Resources page updates

You may or may not have noticed some changes to the website recently but we’ve been updating our information and design (many thanks again to FMAUK trustee Simon Stones for all his help!) I’m in the process of updating the Resources page to include helpful information and links to useful websites. Some things on there so far include sleep and chronic pain, sex and chronic pain, pregnancy and Fibromyalgia, Mindfulness, Benefits help and more. I Read more about Resources page updates[…]

Christmas Day Twitter chat

On Christmas Day at 6pm Natasha Lipman (@natashalipman on Twitter) will be hosting a Twitter chat for people living with chronic illnesses who may be finding the holidays hard to get through. I wanted to let you all know in case you wanted to join in. All you need to do is use the hashtag #spooniechristmaspjparty and you’ll be able to connect with lots of people across twitter who understand how much Christmas takes out Read more about Christmas Day Twitter chat[…]

Chronic illness Christmas prep!

Living with a chronic illness (or multiple chronic illnesses as is common with Fibromyalgia!) it’s hard to cope with extra stress and commitments added in to your daily routine. So whilst Christmas is a wonderful time of year, it can be hard to cope with. I’ve said before that living with chronic illnesses has a lot of admin involved, so for me it’s a lot of planning and lists and at Christmas time that doesn’t Read more about Chronic illness Christmas prep![…]

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

It’s Chrissstttmmmmaaaassss!   Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from all of us at Newcastle Fibromyalgia Support Group! Whilst Christmas is a wonderful time of year, it can also be extremely hard and isolating, especially when living with multiple chronic illnesses. Please remember to go easy on yourselves, rest in between family/friends gatherings and know that if you need to sneak off for a nap no one will mind. Read more about Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year![…]

My Christmas attitude of gratitude!

Hello everyone! Christmas is a great time to reflect on everything that’s happened over the past year, so I’d like to take some time to show my gratitude to you all! I really wanted to start with taking a moment to thank the group founder Angela Campbell. Without her starting the group up 9 years ago, we wouldn’t have this life line in Newcastle, bridging the gap in care and support for people living with this Read more about My Christmas attitude of gratitude![…]

Fundraising for Parliament

Hiya gang! I’ve already posted on social media about the items I have for sale for help raise funds for my upcoming Parliament trip, but thought I’d pop them here too just in case there’s any members who don’t use social media but would like to purchase any of the items too. I’ve personally designed and had specially printed these tote bags, and there’s only a limited number of them. I’m selling them for only Read more about Fundraising for Parliament[…]

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)[…]