Wales

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 Wales, including 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, please contact walessupport@versusarthritis.org the Wales office on 0800 756 3970, the Helpline on 0800 5200 520, email helpline@versusarthritis.org or visit the online forum.

Find out more about what this means for you.

What we do

Cymru Versus Arthritis is here to make sure that people with arthritis in Wales have all of the support and information they need to live well with their condition and to ensure that the needs of people with arthritis are a priority with policymakers in Wales. Cymru Versus Arthritis runs a number of different services for people of all ages with arthritis, ranging from activity sessions for young people to practical support and information for those with arthritis.

Living Well with Arthritis

Our Living Well and CWTCH (Communities Working Together Can Help) support services work alongside people with arthritis, community groups, health, and social care professionals to deliver a framework of support across four key themes:

  • pain management
  • self-management
  • physical activity
  • shared decision making.

Our delivery model is aligned to the following principles:

  • Focus on people – ensuring people with arthritis have a voice and control over their care and support.
  • Wellbeing – supporting people to improve and maintain their well-being.
  • Prevention and early intervention – increasing options for preventative and early intervention services.
  • Partnership – facilitating effective cooperation and partnership working between researchers, agencies, and organisations to best meet the needs of people with arthritis.
  • Accessibility – improving the information and advice available to people and ensuring that people with arthritis can access that information.

Activities include self-management sessions and information sessions/events, support/activity groups, 1:1 support, tailored workshops for people with arthritis and health care professionals, signposting to local services and opportunities to volunteer within the community.

Our services aim to:

  • Address loneliness and isolation – by providing opportunities to connect and socialise in communities.
  • Promote and facilitating independence – by building individuals’ capacity to access trusted and validated information, advice, and assistance.
  • Build resilience, in individuals and communities – by supporting people to manage their condition and their lives.

Through the above activities, our team of staff and volunteers will work to ensure that the impact of arthritis is recognised and as a result ensure people are empowered and supported to live well. Contributing to our vision of a world that no longer tolerates the impact of arthritis. ensuring no one faces arthritis alone.

Contact us at walessupport@versusarthritis.org to learn more about our Living Well and CWTCH Cymru work.

Young People and Families

Our Young People & 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 Wales.

Arthritis is still viewed as a condition of old age. Versus Arthritis knows that it is not – around 16,000 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.

Beyond Limits: delivered in partnership with University Hospital of Wales Cardiff, and supported by Children in Need, Beyond Limits provides emotional support and peer support opportunities for children and young people with juvenile arthritis across South, Mid and West Wales.

As well as information drop-in sessions, there are workshops including: pain management, transition, sleep training and sex and relationships. There are also fun activities to reduce isolation, including: family days, friendship groups, activity weekends and secure groups on social media.

For more information on our Young People and Families services, please contact Kay Holmes at cymru@versusarthritis.org.

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 or find out more here.

Social Media

Do join us on social media to stay in touch, stay updated and ask about advice and support.

Facebook

www.facebook.com/CymruVersusArthritis

www.facebook.com/YoungArthritisWales

Twitter

twitter.com/CymruVArthritis

Instagram

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Newsletter

Read our most recent newsletter, it includes the latest events, advice and activities in Wales.

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 Wales 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 Wales Office to find out more on 0800 756 3970 or walesvolunteering@versusarthritis.org.

Campaigns

Cymru Versus Arthritis believes that arthritis and musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions should be a national health policy priority. Approximately 970,000 people live with these conditions in Wales and the impact on individuals, their families, on communities and on our health and social care services is huge. Despite this, arthritis and MSK conditions are often overlooked and related services under-resourced.

We campaign to make change happen. To improve quality of life for people with arthritis / MSK conditions in Wales.

Our campaign successes include the establishment of a new Multidisciplinary Paediatric Rheumatology Service for South and Mid Wales and the Welsh Government developing a new national arthritis and MSK strategy to improve related health care services in Wales.

