See the full Report on Our meeting and Listen to our Guest speaker here –
Our Meeting was held on Zoom , and has produced another great presentation for anyone with a balance condition
Where we clarified some guiding principles of the group and our meetings.
Confidentiality – As a support group, we encourage all to speak openly about what issues that they face, but as such we ask everyone to respect everyone’s privacy and keep confidential any specific personal matters that are supplied during our meetings
We are not doctors – We are not medically trained or qualified, so we will never seek to advise on treatments or medical matters. Whatever advice or personal experiences are shared, everyone should always consult with their own medical and healthcare experts for the best medical care and advice.
We are not a charity – We are not a registered charity, we handle no money, we have no money. We are just people helping people. Where we require money to fund leaflets or posters, we approach local companies for them to buy on our behalf.
Positive Only – We are a support group, with the emphasis being upon support, so we encourage everyone to seek the positive in what we discuss, in our members situations and our overall attitude to our mutual challenges. Let us always try to find solutions rather than be dragged down by the problems, and let us always give encouragement and hope to each other.
Tolerance & Friendship – The group is for everyone, and we can all seek different things from belonging to this group, but at the very least I hope we will all find some degree of friendship and comfort from meeting and knowing our fellow members. Let us all be tolerant of differences and respect that balance disorders come in many flavours and affect any person in any walk of life and at any age – so we of all groups, should acknowledge and celebrate the variety and differences in our members.
Charity Support – The group is supported by the Menieres Society and VeDA as an official support group listed by both of their web sites. We support both charities in their good work for all things related to balance issues. We have agreed to abide by their own good and common-sense guidance for support groups and we will encourage members to consider membership of either charity and sharing of member contact details with both at future meetings. Fund raising ideas on their behalf will also be discussed going forward. [See Our Friends section for details and links for both charities]
Guest Expert Panel – Together for The First Time
Prof Peter Rea – Consultant Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon
Andrew Clements – MC SP Chartered Physiotherapist
Michaela Burton – Vestibular audiologist, & hypnotherapist
Prof Andrew Hugill – Leicester University’s founding Professor of Creative Computing and Group member
On a theme borrowed from the great Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol“, we will explore in the world of balance treatment –
Christmas Past – Developments and improvements in recent years
Christmas Present – Our current situation this year
Christmas Future – What can we hope to see as future treatments and improvements for the balance community in the next year or so
Our panel was formed from past expert speakers, and provided both professional and personal insight into how far treatment and approach to balance disorders has come, and hopefully will continue to develop to offer faster, more accurate diagnosis, treatment and improved outcomes for all. Do watch the entire video to see all parts of the panel responses.
[Before you click and watch the video you may wish to read the notes and appeals by scrolling down first – thank you]
Live – Our Annual Awards – The Dizzies
Live Presentation of our much coveted and extremely rare “Dizzies” awards for outstanding contributions to the support group and the balance community – The awards were made live between the Expert Panel three sections and are also on the above Video
To See the winners – Please click below to open a pdf that shows all category and the winners.
Each winner the received a visit for a Life On The level Elf, to hand delivery the Dizzy Statue award plus Chocolates or Flowers .
Congratulations to all of our winners –
Prof Peter Rea – Rupal Rajani – Andrew Clements – Kelly Martin
Michaela Burton – VEDA – Pauline Edge – Ella Samples
Support Group Annual Report
Just an update of what we are doing and why.
Q&A’s were hosted and moderated by BBC’s radio Leicester’s Rupal Rajani
Well done and thank you to all members and guests who made it to the meeting – your involvement is what makes each meeting so special and rewarding for all.
End of Meeting Notes
Please come and join us if you feel we can help and don’t wish to face your challenges alone. You are very very welcome.