**IMPORTANT NOTICE** Bolton Wednesday afternoon social at Pizza Hut cancelled for March/April . Please see meetings page for details.
The Bury/Bolton ME/CFS Support Group is aimed at supporting ME/CFS sufferers and their carers. There are an estimated 680 sufferers in Bolton and
460 in Bury, according to Action for ME national figures.
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 February 19th 7:30pm: Rebecca Richmond, author. She has overcome cancer and Fibromyalgia, and written several self-help books. She has come recommended by another FM group.
Thursday March 19th 7:30pm: Annual General Meeting. Please come and show your support for this very important meeting, or vote by post/email.
The meetings last about a hour to one and a half hours.
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 11th February and 11th March at 2pm
**IMPORTANT NOTICE** Bolton Socials: Unfortunately attendance at the Bolton socials has been quite poor the several months. We understand there could be many reasons people can't attend, but there are two regulars who do attend every time, just in case anyone new turns up and so anyone is not left there by themselves. They do this even when they are not feeling well enough, and it's just not fair on them. In light of this, we have made the decision to cancel the next ones in March and April, unless someone can take over as being a regular attendee. Should no one be in place by the end of March (in time for the newsletter), they will be cancelled permanently. Please get in touch with Caroline if you wish to help.
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, Julia Silver-Wren, who can be contacted on 01204 394 768 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classes are free due to funding provided by Comic Relief and the Co-Operative Membership 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 scooter 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: