England

As pandemic restrictions ease, we are cautiously re-opening some face to face activities while continuing some online meetings. We offer a wide range of activities across England for adults and young people from Commissioned services to new walking groups to various types of gentle exercise, peer support for adults and young people and families, information sharing and social activities. All activities are fully risk assessed and approved by Versus Arthritis. Do check what’s in your local area using the Search for Services in Your Local Area search box. If you need support now, please contact the Helpline on 0800 5200 520, email helpline@versusarthritis.org or visit the online forum.

What we do

Versus Arthritis is here to make sure that people with arthritis have all the support and information they need to live well with their condition, as well as to ensure the needs of people with arthritis are a priority with policymakers in England.

Living Well with Arthritis (Services for adults)

Versus Arthritis offers a range of support and information to all adults affected by arthritis across England. This includes:

  • Physical activities such as hydrotherapy, Tai Chi, chair-based exercise, walking groups.
  • Talks from healthcare professionals and researchers on topics such as managing pain and fatigue.
  • Information stands in places such as rheumatology departments, libraries and local events.
  • Social activities and informal support from people like you through regular group meetings.

Our local Service Coordinators offer support to people with arthritis and work with volunteer groups in the areas they cover. Do get in touch to find out what is available local to you by searching In Your Area, emailing services@versusarthritis.org or telephoning 0300 790 0433 during business hours.

Local branches and groups

Our branches and support groups offer friendship, fun, information, and a chance to meet other people who know what it is like to live with arthritis or other muscular skeletal conditions.

We have support offered by local volunteer-led branches and groups across England. Branches and groups usually meet monthly, some during daytime, some in the evenings. Activities vary based on local interests and can include guest speakers, physical activity and social activities. Search to find your local branch or group.

Commissioned services: Osteoarthritis of the hip/knee services

Do you live in one of the area’s listed below and have osteoarthritis of the hip and/or knee?

Do you want to get information on managing symptoms such as pain or want to talk to someone about your osteoarthritis?

Are you preparing for or considering joint replacement surgery?

Versus Arthritis believe there is always something you can do to reduce the impact of osteoarthritis, whether you have been recently diagnosed, or have been living with it for some time.

In some areas of the country we provide face to face, virtual and over the phone services for people with osteoarthritis of the knee/hip, which are commissioned by the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG). Please note you need to be registered with a GP surgery in the following areas:

To access our services please see below:
Northumberland CCGs – Refer yourself online, or referral by GP or Joint Musculoskeletal and Pain Service (JMAPS).
East Riding of Yorkshire CCG – referral by First Contact Practitioner, Physiotherapist or GP.

To check which area your GP surgery comes under please check out this website: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/other-services/Clinical-Commissioning-Group/LocationSearch/1

If you do live in one of the above areas and are interested in attending one of our commissioned services, please refer yourself online using the above link (only available for people in the Northumberland area at the moment), speak to your health care professional for a referral or call our services number on 0300 790 0433.

Young People and Families Service (YPFS)

Our Young People and Families service offers a range of services to support young people and their families. We encourage young people to get together for a variety of fun activity and discussion-based events across England.

YPFS - Our Activities

Young people tell us that sometimes friendships and activities have been affected by their health and coming along to one of our events gives them the opportunity to rebuild confidence in themselves and trust in others. All events are run with our volunteers who themselves have grown up with arthritis or similar conditions, so we know there is no such thing as being too young to have arthritis.

We know it is daunting to try something new, but our volunteers and the other young people remember their first time and know exactly how that feels and work hard to make sure everyone feels welcome and safe.

Take a look at our leaflet on the virtual event we do and how to contact us (PDF, 359 KB).

Local Events for young people

We run regular small social meet ups for young people aged 11-18 in London, Manchester and the West Midlands. These are a chance to meet others in your local area, listen to talks and try out different activities.

All our events are fully funded, insured, and run by qualified and experienced staff. All staff and volunteers have criminal records check. Find out more and keep an eye on what’s coming up in your area or contact us at ypf@versusarthritis.org.

Calendar of young people and family events

We have an easy way to see all the young people and family events on our downloadable calendar. This will give you an 'at a glance' view of what's happening in your area: Young people and families calendar of events (PDF, 174 KB).

Connecting with us online

Arthritis Tracker: A mobile app for teens and young adults

Created with young people for young people, Arthritis Tracker lets you rate your symptoms in seconds and see a simple summary of your recent pain, sore joints, medication side effects, energy levels, activity, sleep and emotions. You can use these summaries to help you talk to your healthcare professionals at medical appointments or simply to see how you have been doing recently. Download the app here.

