We are delighted to annouce that our Bury and Bolton ME/CFS & FM Suport Group, has been granted charity status! Registered Charity number 1161356. We already operate like a charity in regards to our reporting and auditing, so our day to day running won't be changing.
The Bury and Bolton ME/CFS and FM Support Group is aimed at supporting ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia sufferers and their carers.
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 Wildlife Trust Centre, Bury Rd:
Thursday June 18th 7:30pm: James Hall from the Wildlife Trust will talk to us about their work. If weather permits we could go outside to the pond and paths (so dress accordingly). If the weather's not great, or for those who don't feel able to do so, we could perhaps observe the pond and nest boxes from inside, or perhaps view some slides: it really will depend on the weather. They also have a small selection of wildlife greetings cards, key-rings and birdhouses for sale.
Thursday July 17th 7.30pm: Bring and Share Supper Our very popular supper has now been brought to Summer too. Please bring a dish to share with fellow members. Don't worry, as there is always plenty of gluten, wheat and dairy free dishes and you won't go hungry! It will be the first bring and share supper where you will be able to enjoy the lovely views of the Bradshaw Brook. At the May meeting we could see the baby ducklings and geese below the window, with a blue tits flying in and out of the nesting in the boxes at window height.
No main meeting in August, but please join us at Prestwich!
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. View and get directions on Google Maps
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 and under 16s are free. Refreshments are provided, with gluten/dairy free, etc catered for as well.
The Church Inn, 40 Church Lane, Prestwich, M25 1AJ
on the second Wednesday of the month at 2pm
Our Prestwich socials are held at Church Inn, 40 Church Lane, Prestwich, M25 1AJ. This has level access and free parking outside, comfy seats and is relatively quiet. We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 2pm, in the room on the left hand side. The attendance at Prestwich has been doing better lately, but do please try not to turn up too late in case numbers are low. The next Prestwich socials are Wednesday 8th July and 12th August at 2pm
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, Julia Silver-Wren, who can be contacted on 01204 394 768 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
What about our meetings?:
Our meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month from 7.30pm until 9pm-ish, except in April, August and December. The March meeting is our AGM and November is our bring and share buffet social.
These meetings are held at: Wildlife Trust Centre Building, Bury Rd, Bolton, BL2 6DH
on the third Thursday of every month at 7:30pm, except in April, August and December.
The entrance fee is £1 (refreshments, etc) and carers are free. Gluten/dairy free catered for.
Carers and friends also welcome! Please try to avoid wearing strongly scented toiletries when you attend the meetings, as some members are very sensitive to these products.
Members are welcome to borrow our electric scooters or manual wheelchair (see "Contact Us" page).
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.
What we offer: