Manchester Support Group

Upcoming Support Group Sessions

Date and Time Details Place Topic
Tuesday 10th December 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm Xmas social. Everyone welcome! Nandos, The Quad, Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 5QS Social
Tuesday 14th January 2020 6:30pm - 8:00pm General support meeting. 2nd Floor, Parkway 3, Parkway Business Centre, Princess Rd, Manchester M14 7LU General support
Tuesday 11th February 2020 6:30pm - 8:00pm General support meeting. 2nd Floor, Parkway 3, Parkway Business Centre, Princess Rd, Manchester M14 7LU General support
Tuesday 10th March 2020 6:30pm - 8:00pm General support meeting. 2nd Floor, Parkway 3, Parkway Business Centre, Princess Rd, Manchester M14 7LU General support
Tuesday 14th April 2020 6:30pm - 8:00pm General support meeting. 2nd Floor, Parkway 3, Parkway Business Centre, Princess Rd, Manchester M14 7LU General support
Tuesday 19th May 2020 6:30pm - 8:00pm General support meeting. 2nd Floor, Parkway 3, Parkway Business Centre, Princess Rd, Manchester M14 7LU General support

Meet the Support Group Leader(s)

Antonia

My Story:

I was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2014 following a relatively short diagnosis period (9 months). Sharing my story and experiences with others through the Endometriosis UK Online Community and the Helpline was immensely helpful and reassuring.  Knowing how valuable this support was prompted me to get more involved by becoming a support group leader.

Stephanie

My Story:

I have experienced various symptoms of endometriosis since I was approx. 16 and was finally diagnosed following visits to A&E in extreme pain and referrals to gynaecology in 2015, 12 years later. I've since had two laparoscopies and am trying to manage my symptoms through hormones, diet and gentle exercise. Having experienced the challenges of getting a diagnosis, trying to understand the terminology and options available for managing the condition, and trialling what works for me I wanted to become a group leader to support others and make sure those with endo are informed about the journey ahead. Since joining the group I have found the help and support of others invaluable and it feels like a real community.

About the support group:

The support group provides a safe, supportive and friendly environment for sharing your experiences. It offers the opportunity to be listened to and understood, and know that you are not alone.  There is a mixture of informal meetings and talks from guest speakers who offer additional information on topics that are of interest to the group. 

We aim to be led by what you need so let us know if you have any ideas or suggestions and we will try to accomodate these. 

We have established a rolling programme of Wellbeing Sessions as part of looking after ourselves whilst living with endometriosis.  These popular sessions include yoga, walking and creative activities.  These are in addition to the regular monthly support meetings. All the sessions are tailored to enable everyone to participate, and are often free, or require a small contribution if we have a specialist practitioner facilitating the session. Everyone is welcome to join us.  

The group hopes to promote greater awareness of endometriosis and do some fundraising.  If this is something you would like to get involved in let us know.  

Whether you are recently diagnosed or have lived with the condition for years you are very welcome to come along for a cuppa!

 

General Session Information:

Support Group sessions are usually held monthly. The main venue is at: 2nd Floor, Parkway 3, Parkway Business Centre, Princess Rd, Manchester M14 7LU. This is a few miles south of the city centre. There is free car parking at the front of the building and public transport is plentiful. The venue is fully accessible.

We sometimes change venues/days depending on the event, and to enable wider participation across Manchester. Any changes will be posted on the support group sessions page and our Facebook page.

If you have not heard back from the support group since sending your enquiry and are interested in attending a session please just come along!