England

Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, we have transitioned all face to face services into virtual delivery. Do get in touch with us for further information using the Search for Services in Your Local Area search box.

If you need support or information please contact the Helpline on 0800 5200 520, email helpline@versusarthritis.org or visit the online forum.

We are currently exploring other ways to provide support during this time and would welcome ideas to volunteering@versusarthritis.org. We would really appreciate your help in spreading this message throughout our network, particularly to those who attend our Branches and Groups who may access this information online. Please do all you can to support our network at this difficult time.

Find out more about what this means for you.

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 and workshops on topics such as managing pain.
  • 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 emailing the relevant contact below or calling the Versus Arthritis Helpline on 0800 5200 520.

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 branches and groups across England including the West Midlands, London and surrounds, the South West and the South East. 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 and over the phone services for people with osteoarthritis of the knee/hip which are commissioned by the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG). To access these services, you need to be referred by a health care professional and you need to be registered with a GP surgery in the following areas:

  • Berkshire West CCG – referral by GP or physiotherapist
  • Guildford and Waverley CCG – referral by GP or physiotherapist
  • Surrey Downs CCG – referral by GP or physiotherapist
  • Northumberland CCGs – referral by GP or Joint Musculoskeletal and Pain Service (JMAPS)
  • East Riding of Yorkshire CCG – referral by First Contact Practitioner

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 speak to your health care professional for a referral or call our services number on 0300 790 0433.

Young People and Families Service

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.

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.

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, 203 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.

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.

95 results in 'England'

Acle Versus Arthritis

When: Second Tuesday of each month
Time: 10.00 am to midday

Location: Acle Library, Bridewell Lane, Acle, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 3RA

Alnwick branch

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

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

Altrincham and District branch

When: Fourth Wednesday of the month
Time: 7.30 pm

Location: The Larkhill Centre, Timperley, Altrincham, WA15 7AZ

Arthritis Care Wakefield Rural Group

When: First Thursday of every month
Time: 10.00 am - midday

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

Aylesbury Vale branch

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

Location: Church of the Good Shepherd, Church Square, Churchill Avenue, Aylesbury, HP21 8NH

Barnsley and District branch

When: First and third Wednesday of every month
Time: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

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

Beverley branch

When: Third Tuesday of the month
Time: 7.30 pm

Location: Harvest Court, St. Marys Lane, Beverley, North Humberside, HU17 7AS

Bexley and District branch

When: First Thursday of each month
Time: 1.15 pm

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

Birmingham - Adulting with arthritis

When: Saturday 14 November
Time: 11.00 am – 4.00 pm (tbc)

Location: Birmingham (venue tbc)

Birmingham - Family event

When: Saturday 11 July 2020
Time: 11.30 am - 4.00 pm

Location: Birmingham, venue to be confirmed

Bramley Versus Arthritis

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

Location: Bramley Lawn, off Rossefield Approach, Bramley, Leeds, LS13 3TG

Bridgwater branch

When: First Friday of each month
Time: 10.00 am

Location: The Baptist Church, St Mary Street, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3LY

Cannock branch

When: First Saturday of each month
Time: 10.00 am

Location: Davy Unit, Cannock Chase Hospital, Brunswich Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 5XY

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

Chester branch

When: Second Monday of the month
Time: 2.00 pm

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

Chesterfield Arthritis Support Group

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

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

Chippenham branch

When: Third Wednesday each month
Time: 2.00 pm

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

Chorley Versus Arthritis

When: Third Wednesday of the month
Time: 11.30 am – 1.00 pm

Location: Chorley library, Union St, Chorley PR7 1EB

Cromer Arthritis Care 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

When: Fourth Saturday of each month
Time: 2.00 pm

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

Dereham Versus Arthritis Support Group

When: First Thursday of each month
Time: 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

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

Downham Market Versus Arthritis Support Group

When: Second Wednesday of the month
Time: 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

Location: Downham Market Library, Priory Centre, Priory Road, Downham Market, Norfolk, PE38 9JS

East London Asian branch

When: First Saturday of each month
Time: 2.00 pm

Location: Venue to be confirmed

Eaton Versus Arthritis Support Group

When: First Tuesday of each month
Time: 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

Location: Eaton Room, The Cellar House, Eaton Street, Eaton, Norfolk, NR4 7AD

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

Ferndown

When: First Saturday of each month
Time: 2.00 pm

Location: Ferndown day centre, Library Rd, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 9JP

