NMEC The National M.E. Centre - And Centre For Fatigue Syndromes Chronic Fatigue Syndromes

Support Groups


We are a Group for Adults who meet in the London Borough of Havering on the first Wednesday of the month (except January) between 1 and 3pm.

For further information please phone 01708 767226 to leave a message and landline number for a Co-ordinator to get back to you.

Dates for 2015 (All Wednesdays):

4th February
4th March
1st April
6th May
3rd June
1st July
5th August
2nd September
7th October
4th November
2nd December (Quiz & Food)

Stretch and Relax Sessions

The group has been meeting monthly since January 2004. The sessions are facilitated by Specialist Support Worker and qualified Hatha Yoga Tutor, Sue Chadwick. There is a nominal charge of £4 paid on attendance only. Before attending a new participant must complete a questionnaire and disclaimer and receive a General Advice sheet. This is available from Eileen, Support Group Co-ordinator or Sue Chadwick through the NMEC.

Blankets, cushions and mats are provided. Most stretches and movements are lying on the floor, some are seated on a chair and some standing. The session always begins with a short relaxation and ends with 'breathing practice', followed by a longer period of relaxation.

Some attend regularly but others due to the fluctuating nature of CFS/ME find regular attendance difficult. Both needs can be accommodated within the group.

The benefits that some have mentioned are:

1. Generally regaining confidence in using their body. (Something that some individuals hadn't realised they'd lost!!)

2. Improvement in the range of movements, muscle strength and tone.

3. Improvement in concentration and co-ordination

4. Awareness of poor posture.

5. Awareness of areas of held tension and poor breathing habits

6. Awareness of how anxiety and breathing patterns are linked

A facilitator seems to be appreciated to limit and guide individuals so that they are less likely to overdo things! A better quality and depth of relaxation occurs in these sessions for most individuals, perhaps because they are out of their own environment.

The group will meet at St Peter's Church, Gubbins Lane, Harold Wood, RM3 0QA in the Lounge from 1.30 - 3.30 pm. This allows time each side of the hour for socialising. For detailed access information to the church centre see the Support Group section.

There is a charge of £4 each session payable on attendance only

Download: Registration Form | General Advice

Dates for 2015:

22nd January
26th February
26th March
23rd April
28th May
25th June
23rd July
27th August
24th September
22nd October
26th November
No meeting December