Arthritis Care Scotland holds first Wellbeing workshop in Edinburgh

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“I found it very motivating and it helps combat social isolation that goes along with our conditions” – participant at the workshop.

The workshop

On Saturday 2 July, the Joint Potential project, part of the Young People & Families Service in Scotland, held their first Wellbeing workshop in Edinburgh. The Wellbeing workshop was attended by 14 young people all between the ages of 16-25 years old, with arthritis (or related joint conditions).

“It was interesting and gave me some simple ideas to help improve my wellbeing” - participant at the workshop

The participants from all across Scotland took part in a series of workshops across the day which gave them the opportunity to talk about their condition and how it affects them in relation to wellbeing. They were able to think through and discuss with others some of the challenges having arthritis can cause them and the impact this has on their lives, diet and physical activity.

During the day they explored wellbeing, what it means to them and why it is important, while also developing a confidential and supportive environment in which to set realistic, personal goals.

When asked what they learned at the workshop the participants said:
“I intend to take personal wellbeing more seriously and think of different ways to exercise that is relevant to me”
“That relaxation and stress relieving are very important and that I should make more effort and time in my life to maintain the balance”

“Brilliant being able to get together with others to discuss topic which you may not necessarily discuss with others” – participant at the workshop

Throughout the day they were joined by Heather Lickley, Nutritional Therapist and Sharon Macpherson, Living Well with Arthritis Service Development Officer as part of Arthritis Care. Heather led a fantastically informative presentation on nutrition, which included doing some food myth busting, exploring the importance of diet and quick food tips or swaps you can make in your life in order to eat better. Sharon joined us and led a session based on exercise which showed how beneficial doing just 30 minutes of exercise over a day is. She also set up a Boccia session which everyone thoroughly enjoyed, even if it did get a bit competitive!

More information on nutrition and how eating better can help you live better can be found on Heather's website.

“Changes my point of view, I leave more positive & more informed” – participant at the workshop

The Wellbeing Workshop is 1 of 3 FREE Joint Potential workshops run by the Young People and Families Service in Scotland. Joint Potential events are for 16 – 25 year olds with arthritis or related joint conditions from anywhere in Scotland.

Making a difference

Evaluation of the weekend by looking at the difference in 5 indicators pre and post event showed: 

  • a 49% reported reduction in isolation
  • a 60% reported increase in feeling positive about your arthritis
  • a 55% reported increase in confidence in expressing how arthritis affects you
  • a 39% reported increase in having high hopes for the future
  • a 42% reported increase in confidence in being yourself

If you have any enquiries about any of the services offered in Scotland, contact Klaire Connor or Gillian Meens on 0141 954 7776 or email KlaireC@arthritiscare.org.uk

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