Arthritis Care Week 2017 - Round up!
What a week! The support we received in raising awareness of living with arthritis has been truly overwhelming, so we wanted to share some of the highlights from the week.
Thank you so much to each and every one of you who has been involved in some way - here are some of the highlights from the week:
It was so great to have so many personal stories to share from people with arthritis. Over the week, we were really able to tell a number of different stories and give entirely different perspectives on living with arthritis.
Watch the videoSharon’s story
We know that arthritis is overlooked and underestimated in so many ways. Our job is to share the stories that help people to understand the condition. Having had the condition for all of her adult life, Sharon talked about what she wishes people knew about the misunderstood condition in a short yet emotional video.
Finding your own way
Writer and actress, J.G. Chayko wrote a great blog for Wake up to Arthritis about how rheumatoid arthritis has changed her life and how everyone will have their own path to coming to terms with their own change.
“There is a learning curve to a life with chronic illness, and it takes time and patience to find our way. We just have to take a deep breath and keep putting one foot in front of the other.”
Watch the videoBarry and Jim
Talking about your arthritis is a great way of coming to terms with the emotional impact of the condition, but for some people it doesn’t come as naturally as it does to others. In a really touching video, Barry and Jim talk about how important it has been to talk about Barry’s arthritis.
We carried out a survey so that people living with arthritis living in the UK could tell us how arthritis affects their daily life.
More than 3,000 people with arthritis responded to our survey from across the UK and, of those, 79% (four in five) said their condition makes them feel anxious or depressed.
New Joint Potential Plus service in Scotland!
We were delighted to launch the groundbreaking Joint Potential Plus (JP+) project in Fife, as part of our expanding Young People and Families Service in Scotland.
Joint Potential Plus will enable young people with arthritis to access our services. It will support young people living with arthritis and related rheumatological conditions in Fife, to self manage and be supported to access the service by their rheumatologists through drop-ins at clinic.
Learning about the role volunteering plays
We kicked off the week with a blog from Cassandra, Arthritis Care’s Volunteer Development Officer, who took the time to write about why volunteering is a big part of her own life and can play a crucial part in the support we give people with arthritis.
Our amazing volunteers in Chester (left) also set up a stand to raise awareness of arthritis, as well as the available support in their local community!
Thanks to each and every one of our supporters who joined this year's Arthritis Care Week Thunderclap campaign. We were able to share our message with an amazing 409,570 people as a result of 176 people signing up to the campaign.
Once again thank you so much to all of you who shared your stories, took part in our survey, used the hashtag #wakeuptoarthritis and put on events in honour of the week!