Sheffield M.E. Group

A Charity offering Support to Local People with M.E./C.F.S. and Fibromyalgia

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

It has been estimated that there are approximately 7,000 people with M.E./C.F.S. or Fibromyalgia within our region (Barnsley, Chesterfield, Rotherham, Sheffield and Worksop).

The Group also seeks to raise general awareness of M.E./C.F.S., 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 M.E. 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.



Information and Awareness Week in the Winter Garden, 10th to 14th October

We are holding an event in the Winter Garden in the centre of Sheffield (it is the large glass house between the Peace Gardens and Surrey Street). We will be there from Monday to Friday, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. We have an information stand, manned by volunteers, please come and see us.

If you are a member and would like to volunteer, please contact Chris by phone or email (see the Contact page). Most people find volunteering at this event very enjoyable.



Fundraising News

We are very pleased to announce that we have managed to secure funding from South Yorkshire Community Fund to sponsor our quarterly printed newsletter. We thank them for their generous support, it is much appreciated.



A welcome to Ben, our new Project Co-ordinator

We are very pleased that Ben Curran has now joined us to run a special project, funded by the People's Health Trust, the purpose of which is to reach out into the communities of Sheffield to bring together people with M.E. and Fibromyalgia, and to provide them with events and activities they would like to be involved with.



Seated Tai Chi in Chesterfield

Our seated tai chi classes are back in Chesterfield. They 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 M.E. 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.


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Sponsored Walk, Rother Valley Country Park, 2016

Lee, one of our Trustees, Chris, our Outreach Worker, Marion, a volunteer, and Kate, one of our members, and her dad, managed a gentle walk around the lakes at Rother Valley Country Park on Sunday, 7th February, to raise money for Sheffield M.E. Group.

This was a challenge that all of them found difficult, but they are committed to our Group, and we are in great need of funds to keep our services going. Please think about sponsoring them, even though it is now in retrospect.

Lee and Chris have had M.E. for many years and made great strides in their health, and now they have made great strides (well, ambled!) around Rother Valley.

Sharon, the Chair of our Group has plans with her family to also complete the sponsored walk. Sharon is a carer for her daughter who has had M.E. for the last 16 years. Before her illness, her daughter used to swim for Sheffield and was a gymnast, and now for much of the time she finds herself bedbound. Sharon will be joined on the walk by her daughter's two sons, niece and two nephews, all of whom adore her daughter and hate to see her so limited and in pain. Her youngest nephew is just two years old, so this may not be the fastest walk, and better weather is definitely required!

Please sponsor our walkers, who may be joined by other volunteers. Sheffield M.E. Group is a local registered charity, helping local people with M.E. and fibromyalgia. Every donation helps so please give what you can.

You can sponsor online at JustGiving, or by text from your mobile phone, or contact the office for a sponsorship form, or just send a donation into the office. Thank you!!

To sponsor online please click here

To donate by text message from your mobile phone, text SHME15 followed by the amount you wish to donate (so to donate £5, for example, text SHME15 £5) to 70070

Thank you!



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 M.E. 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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