Scotland

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 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 Scotland is here to make sure that people with arthritis have all of 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 a number of 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.

Branches and groups

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

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

Face to face services

Our series of Living Well workshops give you the tools and techniques you need to manage the challenges you face. There are different workshops available, covering a range of topics that you can choose, based on how relevant they are to you.

Choices of workshops include:

  • understanding pain and other symptoms
  • effective communication about your condition
  • managing change
  • finance, welfare and employment
  • activity and exercise
  • tai chi
  • reiki.

Living Well with Arthritis workshops aim to give people living with arthritis or long-term conditions the opportunity to access activities such as Health Walks, Tai chi for Arthritis, relaxation techniques and meet as a community based, volunteer led, informal support group. Self-management is the foundation of Versus Arthritis' workshops and courses. Delivered throughout Scotland by fully trained volunteers with arthritis.

Working with arthritis

Joint Working: a project supporting people with rheumatoid arthritis and related conditions to remain in work, improve their overall health, well-being and quality of life by offering practical support and signposting.

Volunteers

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.

Young People and Families

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.

Versus Arthritis Scotland offers a range of services to support children, young people and their families.

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.

If you're interesting in signing up for a Joint Potential weekend contact: Jay O’reilly, Joint Potential Development Officer at j.oreilly@versusarthritis.org or 01382 339941.

For more information about the service please contact Gill Meens (g.meens@versusarthritis.org), Young People and Services Manager.

For more information on Joint Potential please contact Klaire Connor (k.connor@versusarthritis.org), Joint Potential Programme Manager or for more information on Take Control please contact Izabela Mertowska-Shand (i.mertowska-shand@versusarthritis.org), Take Control Development Officer.

Campaigns

Decisions made by the Scottish Government, by Health Boards and by local units, can all determine how long you have to wait for an appointment – with a GP, a hospital consultant, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, a podiatrist – or how long you have to wait to get the right medication or procedures.

Other Government decisions can affect the level of benefit you can claim, or whether you are eligible for benefits at all. Practical everyday issues such as transport, disabled parking and easy access to the right information are also a key focus of Versus Arthritis Scotland’s campaigning.

All of these things matter. That is why Versus Arthritis campaigning work is so important and why we need your help to make it more effective.

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

Clydebank branch

When: First Wednesday of the month
Time: 7.30 pm

Location: Clydebank Town Hall, Clydebank, G81 1UA

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