News Guardian Article

Hiya gang, I just wanted to share with you all a recent article written about our Chairperson’s trip to Parliament, raising awareness of Fibromyalgia in the community. If you’d like to have a read of the article it can be found here: News Guardian article – taking the fight over invisible disease to Parliament I’m really proud of the article and think it was really well written. I’ve had so much support and love from everyone Read more about News Guardian Article[…]

Houses of Parliament – Presentation to MP’s

On the 31st of January, the Chairperson of the Support Group Alison Morton (that’s me!) will be joining a team of people who all have Fibromyalgia from across the UK to present to MP’s that there is a very real need to get more funding into research to find out what causes Fibromyalgia, a need for more support for people living with Fibromyalgia, a need for more consistent education for all services that are there Read more about Houses of Parliament – Presentation to MP’s[…]

Fundraising Thank You!

I’d like to thank each and every one of our members for all their help and efforts to funraise for our support group over the past year! We’ve had an amazing year for fundraising and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without you! From donating gifts to our tombola stalls, to making handmade crafts to sell, to running the stalls themselves, to sharing about our events on social media, it all adds up! Read more about Fundraising Thank You![…]

Artists who create awareness for mental health illnesses and promote self care

Hi gang! I thought I would do a little post on artists who use their platform to discuss topics like mental health and self care. Self care is so, so important. It’s not selfish to put yourself first and concentrate on what your body and mind need from you. It’s also important to remember that self-care isn’t all bubble baths and chocolates (although it can be!), self-care can be things like opening bills/letters that are Read more about Artists who create awareness for mental health illnesses and promote self care[…]

Chronic Illness Christmas List

Hi everyone! I recently asked our members on our Facebook page what would be on their Chronic Illness Christmas list. With December only a day away I thought it would be nice to see what people are asking for this Christmas to see if it might give people some ideas for stocking fillers! Well, well, well… aren’t we a cold bunch! Although, it doesn’t surprise me since we usually have trouble regulating our body’s temperature! Read more about Chronic Illness Christmas List[…]

Members have donated knitted clothing for local premature babies (NHAP)

Some of our lovely members have donated some knitted clothing which will go to local hospitals (RVI/QE/RAKE LANE). This came about as our Fundraiser Ali Bambra’s sister donates to NHAP (Needles, Hooks, Angels and Preemies. Ali thought it would be a wonderful idea to ask our members if anyone was able to knit already and was able to take some time to knit some clothing to help premature babies in our area. NHAP is a Read more about Members have donated knitted clothing for local premature babies (NHAP)[…]

Our fundraising efforts so far…

So far this month we have been at the Gateshead Stadium Christmas Village raising money and awareness of Fibromyalgia in the community. The Christmas Village was extremely busy and super Christmassy! Our tombola stall was very popular and we got the chance to speak to a lot of people about Fibromyalgia. A huge thank you to all who helped out on the day, and to everyone who shared that we would be there through their social Read more about Our fundraising efforts so far…[…]

Coffee & Natter – 15-11-17

Our next Coffee & Natter meet up will be held on the 15th of November from 12pm onward at the Wyevale Garden Centre, Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE3 5EP. This garden centre used to be called Peter Barratts and some may know it better as that. Members will be meeting up in the café area for a catch up and chat, all are welcome along whether you have been to a meeting before Read more about Coffee & Natter – 15-11-17[…]

Christmassy craft session – (07-11-17)

Come and join us for a Christmassy craft session on the 7th of November 2017, 12-2:30pm at The Oxford Centre, Longbenton, NE12 8LT! £2 entry, which provides you with all materials, covers room hire, and you get to take away all of your creations at the end 🎉🎅🏼! Maybe you want to make a start on some handmade Christmas pressies, or maybe you want to make something to keep (because you deserve pressies too!) but Read more about Christmassy craft session – (07-11-17)[…]

Christmas meal (21-12-17)

I know, I know…the ‘C’ word AGAIN! Haha! But! We’re booking places for our annual Christmas meal. It’s being held at the Newton Park Pub on Benton Road on the 21st of December at 2pm. If you would like to come along (and all are welcome to whether you’ve been to a meeting before or not and feel free to bring along someone with you) we need to know numbers before the 1st of November Read more about Christmas meal (21-12-17)[…]

Christmas hamper appeal

Yes…I said the ‘C’ word! Christmas is coming! We’re making up 3 hampers to raffle off at the Christmas meeting (18-12-17) and we already have some things to go in them, but we’re now appealing for Christmas food items (selection boxes, ginger bread, Christmas cake, nibbles..you get the idea..). The shops are filling up with Christmas goodies and we’d be so grateful if people would be able to bring something along to the November group Read more about Christmas hamper appeal[…]

Group Meeting – (16-10-17)

Hi everyone! Just to keep you all updated that the next group meeting is on Monday 16th of October 2017 from 12:30-2:30pm. We have had to increase the price of the meetings as the room hire prices have gone up and we’re losing money at every meeting (luckily as a group we do lots of fundraising so that we can keep providing a safe space to give support to people living with Fibromyalgia but with Read more about Group Meeting – (16-10-17)[…]

Coffee & Natter meet up – 12-10-17

Our next Coffee & Natter meet up is on the 12th of October and members will be meeting at The Newton Park Pub, Benton Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7EB from 12pm onward. These Coffee & Natter meet ups are there for anyone who wants to go along, whether you have Fibromyalgia or are caring for someone with Fibromyalgia and whether you have been to a meeting before or not. It’s a good chance to Read more about Coffee & Natter meet up – 12-10-17[…]

Sleep survey

Hi everyone! We have been speaking with a university student named Sam Blundell-Roberts he’s in his 4th year at Northumbria University and is currently undertaking a design project for the RSA student design awards. The brief is to improve health and wellbeing by encouraging and/or enabling better sleep and Sam has chosen to focus on helping people living with Fibromyalgia. He’s looking to gain insights from people actually living with Fibromyalgia to help shape his Read more about Sleep survey[…]