Carlisle’s new support group for people with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome got off to a flying start on Monday (March 26) – when dozens of visitors turned up for its first public event at the University of Central Lancashire’s Cumbria Business School.
“Over 40 sufferers met with a number of service providers at the event, which was our first-ever workshop”, said group leader Linda Danielis. “For many, it was their first experience of finding so much help at hand. It put smiles on plenty of faces.”
“They were able to tap into a wide range of support including help with benefits and education opportunities for youngsters who’d missing a lot of schooling because of the illness.”
Among the service providers on hand to answer questions were representatives from Carlisle and Eden Carers, Citizens Advice, Jobcentre Plus, Carlisle City Council’s benefits advice, ME North East’s youth development worker and Action for ME’s North Cumbria youth groups co-ordinator.
Visitors were able to watch DVDs and browse through literature provided by several charities, who could not be there in person. There were also previews of Carlisle group’s new ME web portal which is being developed at Cumbria Business School, Northumbria University and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Further information about the Carlisle ME/CFS Support Group from Linda Danielis, tel; 01772 8952265, email: firstname.lastname@example.org