Useful links

Social Services Lancashire

Social Services Lancashire Care Assessments  0300 123 6701


An information line for North West Regional Health Authority-are able to inform you of self help services, support groups, information on patient rights and NHS Services.

NB Website no longer live, but click to find link to the Archive

Benefits & Work

A private website that provides information on filling in benefit forms.  The group is a member but anyone can access some of the information.

Benefit Enquiry Line

Existing DLA 03457 123 456

PIP  0800 917 2222

ESA  0800 055 6688

Welfare Rights

Lancashire 0300 0530013

Blackburn with Darwen 01254 583 350

Burnley/Nelson  01282 470 570

Blackpool  01253 477 488

Action for ME

(9am-5pm) 0845 123 2380

Counselling Directory

Look for local registered counsellors

ME Association

ME CONNECT Helpline open every day 10am-12noon; 2-4pm and 7-9pm    0844 576 5326 (calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge)  



Blackpool  01253 476 451

Burnley  01282 450 684

Chorley  01257 280 888

Preston  01772 204667

Association of Young People with ME (AYME )

01908 373300


Tymes Trust (The Young ME Sufferer)

01245 401 080  


25% ME Group

For Those Severely Affected With ME

01292 318611

Disability Equality NW  (Formerly D.I.S.C.)

Information on Benefits and Tax Credits / DLA/AA Form Filling. Sympathetic Listening Ear.
Run by and for Disabled People
Open Monday To Thursday 10am-3.00pm

Helpline M-Th 9.30am-3.30pm

01772 558863

DENW Website

ME Research UK

ME Research UK is a national UK charity funding biomedical research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as ME/CFS). Our principal aim is to commission and fund high-quality scientific (biomedical) investigation into the causes, consequences and treatment of ME, but we also have a mission to Energise ME Research.

The Invest in ME community

We are an independent UK charity campaigning for bio-medical research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), as defined by WHO-ICD-10-G93.3.
We have links nationwide and also internationally.
Our aim is to bring together like-minded individuals and groups to campaign for research and funding to establish an understanding of the Aetiology (causes), Pathogenesis (harmful effects) and Epidemiology (the pattern of distribution of a disease through a population) of ME. This should lead to the development of a universal “Thumb-Print Test” that can confirm the presence of ME and, subsequently, medical treatments to cure or alleviate the effects of the illness.

Invest in ME want to establish a national strategy of biomedical research into ME.