Scotland

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.

Scotland 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 Scotland.

We run several different services for people of all ages with arthritis, ranging from activity classes for young people to practical support for those with arthritis looking to remain in work or get back into work.

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 and similar conditions.

Use the search function to find a branch or group near you.

Living Well with Arthritis

We support people living with arthritis or any other long-term medical condition to get active and stay active, in order to live well with your condition.

Evidence shows that physical activity is good for us, even when we have a long-term condition like arthritis. Regular physical activity has many benefits and helps us to remain well for longer and manage our pain more effectively.

Our Living Well programme is designed to bring people together to support each other and improve our health, through self-management and physical activity.

The first step is to get in touch with us for a chat about what is in your area and how you can get involved. Contact livewell@versusarthritis.org or call us on 0141 954 7776.

You can also train to be a Living Well with Arthritis volunteer in a range of activities, take a look below for a description of some of our main activities.

If you are interested in volunteering to help us deliver any of these activities in your area, please contact scotland@versusarthritis.org or call 0141 954 7776.

Working with arthritis

Being employed not only improves your income, there is clear evidence that working can be good for your health and well-being.

It is acknowledged that people with arthritis face considerable challenges staying in work or returning to the workplace. With the right support many people with arthritis continue to work successfully.

If your arthritis is affecting your work, or daily activities, you have rights under the Equality Act 2010. This means your employer has a duty to make reasonable adjustments to support you at work.

Understanding your condition and the support you may need is key to managing your condition in the workplace. Often simple adjustments can help you do your job better and more comfortably.

Our service

Your doctor and NHS health professionals will be working with you to ensure your condition is under control.

The Working Well service aims to complement this by providing you with information, guidance and signposting to help you stay in work or return to the workplace. Working well can provide support for you as well as for employers to help them provide the best support for their employees. Find out more information about our Working Well service 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 Scotland 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 with the Scotland Office to find out more on 0141 954 7776 or livewell@versusarthritis.org.

Young People and Families

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 Scotland.

Around 15,000 children and young people in the UK have some form of arthritis. It can be challenging to be a parent of a child with arthritis, and it can be isolating and difficult for children and teenagers to grow up with the condition.

Joint Potential: a programme of residential weekends and one day workshops for young people with arthritis or related conditions aged between 16-25 years. Weekends include our Activity Weekend, Self-Image, Positive Future, Good Relationships and Moving On, Moving Up. This programme is supported by the Scottish Government Self-Management Fund administered by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland.

Take Control: a project for 10-18-year olds, supported by Children in Need. It includes Joint Creativity, which is our arts project, one-day personal development workshops on sleep and pain management as well as an activity weekend. You can also tell us what you think through our Kids Have a Say forum which meets three times a year.

Arthritis Awareness: a workshop delivered in schools to help raise awareness of the condition and its effects, particularly in children.

For more information about the service please contact: Klaire Connor (k.connor@versusarthritis.org), Young People and Families Services Programme Manager.

For more information on Joint Potential please contact jointpotential@versusarthritis.org, or for more information on Take Control please takecontrol@versusarthritis.org.

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.

Connecting with us online

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Campaigns

To help improve the lives of people living with arthritis, we need to ensure that your voice is heard by the people and institutions that can make a real difference. Lobbying the Scottish Government to fund essential services, organising locally to keep much needed facilities open or raising awareness of the needs of people with arthritis in the workplace - Scotland Versus Arthritis will campaign at all levels and across all fronts to deliver what people with arthritis in Scotland need.

  • Campaigning gives a voice to your experience.
  • Campaigning leads to real change: resources; services; rights.
  • Campaigning challenges stigma and prejudice.

That is why our campaigning work is so important and why we need your help to make it more effective.

You can find out more about our UK-wide campaigns on our dedicated campaign pages and join our Campaign Network to keep updated.

