About North West Lupus Group

NW Lupus is the largest regional group of Lupus UK, both in size and membership. We have over 600 members living in Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Cumbria.

We help Lupus UK to promote awareness of Lupus using their publicity materials, and we contact local hospitals regularly to update them on our work. The medical professionals provide diagnosis and treatment for Lupus, but we believe the best way to learn how to manage your life when you have Lupus, is to talk to other people who have learnt to live WITH Lupus rather than fighting AGAINST it.

A full committee meeting is held bi-monthly to discuss how best we can help the members who have contacted us.

We have telephone contacts who have attended Contacts’ Courses, some are undergoing re-training this year. These people have the skills and knowledge to help someone who may be feeling isolated, worried or confused.

We have informal coffee and chat meetings where people with Lupus and their friends or relatives can meet up to discuss Lupus, share a hobby, have a laugh or discuss fundraising. People who have been living with lupus for a long time arrange these meetings and report back to the committee any areas of concern.

At our Annual Information Day and Annual General Meeting we signpost our members to other agencies who can advise on the off-shoots of Lupus, like Sjörgrens Syndrome, Raynauld’s Phenomenon, Fibromyalgia, Hughes’ Syndrome etc. At that event our members also benefit from medical talks from local health professionals.

Our newsletter, the NW Lupus Star, is produced three times a year. It extends our work and has a circulation of 700 which includes other regional groups, our honorary medical members as well as our own members.

Our fundraising is enhanced by many healthy people who raise sponsorship for sporting events, by some members who make cards, jewellery, bags etc and by the sale of Lupus UK merchandise, as well as donations from friends, and collections in memory of loved ones.

How Lupus North West grew

More members came in from outside Manchester and the name was changed to Lancashire and Cheshire Lupus Group in 2001. By that time we had a committee of a dozen including David Price, working as Awareness Officer and Membership Secretary and Val Wilson as General Secretary, together with husbands of Lupus sufferers. Tom retired in 2005 and was greatly missed. David Price stepped in as Temporary Chairman and he was still there in 2011 ! Our present Committee has nine members and two co-opted members. In 2009 there was another spurt of growth when National Office asked us to adopt members from Merseyside and North Derbyshire. We were beginning to look for a new name again, and then in crept Cumbria ! We held our biggest Annual Meeting ever in the Mancunian Suite at Manchester City Stadium where our Director, Chris Maker, christened us The North West Lupus Group.

Useful info

We have coffee & chat groups as follows:

Preston - 2nd Wednesday - January, March, May, July, September, November

Lancaster - 1st Wednesday - February, April, June, August, October, December

Southport - 1st Sunday - March, July, November

Bury - 1st Tuesday - monthly

Liverpool - Suspended - please contact us

MRI - Wed 22nd Feb 2019, 10.30am; Wed 12th June 2019, 10.30am Wed 13th Nov 2019, 10.30am

South Cumbria - Not meeting at present, please check back for further details

Oldham - Thu 24th Janusary, Integrated Care Centre, New Radcliffe St, Oldham 1.30pm

Please use the contact form for more information.


  • Saturday 15th July, 11.30 till 4

  • Kath's Krafts For Lupus

  • Croftlands Community Centre, Ulverston.

  • Kath’s Krafts for Lupus will be there selling handmade fabric goods to raise funds for Lupus UK. Please pop along and help Kath raise funds and awareness for Lupus UK.

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  • Update

  • Bake Sale and Awareness Event

  • The Kellgren Centre for Rheumatology, Manchester Royal Infirmary

  • The bake sale at the Kellgren Centre raised just over £150. Thank you if you popped along an indulged in one of our cakes.

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We have active coffee and chat groups working in Preston and district, Lancaster, Southport, Bury and South Cumbria. We also have a group meeting occasionally in Oldham.

Details of upcoming Coffee & Chat sessions can be found here. Details of all groups can be found here:

Local Groups Information.

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