Wales

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.

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.

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 In Your Area on our website to find a branch or group near you.

Living Well with Arthritis

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

Our range of services are provided through peer to peer support at workshops, drop-ins, in groups or on a one to one basis to support you with the information, tools and techniques you need to manage the challenges you face and include:

  • Opportunities to take part in activities such as Tai Chi, chair-based exercise, walking groups.
  • Talks and workshops on topics such as managing pain and keeping active.
  • Information stands and Community Drop In’s in places such as rheumatology departments, GP surgeries and at local events.
  • Signposting to other local services.
  • Activities and informal support from people like you through regular group meetings.

Get in touch to find out what is available local to you, by contacting cymru@versusarthritis.org.

CWTCH Cymru  

An integral part of our Living Well service is our Welsh Government funded CWTCH Cymru (Communities with Touchpoints Can Help) project which contributes to our vision of a world that no longer tolerates the impact of arthritis. The project aims to increase our geographical reach, ensuring no one faces arthritis alone.

Our community focused services will be shaped and delivered by working alongside and with people with arthritis, those who care for people with arthritis, health care professionals, community organisations and other local service providers.

CWTCH will develop and deliver a wide range of information and support opportunities for you by greater collaboration and partnership working within our communities in Wales. Our team of staff and volunteers will plan and deliver information events, workshops and learning opportunities along with opportunities for you to connect, socialise and provide mutual support.

Our work will ensure that the impact of arthritis is recognised and as a result ensure you are empowered and supported to live well. CWTCH also provides opportunities for you to become proactively engaged in shaping and supporting our services and those in your local community.

To learn more about our CWTCH Cymru work contact us at cymru@versusarthritis.org.

Hywel Dda / West Wales information day

This will be held via Teams between 10.00 am – 12.00 pm (noon) on 24 March 2021.

The day will include talks and exercise demonstrations from a Health Care Professional, a presentation from a member of the Versus Arthritis digital team which will include insight in to the online community and a presentation from one of our volunteers who will be discussing self-management and the benefits of volunteering for Versus Arthritis.

Please see the Information Day poster for more details (PDF, 167 KB).

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

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.

Canghennau a grwpiau lleol

Mae ein canghennau a grwpiau cefnogaeth yn darparu cyfeillgarwch, hwyl, gwybodaeth a chyfle i gwrdd â phobl eraill sy’n gwybod sut brofiad yw byw gydag arthritis a chyflyrau tebyg.

Defnyddiwch y swyddogaeth chwilio Yn Eich Ardal ar ein gwefan i ddod o hyd i gangen neu grŵp yn eich ardal.

Byw'n Dda gydag Arthritis

Gan weithio ar y cyd â grwpiau cymunedol, gweithwyr iechyd a gofal cymdeithasol, mae ein gwirfoddolwyr cymwysedig yn eich annog i gymryd rôl ragweithiol yn rheoli agweddau ffisegol, meddyliol ac emosiynol arthritis.

Darperir ein detholiad o wasanaethau trwy gefnogaeth cyfoed i gyfoed mewn gweithdai, sesiynau galw i mewn, grwpiau neu ar sail un i un i'ch cefnogi gyda’r wybodaeth, offer a thechnegau rydych eu hangen i reoli'r heriau a wynebwch, gan gynnwys:

  • Cyfleoedd i gymryd rhan mewn gweithgareddau fel Tai Chi, ymarferion mewn cadair, grwpiau cerdded.
  • Sgyrsiau a gweithdai ar bynciau fel rheoli poen a chadw’n egnïol.
  • Stondinau gwybodaeth a Sesiynau Galw i Mewn Cymunedol mewn llefydd fel adrannau Rhiwmatoleg, meddygfeydd teulu ac mewn digwyddiadau lleol.
  • Cyfeirio at wasanaeth lleol eraill.
  • Gweithgareddau a chefnogaeth anffurfiol gan bobl fel chi trwy gyfarfodydd grŵp rheolaidd.

Cysylltwch i weld beth sydd ar gael yn eich ardal leol, trwy gysylltu â cymru@versusarthritis.org.

CWTCH Cymru

Rhan ganolog o'n gwasanaeth Byw'n Dda yw’r prosiect CWTCH Cymru (Communities with Touchpoints Can Help) a ariennir gan Lywodraeth Cymru sy'n cyfrannu i'n gweledigaeth o fyd nad yw bellach yn goddef effaith arthritis. Nod y prosiect yw cynyddu ein cyrhaeddiad daearyddol, gan sicrhau na fydd neb yn wynebu arthritis ar ben ei hun.

Bydd ein gwasanaethau gyda ffocws ar y gymuned yn cael eu llunio a chyflawni trwy weithio ochr yn ochr yn ogystal ag ynghyd â phobl ag arthritis, y rhai sy'n gofalu am bobl gydag arthritis, gweithwyr gofal iechyd, sefydliadau cymunedol a darparwyr gwasanaethau lleol eraill.

Bydd CWTCH yn datblygu a darparu amrywiaeth eang o wybodaeth a chyfleoedd cefnogaeth i chi trwy gydweithredu cynyddol a gweithio mewn partneriaeth yn ein cymunedau yng Nghymru. Bydd ein tîm o staff a gwirfoddolwyr yn cynllunio a darparu digwyddiadau gwybodaeth, gweithdai a chyfleoedd dysgu ynghyd â chyfleoedd i chi gysylltu, cymdeithasu a darparu cefnogaeth i’ch gilydd.

Bydd ein gwaith yn sicrhau y cydnabyddir effaith arthritis, ac o ganlyniad yn sicrhau eich bod wedi eich grymuso a'ch cefnogi i fyw'n dda. Mae CWTCH hefyd yn darparu cyfleoedd i chi gymryd rhan ragweithiol mewn llunio a chefnogi ein gwasanaethau a’r rhai yn eich cymuned leol.

I ddysgu mwy am ein gwaith CWTCH Cymru, cysylltwch â ni yn cymru@versusarthritis.org.

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

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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

Across Wales Laughter Yoga Workshop for people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions

When: Tuesday 17 August
Time: 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm

Location: Virtual online workshop (Teams)

Brecon Support Group

When: This group currently meets online on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.
Time: 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm

Location: Kensington Baptist Hall, Kensington Terrace, Brecon, LD3 9AY

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

Conwy Activity Support Group

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm

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

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 Get Active Support Group

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

Location: Carmel Village Hall, Carmel Road, Holywell, Flintshire, CH8 7DR

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 Group

When: Third Monday of the month
Time: 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm

Location: Coleshill Centre, Coleshill Terrace, Llanelli, SA15 3BT

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: The group will resume face to face meetings from 20 July, and from then will meet every fortnight for varied activities.
Membership is free – please come along and join us for fun activities and peer support
Time: 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm

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

Online chair based yoga classes – South Powys

When: Thursdays from July 1st 2021 for 6 weeks
Time: 10.30 am – 11.30am

Location: Virtual online class

Self-management programme - Deeside

When: Every Tuesday starting on 3 March, continues on 10, 17, 24 and 31 March, 7 April
Time: 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm

Location: St Andrew’s Community Hub, Sealand Avenue, Garden City, Deeside CH5 2HN

Swansea Group

When: Second Saturday of the month
Time: 11.00 am - 1.00 pm

Location: Ty Newydd Community Centre, 17 West Street Gorseinon, Swansea, SA4 4AA

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