Arthritis Care is our Charity of the Month for April
Around 10 million people suffer with arthritis throughout the UK, that’s one in five of the adult population
There are many different forms of arthritis with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis being the main two. Arthritis Care is there to support people with all the different forms of arthritis, from every age group
One of the main misconceptions about arthritis is that it only occurs in the elderly, but in fact many young children, teenagers and young people are affected
Arthritis Care is working hard to raise awareness of the occurrence of arthritis in young people.
Here are the main symptoms of arthritis to look out for;
- Stiffness in one or more joint
- Swelling of joints
Arthritis Care is the UK’s leading arthritis charity working with and for people with arthritis and exists to support and empower arthritis sufferers and their families; raise awareness of arthritis and campaign for change
Arthritis Care provides clear and accurate information about arthritis and has the UK’s only Helplines team of qualified counsellors for arthritis in the UK
They take over 200 calls each week and provide this confidential service free of charge
You can ask questions about anything you are worrying about, they will give you support and helpful information or are just there for you to have a chat with someone understanding
Calls to the Helplines are free from most landlines and mobiles and are open 10am – 4pm Monday – Friday every week on 0808 800 4050
You can also email at Helplines@arthritiscare.org.uk.
There is also a forum on the website where you can ask the Helplines team any questions, as well as contribute your own views and experiences. This is also a great way of being in contact with other people living with arthritis, all sharing experiences and tips
Arthritis Care has a range of information booklets with help and advice on all aspects of living with arthritis – from healthy eating to independent living. These booklets are available to download from the website, or you can download an order form to get hard copies here
Arthritis Care organises self-management courses throughout the UK to help people to cope with their condition and get the most out of life. Find out more here http://www.arthritiscare.org.uk/PublicationsandResources/Selfmanagement/Workshopscourses
There are over 180 Arthritis Care branches throughout the UK which is a great way for arthritis sufferers to meet and mix with people who understand what they are going through
They often hold social activities and fundraisers, click here to find out more about what is happening in your area
If you don’t want to become part of a branch you could become an Arthritis Care postal member for a small annual fee and receive a great support package including a quarterly magazine, discounted holidays worldwide and reduced membership for the first year of MedicAlert. For more information call 020 7380 6553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arthritis Care are active on Social Media – keep up to date with information that might affect you and what is in the news about arthritis
For more information on Arthritis Care, arthritis and how to get involved visit our website Arthritis Care
To take on a challenge event to help raise funds for Arthritis Care’s vital work go to Events for a wide range of options .