2017

13 May 2017
Concert Fundraiser / ME Awareness Week 6.30-8.30pm at the Freedom Church.

12 May 2017
MESiG on Barry Radio raising awareness about the ME Concert and the Freedom Church.

22 April 2017
MESiG Annual General Meeting (AGM) / Speaker event 2-5pm.

09 March 2017
Second meeting with Digital Media students.

08 March 2017
£550 donated to MESIG by Lakeside Townswomens Guild. Presentation Discovery Pub.

06 March 2017
Carers Trust Denise Dyer attends MESIG support group. Questions on forum interest.

05 March 2017
Nick Tatham runs for MESIG in the St Davids Day Fun Run.

01 March 2017
MESIG connect with MEtrust.

16 February 2017
Meeting with Digital Media students.

06 February 2017
Dr Bethan Jones, Jo Hampson and Jill Shepton attend support group.

18 January 2017
GVS Volunteers Fayre 11-4pm at the Barry Memorial Hall.

09 January 2017
2017 Carers UK. Julie Skelton and Carol attend MESIG support group along with Stephen Allen and Jill Shepton from the CHC (Community Health Council).

2016

05 December 2015
ME Christmas party

18 November 2016
MESiG attended Action for M.E. Conference & AGM: Collaborating for change.

27 September 2016
MESiG attended #MillionsMissing awareness event at the Senedd steps, Cardiff.

21 September 2016
MESiG launch new responsive website by Cotswold Web Design.

08 August 2016
MESiG Tea In Park 2pm meeting in Roath Park Café. Yearly event as no support group meeting in August. More information on the 2016 events is available in Issues 28/29 of the MESiG newsletter.

13th July 2016
MESiG sponsored by Julie Morgan AM to present in the Welsh Assembly.

06 July 2016
MESiG on Radio Cardiff 2pm with Samantha on The Health Show.

03 July 2016
MESiG on Radio Cardiff 8am-10am. Raising awareness and highlighting presentation in Welsh Assembly 13th July.

06 June 2016
IMPORTANT UPDATE – Change of time for support group meetings from 11am-12.30pm to 2-3.30pm.
Guest speakers
JILL SHELTON – CHAIR OF CAVOG – CARDIFF AND THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COMMUNITY HEALTH COUNCIL.
STEVE ALLEN, Head of the Community Health Council, together with a Clinician to answer any medical queries

14 May 2016
MESiG AGM/Awareness Event with MP Craig Williams, AM Julie Morgan.

14 April 2016
Conference – From the lab to the living room: the benefits of co-production in research into neurological conditions.
Members of the MESiG Committee attended this day on Thursday 14th April 2016 which was held at the All Nations Centre in Cardiff. MESiG had a table to display information about ME. It was a conference which explored the benefits of a co-production approach for researchers and participants in the context of the current research environment in Wales.

12 April 2016
MESiG raise awareness with a second visit to Age Concern in Barry.

04 April 2016
Roy and Neil speak about the SoeMac machine and research at the monthly support group.

07 March 2016
Holly shared her ME recovery story with group members at the monthly support group.

02 March 2016
MESiG attends Policy Forum For Wales. Discussing priorities for the future of health and social care policy.

01 March 2016
Miriam Wood attended a Capita meeting – Assessors for PIP benefits.

23 February 2016
Miriam Wood attended a meeting where rare diseases and the ME condition was discussed. The meeting was attended by Darren Miller the Shadow Minister of Health for Wales.

21 February 2016
MESiG purchase new equipment from Lottery funding for group.

18 February 2016
Dee attends Wales Neurological Alliance meeting.

09 February 2016
Miriam and Chris presented for 10 minutes on ME at the Wales Neurological Alliance meeting in the Welsh Assembly.

01 February 2016
M.E Support Group Meeting (11am-12.30pm).
Guest speaker Dr Claire Bowen talked about her recovery from M.E which included Airnergy and SoeMac machine.

