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Medical Research

We invest in essential research in the hope that effective treatments can be found.
We are the only charity to support the UK ME/CFS Biobank and have recently established a post-mortem research partnership .

Information & Support

We are here to give vital support to people with ME/CFS and Long Covid.
We provide expert information and the largest range of free literature and resources on the website and via popular social media platforms.

Trustees & Staff

We are the oldest charity in this sector and have a wealth of experience helping people like you. Most of us have personal experience of ME/CFS or Long Covid or have a loved one or close friend that has been affected. We are here for you!

ME Connect

The telephone helpline is available 365 days a year to offer support, information and a listening ear. You can also reach us by email and social media. We have a wonderful team waiting to hear from you!

From £18 A Year

We have kept membership affordable because we know how much of a lifeline it can be. ME Essential magazine is an excellent resource. We put member's interests at the heart of all that we do!


We collaborate with other charities and organisations and provide the secretariat to the APPG on ME, because there are times when we need to speak with a single voice.


Members of the ME Association receive the quarterly magazine – ME Essential – delivered to straight their homes. 

It features exclusive articles, medical and scientific developments, Ask the Doctor, stories and opinions from people living with ME/CFS or Long Covid, and keeps members apprised of recent news. Quite simply, it is the best magazine available and the feedback we receive proves it!

We support, inform, campaign, and invest in medical research

We’re here for you… 

We help people with ME/CFS and Long Covid, but you don’t need to be personally affected to join. Carers, family, friends, and healthcare professionals are all represented as members of the charity.

The more members we have, the more representative we can be – which is especially useful when we take part in debates, decide to launch a campaign, discuss medical education, or raise awareness in parliament. 

Membership subscriptions are an essential part of charity income and we put member's interests at the heart of everything we do!

How to Join

Membership is available to any adult with ME/CFS or Long Covid, their carers, friends, and anyone else who has an interest in these medical conditions.

Annual membership costs:

  • £18.00 (UK residents and BFPO)
  • £24.00 (Mainland Europe including Republic of Ireland)
  • £30.00 (Rest of the World)
  • If you pay by annual standing order we offer a free copy of ‘ME/CFS/PVFS Clinical and Research Guide‘ by Dr Charles Shepherd (retail value £10).

    Every member is entitled to vote at the Annual and Extraordinary General Meetings.

    When we have received your subscription, we will send you a copy of the latest issue of ME Essential magazine and a welcome pack.


    You can use our secure online shop to join or to renew your membership.


    You can download an application form and standing order mandate to join or to renew your membership.

    What people say about the ME Association

    “I wanted a continuing source of reliable support and information.”

    “Friendly and responsive to enquiries and to sharing the latest news and research.”

    “Providing kind, considerate, and sensible advice and a haven from isolation.”

    “Providing up-to-date, reliable, and relevant information on its website, in its publications, in ME Essential magazine, and on its social media.”

    “Leading the fight against the psycho-social view and advocating the need for more biomedical research.”

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