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History

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, and today we operate across the whole of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Meet the team

We have a few people involved in our charity, including our Chairman, Patron, Group Administrator, Membership Secretary, Treasurer and Newsletter Editor, and we bring a number of skills to our roles. Click here to read more about us.

What we do

We see our role as providing on-going support, helpful information and advice to those affected by ME. We have a number of members across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. We put people in touch with each other to help reduce the feelings of loneliness and isolation, yet also to enable them to accept and manage the condition, and work towards better health.

We support our members in a number of ways, and these are listed on the Join Us page. We also hold an Annual General Meeting, and guest speakers are invited to these from time-to-time. 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.