 2015

07 December 2015
The annual MESiG Christmas party took place 2 – 4.30pm in Bethel. The guest speaker was Jonathan Richards. Chair of the ME-CFS & FM Implementation Group & Cwm Taf Locality Clinical Director. More information on 2015 events is available in the MESiG newsletters issues 26/27.

17 November 2015
The MESiG team raised awareness at an event arranged by AGE Concern in Barry.

01 November 2015
Chris Bailey was invited to the ITV Wales studios and was interviewed by presenter Carl Edwards. This was aired today.

30 October 2015
Chris interviewed by ITV Newsweek.

28 October 2015
MESiG was featured on ITV news. Rob Osbourne who is the Health and Social Affairs Correspondent for ITV Wales interviewed a sufferer in her home and also gave Chris Bailey the opportunity to raise awareness by informing viewers about the plight of individuals stricken by M.E.

04 October 2015
Nick Tatham completed the Cardiff Half Marathon on behalf of MESiG to raise awareness and much needed funds.

23 September 2015
Chris Bailey and Miriam Wood attended a meeting with Professor Jonathan Richards and Anne Noyles to discuss policy aspects of M.E.

22 September 2015
Cross-Party Group for Neurological Conditions meeting took place in the Welsh Assembly. It was attended by Chris Bailey and Miriam Wood.

12 September 2015
Maes Y Coed Community Centre was the venue for the annual fun day fair. Mesig had a stall and raised awareness.

07 September 2015
Support group meeting. An Art Workshop took place at Bethel Church, Communty Centre, Llangranog Road, Cardiff.

14 August 2015
MESiG annual Tea in the Park event took place. 2pm Roath Park Café.

18 June 2015
Claire Jones famous harpist and recovered M.E. person, performed in The Gate. MESiG members attended.

06 June 2015
The Interlink RCT Volunteer Awards Celebration took place in Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd. Chris was honoured to receive a recognition award on behalf of MESiG.

16 May 2015 MESiG
AGM/AWARENESS & RECOVERY STORIES 2pm-5pm, Bethel Community Church, Llangranog Rd, Llanishen, Cardiff, CF14 5BL.

  • 2-3pm AGM
  • 3-4pm Raffle, tea and cake, social time
  • 4-5pm Speakers giving their recovery stories

11 May 2015
M.E. Support In Glamorgan has been chosen to receive free books. Juliette attended MESiG support group meeting 11am-12.30pm as a World Book Night 2015 Volunteer. Juliette chose MESiG as felt supported by them over the years.

02 March 2015
MESiG support group meetings move from Charity Shop to Bethel Centre.

24 February 2015
Miriam attends Prudent Healthcare meeting in Blu Radisson Hotel.

02 February 2015
Jan from WAMES attends MESiG support group meeting.

2014

01 December 2014
Christmas Party Bethel Church 2-4.30pm. More information on 2014 events is available in the MESiG newsletters issues 24/25.

28 September 2014
Funds for MESiG raised by Nick Tatham who took part in ‘Survival of the fittest’. A 12k run with obstacles held in Cardiff Bay. Over £1000 raised.

16 September 2014
Presentation of Petition to Welsh Assembly.

04 August 2014
MESiG Tea In The Park 2pm.

21 June 2014
MESiG have a stand in Llanishen Fun Day midday-3.30pm Llanishen Leisure Centre.

13 May 2014
MESiG raising awareness at Heath Hospital Concourse 9am-5.30pm in conjunction with M.E. Awareness Week.

12 May 2014
MESiG presents M.E. film ‘Voices From The Shadows’ 2pm in Penarth Cinema. A member made this possible.

07 May 2014
MESiG have a teleconference with Clare and Sonia from Action For M.E.

06 May 2014
MESiG on Radio Cardiff. Interviewed about the screening of the film ‘Voices From The Shadows’ due to be shown in Penarth 12th May 2014.

26 April 2014
MESiG AGM 3.30pm-5.30pm Mackintosh Centre, Keppoch Street, Roath.

24 March 2014
MESiG launched a petition with the aim of lobbying the Welsh Assembly to fund a specialist clinic and team for sufferers of M.E. in Wales.

