Current group activities

All our wellbeing, social and arts activities are available for free to our paid members.

More information on how to register and join can be found at the bottom of this page.

See the calendar with dates of each activities.

Wellbeing classes - online

 

The wellbeing classes are generously funded by the South Yorkshire's Community Foundation.

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Mindfulness

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Qigong

Social activities

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In-person meet-ups

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Parlons français !

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Philosophy

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Digital inclusion

Arts workshops - online

These arts workshops are funded by our member Marie's fundraiser - more to follow!

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Writing

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Drawing

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Painting

For the music, he’s known as The Bedroom

Singing

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Photography

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Mindfulness

Jane Mitchell of MindBodyFeeling, who has run much appreciated mindfulness sessions for our Group in the past, is offering a series of mindfulness sessions which will include various meditations and teaching. The sessions will be gently paced with time for processing and reflecting. In the first block (before Christmas) we will focus on breathing and body meditations.

 
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Qigong

This course is an introduction to Qigong and an appraising of exercises learnt by those who have attended before. There will be some new exercises.

 

This form of movement brings exercises that are gentle and invigorating, that will help the body and mind relax, the muscles let go and build strength while opening the lungs and improve health.

 
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In-person meet-ups

Our members are organising drop-ins around the region in cafés, parks or various locations.​ Details are shared in our members-only communications such as our quarterly magazine.

You can contact our office to ask us the details for the next meet-up if you'd like to give it a go.

 
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Parlons français !

Venez parler français avec nous !

Games, discussions, songs, short videos... Everything you need to have a good time and practice your French.

Suitable for levels intermediate to advanced.

1st Thursday of the month at 4pm.

 
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Philosophy

This is an experience of a philosophical enquiry using Philosophy for Communities (P4C). P4C is a way of having a stimulating and respectful discussion about a big question. This online session will be informal, interactive and social.

This session is offered to our Group as part of a community project with the Development Education Centre South Yorkshire (DECSY).

 
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Digital inclusion

We have scheduled one-on-one support sessions in our office to help our members with getting online and accessing information, online activities on Zoom and any other resources. These can be done on a personal device or on the office’s computer.

Please call Elyane on 07753948186 or email Rosie on rosie@sheffieldmegroup.co.uk to book a slot.

We are still welcoming expressions of interest from any of our members who would like to be equipped with a tablet or other equipment to get online. Please contact Rosie or Elyane for this.

 
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Writing

After the amazing workshops on Ghost Stories and Haiku from our patron and author Berlie Doherty, we are now hosting Rosie Carnall for a series of creative writing workshops!

 
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Drawing

We've teamed up with artist Colette Cameron for online drawing workshops - no need to have any experience or to see yourself as a 'creative type' to join in. Everyone is welcome. After sketching your house plants, we're now moving on to quirky portraits and caricatures!

 
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Painting

Artist Colette Cameron will introduce watercolour painting during these online workshops - no need to have any experience or to see yourself as a 'creative type' to join in. Everyone is welcome. After painting winter trees, we will be painting flying butterflies as part of a community arts project.

 
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Singing

Open to all people living with ME/CFS, fibromyalgia and/or long covid across the UK!

You don't need to be a member to join the singing group.

Register here: bit.ly/SMEFG-singing2

Relax, Breathe, Sing.

An opportunity to connect with others and sing - even if we are 'together, apart'. No need to read music as all songs will be taught by ear and you can adapt the level of new learning to suit your mood and energy. There will be songs for many moods and everyone is welcome - no need to think of yourself as 'a singer'.

"Lifted my mood, improved my breathing, reduced loneliness, and helped me develop a new skill" - Frank

 
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Photography

Meet Sheffield photographer Fran Halsall for 2 online workshops giving you tips on how to make the best photographs! The info provided will be relevant to photographing with a camera or with a phone.

11/02 and 11/03

These 2 sessions will be followed by 2 in-person workshops in Sheffield later in the year.

 
 

Who are these activities for?

These activities are all available for free to our paid members. The singing group is open to non-members in the UK living with ME/CFS, fibromyalgia and/or long covid.

If you live with ME, Fibromyalgia and/or Long Covid, are in South Yorkshire and aren't a member already, you are welcome to purchase membership for £12 a year and access the full range of activities and services we offer.

joining and Registration

If you are a member and wish to attend one or more of these activities, you need to register to activities with the links we provided you in the quarterly magazine, via email and post. The links are also included in the welcome email if you've purchased membership online. You only need to register once per activity to get free access to any of the sessions.

If you need a reminder of the registration links, please contact us: info@sheffieldmegroup.co.uk / 07753948186

The registration system is securing the sessions from external intrusions. You are in a safe space. Also, you do not need to turn your camera on during the activities, and you can even join by phone with the number provided in the registration's confirmation email.

Get reminders

By registering to an activity, you will receive reminders via email on the morning of the activity. Register once, and you'll be reminded for all the sessions of the activity you registered for.

If you wish to unsubscribe to an activity, just drop us an email.

Need help with Zoom?

It is easier to join if you have the Zoom app installed on your desktop or phone. If there's any issue, call us! 07753948186. If you feel unsure about joining an activity on Zoom, we will be happy to answer any questions you might have and we can even guide you through a private 'trial' meeting so you have a first experience of it. You can also book a slot of our Digital Inclusion sessions if you need help accessing online activities, resources or services.

we look forward to seeing you there!