Welcome to Hampshire Friends with M.E.
We are a registered charity committed to supporting people with the condition 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:
- Eastleigh and Winchester.
- Fareham and Gosport.
- Portsmouth and Southsea.
- Havant, Hayling Island and Waterlooville.
- New Forest.
- Alton and North-East Hants.
- Isle of Wight.
What we do
We see our role as providing on-going support, helpful information and advice to those affected by ME. We put people in touch with each other to help reduce the feelings of loneliness and isolation and to enable them to accept and manage the condition, working towards better health.
Membership is open to those aged 16 years, including those where ME is suspected but not yet diagnosed.
Our core values
We believe that our core values reflect what is needed for people with ME, and we model these values for those that join us and support us. Our core values also underpin how we interact with each other, and our members.
Compassion: We take a compassionate approach to our work. We demonstrate compassion towards members and prospective members, and whether they live with the condition, or care for someone else that has it.
Acceptance: We regard ME as a credible physical condition, and also one that can result in a high level of disability. We enable our members to accept the condition, which ultimately leads to more effective management of it.
Empathy: Our group is mostly run by people who have direct experience of ME. We listen to the many challenges faced by our members, yet more importantly, we understand them. We believe that empathy enables our members to feel deeply valued and supported.
Mutual Support: We believe that a support network is vital for people affected by ME. We believe that both giving and receiving support is therapeutic, and that it can evoke a sense of confidence and hope amongst our members.
Self-help: We encourage our members to look for adaptions and solutions to better improve their quality of life, focusing on what can still be achieved despite the limitations of the illness, adopting a positive approach wherever possible.
A small group of us came together in 2002 to establish social interaction and support for people affected by ME within Hampshire, which at the time was virtually non-existent. We started with support groups in Southampton and Fareham, and became a registered charity in early 2004. Gradually over time, we established local groups in various other areas of the county.
To learn more about our current committee members, please click on the button below:
Meet the team
"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".
"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".
"Hampshire Friends with ME has been an absolute lifeline for me. The support and friendship from other members is fantastic".