Reports from Previous Events

Please note that full reports of all events, including what has been said by our guest speakers, are printed in the Group's quarterly newsletters, which are posted to members.

Special Event, 24th October, 2018

Dr David Tuller spoke to our members about his investigation into the integrity of research and recent clinical trials regarding ME. As with all events, a report on his talk appeared in our Winter magazine for members.

Special Event, 23rd October, 2018

Dr David Tuller gave a lecture for health professionals on on Scientific Integrity and Clinical Trials. This event was organised by Sheffield ME Group and sponsored by Healthwatch Sheffield and the Centre for Welfare Reform.

Annual Conference, 18th October, 2018

Dr Charles Shepherd, the Medical Advisor to the ME Association and a national authority on ME, very kindly addressed our Annual Conference. More than 70 of our members attended. In a wide-ranging talk, he gave what he described as a "quick update on everything that's important at the moment" relating to ME. A full report appeared in our magazine (sent to paid-up members). His talk can be viewed on our YouTube page (search in YouTube for "Sheffield ME Group"). Thank you to the People's Health Trust for sponsoring this event.

Annual Conference, 2nd November, 2017

This year, instead of inviting a guest speaker, we arranged a screening of Unrest, Jennifer Brea's award-winning film about life with ME, followed by a question and answer session. More than 50 people attended the event and the feedback from members was overwhelmingly positive.

Annual Conference, 26th October, 2016

Thank you to Dr. Hayes-Allen, who kindly spoke an our Annual Conference at The Circle in Sheffield. Over 60 of our members were in attendance, and his talk was very well-received. A report on what he had to say featured in the Winter 2016 printed newsletter (sent to members).

Annual General Meeting, 29th June, 2016

Thank you to Francis Goodall, this year's guest speaker, who spoke about her own recovery from ME, and the tools she now uses in her role as a therapist (these include EFT and NLP). Francis works as a coach for Ashok Gupta. She has written an article about her work in our Autumn 2016 printed newsletter.

Chesterfield 10th Anniversary Network Meeting, 17th May, 2016

A big thank you to Ute and Michele for all the work they have done organising Chesterfield meetings. We were delighted that Alan Barker, the lead of the Chronic Fatigue Clinic at Wellforce, who has worked with M.E. patients for 25 years, gave what he described as his swansong speech to the Group, before his retirement. A report on his speech is in the Summer 2016 Newsletter.

Annual Conference, 13th October, 2015

Thank you to all who attended our Annual Conference at The Circle in Sheffield City Centre, and particular thanks to our guest speaker, Emma Cockrell, Nutritional Therapist, writer, and director of Nutritionhelp. Our feedback forms tell us Emma's talk was very well-received. There is a full account what she had to say in the Winter newsletter, which is sent to members.

Information and Awareness Week, 28th September to 2nd October, 2015

The Group had an information and awareness stand for a week in the Winter Gardens, in the centre of Sheffield. We had volunteers on hand to talk to people, lots of information leaflets on M.E., Fibromyalgia, and related matters, to give out, and free taster sessions of some therapies which some people with M.E. frind helpful: such as seated tai chi, therapeutic massage, shiatsu and EFT. Thank you to all who came along - volunteers, members, and new members who joined the Group at the stand - for making the week a success.

Annual General Meeting, 24th June, 2015

Fifty Group members attended the AGM and Social at the Circle. Our guest speakers were Alan Barker and Krys Chandler, both of whom are homeopaths who work from the Wellforce Complementary Medicine Service, on Wilkinson Street, Sheffield. Alan Barker worked for many years within the NHS; he believes in a multi-disciplinary approach and has a long experience of treating M.E. patients in Sheffield (including many members of the Group).

The Chair of Trustees, Sharon Needham, gave a presentation on the Group's future plans, and the business part of the AGM saw the re-election of all five current trustees and the election of six new trustees, massively strengthening the Board.

Thank you to all volunteers who helped on the day, and to everybody who donated raffle prizes and bought tickets, and a special individual thanks to our member Heather who undertook a sponsored juice diet. Of course, fundraising is essential to the existence and work of the Group.

