HELPLINE AND DROP IN CENTRES
OPERATED BY FMSNI
For all those living in the UK and Ireland, FMSNI operate an Information Line manned by volunteers.
Time: 10.30am - 4.00pm
Days: Monday to Friday
Evenings: Confirmed Tuesday (additional can apply when volunteers are available)
Guys only: 5.00pm - 7.00pm every Tuesday evening
Tel: 08448 269 024 (national rates apply)
See table below for information on which volunteers operate on which days.
This service is available to all members of the community - Fibromyalgia sufferers, recently diagnosed, family, friends and carers. All and any are welcome to call.
5-7 pm Gerry
At times, due to an upsurge in the amount of calls the lines can be busy and you may experience problems getting through. Please be patient and keep trying - we know that every call is important. If your call goes through to the answering machine, please feel free to leave your details. We will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.
Please note that this service operates as a Information Line only. As we are not trained counsellors we cannot offer advice on medical matters or other matters that we feel are the concern of your doctor. We cannot provide you with advice on legal matters either. However, should you have specific queries we will be more than willing to provide you with numbers of agencies who could give you practical help in whichever area you require. We do endeavour to support everyone to the best of our ability nonetheless and give callers as much time as they require to discuss their situation.
We are always looking for more people to take on this valuable work. If you would consider getting involved all we ask is that you have had your own condition for more than one year and feel you have the necessary attributes etc to listen and help others. If you would like to consider supporting this vital service financially please click here
and print off and fill out the relevant application form and send it in to us or phone and talk to one of us about your interest. If you feel you might be able to be involved in the actual work on the line then please fill out this form
and again, send it in to us.
DROP IN SERVICES
Location: The Vine Centre, 193 Crumlin Road, Belfast
Dates: First Monday of every month
Times: 11am - 1pm
Location: 16 Linden Avenue, Coleraine, BT52 2AN (Private accommodation).
Times: All day
You can just drop in to either of these locations at the times and dates specified for an informal chat or, to discuss a confidential matter, please make an appointment for the Belfast Centre by phoning the Helpline any Thursday morning. Please do not contact the Vine Centre directly about these sessions.
Margaret (FMSNI Chair), Debbie and/or Liz will be available to talk to anyone at the Coleraine location needing help with any aspect of living with FMS. Margaret is also willing to visit people at home if necessary. Please click hereto make an appointment.