March 14, 2017
Action for M.E. is pleased to announce the launch of our new Children’s Services Team.
Following mutual agreement with the Board of Trustees of the UK charity, the Association of Young People with M.E. (AYME), our Children's Services team will launch on Monday 3 April, when AYME will cease operating.
AYME’s Chief Executive Mary-Jane Willows will take up the position of Head of Children’s Services with us, and we are undertaking consultation with AYME staff regarding their transfer to our team.
The Boards of Trustees of both charities wholeheartedly believe that this will benefit children, young people, adults and families affected by M.E., for three key reasons:
1. We can support more people, more effectively.
The services that have been provided by AYME will, from Monday 3 April, be offered by experienced staff and dedicated volunteers as part of Action for M.E.’s Children’s Services Team. Every child, young person, parent and carer who currently makes use of these services can continue to do so.
By integrating services for children, young people and adults with M.E., we will improve continuity of support across all age groups. Not only will we continue to ensure that people affected by M.E. can access the information and support they need, at the time they need it most, but we will also develop our services to reach even more people.
2. We can work more efficiently.
We want to make sure that every penny raised to support children and adults affected by M.E. goes as far as it possibly can. We are confident that, by delivering services in this way, we will create better value for money and be better able to secure additional resources to increase the work we do.
3. We can speak louder and with one voice.
By supporting both children and adults in this way, we can create more opportunities to raise the profile of M.E. and its impact. We will continue to keep the voice of children and adults affected by M.E. at the heart of everything we do.
As of Monday 3 April, AYME will cease to operate as an independent charity. AYME members and supporters are being contacted individually about the change to make sure they understand what it means for them.
We can reassure you that the services and support you have received in the past will still be available to you.
While we are extending our work to include children and families, we remain committed to supporting adults affected by M.E., and our policy position has not changed.
We will continue to take action to end the ignorance, injustice and neglect experienced by all people with M.E.
To find out more about how this decision was made, what it means for you, and the right person to contact for more information, please read our FAQ.