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![…]

Metrocentre fundraiser

On Sunday the 3rd of December some of our members (and their friends and family) ran a tombola stall on the charity barrow in the blue zone of the Metrocentre to raise money for the support group, and to also raise awareness of Fibromyalgia in the community. I’m so thankful to everyone who helped out in any way, be that through donations to our tombola, running the tombola itself, driving to and from the lock Read more about Metrocentre fundraiser[…]

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…[…]

Our previous group meeting (20-11-17)

We had a lovely catch up at our last group meeting and welcomed along three new members! There was definitely Christmas spirit in the air with all our crafts set up for sale, made by some of our own members and Theresa, one of our wonderful committee members! Theresa has made some beautiful Christmas scroll decorations that would be perfect for the festive period! Which will be on sale again at our next meeting (Christmas Read more about Our previous group meeting (20-11-17)[…]

Our previous Christmassy craft session (07-11-17)

Everyone who came along had a lovely time yesterday crafting up some Christmassy goodies! Everything from snow globes to candles to Christmas cards, the group have made some wonderful gifts and spent a couple of hours getting creative and spending time with people who know what it’s like to live with Fibromyalgia. I’ve included some photos of their crafty Christmassy creations below, We’ll be holding another Christmassy craft session next month and all members (new Read more about Our previous Christmassy craft session (07-11-17)[…]

Our previous craft session (glass painting 19-10-17)

Our members had a lovely time at the last craft session, Theresa and Barbara did a brilliant job setting up and helping everyone with their projects (thank you!) and welcoming along everyone including a new member! I’ll add some photos of everyone’s pieces, (they all look brilliant!) that they crafted over the couple of hours. Hope you all had a great day, rest up and take care!

Our previous Group Meeting (AGM) – 16-10-17

At our previous Group Meeting we held our AGM to look back over the past year of our Support Group and everything that we’ve done. It was a great meeting and I was so pleased to see everyone. There was a truly lovely feeling in the room and it was nice to catch up with everyone and go over the agenda. We also discussed our upcoming fundraising events in November and December, which really help Read more about Our previous Group Meeting (AGM) – 16-10-17[…]

Our last group meeting (18-09-17)

Hello everyone! At our last meeting we welcomed along Chris Reynolds who is an emotional wellbeing consultant, she specialises in a technique called Tapping (also called EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique). Tapping is something that some may find useful to help focus on negative emotions or physical symptoms and re-centre themselves soothing the fight or flight response. Chris Reynolds can be contacted on 0191 2521575 or 07989970260 and works in Whitley Bay. It’s something that Read more about Our last group meeting (18-09-17)[…]

September’s National Fibromyalgia Awareness Week (3rd – 10th September 2017)

September saw us celebrate National Fibromyalgia Awareness Week from the 3rd till the 10th of September, and we had a great awareness week this year, with FMAUK saying it was one of the most vocal awareness weeks online! There was lots of different things to get involved with online this year, including a week long photo challenge, adding a ‘twibbon’ to your social media profile picture, joining in the Thunderclap campaign which sent out a Read more about September’s National Fibromyalgia Awareness Week (3rd – 10th September 2017)[…]

Ponteland leisure centre fundraiser update (01-07-17)

On the 1st of July members of the group volunteered to cover our stall at the Ponteland Leisure Centre food & craft fair to help raise funds to keep our support group going. ‘The fair had 40+ artisan traders in a huge marquee selling food, drink and gifts, with live family entertainment, face painting, a children’s funfair, birds of prey, pony rides and much more!’ – ponteland leisure centre fair website It was a fantastic Read more about Ponteland leisure centre fundraiser update (01-07-17)[…]

Group Meeting – guest speaker Dr Walker (19-06-17)

Hi everyone! At our June meeting we welcomed along our guest speaker Dr Walker. We met as usual at The Oxford Centre, but the unusual thing for us was that it happened to be one of the hottest days of the year! We had a lot of members, some windows, and one fan…it’s fair to say it got very, very humid! So a big thank you to all the members who came along and stuck Read more about Group Meeting – guest speaker Dr Walker (19-06-17)[…]

May’s meeting (belated update)…. (15-05-17)

Again, I’m so sorry some of these posts are a bit late, but it really couldn’t be helped. I’m getting everything up to date now though, and thought I would talk a bit about what happened at our May meeting. We had a great time at our group meeting in May, there were 8 new members through the doors and so many of our returning members too. It was so nice to see everyone, and Read more about May’s meeting (belated update)…. (15-05-17)[…]

International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day 12th May 2017..

A bit of a late update from me, I’m so sorry! I’ve been finding it hard to find the time to do everything with moving house but I’m finally starting to find my feet again. So I just wanted to pop an update on the website about our fundraising on International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day! A group of members took turns in helping out on our fundraising stall in the Metrocentre, and even took turns wearing Read more about International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day 12th May 2017..[…]

Our last meeting 10-04-17 (Guest speaker Steve Forster – Disability North)

At our last meeting we gratefully welcomed Steve Forster along to talk to us about PIP assessments. Steve works for a charity called Disability North, and they are a charity that ‘provides advice and guidance on benefit claims from initial application through to representation at appeals. Examples of the benefits we advise on include: • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)/Personal Independence Payment (PIP) • Employment Support Allowance (ESA) • Carer’s Allowance • Attendance Allowance We can Read more about Our last meeting 10-04-17 (Guest speaker Steve Forster – Disability North)[…]