You can help us make more change happen. For more info on how you can get involved…

Contact us:

4 Raleigh Walk, Brigantine Place, Cardiff, CF10 4LN

0800 756 3970 (freephone)

Email:cymru@versusarthritis.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CymruVersusArthritis/

Twitter: twitter.com/CymruVArthritis

Wrth i gyfyngiadau pandemig leddfu, rydym yn ailagor rhai gweithgareddau wyneb yn wyneb yn ofalus tra'n parhau â rhai cyfarfodydd ar-lein. Rydym yn cynnig ystod eang o weithgareddau ledled Cymru, gan gynnwys cefnogaeth gan gymheiriaid i oedolion a phobl ifanc a theuluoedd, rhannu gwybodaeth a gweithgareddau cymdeithasol. Mae'r holl weithgareddau'n cael eu hasesu a'u cymeradwyo'n llawn gan Versus Arthritis. Gwiriwch beth sydd yn eich ardal leol gan ddefnyddio'r blwch chwilio Chwilio am Wasanaethau yn eich Ardal Leol. Os oes angen cymorth arnoch, cysylltwch walessupport@versusarthritis.org swyddfa Cymru ar 0800 7563 970, y Llinell Gymorth ar 0800 5200 520, e-bostiwch helpline@versusarthritis.org neu ewch i'r fforwm ar-lein.

Cymru

Oherwydd y Coronafeirws, rydym wedi trosi'r holl wasanaethau wyneb yn wyneb yn rhai rhithwir. Cysylltwch â ni am fwy o wybodaeth gan ddefnyddio'r blwch chwilio 'Chwilio am Wasanaethau yn Eich Ardal Leol'.

Mae Cymru Versus Arthritis yma i sicrhau bod gan bobl gydag arthritis yng Nghymru’r holl gefnogaeth a gwybodaeth maent angen i fyw'n dda gyda’u cyflwr ac i sicrhau bod anghenion pobl gydag arthritis yn flaenoriaeth i lunwyr polisi yng Nghymru.

Mae Cymru Versus Arthritis yn cynnig amrywiaeth o wasanaethau i bobl o bob oed gydag arthritis, yn amrywio o sesiynau gweithgaredd i gefnogaeth a gwybodaeth ymarferol i rai sy'n byw gydag effeithiau arthritis.

Byw'n Dda gydag Arthritis

Mae ein gwasanaethau cefnogaeth Byw’n Dda a CWTCH (Gall Cymunedau'n Cydweithio Helpu) yn gweithio ar y cyd â phobl gydag arthritis, grwpiau cymunedol, gweithwyr iechyd a gofal cymdeithasol proffesiynol i ddarparu fframwaith o gefnogaeth ar draws pedwar thema allweddol:

  • rheoli poen
  • hunanreolaeth
  • gweithgarwch corfforol
  • gwneud penderfyniadau cyfunol

Mae ein model cyflenwi wedi'i alinio â'r egwyddorion canlynol:

  • Ffocws ar bobl – sicrhau bod gan bobl sydd ag arthritis lais a rheolaeth dros eu gofal a chymorth.
  • Llesiant – cefnogi pobl i wella a chynnal eu llesiant.
  • Ataliaeth ac ymyrraeth gynnar – cynyddu'r dewisiadau ar gyfer gwasanaethau ataliol ac ymyrraeth gynnar.
  • Partneriaeth – hwyluso cydweithredu effeithiol a gweithio mewn partneriaeth rhwng ymchwilwyr, asiantaethau a sefydliadau i wneud y gorau o fodloni anghenion pobl ag arthritis.
  • Hygyrchedd – gwella’r wybodaeth a chyngor sydd ar gael i bobl a sicrhau y gall pobl ag arthritis gael mynediad at yr wybodaeth honno.

Ymhlith y gweithgareddau mae sesiynau hunanreolaeth a sesiynau / digwyddiadau gwybodaeth, grwpiau cymorth / gweithgaredd, cefnogaeth 1:1, gweithdai wedi'u teilwra ar gyfer pobl ag arthritis a gweithwyr gofal iechyd proffesiynol, cyfeirio at wasanaethau lleol a chyfleoedd i wirfoddoli yn y gymuned.

