Help for people with ME/CFS in and around Stockport




Stockport ME Group Information Line

0345 519 4116

Or email smeg2244@yahoo.co.uk


This is a 24 hour voicemail service. A volunteer will respond to messages left within the next 2 working days. Please be aware that this is a voicemail service only, and that while volunteers regularly check for messages, no volunteer is able to answer a telephone call there and then. Please do leave a message and include your phone number.


The Stockport ME Group have recently changed the phone number. This should be included in your phone provider's contracted minutes and will not be an expensive phone call.


This is an information line number only. Volunteers responsible for dealing with queries will not be permitted to give advice. For Stockport ME Group members, if you have a specific query, numbers on page 2 of HERMES still apply.


Alternatively please email us at smeg2244@yahoo.co.uk with inquiries about membership, meetings and other requests for information. If you prefer a phone call please include within your email your phone number and the best time to reach you.


We are currently exploring the option of changing our phone number to an 0345 number which would be included within your monthly landline or mobile minutes.

Views in and around Stockport

Thanks to Stockport MBC for the images.

The Solidarity Drop-In

(benefits support).


The Solidarity Drop-in which was formerly located in the now closed Sir Joseph Whitworth Centre is now taking place in Disability Stockport's Centre for Independent Living, at 23 High Street, Stockport, SK1 1EG. It is on Mondays from 10 am to 4 pm.


They offer support with completion of applications for Personal Independence Payment and Employment and Support Allowance and information on social security sanctions. They can also help with referrals to the appropriate service in cases where advice, or representation in appeals is required.


High Street is on the route of the free Stockport Metroshuttle bus, service 300.


Anyone who is interested in volunteering to work with Solidarity Drop-in, is very welcome to drop in and chat to their team. They have two roles - reception, and support with forms and referrals. Training by an experienced professional in the field, is available for the latter role.


http://solidaritydropinstockport.webs.com/


Stockport CFS/ME Service


Information regarding Stockport CSF/ME service can be found here


Stockport ME group is on Facebook!


If you are on Facebook come and join the conversation.

Find us on:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/stockportmegroup/

or just search for Stockport ME Group.

You will be able to ask questions and chat with other members of the group.



Hope to see you there!









We have registered Stockport M.E. Group with Amazon Smile and this means if people use Amazon Smile instead of normal Amazon and select us as their charity of choice we get a little money for free whenever you buy stuff on Amazon.


It is pretty easy to register. If you have never used Amazon Smile then you will probably do most of it by clicking this link and then maybe ticking YES and then just remembering to use Amazon Smile rather than Amazon or download the Amazon Smile app and use that instead of the more or less identical Amazon one.


https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1067720-0


The more people who do this the better whether they are SMEG members, friends, family etc. Everything we raise does get re-invested in working with people with ME/CFS and their families in Stockport and the surrounding areas.


If you are already with Smile it is really easy to change your charity to Stockport ME Group. The slightly tricky thing is we wont come up in a search for "Stockport ME Group" either remove the ME or add "M.E." with the full stops and your sorted. Again you can click on the above link to do this.

Forthcoming Meetings


Friday 10th December 11am: A Christmas themed well-being session with Ami and Melanie from Twisted Trees Productions.


We are pleased to invite back SMEG member Melanie and her colleague Ami to once again run our online Christmas meeting. Last year they led us through an interesting discussion about art where we looked at and shared ideas on some thought provoking pieces of artwork. This year Melanie and her colleague Ami will guide us through creating an origami book. They will provide an activity for each section of the book using themes of gratitude, challenge, affirmation and an inspiring Christmas themed quote. There will be choices around these themes, some elements will be self-generated and some will be supported with preprepared material. The image above shows an example of the type of origami book we will be creating although this one is not Christmas themed!


The only equipment required for the session is - a piece of paper, cut into a square. - a pair of scissors - a pencil or pen However, if you are feeling creative and would like a more elaborate outcome they would suggest - coloured pencils or pens - Christmas wrapping - old Christmas cards - Christmas ribbon - a glue stick.


As with all the SMEG meetings this is open to everyone (not just SMEG members) so please do join us if you can, it would be lovely to see you. Details for joining the meeting are below. If there is anyone who would like to join us but is not that familiar with Zoom please do get in touch with one of us on the committee and we will do our best to help. Also, do feel free to join just for a short while and say hello. You can also join and not have your picture seen (we can still hear your voice and you can see and hear us) or you can call from your phone if you do not have a computer.



You will be able to login after about 10.30am if you would like to join us for a chat before the actual meeting starts at 11am


Join Zoom Meeting


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7771165459?pwd=c0orczZDbExHbzFKTjlkeUR5RndtQT09

Meeting ID: 777 116 5459

Passcode: smeg