The HMSA runs local both online support groups, and local groups across the UK, for its members. These are highly recommended by our members, as well as by hospitals and medical professionals.
These support groups provide a combination of relaxed chatting with others who understand what it's like to live with a hypermobility syndrome, and more focused discussion around the current monthly topic. Topics include things like exercise, crafts and hobbies, work and education, and positive interactions with medical professionals.
While regular attendance of a local group is a membership benefit, non-members can attend one local group session before joining to see what they are like. You can contact the relevant local group leader via there listed contact details on the relevant page you can find out more about when their next meeting is.
To contact your Local Group Leader please send them an email. Once you are a full HMSA member you will also receive a contact telephone number for your Local Group Leader. If you do not have email, Facebook or Twitter access please call our helpline on 03330 116 388 and one of our Volunteers will arrange for your local Leader to contact you directly.
Attendees will be asked to register your attendance at the meeting and sign a disclaimer (this also applies to virtual meetings). You will also be asked if you are happy for any images to be used in future HMSA material. You may opt out of this.
Group Meetings are a benefit of HMSA membership and discussion will therefore be focused on HMS related issues and support for one another. Other subjects may be discussed but only at the discretion of the Group Leader (or their deputy).
Attendees must conduct themselves in an appropriate manner, being polite, respectful and courteous to the leader and other attendees. Any behavior that is inappropriate or disruptive will not be tolerated and the individual will be reminded of the rules. If repeated reminders are needed or behaviour is threatening or abusive, then the individual may be asked to leave and subsequently may be banned from attending future meetings.
A list of our current local groups so you can find the one most convenient for you.
Our Facebook groups for members, application instructions, how to become a member and find your local group.
We can only run Local Groups in areas where members step up to run them!
If there's no group in your area, it may be that others are also waiting, so it's always worth getting in touch with us to let us know.
We like to have a team of at least two member volunteers running each group (this helps everyone involved pace their own condition).