Nod ein gwasanaethau yw i:

  • Fynd i'r afael ag unigrwydd ac arwahanrwydd – trwy ddarparu cyfleoedd i gysylltu a chymdeithasu mewn cymunedau.
  • Hyrwyddo a hwyluso annibyniaeth – trwy adeiladu gallu unigolion i gael gafael ar wybodaeth ddibynadwy a dilysedig, cyngor a chymorth.
  • Adeiladu gwytnwch, mewn unigolion a chymunedau – trwy gefnogi pobl i reoli eu cyflwr a'u bywydau.

Trwy'r gweithgareddau uchod, bydd ein tîm o staff a gwirfoddolwyr yn gweithio i sicrhau y cydnabyddir effaith arthritis, ac o ganlyniad yn sicrhau bod pobl wedi eu grymuso a'u cefnogi i fyw'n dda. Cyfrannu at ein gweledigaeth o fyd nad yw bellach yn goddef effaith arthritis, gan sicrhau nad oes unrhyw un yn wynebu arthritis ar ei ben ei hun.

Cysylltwch â ni ar walessupport@versusarthritis.org I ddysgu mwy am ein gwaith Byw'n Dda a CWTCH Cymru.

Pobl Ifanc a Theuluoedd

Mae ein gwasanaeth Pobl Ifanc a Theuluoedd yn cynnig amrywiaeth o wasanaethau i gefnogi pobl ifanc a’u teuluoedd. Rydym yn annog pobl ifanc i ddod ynghyd ar gyfer amrywiaeth o ddigwyddiadau gweithgaredd a thrafodaeth hwyliog ar draws Cymru.

Mae arthritis yn dal i gael ei ystyried i fod yn gyflwr i’r henoed. Mae Versus Arthritis yn gwybod nad yw – mae gan oddeutu 16,000 o blant a phobl ifanc yn y Deyrnas Unedig rhyw fath o arthritis. Gall fod yn heriol i fod yn rhiant i blentyn gydag arthritis, a gall fod yn unig ac anodd i blant a rhai yn eu harddegau i dyfu i fyny gyda’r cyflwr.

Beyond Limits: wedi ei ddarparu mewn partneriaeth gydag Ysbyty Athrofaol Cymru Caerdydd, a gyda chefnogaeth Plant Mewn Angen, mae Beyond Limits yn darparu cefnogaeth emosiynol a chefnogaeth cyfoedion i blant a phobl ifanc gydag arthritis ieuenctid ar draws De, Canolbarth a Gorllewin Cymru.

Yn ogystal â sesiynau gwybodaeth galw i mewn, mae yna weithdai yn cynnwys: rheoli poen, pontio, hyfforddiant cwsg a rhyw a pherthnasau. Mae yna hefyd weithgareddau hwyliog i leihau unigedd, gan gynnwys: dyddiau teuluol, grwpiau cyfeillgarwch, penwythnosau gweithgaredd a grwpiau diogel ar gyfryngau cymdeithasol.

Am ragor o wybodaeth ar ein gwasanaethau Pobl Ifanc a Theuluoedd, cysylltwch â Kay Holmes ar cymru@versusarthritis.org.

Cysylltu â ni ar-lein.

Traciwr Arthritis: Ap symudol ar gyfer rhai yn eu harddegau ac oedolion ifanc.

Wedi ei greu gyda phobl ifanc ar gyfer pobl ifanc, mae’r Traciwr Arthritis yn gadael i chi raddio eich symptomau mewn eiliadau a gweld crynodeb syml o’ch poen, cymalau poenus, sgìl effeithiau meddyginiaeth, lefelau egni, gweithgaredd, cwsg ac emosiynau diweddar. Gallwch ddefnyddio'r crynodebau hyn i’ch helpu i siarad gyda’ch gweithwyr gofal iechyd mewn apwyntiadau meddygol, neu i weld sut ydych chi wedi bod yn ymdopi'n ddiweddar. Lawrlwythwch yr ap yma neu gael gwybod mwy.

