Borders M.E. Group offers advice, support and social contact to anyone in the Scottish Borders and adjacent areas who has M.E. (myalgic encephalomyelitis), chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia; and also to their carers and relatives. We know that friends matter, and we are here to share, to listen, to exchange information, and to be your voice. Here are Michelle's comments on how BMEG helped her:

'BMEG has been a tower of support for me and I've made great friends along the way too. I feel much stronger as a person now and much more able to cope with things, as I get so much support from people who actually know what I'm going through. It's the best thing I've done to help myself and has been an invaluable experience'. 

We have informal monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of the month between 12.30 and 3.00 in Garden Centres where you can meet people who know what it is like to have M.E., chronic fatigue syndrome, or fibromyalgia; and where you can be sure of a warm welcome. Dates and venues until December 2020 are:

12th November: Pearsons, Duns

10th December: Mayfield Garden Centre, Kelso (Christmas Lunch)

14th January: Milestone, Newtown St. Boswells

11th February: Pearsons, Duns

10th March: Mayfield Garden Centre, Kelso 

14th April: Milestone, Newtown St. Boswells

12th May: Pearsons, Duns

9th June: Mayfield Garden Centre, Kelso 

14th July: Milestone, Newtown St. Boswells

11th August: Pearsons, Duns

8th September: Mayfield Garden Centre, Kelso 

13th October: Milestone, Newtown St. Boswells

10th November: Pearsons, Duns

8th December: Mayfield Garden Centre, Kelso (Christmas Lunch) 

We offer free, confidential and expert advice on all aspects of benefits: entitlement, drafting claims, requesting a mandatory reconsideration, and submitting appeals (including representation at Appeal Tribunals). We can also help you to make or defend a Simple Procedure Claim (formerly a Small Claim) in the Sheriff Court, including representing you at Court. As with the benefit advice, this service is free and confidential.