
http://www.mswebpals.org. You may copy and use the banner below for the