19 February 2014
A national demonstration was held to protest against ATOS. This is a French company employed by the government to carry out work capability assessments. There have been a catalogue of failures during the process and the general feeling is that the system is not fit for purpose. MESiG attended local protest at the government buildings, Heath.

05 February 2014
MESiG and members attend talk in Bristol which included Dr Mark VanNess– Associate Professor, Dept. Of Health, Exercises and Sports Sciences, University of the Pacific and The Workwell Foundation, USA. A connection was made to show the film ‘Voices From The Shadows’.

03 February 2014
Bill Booth from Action For M.E attended MESiG support group meeting in Llanishen, Cardiff . Bill is the Welfare Rights Officer for Action For M.E.

2013

2nd December 2013
MESiG Christmas Party 2-4pm Tea and Cake, Bethel Church, Llangranog Road, Llanishen, Cardiff, CF14 5BJ.
More information on 2013 events is available in the MESiG newsletters issues 22/23

16th November 2013
MESiG 2013 Christmas Party 1-4pm Portcullis House. M.E Art Display by Life with Art and accompanying Singer/Actor: John Jenner

04 September – 06 November 2013
Pilates Course 2-3pm Bethel Centre. MESiG would like to extend a great big Thank You to the Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust. They allocated us funding to run an 8 week Pilates course for people with ME, Fibromyalgia or Chronic conditions.

14th August 2013
MESiG Tea In The Park 2.00pm. We meet up in August in Roath Park café terrace, for a cuppa and chat.

19 – 20 June 2013
ASIST Training Course. Members of MESiG attend a two day suicide and first aid intervention course which took place at BAVO in Maesteg.

14 June 2013
Award Ceremony – Our Miriam Is A Winner. Over 80 volunteers attended the ‘Best Ever’ RCT Volunteer Awards at Abercwmboi Rugby Club presented by famous Welsh author Catrin Collier. Miriam was presented with certificate for all her hard work.

03 June 2013
Talk about Health 11am-12.30pm. Marianne Guttierrez will be coming to our support group meeting to talk about Health. Community Shop, Llangrannog Road, Llanishen, CF145BP

25 May 2013
MESiG AGM/awareness event Portcullis House, 21 Cowbridge Rd East, Cardiff, City Centre.

  • 11am-12pm: MESiG AGM (members)
  • 1pm-1.40pm: Dr Charles Shepherd talk
  • 1.40pm: Break for cuppa and browse stalls
  • 2pm: Question and Answer time
  • 3pm: DLA/ PIP Benefit Presentation (Graeme Butterworth)
  • 3.15pm-5pm: M.E Art Exhibition by Life With Art

12 May 2013
MESiG attend International M.E. Awareness Day “All Fall Down For M.E.” Held at Old Palace Yard, opposite Houses of Parliament, London SW1.

08 March 2013
Awareness raising day at Sainsbury‘s in Thornhill raised £124.

14 February 2013
Fundraising event in Glenwood Church raising £1200 for Carol to get to Burrswood Hospital. A spectacular night of music and dance – A Zumba based evening which included dance performances and top class entertainment. Awareness was also raised for M.E, Human trafficking and modern day slavery, by Chris and Karen, between performances in the form of a speech.

2012

2012 MESiG produce a calendar. More information on 2012 events is available in the MESiG newsletters issues 20/21.

03 December 2012
MESiG Christmas Party, 2-5pm, Llanishen Community Shop, Llangranog Rd, Llanishen, Cardiff, CF14 5BL.

05 November 2012
MESiG support group change of venue and time. We will no longer be meeting in Ararat Centre for the Community in Whitchurch at 2.30pm-4pm. The new venue is Llanishen Community Shop, City Temple North Church, Llangranog Rd, Llanishen, Cardiff, CF14 5BL. (This is off Templeton Avenue, which is off Thornhill Rd) New time 11am-12.30pm.

04 October 2012
Christalla Bailey and Denise Thomson attended the AGM of Vale Centre for Voluntary Services (VCVS).
The meeting was held in the Memorial Hall, Barry. MESiG were presented with a cheque for £700, for the funding of an office. This was funded by Kickstart, which is an Assembly grant scheme that helps the voluntary sector.