YPFS - Social Media

We have social media pages available for both parents and teenagers, to allow you to connect with others locally who understand. These are a great place to stay updated and ask any questions you may have for people who have been through similar experiences. Connect with us on social media here.

Volunteers

To volunteer for an organisation is to give the invaluable gift of time and at Versus Arthritis our volunteers play a vital role in raising funds and raising awareness about the pain of arthritis. We couldn't operate without them. All of our services are delivered or supported by our amazing volunteers, and there are opportunities to get involved in campaigning, fundraising, take part in events or even organise your own. Volunteering is at the very heart of Versus Arthritis and it is thanks to the hard work, enthusiasm and commitment of volunteers, that we can support millions of people living with arthritis every year.

We have several volunteering opportunities available across England and provide all the necessary training and support that will help you feel part of our organisation and equipped to perform your role. As a volunteer, we will support you to learn new skills, meet new people and help you increase your confidence and self-esteem. Many of our volunteers live with arthritis and related conditions, which means together we can deliver a quality service, and help you to enhance your self-management skills.

Please get in touch to find out more by emailing volunteering@versusarthritis.org.

Campaigns

We need your help to make arthritis a government and health service priority. Sign up to our Campaigns Network today and join thousands of others campaigning for change. We’ll email you with campaign updates and how you can get involved. Find out more about the issues we’re campaigning on. Do get in touch to find out how you can support our national campaigns by emailing campaigns@versusarthritis.org.

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Alnwick branch

When: First Wednesday of each month (except May)
Time: 7.00 pm

Location: Anchor House, Church Lane, Anwick, Northumberland, NE66 1NP

Barnsley and District branch

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Silverdale Community Centre, Silverdale Drive, Monk Bretton, Barnsley, S71 2PP

Bexley and District branch

When: First Thursday of each month
Time: 1.15 pm

Location: United Reform Church Hall, Kelvin Road, Welling, DA16 2EH

Bradford Pain Group

When: Weekly on Wednesdays
Time: 10.30 am - 11.30 am

Location: Clayton Village Hall, Reva Skye Road, Clayton, Bradford BD14 6AE

Bramley (Leeds) Versus Arthritis

When: First Thursday of each month
Time: 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Location: Bramley Lawn Social Centre, Rossfield Lawn, off Rossfield Approach, Bramley, Leeds LS13 3RU

Bridlington Versus Arthritis Group

When: First Monday of the month
Time: 1.30 - 3.30 pm

Location: North Bridlington Library, Marton Gate, Bridlington YO16 6YD

Broadland Versus Arthritis Group

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Bridewell Lane, Acle, Norwich NR13 3RA

Burton on Trent Versus Arthritis Group

When: TBC
Time: TBC

Location: Red Lion House, 233 Horninglow Road North, Burton-on-Trent, DE13 0ST

Cambridgeshire Versus Arthritis Support Group

When: Second Tuesday of each month
Time: 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm

Location: Online in Cambridgeshire

Cannock branch

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Conference room, Level 3, Cannock Chase Hospital, Brunswich Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 5XY

Cannock Online Exercise

When: Weekly on Thursday evenings
Time: 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm

Location: Online virtual classes

Cheltenham Arthritis Support Group

When: Last Tuesday of each month
Time: 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm

Location: Holy Apostles, Church Hall, London Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 6HW

Cheshire Rural support group Versus Arthritis

When: 3rd Monday every month
Time: 10.30 am - 12.30 pm

Location: Cheshire

Chester Branch support group

When: Second Monday of the month
Time: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Location: Caldy Village Neighbourhood Centre, Chester, CH3 5PR

Chester online seated exercise group

When: Weekly on Thursdays
Time: 10.00 am - 10.45 am

Location: Station Road, Chester, CH1 3AA

Chester Walking Group

When: TBC
Time: TBC

Location: Station Road, Chester, CH1 3AA

Chesterfield Versus Arthritis Group

When: First Thursday of each month
Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Location: Grassmoor Methodist Chapel, 1 Chapel Road, Grassmoor, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S42 5EL

Chippenham branch

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: St. Pauls Church Hall, Malmesbury Road, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 1PS

Chorley Versus Arthritis

When: TBC
Time: TBC

Location: East Way, Chorley, PR6 0UU

Cromer Versus Arthritis Group

When: First Monday of the month
Time: 10.30 am - 12.30 pm

Location: Meadow Close Residents Lounge, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9JF

Deal Branch Social Group

When: Fourth Saturday of each month
Time: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Location: Deal Centre, Park Street, Deal, Kent, CT14 6AG

