Refreshments are provided, with gluten/dairy free, etc catered for. They either have a speaker who talks to us about various topics, e.g. nutrition, equipment to help around the home, reflexology, etc. After the talk, there is usually time for members to chat.
Other times, we have social evenings which have no speaker and are an opportunity for members to chat, sometimes with a bring and share buffet, or a book swap.
Carers, friends and family are more than welcome to join us. We understand you may be nervous or shy, but we are a friendly and supportive bunch. If it's your first time visiting us, please tell the person on the door, who will find a committee member to show you around.
Next main meetings at The Friends Meeting House, Silverwell Street, Bolton, BL1 1PP : PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGES!
Our meetings are now on the FOURTH Thursday of the month, a week later than previously. Same time and venue.
This will mean a bigger, closer room, it's quieter and more car parking spaces available.
Entry £1, free for carers and under 16's. Refreshments provided. We are in the nearest room. Disabled toilet facilities. There is a small car park, on street parking and a car park next door to the right (gate will be open).
Thursday June 22nd 7:30pm: Ann Innes - Welfare & Benefits Information.
Ann previously ran a welfare rights service for Stockport ME Group and still works privately with people with ME and Fibromyalgia to provide welfare benefits advice, help with form completion, mandatory reconsiderations and appeals.
Her talk will focus mainly on:
Eligibility criteria for PIP and ESA
Details of the assessment and appeals processes
An exploration of what constitutes a "change in circumstances" that requires reporting the the DWP
An exploration of the rules around voluntary work and permitted work whilst claiming benefits
Thursday July 27th 7:30pm:Summer Bring and Share Social Please bring food to share and we will just chat. We might be able to go outside to the courtyard if the weather is nice!
The meetings last about a hour to one and a half hours, but please feel free to leave earlier if you need to.
At the meetings,
Carole who runs the library, holds a stall with all the available books to borrow. Click here for more details and a complete list of books we have.
We also have a small stall selling ME & FM awareness items, as well as postive disability awareness items from Stickman Communications.
Our main meetings are either a social, or have a guest speaker. Speakers talk to us about various topics, e.g. nutrition, equipment to help around the home, reflexology, etc. After the talk, there is usually time for members to chat.
The social evenings have no speaker and are an opportunity for members to chat over tea, coffee and biscuits. Tables will be placed around the room for groups of around 5 or 6. Please help us at the end, by putting away your own chair if you are able. Carers are more than welcome to join us.
The entrance fee is £1 (to pay for refreshments, etc) and carers are free. Refreshments are provided, with gluten/dairy free, etc catered for as well.
Unfortunately, we have cancelled the Prestwich socials due to low attendance.
Yoga Classes: Are 3:15pm-4:15pm on Tuesdays at the Jubilee Centre, Darley Street (off Eskrick St), Bolton, BL1 3DX. Designed to cater for the average ME sufferer, classes are free and yoga mats are provided.
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. For further information you can contact our instructor, Lisa Heaps, who can be contacted on 0770 803 66 36 or email: email@example.com. Classes are free due to funding provided by The Big Lottery Fund
Bury/Bolton ME/CFS Service:
Please see our "M.E Clinic News" page for more details on the service.
New patients need to be referred to the Service by their G.P and have blood work send with the referral.
Existing patients, if they are encountering problems, may self refer back to the service by phoning the Clinic, for up to 12 months after their course of therapy has been completed. After that time they may be re-referred by contacting their G.P. This applies to both Bolton and Bury patients. At present all patients are seen at the Bolton Breightmet Clinic, except for extremely severe cases, where home visits may be arranged.
If you ask your doctor to refer you to the Bury or Bolton ME/CFS Clinics, please ask for a referral to:
Breightmet Health Centre
Breightmet Fold Lane
Telephone: 01204 462 765
Interested in becoming a member? Please visit the "Join Us" page for an application form.
The monthly newsletter (currently funded by Festival Medical Services is put together by members of the group and proves a great read!
It includes summaries of talks given to the group, future meeting dates, recent press articles,findings from the latest ME/CFS studies,
book reviews,helpful hints for ME/CFS sufferers/carers and more. Contact information for other ME/CFS groups (as seen on our "Helpful Contacts" page) is given on the back page.
You can see previous articles on the "Newsletter Articles" page.