Rugby Fibromyalgia Support Group

(Founded in 2007 by Mary and Maurice Clarke)

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Through Fibromyalgia you may suffer from a combination of Muscle Pain, Fatigue, Headaches, Disturbed Sleep, Depression, Confusion and Worry. It is often called a Head to Toe condition.

Contact us for advice and details of local support in a friendly environment. Share your concerns with like-minded people who understand. Membership is drawn from Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and the West Midlands as well as the Rugby area. Members’ ages range from early 20’s to over 80.

Membership is £10 a year and we provide the following services to newly diagnosed sufferers or those established with the condition

  • Newsletters
  • Regular monthly meetings, including
    • specialist speakers
    • relaxation and self-help techniques
    • activities
    • time to talk to others about how Fibromyalgia affects you
  • Social events (theatre, meals etc.)
  • Advice telephone line
  • Information sheets
  • Money raisers
  • Fibromyalgia awareness days
  • Media coverage –  press releases
  • Scrap Books illustrating the development of the group, events and its progress
  • Leaflets at Rugby St Cross Hospital rheumatology out-patient clinics to  offer help to those recently diagnosed
  • Hydrotherapy Sessions – You can download our Hydrotherapy Leaflet Here

The group holds meetings in the evening and during the daytime. You are welcome to attend any meeting – just turn up.

Daytime Meetings – We have been successful in obtaining BIG Lottery funding to establish a group that meets in the daytime. We meet at the Rugby Workers Club (RWC),  32 Oliver St, Rugby CV21 2ET from 12.00 mid-day until 1.30 pm.  The meetings start from November 2018 on the third Wednesday of each month. They are primarily intended to be social events starting and finishing well within school hours, so parents are free for school runs.. The venue has free car parking and disabled access. Access to the car park is from Parnell Close. The Club is a 5 minute walk from the centre of Rugby. There will be an entry charge of £1 per adult to help cover part of the cost of running the Support Group. Refreshments (food and drink) is available from the bar but you are free to bring a packed lunch to eat.

You will find Directions Here.

The daytime meetings are experimental. Many people with fibromyalgia have told the Group that they would prefer a daytime meeting to an evening one, but if they are not well supported, the Group will not be able to continue holding them indefinitely.

Dates of  2019 Daytime Meetings –  Lunchtime meeting 12.00 midday until 1.30 pm

20 March 2019 – Lunchtime 12.00 midday to 1.30pm – What gadgets do you find useful to help in your daily life, living with fibromyalgia? Bring them along to the meeting for a discussion about what we find helpful and to allow other people see them. Or just come along and find out what other people find useful.

17 April 2019 – Lunchtime 12.00 midday to 1.30pm – Pointless, our version of the BBC popular Quiz Show.

6 May 2019 – Rugby Rotary Spring Fair – All Day – The Group will be running an Awareness Stall – Help needed from members – only a two hour commitment. Send an email if you can help ‘Contact Us’

15 May 2019 – Lunchtime 12.00 midday to 1.30pm – A Social and Chat session. Come along to find out more about fibromyalgia, browse our stock of leaflets and discover more about treatment options.

19 June 2019 – Lunchtime 12.00 midday to 1.30pm – Impossible, our version of the popular BBC Quiz Show.

17 July 2019 – Lunchtime 12.00 midday to 1.30pm – 

21 August 2019 – Lunchtime 12.00 midday to 1.30pm – 

18 September 2019 – Lunchtime 12.00 midday to 1.30pm – 

16 October 2019 – Lunchtime 12.00 midday to 1.30pm – 

20 November 2019 – Lunchtime 12.00 midday to 1.30pm – Festive Craft day – an opportunity to make some simple decorations.

18 December 2019 – Lunchtime 12.00 midday to 1.30pm – A Social and Chat session. Come along to find out more about fibromyalgia, browse our stock of leaflets and discover more about treatment options.

Evening Meetings – We meet in the Lounge at Rugby Methodist Church Centre, Russelsheim Way, Rugby CV22 7TB. As you come around the gyratory in the centre of Rugby you should pass the Church on your left, keep going and take the first left after the pedestrian crossing onto Firs Drive which is between the Dunchurch Road and Bilton Road turn-offs, then take the immediate left turn onto John Thwaites Close. The free Church car park is at the end of that road. The Lounge is on the ground floor and has full disabled access.  Access is from the front of the building through the electric doors.  There is space for mobility scooters inside.

You will find Directions Here.

The evening meetings take place on the second Wednesday of each month as listed below, starting at 7.00 pm and finishing at 8.30 pm. Access to the room is from no earlier than 6.45 pm. There is an entry charge of £1 per person to help cover part of the cost of room hire. Refreshments include tea, coffee and biscuits for a minimum donation of 50p.

Come and meet Hilary, Marcia, Carol, Peter and Bekki and other members.

Please email us for more information about the group by Clicking on Contact Us or you can visit our Facebook page

2019 Dates of Evening Meetings and Special Events 

13 March 2019 –  Evening 7.0pm to 8.30pm – What gadgets do you find useful to help in your daily life, living with fibromyalgia? Bring them along to the meeting for a discussion about what we find helpful and to allow other people see them. Or just come along and find out what other people find useful.

10 April 2019 – Evening 7.0pm to 8.30pm – Pointless, our version of the BBC popular Quiz Show.

6 May 2019 – Rugby Rotary Spring Fair – All Day – The Group will be running an Awareness Stall – Help needed from members – only a two hour commitment. Send an email if you can help ‘Contact Us’

8 May 2019 – Evening 7.0pm to 8.30pm – A Social and Chat night. Come along to find out more about fibromyalgia, browse our stock of leaflets and discover more about treatment options.

12 June 2019 – Evening 7.0pm to 8.30pm – Impossible, our version of the popular BBC Quiz Show.

10 July 2019 – Evening 7.0pm to 8.30pm – Summer Pudding Party, an opportunity to taste a variety of  puddings and desserts. 

14 August 2019 – Evening 7.0pm to 8.30pm –

11 September 2019 – Evening 7.0pm to 8.30pm –

9 October 2019 – Evening 7.0pm to 8.30pm –

13 November 2019 – Evening 7.0pm to 8.30pm – Festive Craft night – an opportunity to make some simple decorations.

11 December 2019 – Evening 7.0pm to 8.30pm – Christmas Party, a shared meal, bring some food to share.

REMEMBER – we all have Fibromyalgia so we know what it is like.

Providing support, discussion and advice in a friendly environment. Meet and chat with other sufferers and carers of all ages.

Email us by clicking on Contact Us or you can visit our Facebook page

You can download our leaflet here: Rugby Fibromyalgia Support Group Leaflet

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