Today sees the launch of Action for M.E.’s great new Online M.E. Centre at www.actionforme.org.uk and there’s a competition! Here’s a bit about the new website.
Earlier this year, Action for M.E.’s old website provider let them know they planned to discontinue the old site’s platform. This gave the charity an opportunity to set up a new website, with volunteers and supporters contributing their thoughts and suggestions through a survey.
Just over a month ago, the website provider went into liquidation before the new site was ready. That’s why, for the past few weeks, you will have seen a temporary version of the old website.
I often link to the information on the Action for M.E. website in my blog articles and I regularly get asked for information and advice about aspects of M.E., so I signpost people to the site, so it was great to be able to contribute my suggestions for how to improve finding and browsing information. I was really excited to see a sneak preview of the new site when I visited the Action for M.E. office for a training day in September. The new design is much simpler, and the wealth of useful information on the site is arranged in an easier way to find and read it, so I’ve been bursting to see the new site up and running!
Features of the new site which blog readers will find useful:
- clear, colour-coded sections will help educate and inform health professionals and others supporting people affected by M.E., using targeted information
- What is M.E.? section with information about the illness, including severe M.E.
- Living with M.E.: information for newly diagnosed and carers, also benefits, social care, treatment & management, working, and the Scottish Hub
- Resources: Questions and Answers, Booklets & factsheets, InterAction Magazine and videos
- Research: research policy, the research supported by the charity, and information about the UK CFS/M.E. Research Collaborative (CMRC)
- a new shop, with independent living products
- a services directory where you can easily search for local M.E. support groups and specialist M.E./CFS services using your postcode
- a new community page, which brings together the M.E. Friends Online peer-support forum, daily news stories, and links to social media channels, so you can see what’s going on at a glance.
The Action for M.E. team have worked really, really hard behind the scenes to get the new site ready. Let’s get posting links and using the sharing buttons to get the useful info out there for people with M.E., carers, family, employers, teachers and health&care professionals!
To read more about the new website and enter a competition, see Our new website is live: what do you think? in the News section of the Action for M.E. website