Deal Education and Support Group

When: Last Wednesday of the month
Time: 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm

Location: Astor Community Theatre, Stanhope Road, Deal CT14 6AB

Dereham Versus Arthritis Group

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Dereham Library, 59 High Street, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1DZ

Dereham Versus Arthritis Walking Group

When: 4th Tuesday monthly starting Tuesday 28 September 2021
Time: 10.15am - 11.30 am

Location: Dereham Library, 59 High Street, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1DZ

Enfield Arthritis Social Group

When: First Wednesday of each month
Time: 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Location: The Art Town, 29-30 The Town, Enfield, London, EN2 6LW

Enfield Walking Group

When: TBC
Time: TBC

Location: Church Street, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6AQ

Fenland Versus Arthritis

When: TBC
Time: TBC

Location: Broad Street, March, Cambridgeshire

Ferndown

When: First Saturday of each month
Time: 2.00 pm

Location: Kings Park Care Home, Church Road, Ferndown, BH22 9EU

Gateshead

When: Virtual Meeting once a month (date can change so contact for next meeting date)
Time: 10.30 am - 11.30 am

Location: Online meeting only for people in the Gateshead area.

Gaywood Arthritis Care Group

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Gaywood Library, Rivers Lane, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4HD

Gloucestershire walking group

When: TBC
Time: TBC

Location: Swindon Road, Cheltenham, GL50 4BB

Guernsey branch

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Castel Douzaine Room, Castel Parish, Guernsey, GY5 7PE

Halifax Branch

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Maurice Jagger Centre, Winding Road, Halifax, HX1 1UZ

Hampshire Versus Arthritis

When: Last Tuesday of each month
Time: 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm

Location: Avonway Community Centre, Avonbridge, SP6 1JF

Herefordshire Versus Arthritis

When: First Friday of the month
Time: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Location: Kindle Centre, Belmont Rd, Hereford HR2 7JE

Huddersfield Versus Arthritis

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Paddock Village Hall West View, Paddock, Huddersfield, HD1 4TX

Hull and East Riding branch

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Grove House, Beverley Road, Hull, HU5 1NA

Islington Arthritis Support Group

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Isledon Road, Mental Health Resource Centre, 76-80 Isledone Road, London, N7 7LB

Islington Walking Group

When: TBC
Time: TBC

Location: Upper Street, Islington, N1 1US

Kendal Versus Arthritis Hydrotherapy Group

When: Every Tuesday except the first Tuesday of the month
Time: 12.00 pm - 1.00 pm

Location: Sandygate School, Sandylands Road, Kendal, LA9 6JG

Kettering Versus Arthritis

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Cornmarket Hall, London Road, Kettering, NN15 7QA

Lancashire walking group

When: TBC
Time: TBC

Location: Fenton Street, Lancaster, LA1 1AA

Lancaster Versus Arthritis

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Positive Futures North West, 701 Cameron House, White Cross Business Park, Quarry Road, Lancaster, LA1 4XQ

Leeds Walking Group

When: Weekly on Fridays
Time: 10.30 am - 1.00 pm

Location: Talbot Avenue LS17 6SF

Leicester Versus Arthritis

When: TBC
Time: TBC

Location: Gallowtree Gate, Leicestershire, LE1 5GD

Leicester Versus Arthritis - Walking group

When: TBC
Time: TBC

Location: Gallowtree Gate, Leicestershire, LE1 5GD

Lichfield branch

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Lichfield Fire Station, Birmingham Road, Lichfield, WS13 6HU

London - University and Me

When: Tuesday 26 October 2021
Time: 11.00 am - 4.00 pm

The event will be accessible online too.

Location: London Metropolitan University, London, N7 8DB

Long Sutton Versus Arthritis Group

When: Second Monday of each month
Time: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Location: Lowgate, Lutton, Spalding, Long Sutton, PE12 9BN

Macclesfield Versus Arthritis

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Bollington Room, Townley Church Hall, Townley Street, Macclesfield. SK11 6HZ

Manchester South

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Westcroft Community Centre, 26 Westcroft Rd, Manchester M20 6EF

Newmarket Versus Arthritis Group

When: Second Monday of each month
Time: January to March: 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm, April to December: 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm

Location: Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7JG

Newton Abbot branch

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Buckland Athletic Football Club, Holmers Heath, Kingskerswell Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 5JU

North Hampshire

When: Bimonthly, first Thursday of the month
Time: 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm

