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We are Versus Arthritis

Versus Arthritis was launched on 19 September 2018, following the merger of two of the UK’s largest arthritis charities, Arthritis Research UK and Arthritis Care.

By joining our award-winning care with our outstanding breakthroughs in research, we can now do so much more for people with arthritis.

What is Versus Arthritis going to be doing?

Arthritis is one of the major health issues facing people across the UK today. It affects one in six people, with over half of those living in pain every day. The impact on people with arthritis is huge as the condition slowly intrudes on everyday life – affecting the ability to work, care for a family, to move free from pain and to live independently. Yet arthritis is often dismissed as an inevitable part of aging or shrugged off as ‘just a bit of arthritis’.

The merger of Arthritis Research UK and Arthritis Care legally took place in November 2017, as both charities recognised they could have a bigger impact by combining their strengths.

Versus Arthritis will work tirelessly to defy arthritis and help people live better with the condition through all means possible. From researching new treatments and cures, to the delivery of ongoing care, support and advice as well as campaigning to increase awareness and perception change of the condition in society.

The challenge cannot be met alone. Working with volunteers, supporters, researchers, healthcare professionals and many more, Versus Arthritis will focus on:

• Providing the best-quality services, information, advice and support for people living with arthritis – whenever and however they need it.
• Campaigning to constantly challenge the current tolerance of arthritis and ensure it is recognised as a priority across the UK, receiving the investment and consideration that it deserves
• Delivering cutting-edge research to help people live better with their condition

And we won’t stop until no one has to live with the pain, fatigue and isolation of arthritis.