M.E. Awareness Week, 11th to 15th May, 2015

The Group had a large information stall and a display board in prominent positions in the Winter Gardens, in the centre of Sheffield, every day during M.E. Awareness Week. We had lots of volunteers on-hand to talk to people, and a lot of literature on M.E./C.F.S. and on Fibromyalgia to give away. We demonstrated some therapies which some of our members find helpful. This was all a great success, with lots of interest from passers-by and a number of members visiting the stall. A full report, with pictures, is in the current newsletter.

Tea with the Lord Mayor, 12th May, 2015

On International M.E. Awareness Day, eleven members of the Group were fortunate to be invited to take tea with Mr. Peter Rippon, the Right Worshipful Lord Mayor Of Sheffield, in the Lord Mayor's Parlour in the Town Hall. He was very friendly and welcoming, he talked about the history and role of the Office, and posed for photographs with members in the Parlour and in the Council Chamber. All of our members who attended enjoyed the experience. It was a nice recognition of the work of the Group, and a little reward for some of our volunteers.

Chesterfield Network Meeting, 24th February, 2015

The first Network meeting of the year for our Chesterfield members was held, as usual, in Chesterfield Library. Sharon O'Hara from Derbyshire County Council Adult Care came to talk about The First Contact Derbyshire Signposting Scheme, which helps people stay safe and independent.

This is a free scheme, with a single point of contact, for people over the age of 18 living in Derbyshire, which advises on fire safety at home, home security, help to get out and about, accessing benefits, the library service, the Handy Van Service, and more: all things which can be of real benefit to members affected by an ongoing, disabling illness.

For further information call the Scheme on 01629 533190.

A copy of the literature is held in our library at the Circle

Christmas Social, 2014

Our Christmas Social on December 2nd was a success with 42 attendees. Andy the magician circulated around the room, astonishing us with his sleight of hand magic, whilst members chatted, pitted their brains against Chris's Quiz, and sampled the lovely buffet.

Chris did a fantastic job as compere. A small presentation was made to Carol, the outgoing Chair, who resigned her position owing to ill-health and family commitments, but who remains a productive and active member of the Group.

There was a fun raffle and a jewellery and craft stall, and a total of £92 was raised on the day. Thank you to everyone who attended, and to those who generously donated raffle prizes.

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Annual Conference 2012

The 2012 Conference was held on the October 24 and the speaker was Prof. Julia Newton from the Institute for Aging and Health at the University of Newcastle. A summary of what was covered in the talk can be downloaded by clicking one of the following links:

Conference 2012 - Prof. Newton

Annual Conference 2010

This conference was held on October 9 and the guest speaker was Dr Vance Spence from ME Research UK. A report on Dr Spence's talk can be downloaded by clicking on one of the following links:

Dr Vance Spence and Ute Elliott with a very large cheque Dr Vance Spence and Ute Elliott 

Amygdala Hypothesis 2009

On May 16 Ashok Gupta presented his Amygdala Hypothesis, explaining how his retraining program works and the theory behind it. The files entitled 'gupt2009.pdf' are reports describing his presentation. The second set of files point to a document describing his theory.

 Ute Elliott and Ashok Gupta


Christmas Social 2008

Held on December 7, this year's Christmas Social consisted of a quiz and a raffle. A good time was had by all!

Photo of our 2008 Christmas Social Photo of our 2008 Christmas Social Photo of our 2008 Christmas Social

Annual Conference 2008

Our Annual Conference 2008 was held on 18 October. There were four workshops: Creative Writing, Managing M.E./CFS, Laughter and The Role of Fatty Acids in M.E./CFS. The report can be downloaded by clicking on one of the following links:

Photo of our 2008 Conference Photo of our 2008 Conference Photo of our 2008 Conference

The Perrin Technique

On 31 March 2008 we hosted a talk on The Perrin Technique for M.E./CFS. The report can be downloaded by clicking on one of the following links:

Annual Conference 2007

Our Annual Conference 2007 was held on 20 October. A report on Professor Malcolm Hooper's talk "M.E., Politics, Medicine and Science" can be downloaded by clicking on one of the following links:

M.E. Awareness Week Event 2007

Over 150 people came along on 13 May to hear Professor Basant Puri talk about research into M.E., and what can help. Click on one of the following links to access our report:

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