Education Workshops

lemon jar and nutmegOur mission is to help to improve peoples’ lives affected by CFS/ME through taking positive steps together. Our approach is to support people in the self-management of their condition, focusing on ways to help improve symptoms and prevent relapse. Family and friends are welcome to attend all of our activities. The knowledge and understanding gained will not only help them to support their own family member, but will also help to maintain their own health and wellbeing.

Our two hour workshops are carefully structured and paced, based on the needs of those attending, with frequent opportunities for rest and appropriate refreshments. We also incorporate some of these topics into our monthly Support Group sessions.

The programme includes a range of topics which is continually updated.

Nutrition

People who are experiencing CFS/ME have stated that it is difficult to eat a balanced, nutritious diet which gives the body the best chance of recovery. Tiredness can make it hard to plan or prepare meals, or appetites may be poor, resulting in an unbalanced diet – which in turn leads to more tiredness. Food helps to give the body energy. It is difficult to function if the body is running on empty.

Pacing

Pacing is a form of energy management, used to maximise participation in activity, whilst avoiding an increase of fatigue and other symptoms. This workshop explores pacing as a way of spreading energy throughout the day and week, reducing peaks and troughs in energy levels.

Sleep Strategies

Having problems with sleeping is common for people with CFS/ME. Some find that they are sleeping too much but others find that they are not sleeping enough. In either case, most people do not feel refreshed after sleep. This workshop explores strategies to improve sleep.

Immune Support

This workshop provides the opportunity to gain an understanding of the immune system in relation to assisting in the self-care management of fatigue related conditions and building confidence to try some of the immune support techniques.

Stress Management

When we are anxious because of fatigue, discomfort or other factors, our body responds with what is known as the ‘stress response’. This workshop aims to give a basic understanding of stress and help to build the confidence to try some stress management techniques in relation to fatigue related conditions.

Pain Management

Pain can be a major factor with fatigue conditions; in our workshops we help you to understand how natural pain relief may support you, while monitoring your pain medications can enhance its effectiveness. Understanding the importance of managing pain for self-care management of fatigue conditions can support you in making positive changes to improve your health, as pain can cause depression and an inability to make sensible choices in areas such as pacing and resting. In these workshops we give you tools to monitor pain management and review your progress, with information to show your family and friends including how they can assist by recognising your pain trigger signs.

DATES & TIMES – Please see our calendar for dates and times
COST – A minimum contribution of £5 towards the cost of running the workshop will be collected, unless this would be a barrier to an individual attending. For sessions which are part of the monthly Support Group programme, the minimum contribution is £3. Please discuss with us if this causes difficulty.

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