About Us -How we began

A flashback to the beginning

Back in 2014 I was undergoing treatment for severe anxiety disorder and depression through our local Mind Centre in Sunderland. In the year before after a 20 year-long battle I was diagnosed with Joint Hypermobilty Disorder with a side of Fibromyalgia.  I’d already had confirmation of varying other long-term and chronic health conditions.

At this point there was a lacking of support groups for FibroAction, a charity that I became involved with in 2013 and still am today.  I was approached a couple of times about the idea of setting up a group for Fibromyalgia so May 12th International Awareness Day for Fibromyalgia FibroFlutters was born under the c/o FibroAction and Sunderland Mind.

This is why FibroFlutters, and myself personally, advocate for the Mental Health Mind Charity, especially our local Sunderland Mind because they have helped me personally to learn how to live with my chronic anxiety & depression and provide a level of support that cannot be doubted or forgotten. I, also, pay a monthly donation to our local Mind Centre.

They are still there for me today if I need them, and it was them that suggested, and then helped me to gain the courage to set up the group because many fibromyalgia patients have anxiety and depression problems that seek advice about local support groups. 

Visit Sunderland Mind website for information and advice


 0191 5657218 or 07984595542

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Tyne and Wear

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Monday: 10am – 1pm
Tuesday: 10am – 1pm
Wednesday: 10am – 1pm
Thursday: 10am – 1pm
Friday: 10am – 1pm
Saturday:  Closed
Sunday: Closed

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There are a good number of people in Sunderland with Fibromyalgia and varying other long-term chronic conditions, actually, and it shocked me in the beginning.
At the time I was volunteering and advocating for a charity called FibroAction and so became a voice for the charity across the NE UK with FibroFlutters members, and readers, this is because even though there were only 5 of us  but we spanned 3 counties!

I made Vicky Green my Co-Founder not long into FibroFlutters Life as she was advertising us on Face book where i did not wish to have an account, also being diagnosed within months of each other and being friends it seemed a logical thing to do. Along with Ian and Elaine we discussed our health and circumstances once a month, Sonia works so couldn’t make he meetings but was in touch via social media channels and Vicky.  There was 5 of us for about 18 months deciding on things for FibroFlutters and earlier this year I decided that it was time for us to show off who we were.

We are now the ‘Founding Five Flutters’ and together we help to steer the direction of the support group, and also work as individuals on our own interests regarding research and advocacy as we each have differing interests as well as all having Fibromyalgia, ME or CFS, with at least 3 of us also having a connective tissue disorder.   Basically we are the old-style board room but with a modern approach. 

I am in control of our social media network and I control the whole overall business matters. ~ Carole

In 2015 FibroAction and Fibromyalgia UK (fmauk) merged and became Fibromyalgia Action (FMAUK) Uk so we now work alongside other North East UK groups when campaigning and raising awareness.

As a unity of voice we are louder.  🙂


Charity  ~  Fibromyalgia Action UK  (FMA UK)

formerly FibroAction and Fibromyalgia Association UK)

What Is Fibromyalgia?

‘Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition of widespread pain and profound fatigue. The pain tends to be felt as diffuse aching or burning, often described as head to toe. It may be worse at some times than at others. It may also change location, usually becoming more severe in parts of the body that are used most.’

This article has been extracted from the free Information booklet that FMA UK provides. To have this information presented in a professional A5 booklet, as well as the other articles please request one from the office.

This link takes you to the FMA UK website www.fmauk.org

FMAUK – What is Fibromyalgia?


FibroFlutters is a support group working with FMA UK