Contact us

Edward House
199 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow
G2 3EX
scotland@versusarthritis.org
0141 954 7776

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Aberdeen - Positive future weekend

When: 4 - 6 September 2020
Time: TBC (please contact us for more information)

Location: Aberdeen

Aberdeen branch

When: First Tuesday of the month in March, April, September and October
Time: 7.00 pm

Location: Midstocket Church Centre, Harcourt Road, Aberdeen, AB15 5NZ

Activity weekend - Dalguise

When: 17 - 19 July  2020
Time: TBC (please contact us for more information)

Location: Dalguise

C.H.A.T. (Communication, Happiness, Assertiveness, Transition) and parents’ session - Dundee

When: 7 November 2020
Time: TBC (please contact us for more information)

Location: Dundee

Callander - Activity weekend

When: 31 July - 2 August 2020
Time: TBC (please contact us for more information)

Location: Callander

Cumbernauld - Relationships and sex: facts and fertility

When: 13 - 15 March 2020
Time: TBC (please contact us for more information)

Location: Cumbernauld

Dalkeith - Self image weekend

When: 23 - 25 October 2020
Time: TBC (please contact us for more information)

Location: Dalkeith

Dunblane branch

When: Second Monday of each month
Time: 1.30 pm

Location: Victoria Halls, Dunblane, FK15 0AU

Edinburgh - Joint potential goes wild one day workshop

When: 16 May 2020 (one day workshop)
Time: TBC (please contact us for more information)

Location: Edinburgh

Glasgow East branch

When: Wednesdays
Time: 7.00 pm

Location: Garrowhill Community Hall, Maxwell Drive, G69 6JB

Glasgow North branch

When: Third Thursday of the month
Time: 7.30 pm

Location: Keppoch Campus, 65 Stoneyhurst Street, Possilpark, Glasgow, G22 5AX

Glasgow South branch

When: First Tuesday of the month
Time: 7.30 pm

Location: The Pollockshaws Community Hub, 132 Shawbridge Street, Glasgow, G43 1NP

Grangemouth Central Arthritis Self-Help Group

When: Last Wednesday of the month
Time: 7.30 pm

Location: The Grange Manor, Glensburgh Rd, Grangemouth, FK3 8XJ

Greenock branch

When: Last Wednesday of the month
Time: 7.30 pm

Location: Fitzgerald Centre, Lynedoch Street, Greenock, Scotland, PA15 4AH

Heads Up at Clermiston, Edinburgh CSG

When: Third Friday of the month
Time: 12.30 pm

Location: CYC, 191 St. John's Road, Edinburgh, EH12 7SL

Helensburgh branch

When: Thursday in the months of February, March, April and September, October, November
Time: 7.00 pm

Location: Helensburgh Golf Club, 25 East Abercromby Street, Helensburgh G84 9HZ

Joint creativity art camp - Fife

When: 5 - 6 August 2020
Time: TBC (please contact us for more information)

Location: Fife

Joint creativity exhibition and private viewing - Edinburgh

When: 5 - 10 October 2020
Time: TBC (please contact us for more information)

Location: Edinburgh

Joint creativity one-day workshop - Stirling

When: 28 March 2020
Time: TBC (please contact us for more information)

Location: Stirling

Living Well Programme for Health & Wellbeing

When: Every second Wednesday from 29 January - 11 March 2020
Time: 12.00 pm - 3.30 pm (with an optional tai chi taster from 3.00 pm - 3.30 pm)

Location: Church of Scotland, Colquhoun Street, Helensburgh G84 8UP

Millport, Isle of Cumbrae - Moving on moving up weekend

When: 17 - 19 April 2020
Time: TBC (please contact us for more information)

Location: Millport, Isle of Cumbrae

Nairn and District Branch

When: Third Thursday of the month
Time: 7.30 pm

Location: The Royal British Legion, Cawdor Road, Nairn IV12 4QD

Orkney Branch

When: First Thursday of the month
Time: 7.30 pm

Location: Gilbertson Day Centre, Kirkwall, KW15 1BB

Pain science workshop and parents’ session - Glasgow

When: 20 August 2020
Time: TBC (please contact us for more information)

Location: Glasgow

Perth - Sleep and pain workshops and overnight

When: 8 - 9 February 2020
Time: TBC (please contact us for more details)

Location: Perth

Self-care sleepover - Callander

When: 24 - 26 April 2020
Time: TBC (please contact us for more information)

Location: Callander

Step by Step - Fife Group

When: Alternate Tuesdays
Time: 10.30 am - 12.30 pm

Location: The Lochgelly Centre, Bank Street, Lochgelly, KY5 9RD

Stonehaven Branch

When: Last Tuesday in the month
Time: 7.30 pm

Location: Invercarron Resource Centre, Lowood Road, Stonehaven, AB39 2LJ

Stranraer Tai Chi Group

When: Fortnightly on Wednesday
Time: 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Location: Burns House, Harbour Street, Stranraer, DG9 7RD