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 from 1.00 to 3.00 in Garden Centres where you can meet people who know what it is like to have M.E., and where you can be sure to get a warm welcome. Dates and venues for October to December are

9th October: Milestone Garden Centre, Newtown St. Boswells 

13th November: Pearsons, Duns

11th December: Mayfield Garden Centre, Kelso (Christmas Lunch)

We offer free, confidential and expert advice on all aspects of benefits: entitlement, drafting claims, asking for 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.