Updated: May 26
Our first Picnic In The Park
Meeting with Healthwatch Sheffield
All-Party Parliamentary Group on M.E.
Launch of Listen To M.E. phone line
It's a busy week both for us and for national charities! Here's a round-up of what's been going on:
1. Engagement Officer Pippa hosted our first Picnic In The Park at Sheffield Botanical Gardens, on Tuesday May 24th. Despite rain showers threatening to spoil the fun, it was a lovely meet-up.
We received some really valuable feedback about parking and accessibility of this location, and we're going to be taking this on board for future events. If you have suggestions for parks that are accessible, or any other feedback, please do let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're always happy to hear from you.
The next Picnic In The Park is Wednesday 29th June at Norfolk Park - hope to see you there!
2. Charity Manager Elyane Bardou had a successful meeting with Healthwatch Sheffield, discussing how we can collaborate moving forward. We're really hopeful that this connection will allow us to better support people in the region with #LongCovid, and increase our accessibility for isolated members.
If your charity or organisation would like to find out more about what we do, email us at email@example.com - we can provide information flyers, articles for newsletters, presentations to beneficiaries and more!
3. Today sees a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on M.E., as announced by Health Secretary Sajid Javid on ME Awareness Day, May 12th. This is launching the report 'Rethinking M.E.'
“At this event, we will reflect on the progress being made to improve recognition and understanding of ME amongst the medical profession and other relevant professions. We will hear directly from people with ME on their desire for better care and discuss the steps needed to positively transform the way people with ME are treated in the UK.”
- Carol Monaghan MP, Chair of the APPG on ME
You can read the report here: https://appgme.co.uk/publications/
4. Today also sees the launch of Listen To M.E., a support service from Action for M.E. It aim to help people with M.E. feel less isolated by offering listening ear with no judgement.
Mondays and Tuesdays 10am to noon
Wednesdays and Thursdays 1pm to 3pm
To access it, call 0117 927 9551, and choose the 'Listen to M.E.' option.
You can find out more information here: https://www.actionforme.org.uk/get-support-now/help-and-support-for-you/listen-to-me-project/
To find out more about Sheffield ME & Fibromyalgia group, including how to become a member, visit https://www.sheffieldmegroup.co.uk/
You can also follow us on twitter at @sheffieldmefm