Location: Fleet Town Football Club, 8A Crookham Road, Fleet, GU51 5DZ

North Oxfordshire Versus Arthritis Group

When: TBC
Time: TBC

Location: Murdock Road, Bicester, OX26 4ZZ

Norwich Versus Arthritis On-line Group

When: Second Wednesday of each month
Time: 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm

Location: On-line Group

Nottingham Arthritis Care Self Help Group

When: Last Friday of each month
Time: 11.00 am

Location: Sherwood Community Centre, Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG5 3FN

Oldham Versus Arthritis

When: Last Thursday of the month restarting in November 2021
Time: 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Location: Oldham Library and Lifelong Learning Centre, Room 2, Greave Street, Oldham, OL1 1AL

On-line gentle movement and strengthening sessions in Gateshead and Newcastle Upon Tyne

When: Wednesdays from 28 April
Time: 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm

Location: Virtual event, Gateshead and Newcastle Upon Tyne

Oswestry Self-Help

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Orthopaedic Hospital, Gobowen, SY10 7AG

Pontefract indoor bowls

When: TBC
Time: TBC

Location: Thornycroft, Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract, WF8 4AY

Pontefract Versus Arthritis branch

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Thornycroft, Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract, WF8 4AY

Preston Versus Arthritis

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Harris Library, Market Square, Preston, PR1 2PP

REAL Support Group in Harrow

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Trinity Church, Hindes Road, Harrow, HA1 1RX

Redcar Versus Arthritis

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email Redcarversusarthritis@gmail.com for further updates.

Location: Community Stepping Stones, 5 Farndale Square, Dormanstown, Redcar, TS10 5HE

Reigate and District Branch

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: The Woodhatch Centre, Whitebeam Drive, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 7LS

Rochford branch

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Ashingdon Memorial Hall, Ashingdone Road, Ashingdon, Essex, SS4 3HF

Rushden & Higham Versus Arthritis

When: Second Monday of each month
Time: 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm

Location: St Peter's Catholic Church Hall, Higham Road, Rushden, NN10 6AG

Scunthorpe branch

When: Last Tuesday of each month
Time: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Location: Central Community Centre, Lindum Street, Scunthorpe, DN15 6QU

Scunthorpe Versus Arthritis Hydrotherapy Group

When: TBC
Time: TBC

Location: St Hugh's School, Bushfield Road, Scunthorpe DN16 1NB

Sheffield Branch

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW

Sleaford branch

When: Fourth Wednesday of each month
Time: 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm

Location: St Deny's Church Hall, Market Place, Sleaford, NG34 7SH

Somerton Branch

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: United Reform Church Hall, West Street, Somerton, TA11 7PS

South Forest Self Help Versus Arthritis Group

When: Various times weekly.
Aqua classes: Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Location: South Forest Leisure Complex, Edwinstowe, NG21 9JA

South Norwich Versus Arthritis Group

When: TBC
Time: TBC

Location: Leopold Rd, Norwich NR4 7AD

South Shields Versus Arthritis

When: Second Tuesday of the month
Time: TBC

Location: Mortimer Community Centre, Reading Road, South Shields NE33 4UG

St Albans branch

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Christchurch Centre, 3 High Oaks, St. Albans, Herts, AL3 6DJ

Stafford branch

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: The Sandon Road Baptist Church, Stafford, ST18 0GB

Suffolk Versus Arthritis

When: Third Friday of each month at 12 noon, online
Time: 12.00 pm - 1.00 pm

Location: Online in Suffolk

Thetford Versus Arthritis

When: First Monday of each month
Time: 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm

Location: Fulmerston Road, Thetford, IP24 3LE

Thornton Cleveleys Versus Arthritis

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Various locations

Torbay Branch

When: Second Monday of each month (excluding January and August)
Time: 7.00 pm

Location: Livermead House Hotel, Torbay Road, Torbay, Torquay, TQ2 6QJ

Wakefield Rural Group Versus Arthritis

When: First Thursday of every month
Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Location: Hall Green Community Centre, Painthorpe Lane, Hall Green, Wakefield, WF4 3JU

Wansbeck Branch

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland, NE64 6DB

Wells branch

Group currently not meeting face to face. Please email services@versusarthritis.org for further updates.

Location: Wells Town Hall, Market Place, Wells, BA5 2RB

West Bromwich Link Group

When: Last Wednesday of each month
Time: 5.30 pm

Location: Sandwell Medical Education Centre, Sandwell General Hospital, West Bromwich, B71 4HJ

Worthing and District branch

When: First Tuesday of each month (except January)
Time: 2.30 pm

Location: Jubilee Hall, Lancing Parish Hall, BN15 8AJ