Crisis, Advocacy and Support Service
In April 2020, we launched our new Crisis, Support and Advocacy Service for anyone living with or supporting someone with M.E. of any age, anywhere in the UK. We can:
- share information and support around all aspects of living with M.E., for adults, parents, children and young people, including welfare benefits, social care, symptom management, accessing health services, liaising with your child's school and getting reasonable adjustments at work
- offer understanding, empathy and emotional support, particularly challenging times
- source practical assistance local to you, such as your local mutual aid group, parish council and/or community hub; we can also source local producers/food outlets who are making home deliveries
- advocate for your needs, explain processes in an accessible way, and support you to challenge the opinions of others in situations that affect you, including supporting you to contact your GP to ask them to refer you for support for vulnerable people
- offer peer-mentoring support (in Scotland only), to share experiences and insights into living with or caring for someone with M.E.
Please note that our team are not medically trained and are unable to offer specialist legal, employment or medical advice, though we can signpost to specialist organisations which can provide these services.
Action for M.E. team and resources
Working from home, having closed our Keynsham office, our staff team continue to provide the services and support you need. We are hugely grateful to our volunteers, who continue to support our work from home.
- Our staff team are calling all our Supporting Members to make sure you have the information and support you need. Calls are taking place on weekdays from Wednesday 15 April onwards.
- We are keeping our website up to date with the latest on Coronavirus and M.E., and sharing these updates on social media, specifically Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please do use social media to share your thoughts, ideas and concerns with us, and we will do all we can to support you and others with M.E.
- Don't forget you can also join one of our peer-support forums for adults with M.E., parents of children and young people with M.E., and 18s and under with M.E. They are all completely free and users tell us they feel better supported, and less isolated.
- Given the Government measures asking everyone to stay at home, sending resources by post is taking much longer than usual. You can always download our booklets and factsheets for free.
- The spring issue of our membership magazine, InterAction, was published in mid-April, full of news and research updates, as well as information and support regarding the Coronavirus. The next issue is due in September.
Employment and welfare benefits
The UK Government has published guidance on Statutory Sick Pay, Jobcentre appointments, health assessment appointments, changes to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits, Local Housing Allowances and Housing Benefit.
- If you have a face-to-face benefits assessment appointment, do not attend.
- Your assessor will contact you to discuss what happens next. This could be an assessment over the telephone or through the post.
- You will continue to receive your current rate of benefit.