Salus centre opens in Sutton for people with life-changing conditions
The Mayor of Birmingham recently opened a new specialist centre for people with a life-changing condition.
The Salus Sanctuary which has been made possible by a grant of over £300,000 through the Big Lottery Fund and £33,000 from Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust could prove a lifeline for those suffering from ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and other similar conditions.
The Mayor’s visit is of special significance to the woman who started the charity from her own living room just seven years ago. Salus founder and CEO Linda Jones said – “I was lucky enough to meet the Mayor for tea in October as one of the people nominated for the Brummie awards and wanted to return the hospitality. Now that we have our own centre, we can return the compliment in style!”
As well as office space for the organisation to run their website, social media and outreach work, the new Salus Sanctuary offers a comfortable, spacious room for people to attend support groups and workshops.
Every week, Salus welcomes people through the door and helps them to find the strength to make small changes to their life through diet, gentle exercise, pain management and the encouragement of others who understand exactly what they’re going through. People invariably leave with a smile on their face and often the re-kindling of hope where earlier there had been frustration and resignation.
Beneficiary Jane is a typical example: “A year ago I was struggling with teaching, a PE teacher who couldn’t even put the trampoline out never mind demonstrate moves, teaching massage and hurting through fingers, wrists, elbows, not able to dress myself easily, collapsing in lessons, being driven home on multiple occasions. After being signed off for a good long while my GP suggested Salus. How grateful am I? What a wonderful Christmas present I have been giving myself since September. Weekly doses of common sense, social interaction, superb nutritional advice and a good laugh along the way too.”
CEO Linda said “We feel very lucky to have this wonderful centre with all the facilities we need to help people take small steps towards recovery. We are in a fabulous central location on the main road into Sutton and right next to the college which will be invaluable as we are seeing increasing numbers of young people being diagnosed with fatigue conditions.”