Small Steps to Health

Fibro Active is a support group for Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS sufferers and their carers. Fibro Active is also a positive and inclusive group that focuses on healthy lifestyles, light exercise, support and sharing information as well as educating members about their condition and help them move forward with the acceptance and management of illness.

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Fibro Active

Small Steps to Health

small steps to health tai chi
Who are we?

Fibro Active is a support group for people with Fibromyalgia (FM) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and their carers.

We are a positive and inclusive group that focuses on healthy lifestyle, light exercise, support and sharing information as well as educating members about their condition and help them move forward with their acceptance and management of the illness.


Kev and Julie launched Fibro Active and put on a 6-week programme


Be Active


Members suggested a Tai Chi taster session

Keep Learning


Take Notice


Kev travelled the lands of Erewash in search of the elusive Tai Chi instructor but no success!


Julie found a tai chi instructor!
Her own physio therapist!

Chris Davenport

Then one day...


Julie quickly booked a taster course with 5 group members


Julie was dependant on a mobility scooter

Jane was also hooked.
It was helping with her stress

After 12 weeks she started to have the strength to walk again


We applied for funding and brought Chris into the programme


One member was so weak that we thought he might fall. He was dependant on crutches.

He persevered and today he can demonstrate Tai Chi for Arthritis Parts 1 & 2

He attends our group walks with just a stick.

Case Study


Chris saw the potential in Julie and Jane and suggested they trained as:

Sustaining the Tai Chi classes

Tai Chi for Health Instructors


The Thursday evening group meetings quickly evolved into open Tai Chi Classes


Falls Prevention

We launched the classes at the Spring into Action Event.

Jo Briggs funded us to open a class in the afternoon.


We had a fabulous turn out with over
20 people taking part


Thursday Evenings

We created a second class

We qualified in part 2 of the course


A move to Petersham Hall in 2018 brought us back to familiar surroundings


Starting at 10am in the first time zone and moving as a wave around the world as 10am reaches each time zone

We organized a small gathering on World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2019


Tai Chi in the Park

The last Saturday in the month
10am – 11am
March to October

Free practice sessions in the Floral Gardens, West Park.


We presented T-shirts and Certificates to students who had completed the
Tai Chi for Arthritis programme

August 2019 BBQ Presentation


Tai Chi is...


Challenging to learn so you have a sense of accomplishment

You can practice it anywhere

It’s an accessible way to improve health without medication



Uplifting of the spirit and greater relaxation

Improved muscle strength and joint flexibility

Pain relief and less stiffness

Improved balance and less falls

Improved ability to do daily tasks



Chris continues to volunteer his time at Fibro Active every fortnight

We refer students to each other’s classes

You might even see a panda or three

We are stronger together

Julie and Jane continue their CPD at Chris’ Thursday classes at Petersham Hall

Chris, Julie and Jane lead the World Tai Chi & Qigong Day event

We meet to discuss development


We have extended our Monday classes. Students can drop in and access a range of coping skills to reduce stress.

Open Minds and Inspirative Arts rotate every 6 week to deliver:

Coping skills

Structured cuppa and chat


Art therapy


FM & CFS/ME can effect 1 in 20 of us

We bring isolated sufferers together

The income from the open classes help sustain our group meetings

In turn the community benefit from falls prevention and improving mental health

Fibro Active


You have been watching us demonstrate

This form takes a year to learn and a lifetime to master

Tai Chi for Arthritis Parts 1 & 2


Active lives in Erewash 2020 Awards

Runner Up

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