Gateshead branch

When: First Monday of the month
Time: 6.30 pm - 8.45 pm

Location: Function Suite, Gateshead Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HH

Gaywood Arthritis Care Group

When: First Monday of the month
Time: 10.30 am - midday

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

Guernsey branch

When: Third Tuesday of each month
Time: 7.30 pm

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

Halifax

When: Third Monday of every month
Time: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm

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

Huddersfield Versus Arthritis

When: First Tuesday of every month
Time: 10.30 am - 12.30 pm

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

Hull and East Riding branch

When: Every fourth Thursday of the month
Time: 12.30 pm - 3.00 pm

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

Islington Arthritis Support Group

When: First Thursday of each month
Time: 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

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

Joints 'R' Us Group - Watford

When: Third Monday of each month
Time: 8.00 pm

Location: Various locations

Kendal Hydrotherapy Group

When: Every Tuesday except the first Tuesday of the month
Time: Midday

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

Kessingland Versus Arthritis Support Group

When: First Wednesday of the months January, March, May, July, September and November
Time: 10.30 am to 11.30 am

Location: Marram Green Centre, Hall Road, Kessingland, Suffolk, NR33 7AH

Kettering branch

When: Fourth Monday of each month
Time: 7.30 pm

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

Kirkby in Ashfield branch

When: Last Wednesday of each month
Time: 6.00 pm

Location: Sherwood Court Community Centre, Sherwood Street, Kirkby in Ashfield, NG17 7BE

Lancaster Versus Arthritis

When: Second Friday of the month
Time: 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm

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

Leeds branch

When: Third Tuesday of the month
Time: 7.30 pm

Location: St. Chads Hall, Otley Road, Headingley, LS16 5JT

Lichfield branch

When: Last Tuesday of each month
Time: 7.30 pm

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

Lincoln Versus Arthritis

When: First Thursday of each month
Time: 1.30 pm - 3.00 pm

Location: Cliff House Medical Practice, 82 Burton Road, Lincoln, LN1 3LJ

London - family event

When: Saturday 17 October
Time: 11.30 am - 4.00 pm

Location: Ronald Mcdonald House, 216 Lambeth Road, London SE1 7JY

London - Family event

When: Saturday 4 July 2020
Time: 11.30 am - 4.00 pm

Location: Weston House, Great Ormond Street, London, WC1N 3JH

London - University and Me

When: Friday 30 October 2020
Time: 11.30 am - 4.00 pm

Location: London Metropolitan University, London, N7 8DB

London Bowling Night (12-18yrs)

When: Wednesday 4 March 2020
Time: 5.00 pm - 7.30 pm

Location: Evelina Children’s Hospital, Westminster Bridge Rd, St Thomas’ Hospital, London SE1 7EH

London residential weekend (March)

When: Friday 13 March 2020 and Sunday 15 March 2020
Time: 6.00 pm and 4.00 pm

Location: Scout Adventures Gilwell Park, Chingford, London, E4 7QW

London residential weekend (September)

When: Friday 18 September 2020 and Sunday 20 September 2020
Time: 6.00 pm and 4.00 pm (for specific times see below)

Location: London south, venue to be confirmed

Long Sutton Arthritis Care Group

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

Location: Long Sutton Library, Trafalgar Square, Long Sutton, PE12 9HB

Macclesfield Versus Arthritis

When: Third Monday of the month
Time: 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm

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

Manchester - Bowling night

When: Thursday 30 January 2020
Time: 6.00 pm - 8.30 pm

Location: Tenpin, Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 5PG

Manchester - Family event

When: Saturday 21 March 2020
Time: 12.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Location: Hathersage Rd, Manchester M13 0BH

Manchester - Youth session

When: Thursday 19 March
Time: 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm

Location: Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Manchester South Branch

When: Second Wednesday of the month
Time: 7.00 pm

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

Moving On Up - ages 10-11

When: Thursday 23 July
Time: TBC

Location: Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6NH

Newmarket Branch

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

Location: George Gibson Close, Community Room, Exning, Newmarket, CB8 7LE

Newton Abbot branch

When: Second Wednesday of each month
Time: 7.30 pm

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

North Hampshire Arthritis Support Group

When: See below
Time: 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm

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

North Walsham Arthritis Support Group

When:

