May 26, 2020
Has your local M.E. support group been trying to move meetings online?
Simon, who appears in our latest short film about living with M.E. and lockdown, has shared some information and advice with us about managing this. He told us:
"Before the start of the lockdown, our local support group (High Weald Meetup) decided that we would have to meet virtually rather than in person. We normally meet every fortnight at venues near Crowborough in East Sussex, and obviously this would no longer be possible. Since doing this, we’ve found that meeting virtually requires less energy that actually going somewhere. We’ve even had attendance from members that have never got to a physical meeting. When we can get out again, we will have a Zoom session running for those who can’t attend in person."
Zoom is just one option for online meetings, and Simon's group chose it because it was easy to use. He says:
"All you need to do is register for a Zoom account on Zoom.us and off you go. You can download the Zoom app to make life a little easier. Meetings are limited to 40 minutes for three or more invitees. The app is available on Windows, Android and Apple, so lots of choice on what to connect with."
Here’s what Simon told us his group has learned so far.
Simon, who worked in IT before he became ill with M.E., has very kindly offered to have a chat with anyone who would like to know more, or talk through the set-up. If you would like to contact Simon, please get in touch with us and we can arrange this.
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