Welcome to Hampshire Friends with M.E.

We are a registered charity committed to supporting people with the illness ME/CFS, their relatives and carers. We offer on-going support, helpful information and advice to our members, and we have members in the following areas:

  • Southampton.
  • Eastleigh and Winchester.
  • Fareham and Gosport.
  • Portsmouth and Southsea.
  • Havant, Hayling Island and Waterlooville.
  • New Forest.
  • Alton and North-East Hants.
  • Basingstoke.
  • Isle of Wight.

We have links to the NHS ME/CFS services, and provide on-going support in managing the illness and working towards better health. You are welcome to join as a member from the age of 16, and whilst you are awaiting a diagnosis (where ME/CFS is suspected but not yet diagnosed).

What you can expect as a member

Most of us involved in the running of the charity have direct experience of ME/CFS, and so we have an understanding of what it means to live with the illness. If you decide to join as a member:

  • We will put you in touch with people who have lived experience of ME/CFS, yet who are also empathic to the difficulties you may be experiencing.
  • We will provide a place to socialise, share experiences, coping strategies, and form new friendships.
  • We will provide helpful information about the illness. Between us we have a wealth of knowledge about strategies such as "pacing", benefits and related services, and complementary therapies.
  • We will put you in touch with our telephone Counsellor if you're finding it really difficult to cope with the illness, or want support as a relative or carer of someone with ME/CFS.
  • We will provide you with our regular newsletter "Connect", and a range of other resources.


"Finding this group has changed my world of loneliness to having the support of people that know what I'm going through. It has helped me to get out and actually meet people". 
S. Goddard
"It's of great benefit to draw upon the experience and knowledge of others in coping with everyday life, e.g. strategies to manage symptoms, navigating the benefits system, and what to expect from GP's and other medical professionals". 
R. Griffin
"Hampshire Friends with ME has been an absolute lifeline for me. The support and friendship from other members is fantastic". 
T. Chant


Would you like to become a member?

If you would like to become a member, you can visit the Join Us page, which provides information about membership levels, benefits, and how to join.

Do you want to get in touch?

If you want to get in touch with us, please email membership@friendswithme.org.uk or call 0845 834 0325. We would love to hear from you.