10 September 2012
Dee and Denise attended a course titled ‘Roles and Responsibilities of Trustees’.

13 August 2012
Tea In The Park. MESiG meet in Roath Park Café.

August 2012
MESiG had a stall in Llanishen Leisure centre Fun Day, we had a raffle, information leaflets, guess the name of the teddy- Julie Morgan AM was the proud winner, it was great to see her there.

11 July 2012
Christalla, Miriam and Denise attended a training day run by Turn2Us.
Turn2Us is a charitable service, which helps people to access money available to them through welfare benefits, grants and other help.

14 June 2012
Chris and Ken attended a training course called ‘Chairing for Success’. This was run by VCVS (Vale Centre for Voluntary Services).

19 May 2012
AGM/Awareness Event. Ararat Baptist Church in Whitchurch. We had two speakers; Naturopath Emma Jones and Pilates teacher, Kalbir Kaur Mann. Surprise visit from Julie Morgan AM.

21 March 2012
MESiG Presentation at the Welsh Assembly 11am by invitation from Julie Morgan AM.

05 March 2012
Art Workshop with Sian Williams in support group meeting.

06 February 2012
MESiG support group invite guest speaker Margaret Woodley who talked about the Bowen Technique.

09 January 2012
MESiG support group invited Ben from Speakeasy Advice Centre, who talked about help with Fuel Bills.

2011

21 December 2011
Saw the publication of our first ever MESIG calendar, which was considered a truly inspirational and moving piece of artwork. Thank you for everyone who sent in images and anecdotes for us to include. More information on 2011 events is available in the MESiG newsletters issues 18/19.

07 December 2011
Miriam attended a screening of ‘Voices from the Shadows’ in London. This is a film about M.E.

05 December 2011
MESiG Christmas Party Ararat Centre for the Community in Whitchurch.

24 November 2011
Chris and Rebecca attended a pedal power event to establish cycling services that could be offered to the disabled community.

07 November 2011
Julie Morgan attends MESiG support group meeting Ararat Whitchurch 2.30-4pm.

22 October 2011
MESiG attend the ‘Hardest Hit’ Campaign. Disabled people, their families and friends took to the streets in cities across the UK protesting against Government cuts to disability benefits and services. Protests took place in cities including Edinburgh, Cardiff, Leeds, Nottingham, Brighton, Manchester, Newcastle and Bristol. ALMOST 1,000 campaigners descended on Cardiff city centre to oppose cuts to the Disability Living Allowance. For 45 minutes, the Welsh capital came to a standstill as the crowds marched through the streets as part of the Hardest Hit campaign.

22 October 2011
Members of MESIG committee were unable to attend Action For M.E. AGM and Conference in London this year despite booking 2 places but a member very kindly wrote a report for us as they had attended. MESIG are extremely grateful, it is wonderful that individuals are coming forward and offering their support. Many thanks Sue.

11 September 2011
The Team here at MESIG would like to congratulate and say a massive thank you to 3 amazing individuals from HSJ accountants for successfully completing the Cardiff 10k Run on Sunday September 11. It was a fantastic event and they managed to raise an impressive amount of funds for the organisation. HSJ Accountants love to support events outside of business such as local charities whenever they can and this year MESIG was fortunate enough to be supported by them. After training for several months, Kim Jackson, Nick Sakkas and Rachael Yelland took part in the Cardiff 10km Race which started and finished on Cardiff‟s iconic King Edward VII Avenue at the heart of the City Hall. After a very successful race, they managed to raise the targeted £1000!

05 September 2011
Paul Swann from Disability Wales will be attending our support group meeting in Ararat Centre 2.30-4pm.  Paul will be talking and taking questions on Independent living.

11 August 2011
MESiG Tea In The Park 2.30pm meeting in Roath Park.

July 2011
MESiG purchase a Biomat.

03 June 2011
Redesign of MESiG newsletter.

14 May 2011
MESiG AGM/Awareness event in Ararat Centre with guest Kyle Davies Mickel Therapy and Alison Lenihan who recovered from Mickel Therapy.

