Sheffield ME Group

A Charity offering Support to Local People with ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia

Sheffield ME Group is a small registered charity providing information, support and a point of contact for people of all ages with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), otherwise known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), and Fibromyalgia, their families and their carers, in the wider Sheffield area.

The Group also seeks to raise general awareness of ME/CFS, and Fibromyalgia, and to educate the general public through the promotion and dissemination of knowledge about these illnesses. They are chronic, debilitating illnesses, which can last for many years, with no known cure.

Sheffield ME Group runs a variety of services, such as an information service, regular and special meetings, an outreach worker, a library, newsletters, and social get-togethers.



Donations

If you would like to donate in support of the charity, it would be very much appreciated. Please go to our Help Us To Help You page. Thank you.



"Millions Missing" Awareness Event, Fargate (outside Marks and Spencer), Friday 11th May, 2018, 10:00am - 6:00pm

2018 millions missing

Make ME visible! Hundreds of pairs of shoes will be placed on Fargate to represent those people whose lives are restricted by ME. The shoes will have a tag describing the wearer's situation and what they have lost - what activities they are missing from - because of this debilitating disease. If you have ME, please bring shoes, or send a tag, or message us to write a tag for you. Spread the word by telling family, friends and neighbours.

Sheffield ME and Fibromyalgia Group is really pleased to be joining in Millions Missing, it is a global event, taking place in more than 50 cities across the world, to demand more investment in biomedical research in order to speed up our understanding of this illness and to search for effective treatments and a cure.

Speakers and performances at 12:30pm will help make ME more visible. Please join us, if you can!



Annual General Meeting and Social, Thursday 10th May

Our AGM and Social takes place on Thursday 10th May, from 2:00 to 4:00pm, at The Circle on Rockingham Lane (just off Division Street) in Sheffield. This year, our guest speaker is Doctor Simon Duffy, founder and director of the Centre for Welfare Reform.

Please come along and hear an interesting speaker, and meet old friends and hopefully make new ones. Tea and biscuits will be provided.

The AGM section at the end of the meeting will be fairly brief, it will involve the presentation of the Annual Report, some information on the activities and direction of the Group, and the opportunity to get involved.



Unrest: Screening at our Annual Conference, 2nd November, 2017

Last year at our Annual Conference, we screened Unrest, the award-winning documentary feature film about ME made by Jennifer Brea, followed by a Question and Answer Session and the chance to socialise.

More than 50 people attended, and the feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive. A report on the day appeared in our Winter printed magazine, which is sent to all paid-up members.

For more information on the film go to www.unrest.film/

The film is now available to watch on Netflix.

The film received a standing ovation at the UK premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June last year, and there was much praise for Jennifer Brea at the Question and Answer Session which followed. The film went on to win two prizes at the Festival

You can watch the official trailer by clicking here

Jennifer Brea gave a very highly thought-of TED Talk in 2016, to hear it, please click here



Seated Tai Chi in Chesterfield

CHANGE OF DATE: Please note that the classes originally scheduled for 2nd and 16th May have had to be rescheduled owing to a situation beyond our control. They will now be held on 9th and 23rd. We hope this isn't inconvenient for you.

Our seated Tai Chi classes are held fortnightly on Wednesdays at the Central Methodist Church, Saltergate. Tina, one of our members, wrote a piece about these in our quarterly magazine. She described them as gentle, relaxing and fun. She says they can help with balance, conditioning and dealing with stress, and that they have helped improve her ME symptoms. Remember the classes are seated, they are very gentle, and you can go at your own pace. Please just come along (there's no need to book) if you fancy giving them a try.

We subsidise the classes but have to charge a small fee: a class is £3 for Group members, £4 for non-members.

Please see our Events page on this website for the dates and times of classes.



Our Facebook page

We have our own facebook page: Sheffield ME and Fibromyalgia Group. If you are on facebook, then to see it, please click here



 
Picture of Berlie Doherty

Sheffield ME Group Patrons

We are very pleased to have the renowned young people's author Berlie Doherty as our patron. Berlie's numerous awards include receiving the Carnegie Medal twice. She is published in many forms of writing including novels, story books, poems and plays. Visit her website at www.berliedoherty.com.



 

Why not view a selection of Berlie's books sold on Amazon?

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