Cyfryngau Cymdeithasol

Ymunwch â ni ar gyfryngau cymdeithasol i gadw mewn cysylltiad, cael diweddariadau ac i ofyn am gyngor a chefnogaeth.

Facebook

www.facebook.com/CymruVersusArthritis

www.facebook.com/YoungArthritisWales

Twitter

twitter.com/CymruVArthritis

Instagram

www.instagram.com/cymru_versus_arthritis

Gwirfoddolwyr

Mae gwirfoddoli ar gyfer sefydliad yn rhodd amhrisiadwy o amser, ac yn Versus Arthritis mae ein gwirfoddolwyr yn chwarae rhan allweddol o ran codi arian a chodi ymwybyddiaeth ynghylch poen arthritis. Ni allem weithredu hebddynt. Mae ein holl wasanaethau yn cael eu darparu neu gefnogi gan ein gwirfoddolwyr anhygoel, ac mae yna gyfleoedd i gymryd rhan mewn ymgyrchu, codi arian, cymryd rhan mewn digwyddiadau neu hyd yn oed drefnu un eich hun. Mae gwirfoddoli yn ganolog i Versus Arthritis. Diolch i waith caled, brwdfrydedd ac ymroddiad gwirfoddolwyr gallwn gefnogi miliynau o bobl yn byw gydag arthritis pob blwyddyn.

Mae gennym nifer o gyfleodd i wirfoddoli ar gael ar draws Cymru a byddwn yn darparu'r holl hyfforddiant a chefnogaeth a fydd angen i’ch helpu i deimlo'n rhan o’n sefydliad ac yn barod i gyflawni eich rôl. Fel gwirfoddolwr, byddwn yn eich cefnogi i ddysgu sgiliau newydd, cwrdd â phobl newydd ac i'ch helpu i gynyddu eich hyder a hunan-barch. Mae nifer o'n gwirfoddolwyr yn byw gydag arthritis a chyflyrau cysylltiedig, sy'n golygu y gallwn ddarparu gwasanaeth o safon gyda’n gilydd, a’ch helpu i hybu eich sgiliau hunan reoli.

Cysylltwch â Swyddfa Cymru i gael gwybod mwy ar 0800 756 3970 neu walesvolunteering@versusarthritis.org.

Ymgyrchoedd

Mae Cymru Versus Arthritis o’r farn y dylid ystyried arthritis a chyflyrau cyhyrysgerbydol (MSK) fel blaenoriaeth polisi iechyd cenedlaethol. Mae oddeutu 970,000 o bobl ledled Cymru’n byw gyda’r cyflyrau hynny ac maen nhw’n effeithio’n sylweddol ar unigolion, eu teuluoedd, cymunedau ac ar ein gwasanaethau iechyd a gofal cymdeithasol. Er hynny, fe gaiff arthritis a chyflyrau MSK eu hanwybyddu’n aml a phrin ydy’r adnoddau ar gyfer gwasanaethau cysylltiedig.

Rydym ni’n mynd ati i ymgyrchu er mwyn gwneud newidiadau. Ein nod ydy gwella ansawdd bywyd pobl gydag arthritis / cyflyrau MSK yng Nghymru.

Hyd yn hyn, yn sgil ein hymgyrchoedd, rydym wedi llwyddo i sefydlu Gwasanaeth Rhewmatoleg Paediatreg Amlddisgyblaethol ar gyfer De a Chanolbarth Cymru. At hyn bu i Lywodraeth Cymru ddatblygu strategaeth cenedlaethol newydd yn ymwneud ag arthritis a chyflyrau MSK i wella gwasanaethau gofal iechyd cysylltiedig yng Nghymru.

Fe allwch chi ein cynorthwyo i wneud mwy fyth o newidiadau. I wybod mwy am sut gallwch chi gymryd rhan…

Mae gennym ni hefyd rolau ymgyrchu gwirfoddol, ‘Gwirfoddolwyr Gwneud Newid’, e-bostiwch ein Swyddfa yng Nghymru i wybod mwy.