April 2011
The Mackintosh Tuesday evening meetings ceased in April due to a lack of attendance. I would like to commend member; Linda Shakespeare for her hard work and commitment in hosting these meetings for several years, and her continuing support.

07 March 2011
Speaker Dave attended MESiG meeting in Ararat to demonstrate Balancers.

07 March 2011
Another Fundraising performance evening was again facilitated by Irene Davies. This event was an even bigger success that the one held in December, raising much needed funds for our support group.

01 March 2011
MESiG attended a health watchdog meeting, organised by Cardiff Health Council. The Chairman Steve Allen expressed an interest in our quest for services.

28 February 2011
MESiG applied for a grant through the Voluntary Action Cardiff (VAC) Impact Plus Grant Scheme, in order to upgrade our IT systems. We were successful in our application and we were awarded £1389.23.

26 January 2011
Gemma and Chris attended a Cardiff Health and Social Care Network (CHSCN) and Health Alliance event. This was part of ‘What Matters’-Cardiff’s Integrated Partnership Strategy Consultation on Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Operation Plan 2011-2014.

January 2011
We have changed from our Thornhill venue to Ararat Centre for the Community. We still meet the first Monday of the month at 2.30-4pm.

2010

2010 Support Group
Meetings- Keppoch Street meetings are held every 2nd Tuesday of the month at Mackintosh Institute, Keppoch Street, off City Rd, Cardiff, CF24 3JW (except February, August and December) 7.30-9pm. Thornhill meetings are held every first Monday of the month (unless this falls on a bank holiday and then it will be the following week) at the Thornhill community centre (by Sainsbury’s), off Excalibur Dr, Thornhill, Cardiff, CF14 9GA, 2.30-4pm. More information on 2010 events is available in the MESiG newsletters issues 16/17.

27 December 2010
ZUMBA XMAS PARTY FUNDRAISING EVENT Park Conservative Club, 217 City Rd, CF243JD, 7.30-11.30pm. Tickets £10 (Nibbles, performances, fun follow along line ups, xmas crackers, raffle). Irene Davies (Chris‘s daughter), has decided to hold a fundraising night for M.E. Zumba is a new dance exercise craze which is sweeping the nation, it involves moving to Latin music in a variety of styles. No partner or experience is needed to participate, just the desire to have fun. Irene qualified in October after obtaining her degree in dance and has started 2 classes to date in Cardiff.

29 November 2010
Christmas Party 2.30-4pm, Thornhill Community Centre.

23 October 2010
MESiG committee and general members attended the `M.E. Question Time‘ event at the County Hall in Cardiff. MESiG wish to thank the M.E. Association and WAMES for organising the meeting and congratulate WAMES for their success in obtaining some funding from ̳The Big Lottery Fund‘.

October 2010 – February 2011
MESiG obtained funding from the Big Lottery to run a course teaching useful techniques to help people cope with symptoms of M.E. Marilyn Godfrey facilitated the course.

28 September 2010
MESiG attend Action for M.E.‘s conference-‘ Work, welfare benefits and M.E. – is anyone listening?’ at the offices of Allen & Overy, London. The Chief Executive of Action for M.E. Peter Spencer introduced himself to Chris and expressed his thanks that representatives from MESiG were in attendance. Peter presented as a person who is passionate about his work and genuinely wanted to make a difference.

11 August 2010
MESiG Tea In The Park.

15 May 2010
MESiG AGM/Awareness and Therapies Event Mackintosh Institute, Keppoch Street. 2.30-5pm. Andrea Planchant offered Bowen treatment and Tracy King offered Indian Head massage.

March 2010
An important milestone for our support group took place during the month of March with the official launch of the MESiG website.

01 February 2010
Amir Norris, who facilitates the ̳’Energy Excellence’ course, gave a talk on his ground breaking work with people who suffer with M.E. and similar conditions at the Lisvane Memorial Hall. The event which was well attended.

04 January 2010
Elyssa, an alternative therapist came to our support group meeting and offered taster sessions in Reiki, Reflexology and Indian Head Massage.