Every member gets a monthly newsletter with meeting dates in, via email or post, so you don't forget (hopefully!)


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 :

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 July 27th 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
No main meeting in August

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.

Please note, there will be no yoga class on Tusday 1ST August.