Joint Potential

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Joint Potential, part of the Young People and Families Service for Scotland, is a programme of events for young people with arthritis, and related conditions, aged 16-25 years old. Our residential weekends and one day events are for anyone with any form of arthritis or related joint condition, living anywhere in Scotland. They’re free, plus we cover travel expenses, accommodation and food.

All the events are designed to empower you to live positively and successfully with your arthritis. You’ll meet other young people with arthritis, have fun and find a new future for yourself.

"Joint Potential is an enormous help to feelings of isolation and self-esteem. It helps you feel accepted and cheers you up." - Joint Potential Participant

Joint Potential weekends 

The weekends are residential – they start on a Friday evening and finish after lunch on the Sunday. There are 12 participants, and you’ll be supported by our volunteer Youth Contacts who are all young people with arthritis. If you've not come along before, we'll put you in touch with one of our youth contacts so that you’ll know someone when you arrive.

During a weekend we will explore the theme and do a range of group discussions and activities. We will also have a fun activity on the Saturday afternoon. In the past we have done a Mocktail Masterclass, singing workshops, go-karting and visited castles. You will also have free time to use the hotel facilities and chill out. 

Activity Weekend

Challenge and achievement

Our activity weekends are held at an activity centre. The weekends are relaxed, unpressurised and participants can choose the activities they want to do – from gorge walking to kayaking, archery to abseiling, mountain biking to canoeing. There's always something that each young person is enabled to succeed in.

We stay in comfortable lodges, and there’s always fun and games, plus a campfire – with marshmallows of course – on the Saturday evening.

"It was such a fun-filled inspirational weekend and a great way to meet lovely, lovely people who have had similar experiences to me regarding arthritis." - Joint Potential participant

"The gorge walking was my favourite – a real challenge. And the abseiling was super scary but gave me a chance to push myself! Thank you so much." - Joint Potential participant 

Positive Future weekend

Sharing and confidence building 

"Joint Potential is a fantastic way to meet other young adults with similar problems. It's good to be able to chat and share experiences without prejudice and with confidence." - Joint Potential participant 

The Positive Future workshop lets participants talk about the challenges arthritis or related conditions can cause, and then explore ways to solve them. The young people build self-esteem and confidence by focusing on their positive qualities as individuals, learn how to be assertive and how to set achievable goals. 

As well as the workshop sessions, there’s a fun activity away to give everyone a chance to try something new.

"I think this is a really great opportunity and it makes me feel so comfortable being around people with the same condition." - Joint Potential participant 

"Joint Potential has a really positive influence on my self-confidence and on me understanding on how arthritis affects me mentally. It shows us all how we can positively impact our thoughts and feelings about arthritis." - Joint Potential participant

Joint Potential Positive Future weekends start on Friday evening and finish on Sunday afternoon. Locations vary, and each weekend is led by trained youth contacts who are all young people with arthritis.

Self-Image weekend

Self-awareness and confidence

"I see myself in a different light now, and think more about how others see me. I hope to be able to think about my arthritis in a different way and be more comfortable with acknowledging it." - Joint Potential participant

The Self-Image weekend doesn't focus on arthritis, but on how seeing yourself clearly can help confidence, relationships and decision making. Participants are challenged to examine their own attitudes and values, and encouraged to think positively about themselves and their future. As well as the workshop sessions, there’s fun activity to give everyone a chance to try something new.

Joint Potential Self-Image weekends start on Friday evening and finish on Sunday afternoon. Locations vary, and each weekend is led by trained youth contacts who are all young people with arthritis.

Good Relationships weekend

Self-esteem and values

"It was very relevant and I will definitely take a lot away from this." - Joint Potential participant.

This weekend allows participants to think about the many relationships in their life in a safe setting, and develops their self-awareness through examining personal opinions, beliefs and values. It explores the links between self-esteem and personal relationships. 

The weekend helps participants gain a better understanding of how to build good relationships with the people that are important to them now, and those who could be in the future.

As well as the workshop sessions, there’s fun activity to give everyone a chance to try something new.

Joint Potential Good Relationships weekend start on Friday evening and finish on Sunday afternoon. Locations vary, and each weekend is led by trained youth contacts who are all young people with arthritis.

Moving Up and Moving On weekend

Change and positivity

"I thoroughly enjoyed this course and, even after living with RA for many years, I have learned so much this weekend." - Joint Potential participant

This weekend considers what it is to become 'adult', and how and when we grow up. Participants are asked to think about how they deal with change, and are encouraged to use their life experiences in a positive way to make the most of their future.

As well as the workshop sessions, there’s fun activity to give everyone a chance to try something new.

"It was very important and empowering for me." - Joint Potential participant 

"The course was excellent and it really helped me make sense of a lot of things." - Joint Potential participant

Joint Potential Moving Up and Moving Up weekends start on Friday evening and finish on Sunday afternoon. Locations vary, and each weekend is led by trained youth contacts who are all young people with arthritis.