Cysylltu â ni:

4 Raleigh Walk, Brigantine Place, Caerdydd, CF10 4LN

0800 756 3970 (rhadffôn)

E-bost:cymru@versusarthritis.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CymruVersusArthritis/

Twitter: twitter.com/CymruVArthritis

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Aberystwyth Branch

When: First Monday of each month
Time: 7.00 pm

Location: Gerddi'r Ffynnon, Trefechan, Aberystwyth, SY23 1DF

Bonymaen Support Group

When: Starting on Saturday 14 August 2021 and then meeting every second Saturday of the month
Time: 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm

Location: Bonymaen Community Centre, Bonymaen Road, Swansea SA1 7AT

Brecon Support Group

When:3rd Wednesday of every month (from October 20 2021)
Time: 10.30 am - 12.00 pm

Location: Theatr Brycheiniog, Canal Wharf, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7EW

Cardiff Versus Arthritis

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

Location: Cardiff Vale Scouts – The Hub, Maitland Street, Gabalfa, Cardiff CF14 3JU

Cwmbran Versus Arthritis

When: Last Thursday of the month
Time: 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm

Location: Cwmbran Library, Gwent House, Gwent Square, Cwmbran NP44 1XQ

Flintshire Versus Arthritis

When: Second Monday of each month
Time: 10.00 am - midday, apart from February and April 2019 - these are 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm due to room availability

Location: The Quay Health Centre, Fron Rd, Connah's Quay, Deeside CH5 4PJ

Haverfordwest Branch

When: Third Tuesday of the month (except August)
Time: 2.00 pm

Location: Picton Community Centre, Haverfordwest, SA61 1UG

Llanelli Support Group

When: The first meeting will be Monday 16 August 2021. Then every 3rd Monday in the month thereafter
Time: 12.00 pm to 1.00 pm

Location: EJ's cafe, bar and restaurant, The Grange, Vauxhall Road, Llanelli SA15 3BD

Llanrwst support group

When: Every Thursday (starting on 13 March)
Time: 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm

Location: Hwb Yr Hen Ysgol, Schoolbank Road, Llanrwst, LL26 0AR

Montgomery Activity Group (OUCH)

When: Tuesdays, every fortnight - from 20 July
Time: 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm

Location: Montgomery Activity Centre, School Lane, Montgomery, Powys, SY15 6QA

Online Tai Chi series - Powys residents

When: Starting on Tuesday, November 9, and then every Tuesday for 6 weeks (ending on Dec 14)
Time: 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm

Location: Online event only

Rhos on Sea Support Group

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 1.00 pm - 3.30 pm

Location: The United Reform Church, Colwyn Avenue, Rhos-on-Sea, Conwy, LL28 4RA

Tai Chi with Versus Arthritis

When: Starting on Thursday September 30 and then every Thursday for 6 weeks
Time: 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm

Location: This is a virtual event on Teams open to all across Wales.

Valleys Versus Arthritis

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

Location: Cynon Valley Museum, Depot Road, Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF44 8DL

Wrexham - Tai Chi

When: Every Thursday
Time: 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm

Location: Garden Village Hall, Kenyon Road, Wrexham, LL11 2ST

Wrexham Chair Based Activity Group

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 10.30 am - 11.30 am

Location: Garden Village Hall, Kenyon Road, Wrexham, LL11 2ST

Wrexham Support Group

When: Third Tuesday of the month
Time: 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm

Location: St Margaret's Church and Community Hall, Chester Road, Wrexham, LL11 2SH

Young Arthritis North Wales

When: Varies
Time: Varies

Location: Peter Maddison Rheumatology Department, Llandudno Hospital, Llandudno, Gwynedd, LL30 1LB

Ystradgynlais Support Group

When: First Wednesday of each month
Time: 11.00 am -12.30 pm

Location: Cwmtwrch Miner’s Welfare Hall, 35 Heol Gwys, Upper Cwmtwrch, Ystradgynlais, SA9 2XQ