Health and Wellness Facilitator
Tuesday to Friday 9am till 4.30pm
Phone or Txt: 022 154 7076
Support services for people in the Waikato affected by ME/CFS, were established by Frankie Letford in 1999. Frankie, who saw the need for this provided phone support, newsletters and organised support groups. For 10 years, Frankie coordinated this, as she was able to in a voluntary capacity with support from MS Waikato. With growth came the need to employ a support worker. For a further 12 years, ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia clients were then supported under the umbrella of MS Waikato.
During this time, the group continued to grow considerably, and recently sought to separate itself from MS Waikato to create their own identity. Following discussions with the Bay of Plenty organisation Complex Chronic illness Support Inc. (CCIS) an agreement was made and CCIS has welcomed the ME/CFS group into their midst. The CCIS model for service, is a better fit for supporting those affected by ME/CFS and allied conditions than under the MS umbrella.
“I have been attending the monthly Complex Chronic Illness Support group since March 2021 and I find very helpful not only finding out more about my illness but also talking to others with the same illness.
The facilitator, Tracey Larsen, is a wonderful and incredibly helpful person who has helped me enormously in the short time since my diagnosis.”
Kia ora and welcome from the mighty Waikato!
Brrrr … Cooler nights and mornings are now well upon us, as is expected now that we are well into the depths of autumn. Although I’m not enjoying the cooler weather, I do love this time of year for the beautiful hues of colour that nature offers.
Now is a good time to remind you to start your Vitamin D. A precious little vitamin that is made by the body when we are exposed to good sunlight, but now as the days get shorter and cooler, our opportunity to get into the sunlight becomes significantly reduced. Vitamin D offers a whole raft of benefits: Helping pain and mood, supporting immune health and cardiovascular health, to name just a few.
May is a big month for us here at CCI Support. We have the opening of our new offices in Welcome Bay and it is also ME Awareness on the 12th May. Thank you to those who have provided quotes, poems and brief
videos that we can use in our campaign to bring awareness to the general public. This is a great way to have your voice heard!
Our online social groups are going well. We have a variety of different groups to suit our different member’s needs. Please have a look on our website for a description of the different groups with the dates and times. If you are interested in joining in on any, let me know and I will add your name to the list so that you can get the link to the zoom meeting.
And lastly, thank you to those who have renewed your membership. I look forward to ongoing conversations with you over the next 12 months.
Monthly Members Meetings
Is for all our members who want to attend a monthly meeting but do not have the extra energy to leave their homes
Currently, all Monthly Member Meetings are held online. We welcome you to join us - if you need support getting online, please contact your facilitator and we can have a practice prior to meeting time so that you feel more comfortable on the day.
Waikato Social Group
3rd Tuesday of the month at 1pm
Held at the Jukebox Diner
Young Ladies Hamilton Group
1st Thursday of the month – 10.30am
Te Awamutu group meet on the third Thursday of the month. We meet in the afternoons in colder weather and at 10.30am during warmer months.
The venue changes each month, so watch for emails and check the facebook group for updates or contact Fiona via email for more information