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 March to June are

13 March: Mayfield Garden Centre, Kelso

10 April: Milestone Garden Centre, Newtown St. Boswell

8 May: Pearsons Garden Centre, Duns

12 June: Mayfield Garden Centre, Kelso

We offer free, confidential and expert advice on benefits, i.e. submitting claims and dealing with appeals, including representation at an Appeal Tribunal. We can also help you 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.