We are a support group for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). If you have or know someone who has this condition and need support, you are very welcome to join us. Click here for details.
Next Group Event
Coffee Morning — New Malden
Friday, 20 October 2017 — 11.00am to 1.00pm at Costa’s Café, 123 High Street, New Malden KT3 4BP
Call 07984 860 309 or e-mail email@example.com for more details
Annual General Meeting 2017
Saturday, 4 November, 2.30pm
Stanley Primary School, Strathmore Road, Teddington TW11 9UH
The Richmond and Kingston ME Group Committee invites you to its Annual General Meeting, on Saturday, 4 November at 2.30pm.
Our guest speaker is Hannah Clifton, the Chair of the ME Trust. Hannah spoke at last year’s AGM, and she will be speaking about the progress that the ME Trust has made over the intervening year. There will be plenty of time for informal socialising after Hannah’s speech and AGM business.
Refreshments: There will be free refreshments: hot drinks and a varied selection of cold buffet fare, including gluten-free food.
Public Transport: The 33, 281 and 481 routes stop in Stanley Road; alight at the Fulwell Bus Garage stop. Please note that these stops are a couple of hundred yards from the venue. The nearest railway stations are Fulwell and Teddington. Both are quite a distance away, and there is no wheelchair access at Fulwell. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on 07984 860 309 if you require transport from Teddington station.
Private Transport: Please note that there is no road entry to Strathmore Road from Stanley Road. Turn into Shacklegate Lane, and then into the other end of Strathmore Road.
Parking: There is mainly unrestricted parking in the street and in an un-named side-road just opposite the school; this is closer than using the small school car-park at the far end of the complex. Parking is not allowed on the school zig-zag markings.
We appreciate that with ME it’s never possible to be sure until the day itself if you will be able to get here, but it will be helpful for arranging the catering if you could give us an indication of whether you hope to be there, and if you have any special dietary requirements. Please contact us at email@example.com or leave a message on 07984 860 309 if you are hoping to attend.
What Is ME?
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) can affect anyone, at any age, and from any ethnic group. A quarter of a million people, 25 per cent of whom are children, are estimated to have ME in the UK; 25 per cent of them are so severely affected they are housebound or bedbound; and 77 per cent of adults have lost their job.
Common symptoms include severe exhaustion, unrefreshing sleep, poor concentration, headache, muscle pain and digestive problems. People with ME still face ignorance and prejudice. There is no cure and more biomedical research is needed to find effective treatments.
Our Group runs Coffee Mornings and Afternoons and Meditation Sessions on a regular basis all across Kingston and Richmond. Newcomers are especially welcome. See our Events Diary.
Young People and ME
The group has agreed to emphasise the needs of children and young people with ME in our awareness and publicity work. If you are a young person with ME, don’t hesitate to contact us, either by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 07984 860 309 (answerphone) and we will return your call. We also have a Facebook page and Twitter link. If you are a school or college authority interested in ME awareness sessions, please contact us (click here for more details), or see our Resources section.
ME Awareness Training
Richmond and Kingston ME Group can provide one hour of training (free of charge) in ME Awareness specifically for your organisation, based on our experience of living with this long-term, severe condition. We have held sessions with voluntary organisations, health and social services, care agencies and education staff, and have received positive feedback:
The trainers were very good, very knowledgeable with personal experience and insight which will be helpful in the future.
Do get in touch with us if your organisation has people with ME (or their families) amongst your clients. We would be happy to arrange a session with you at no cost. Please contact Linda at email@example.com or 07984 860 309 (answerphone).
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Disclaimer: While as a Group we prefer and endorse the term ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), there may be times when articles printed from other sources contain the term Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Any information on this website must be checked by you, as we cannot accept responsibility for it. The use of alternative medicines or therapies is a matter for the individual. The views expressed are personal and not necessarily those of the Richmond and Kingston ME Group. Reference to any products or services is for information only, not an endorsement. We should like to thank all those who contributed to this website.
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