Aiming to Elevate:
- Quality of life.
- Support and access to it.
- Awareness about the condition.
- The level of skills, knowledge and resources which can help to elevate health.
- Hope of improvement or event full recovery.
- Knowledge of research and its great need of funding.
See more details below.
Elevating quality of life socially….
At Elevate people with ME and CFS find total acceptance, friendship and a variety of ways to connect with people in the group although we recognise that those who are very severely affected or those who how don’t live near events or have transport will be limited in how much they connect with people. Home visits may be limited in their reach but we will do the best we can to help the severely affected connect with the group.
Enjoyable and accessible activities:
At the monthly get-togethers:
- Mingling, having free drinks and sometimes food.
- Optional creative activities.
- Games including pool, darts, table-top games etc.
At extra events:
- Trips out e.g. bowling, wheelchair rides round places, broads trip suitable for wheelchair users.
- Indoor archery
- Elevate creativity exhibition.
Managing ME/CFS, info and sign-posting.
There is a lack of NHS ME/CFS specialists in the UK and often there are long waiting lists to access the services. In the mean-time some people may be missing out on good advice on managing their condition which has the potential to prolong their ill-health by years.
Elevate does not provide, or aim to promote any kind of treatment other than what medical professionals have prescribed or recommended are supervising. However people who attend the events do exchange tips on they how they manage their condition and Elevate aims to signpost people to well reputable sources of information such the national ME/CFS support organisations which have medical advisors.
Elevate also point people the NHS ME/CFS Service based at Great Yarmouth. It always recommends that people discuss their health, and the management of their condition with their GP and other recognised healthcare professionals as appropriate.
Support For Carers
Elevate would like support carers of people with ME/CFS as far as possible. Carers often come to Elevate events and find mutual support in talking to other carers. There are other organisations in Norfolk that provide support in various ways.
What Are Elevate Events Like?
Elevate organises get-togethers every 4 weeks at Wellspring Family Centre in Dereham. These are in a ‘coffee-morning’ style although the events usually start at 2:30pm. There are plenty of comfy sofas in a 100 capacity room and we provide free refreshements.
For those that are able, we aim to provide opportunities to be creative and play non-intensive games. Creative hobbies can be therapeutic for people with ME and CFS so we aim to encourage people to inspire others by demonstrating any creative activities they can do.
The building has a side entrance which is accessible to wheelchair users. There are also other rooms where indiviuals could have a quiet break if they need to.
Ultimately we would like to help elevate the quality of life, level of awareness and support for the needs of people affected by this condition. We may not be able to do this as much as people would like but we hope that those involved with the Elevate will at least feel a little bit more loved, encouraged, inspired and have hope for their future even their health is not currently on the way up.
For more info please use the contact form or call 07538 801778.