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.



Unrest: a film about ME/CFS

This film made it's UK premiere at Sheffield's Doc/Fest at the Showroom Cinema on 9 June.

Struck with a debilitating illness and unable to even sit in a wheelchair after a bout of high fever, filmmaker Jennifer Brea took to her camera to make sense of what she was going through. With many questions left unanswered by medical experts, Brea turns to the internet and finds not only that her condition has a name - myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - but along with it a supportive community of sufferers.

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

The film received a standing ovation at the premiere and there was much praise for Jennifer Brea at the Question and Answer Session which followed. It is planned that it will go on general release in the autumn.

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



Information and Awareness Event, Sheffield Winter Garden, 24th May, 2017

This was a successful day. We had a stand in the Winter Garden in the centre of Sheffield (close to the Peace Gardens) on Wednesday 24th May.

As before when we have done this, the stand was manned by volunteers and it gave us the opportunity to speak with and give information to members of the public who perhaps have ME or Fibromyalgia, or wonder if they have, or know someone who has. It was also an opportunity to raise awareness of these conditions amongst any other passers-by who showed an interest.

Thank you to all who volunteered, and who stopped by to talk to our volunteers. A warm welcome to those of you who joined our Group.

Winter Garden


AGM and Social, with guest speaker Dr Kim Lawson, 12th May, 2017

We would like to thank Dr Kim Lawson BSc PhD for kindly giving a very interesting, informative and at times humorous talk on Fibromyalgia and chronic pain at our AGM and Social on 12th May. A write-up of his speech and his question and answer session will appear in our next quarterly printed newsletter, which is sent to members.

Dr Lawson is a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, an Advisory Board Member to the Fibromyalgia Association UK and FibroAction, and Patron of the Fibromyalgia Research Coordinators Consortium (UK) and of Folly Pogs Fibromyalgia Research UK.

This event was sponsored by the People's Health Trust.

AGM


2016 Annual Report

To see the 2016 Annual Report, please click here.



Fundraising News

We are delighted to announce we have secured funding from Sheffield Town Trust specifically to help with office costs. This is enormously helpful to the functioning of the charity. We thank them for their generous support, it is very much appreciated.



Seated Tai Chi in Chesterfield

Our seated Tai Chi classes are held fortnightly on Wednesdays at the Central Methodist Church, Saltergate. Tina, one of our members, wrote piece about these in our newsletter. 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 have to charge a small fee for classes to try to cover the cost of paying the teacher and for room hire: 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 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 one of 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.

Bishop Steven Croft We are glad to have Rt. Reverend Steven Croft as one of our patrons. Since being ordained in 1983, he has served in many places and became Bishop of Sheffield in 2009. He is the co-author of Emmaus: the Way of the Faith (1996-2003), a set of resources for Christian Nurture widely used in the UK and across the world.


 

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

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