(and how we can help)
Shropshire M.E. Group (SMEG) has been helping people in Shropshire with M.E. since 1987. The organisation is completely run by volunteers, many of whom have either M.E. themselves or have a close relative with the illness. Naturally our members largely come from Shropshire; however, visitors from further afield will find many of our resources helpful too..
A large focus of our work has been to be a local point of contact for people coping with ME. We achieve this through engaging in the following activities:
- We publish a bi-monthly newsletter to keep members informed of the latest news, events and developments.
- Local group meetings where fellow people with ME can exchange ideas and gain mutual support.
- SMEG facilitates telephone, email and pen-pal contact between members. This can be especially valuable for members who are less mobile and who at times can feel particularly unwell or depressed. We also try to arrange home visits to the less mobile. (Contact details are only made available to group members and only with the express permission of the person concerned).
- Our group has books, articles and sound and video recordings freely available to all of our members
- The group organises yearly conferences in the county to which we invite leading M.E. specialists who present lectures and can answer member's questions.
- Our volunteers hold occasional fund-raising events to support both SMEG and M.E. research.
- Organising occasional social events such as picnics and visits to accessible local attractions.
- We have a private Facebook account, 'Shropshire ME Group', that allows members to keep in touch.
- We produce and distribute an information leaflet to increase greater awareness of the illness Click here for this leaflet.
- We have maintained our website, offering information and support to our members, since 2001.
We are mindful in keeping our membership fees low. Our membership fee has been kept low at just £5 per person per year. As our charity is largely run by people effected by the illness we are very aware that the illness both effects our finances as well as our health; therefore, we decided that this fee could may be waived or reduced in cases of financial hardship. Our committee also holds to a pledge that any surplus which accrues will be forwarded to ME research.
Our local group is independent of the two main national support organisations ME Association and Action for ME. Each of these organisations provide ready advice on welfare and other matters, as well as quarterly newsletters. These national organisations also co-ordinate research efforts and publicise the problems of the ME sufferer to medical and other bodies.
If you would like to join the local Group and receive regular newsletters, please return the application form as soon as possible. For Group administration purposes, details supplied of names, addresses, telephone numbers, etc. are kept on computer at the above address but NO personal details are divulged to anyone without your express permission. You may view your records on request at reasonable times.
Click here for the application forms and save them to a suitable location on your computer.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further information.
Maralyn Hepworth (Publicity and New Members Telephone Contact): 07516 401097
Please Note That:
- While every effort is made to ensure accuracy of information contained on this website, this cannot be guaranteed.
- We have no control over the content of any linked site.
- Any information given does not necessarily represent the views of the Editor, Trustees or Committee of Shropshire ME Group.
- Any treatment, tests or remedies mentioned may be tried at your own risk, but preferably after consultation with your GP.