Walsall Fibro & ME Link

A member of the Walsall community

About Walsall Fibro & ME Link

Walsall Fibro and ME Link is a volunteer run Support Group for those with M.E./CFS and Fibromyalgia, their families and carers. We’re run by people affected by both conditions.

Our main objective is to break the isolation that can come with these conditions. We have Support Group Meetings once a month in Walsall, a Group Library and produce a monthly newsletter.

We are able to provide information about local services, ideas for self-management and we help to raise awareness about the conditions within our Community.

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at Methodist Central Hall, Ablewell Street, Walsall WS1 2EQ. We often have a speaker to talk to us about related topics that may help sufferers reduce the effect of the many symptoms of Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS. See our website for more details.

Find us online

Visit our website at http://walsallfibroandmelink.org.uk/

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November Christmas Quiz

I know it's early but each year we hold our much loved November Christmas Quiz; a chance to use our foggy brains and have some fun, with prizes for the teams with the highest and lowest scores. Family and friends are welcome too. We will have some Christmassy nibbles and drinks (non-alcoholic).

Entrance is £2, free for your first meeting, family/friends/carers are always free. Find out your Christmas jumper and come along.

£2 tickets for our special Christmas Raffle will be on sale
When
12 Nov 2019 at 7:00pm
until 12 Nov 2019 at 9:00pm
Where
Central Hall Methodist Church, Mellish Room
Ablewell Street
Walsall
WS1 2EQ

October Daytime Meeting

For anyone living with ME and/or Fibromyalgia, their family, carers and friends. At this meeting Lisa Redfern from www.serenitybowen.co.uk is coming to give a talk and demonstration of Bowen Therapy.

Entrance is £2*, tea & coffee are free. *Entrance is free for your first meeting and is always free for friends, family and carers.

Free car parking is available at the back of Central Hall, via Paddock Lane. From the car park there is level access to our meeting in the Mellish Room. An accessible toilet is available.
When
08 Oct 2019 at 12:30pm
until 08 Oct 2019 at 2:30pm
Where
Central Hall Methodist Church, Mellish Room
Ablewell Street
Walsall
WS1 2EQ

August Picnic in the Park

Our Annual Support Group Picnic - a lovely event but weather dependent of course!

Bring a folding chair, umbrella, packed lunch & drink and something to share if you can. Family & friends are welcome too, including children.

We meet on the grass at the side of the car park.

We’ll meet inside in our usual venue at Central Hall if the weather isn’t suitable and have an indoor picnic.
When
13 Aug 2019 at 12:30pm
until 13 Aug 2019 at 2:30pm
Where
Arboretum Extension Grange Car Park
off Broadway North
Walsall
WS1 2QB

July Evening Support Group Meeting

We don't promise a lake and a bonfire but there will be a cuppa, chat and support with people who understand what it's like to live with ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia. We hope you can make it. See our group website for more venue info https://walsallfibroandmelink.org.uk/meeting-dates/

***We have received a message from Central Hall to say that the junction of Paddock Lane and Ablewell Street is currently closed. You can still use the driveway from Ablewell Street turning just before Central Hall,or you can come down from the rear accessing Paddock Lane from Walhouse Road to reach the side gates. ***
When
09 Jul 2019 at 7:00pm
until 09 Jul 2019 at 9:00pm
Where
Mellish Room at Methodist Central Hall
Car Park off Paddock Lane
Walsall
WS1 2EQ

May Awareness Meeting

Our May Awareness Evening is an open meeting; an opportunity to invite family & friends, any Health Professionals you see and people of influence e.g. local Councillors and your MP.

We will have posters and leaflets about ME & Fibromyalgia, a small display from Millions Missing and we will be showing a short film.

This is a chance for people to find out more over tea & coffee and cakes. We will have a £1 raffle too.
When
14 May 2019 at 7:00pm
until 14 May 2019 at 9:00pm

Millions Missing 2019

Join us for #millionsmissing in Birmingham

For the 3rd year running we are joining with Birmingham group SSBS4ME.

To make the invisible visible for a day we will have banners, posters and shoes; to tell the story about how ME and other invisible illnesses like Fibromyalgia affect people, causing them to missing from normal daily activities, their family life and work, especially for those who are housebound and bedbound.

To give MEAction an idea how many will take part please RSVP here: https://my.meaction.net/calendars/millionsmissing

Wear you #mm t-shirt (over your coat), wear lots of warm layers. Bring a drink/snacks, an umbrella and a folding chair.

The Cathedral give us access to toilets, including a disabled toilet. There is Blue Badge parking around the Cathedral and at the Council run Snow Hill car park, where it is unlimited and free. Other car parks are nearby.
When
10 May 2019 at 12:00pm
until 10 May 2019 at 4:00pm

April Group Meeting

We have the Regional Co-ordinator for National Charity FMA UK visiting our April Meeting. Judith is a volunteer covering the Midlands area, she'll be giving a short talk about FMA UK and how the Charity works for change and offers support.

For those with an ME only diagnosis please support this meeting too, those in the group with a Fibro only diagnosis listen patiently to so much about ME, and the amazing campaigning going on, it will be good to hear about fibro too - we are all in this together!

Plus there will be chance to have a natter and a cuppa too. Hope you can make it

March Group Meeting

Don't be decieved - this is no ordinary Annual General Meeting! We'll have a short overview of the past 12 months, which has been an exciting journey for ME & Fibromyalgia in the UK, and our group, and a chance to share ideas for the future. It's a relaxed meeting with chance to chat over cuppa and some refreshments, and time to share tips and info. Please put the date in your diary, hope you can make it
When
12 Mar 2019 at 7:00pm
until 12 Mar 2019 at 9:00pm
Where
Mellish Room, Walsall Methodist Central Hall
Off Paddock Lane
Walsall
WS1 2EQ

February Day Meeting

In February we meet in day with Speaker Joanne Hannigan from Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. Joanne is coming to talk about the FREE 6 week Self Care Management Programme for anyone living with any long term health condition.

The Programme offers a tool-kit of fundamental techniques that support people with all kinds of long term health conditions, improving their quality of life, help them to manage their condition better on a daily basis, increasing their confidence and making them less dependent on health and social care teams. Course participants learn how to:

• Manage fatigue, sleep, pain, anger and depression

• Set goals and make action plans

• Problem solve

• Develop their communication skills

• Manage their emotions and daily activities

• Manage relationships with family, friends, work colleagues and health care professionals

• Understand the importance of exercise and healthy eating plus many more

Entrance is £2. Drinks and car parking are free. Visit the Walsall Fibro and ME Link website for more details.
When
12 Feb 2019 at 12:30pm
until 12 Feb 2019 at 2:30pm
Where
Mellish Room
Central Methodist Hall, Ablewell Street,
Walsall
WS1 2EQ

January Evening meeting

For our January Support Group meeting we are having a Winter Warmer - hot chocolate and marshmallows with puzzles and crafts. A relaxed evening, with chance to chat and share information. Entrance is £2. Drinks and car parking are free.
When
08 Jan 2019 at 7:00pm
until 08 Jan 2019 at 9:00pm
Where
Mellish Room
Central Methodist Hall, Ablewell Street,
Walsall
WS1 2EQ