Northern Ireland

Due to outbreak of the Coronavirus, face to face services and activities have been suspended until further notice. If you need support or information please contact the Helpline on 0800 5200 520, email or visit the online forum.

We are currently exploring other ways to provide support during this time and would welcome ideas to 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 provides support and services for people with arthritis in Northern Ireland. We provide them, their families and friends with support, understanding, information and expertise so that they can cope with the impact of the condition and get the most out of life.

Branches and Groups

Our branches and support groups are a great way of meeting other people with the same condition in your area.

Please get in touch on 0300 790 0400 or email before attending any branches or groups for the first time.

Face to face services

Our support services, provided across Northern Ireland, help you to better understand your condition, manage your pain, make positive changes, and feel less isolated.

Living Well with Arthritis

Working alongside community groups and health and social care professionals, our trained volunteer champions encourage you to take a proactive role in managing the physical, mental and emotional aspects of arthritis.

Their range of services are provided through peer to peer support, over the phone, at drop-ins, in groups or one on one.

Self management courses and workshops

We provide a number of group sessions to help you make improvements in your quality of life. Delivered by trained volunteers, topics cover:

  • communication
  • pain management
  • activity and exercise
  • managing change and goal setting

Young People and Families

Juvenile arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), lupus and other musculoskeletal conditions, can have a devastating effect on children and young people. Many young people with arthritis never meet another young person like them.

The pain and fatigue means that joining in at school and with friends can be hard and reduce the opportunity to develop life and social skills in the same way as their peers.

Our Young People and Families service complements medical treatment by providing additional social and emotional support. Our activities are delivered across the UK.

Children and young people living with arthritis will benefit from:

  • reduced isolation
  • increased resilience
  • a more positive outlook

Parents and family members will achieve a greater understanding of their child's condition, receive helpful information and develop an extended support network.

We also run a closed Facebook group for young people in Northern Ireland who have arthritis. It aims to give young people the opportunity to meet others with the condition, receive invites to events in Northern Ireland and share tips on managing their arthritis.


All of our services are either delivered or supported by our amazing volunteers. Volunteering is at the very heart of Versus Arthritis. It is thanks to the hard work, enthusiasm and commitment of volunteers that we are able to support millions of people living with arthritis every year.


Over the decades we have had a distinguished record of being the voice of people living with arthritis in Northern Ireland. We have successfully campaigned for additional funding for drug treatments and reduced waiting times for these treatments.

We have also successfully campaigned for an increase in the number of consultants within rheumatology and paediatric rheumatology. We are constantly lobbying the Government for a better deal for people with arthritis.

If you have a campaigning enquiry please contact John McCormick, Policy and Engagement Manager for Northern Ireland:

Contact us

1 Shore Rd
County Antrim
BT15 3PG
028 9078 2940

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Antrim Versus Arthritis

When: Second Thursday of the month
Time: 7.30 pm

Location: Day Centre, Station Road, Antrim, BT41 4AB

Armagh Versus Arthritis

When: First Wednesday of the month
Time: 11.00 am


Location: St Vincent De Paul Centre, Chapel lane, Armagh, BT61 7EN

Ballymoney Versus Arthritis

When: First Wednesday of every month
Time: 7.30 pm

Location: Millbrook Resource Centre, The Old Ballymoney Road, Ballymoney, BT53 7EZ

Bangor Versus Arthritis (Co Down)

When: Second Friday of the month
Time: 11.00 am

Location: Bangor Abbey Church Hall, Newtownards Road, Bangor, Co Down, BT20 4BW

Belfast - Twifties Versus Arthritis (20's-50's year group)

When: The group meets occasionally and at various locations.
Time: Varies

Location: Versus Arthritis NI Office, Unit 4 McCune Building, 1 Shore Road, Belfast, BT15 3PG

Belfast (South)

When: First and third Wednesday of each month
Time: 11.00 am

Location: Belvoir Hub, Drumart Square, Belfast, BT8 7EY

Carrickfergus Versus Arthritis

When: First Tuesday of the month
Time: 7.00 pm

Location: Hawthorn Day Centre, Ellis Street, Carrickfergus, BT38 8AZ

Coleraine Versus Arthritis

When: First Friday of the month
Time: 1:30pm

Location: West Bann Development Centre, 8 Killowen Court, Coleraine, Co Londonderry, BT51 3TP

Cookstown Versus Arthritis

When: First Wednesday of the month
Time: 1.30 pm

Location: Royal British Legion, Burn Road Cookstown, BT80 8DN

Dungannon Versus Arthritis

When: Third Thursday of the month
Time: 7.30 pm

Location: Royal British Legion, Dungannon, BT70 1AR

Enniskillen Versus Arthritis

When: Last Tuesday of the month
Time: 9.00 pm

Location: The Village Inn, Enniskillen, BT74 7JY

Foyle Versus Arthritis

When: Second Monday of the month
Time: 7.00 pm

Location: MDEC Building Altnagelvin Area Hospital site Glenshane Road, Londonderry, BT47 6SB

Isle of Man

When: Various
Time: To be confirmed

Location: To be confirmed

Lisburn Versus Arthritis

When: Third Wednesday of the month
Time: 10.30 am

Location: Ballymacash Community Centre, 29 Rathvarna Drive, Lisburn, BT28 2UB

Lisnaskea Versus Arthritis

When: Second Wednesday of the month
Time: 8.00 pm

Location: Trinity Hall, Moat Lane, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh, BT92 0AL

Magherafelt Versus Arthritis

When: Last Wednesday of the month
Time: 8.00 pm

Location: Meadowbank Recreation Centre, Ballyronan Road, Magherafelt, BT45 6EW

Newcastle Versus Arthritis (Co Down)

When: First Wednesday of the month
Time: 2.00 pm

Location: Clare Lodge, 3 Castle Place, Newcastle, Co Down, BT33 0AB

Newry Versus Arthritis

When: First Thursday of the month
Time: 7.00 pm

Location: Ballybot House, Newry, BT35 8BG

Northern Ireland - Overnight event for teens

When: 6 - 7 March and 27 - 28 March 2020
Time: TBC

Location: Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, 32 Hilltown Road Outdoor Centre, Newcastle, BT33 0PZ

Omagh Versus Arthritis

When: Third Thursday of the month
Time: 7.30 pm

Location: The Fold, James Street, Omagh, BT78 1AP

Portadown Versus Arthritis

When: Second Wednesday of the month
Time: 8.00 pm

Location: The Meadows Day Centre, 293 Bridge Street, Portadown, BT63 5BJ

Portglenone Versus Arthritis

When: Second Wednesday of the month
Time: 7.30 pm

Location: The Community Centre, Portglenone, BT44 8PB

Strabane Versus Arthritis

When: Second Thursday of every month
Time: 7.30 pm

Location: Colman Fold, Melmount Road, Strabane, BT82 9JU