  • North Walsham Arthritis Support Group: Second Monday of each month
  • North Walsham branch: Third Thursday of each month

Time:

  • North Walsham Arthritis Support Group: 10.30 am - 12.30 pm
  • North Walsham branch: 2.30 pm

Location: North Walsham Community Centre, New Road, North Walsham, NR28 9DE

Northampton Link Group

When: Fourth Thursday of each month
Time: 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm

Location: Elizabeth House, Tyringham Close, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN3 3DE

Norwich Versus Arthritis

When: Third Wednesday every two months (January, March, May, July, September, and November)
Time: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Location: Nuffield Wellbeing Centre, Barrack Street, Norwich, NR3 1TS

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 each month
Time: 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

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

Oswestry Self-Help

When: Every Monday
Time: 1.15 pm - 2.00 pm and 2.00 pm - 2.45 pm

Location: Orthopaedic Hospital, Gobowen, SY10 7AG

Peak District residential weekend (March)

When: Friday 27 March 2020 and Sunday 29 March 2020
Time: 6.00 pm and 4.00 pm

Location: Thornbridge Outdoors, Longstone Lane, Great Longstone, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1NY

Peak District residential weekend (September)

When: Friday 25 September 2020 and Sunday 27 September 2020
Time: 6.00 pm and 4.00 pm (for specific times see below)

Location: Peak District, venue to be confirmed

Pontefract and District Branch

When: Second and fourth Tuesday of the month
Time: 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm

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

Preston Versus Arthritis

When: Last Friday of each month
Time: 10.30 am - 12.00 pm

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

REAL Support Group in Harrow

When: The dates for 2019 are below
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm

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

Redcar Versus Arthritis

When: First Tuesday of the month
Time: 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm

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

Reigate and District Branch

When: Fourth Thursday of each month
Time: 2.30 pm

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

Rochford branch

When: Fourth Thursday of each month
Time: 2.00 pm

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

Rushden and Higham branch

When: Second Monday of each month
Time: 7.00 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

Sheffield Branch

When: First Monday of each month (2nd Monday for bank holidays)
Time: 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm

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

Sheringham Arthritis Support Group

When: Third Monday of each month
Time: 10.00 am - midday

Location: Sheringham Community Centre, Holway Road, Sheringham, NR26 8NP

Skills for Success - ages 14+

When: Monday 17 February 2020
Time: 10.00 am - 3.00 pm

Location: The Priory Rooms, Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF

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

When: First Thursday each month
Time: 7.30 pm

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

South Forest Arthritis Self-Help Group

When: See below for dates
Time: 1.30 pm

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

South Shields Versus Arthritis

When: Second Monday of the month
Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 pm

Location: Marsden Road Health and Wellbeing Centre, Marsden Road (Horsley Hill), NE34 6RE

St Albans branch

When: Third Wednesday of each month (no meetings in August and in December the meeting is on the second Wednesday)
Time: 2.00 pm

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

Stafford branch

When: Third Thursday of each month
Time: 7.30 pm

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

Tai Chi - Watford

When: Tuesdays afternoons in term time
Time: 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm, beginners class 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm

Location: acred Heart Church, London Road, Bushey WD23 1BA

Tattenhall Versus Arthritis

When: Third Wednesday of the month
Time: 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Location: Babour Institute, High Street, Tattenhall, CH3 9PX

Thetford Versus Arthritis

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

Location: Fulmerston Church, Fulmerston Road, Thetford, IP24 3LF

Thornton Cleveley Branch

When: First Wednesday of the month
Time: 7.00 pm - 7.30 pm

Location: Get in touch for venue details

Thornton Cleveleys Versus Arthritis

When: First Wednesday of the month
Time: 7.00 pm
Where: Various locations

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

Wansbeck Branch

When: Last Wednesday of the month
Time: 11.00 am

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

Watford Central Group

When: First Monday of each month
Time: 1.45 pm

Location: Holyrood Social Centre, Tolpits Lane, Watford, WD18 6NP

Wells branch

When: Last Monday of each month
Time: 2.00 pm

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

Wolverhampton - Family event

When: Saturday 4 July 2020
Time: 11.30 am - 4.00 pm

Location: Wolverhampton - venue to be confirmed

Worthing and District branch

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

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