Our merger with the ME Trust - date confirmed
January 21, 2022
In September 2021 we announced our decision to merge with The ME Trust following a process of due diligence started in June, and after consulting with key stakeholders of both charities. Since then, our team at Action for M.E. and colleagues at The ME Trust have been working together to combine our work so that when we merge we can offer a fully integrated service for people with M.E. and their families.
We are delighted to announce that we will be merging with The ME Trust and launching our new Action for M.E. Healthcare Services on Tuesday 1 February 2022. Our new, combined services will offer:
- Information, Support & Advocacy services, including peer support services to reduce isolation
- Healthcare services including a Doctor, Physiotherapy, Chaplaincy and Counselling
All services will be available to adults and young people in the UK with M.E., and their families/friends/Carers.
The M.E. Trust is a UK charity that offers individually tailored whole-person care to people with M.E., including access to doctors, physios, counsellors and chaplains. As well as listening and caring for the needs of the whole person, the charity offers encouragement and support to families and the immediate community of carers. All current ME Trust services will continue when the charities merge, and during 2022 we plan to scale up the current clinician-led, holistic health and wellbeing support currently delivered.
We are excited to be combining the power of our organisations and strengthening the services we offer to people with M.E. Despite an increased focus on M.E. due to Long Covid, and the recent improvements to the NICE Guideline for M.E./CFS, there remains a considerable lack of understanding about the impact of M.E. on individuals, and provision of specialist services is patchy.
Through merging we will be able to offer information, support, advocacy and healthcare services with a single point of access for people with M.E. We are already looking at how to expand these services to reach more people, and ensure that every child and adult with M.E. and their families can access the help and support they need. Where we have permission, we will share the stories of people who access our services with MPs and other policymakers to increase understanding and secure long-term change for people with M.E.
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