£1 million grant from the Welsh Government will help to support more people with arthritis

06 February 2020
A group of volunteers happy.

We are pleased to announce that our funding application to the Welsh Government’s Sustainable Social Services Third Sector Grant (Phase 2) has been successful.

The grant amounts to £1,022,028 over 3 years and supports Welsh Ministers’ priorities of a new and equal relationship between people and practitioners; early intervention and prevention and transforming the way people’s needs for care and support are met.

The grant is an exciting opportunity for us to be a key partner with the Welsh Government and roll out of our CWTCH Cymru (Communities with Touchpoints Can Help) project across Wales from April 2020.

Starting in West Wales (Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire), the project will expand further across Powys, North Wales and West Glamorgan. With the aim to provide better support in local communities for people living with arthritis.

Why local contact matters to people with arthritis

In Wales, over 29% of the population has arthritis. People have told us they want to feel better connected with their peers, feel less isolated and have access to quality trusted information that’s relevant to them where they live.

The CWTCH Cymru project has been co-designed with local people to help:

  • empower people with arthritis to improve and take charge of their health and well-being
  • enable healthcare professionals and people with arthritis to work together to plan and deliver care and support, including relevant local community services.

Mary Cowern, Director of Cymru Versus Arthritis said:

“We’re delighted to have been awarded such an important grant which will help us grow our much-needed services and reach more people across Wales. The grant will enable us to help more people across Wales to connect with others: to have the confidence and support to manage their condition; to become more independent; less isolated and to shape local services.”

We’re committed to do more

Collectively, our goal is to do all we can to improve the lives of people with arthritis. Get involved and follow the action in Wales on Cymru Versus Arthritis Facebook and Twitter.