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Useful resources following yesterday’s Covid-19 restrictions

September 23, 2020

With yesterday’s announcement about new UK restrictions relating to Covid-19, we know lots of you may be feeling concerned, let down and frustrated.

While for many with M.E., lockdown is something you live with on a daily basis, the prospect of more pressure on the services and support you rely on is understandably worrying.

Please know that we will continue to be here with information and support to help you cope, connect with others, and secure the services you need.

  • Our Crisis, Advocacy and Support Service can share trusted information, support and signposting on accessing health and social care, welfare benefits and symptom management; and support you or your child with M.E. to advocate for your needs.
  • Our free online forum for adults with M.E. offers peer-support and friendship with other people living with M.E.
  • Our community for young people with M.E. (age up to and including 18) is free to join and offers a range of peer-support services, including pen pals, buddies for young people with severe M.E., and a safe, secure online forum.
  • Our M.E. and Coronavirus page signposts to official government advice for people living in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, or Wales.
  • People with M.E. can use our ‘This is M.E.’ resource to help their carer or other support professional understand how M.E. impacts them, and the best ways to support them.
  • Ourshopping support resource, designed to share with supermarket staff, highlights that, as someone with a chronic neurological condition and at increased risk of severe illness from Coronavirus, you need access to priority shopping times.
  • you could consider getting a sunflower lanyard which shows supermarkets you need extra support.
  • The Shopping Slot website allows you to search for delivery slots for all the mainstream stores at once, using your postcode.
  • Have you connected with your local Mutual Aid groupor local Covid helpline (Google “Covid-19 helpline” + your area to see if there is one near you)?These volunteer-run services can help with shopping and other essentials.

If you’re in need of support from our Crisis, Support, and Advocacy Service, you can contact them by calling 0117 927 9551 from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday, or by emailing questions@actionforme.org.uk