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.
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.