New Group for Arthritis Sufferers

From SARAH GREENER of Versus Arthritis

In 2018 Arthritis Care and Arthritis Research UK merged to form a bigger organisation called Versus Arthritis. Versus Arthritis strives to achieve its vision of “a world free from the pain, fatigue and isolation of arthritis”.

This vision is being brought to life in Pembrokeshire by its newly appointed Pembrokeshire services coordinator, Sarah Greener. Sarah joined the organisation in November 2020 and is committed to trying to help and support as many people in Pembrokeshire with arthritis as she can. Sarah is working as part of the Cwtch Cymru project which aims to help people live well with their arthritis.

Versus Arthritis has not stopped supporting people with arthritis over lockdown – it has just had to adapt to a virtual way of working. Versus Arthritis has been offering 1:1 support over the phone to give hints and tips on small changes to make a positive impact on life.

The organisation has not stopped there and within Pembrokeshire it has also been giving awareness talks to a wide range of organisations. People with arthritis have also been joining with others from across Wales in virtual support groups, however Versus Arthritis will launch a Pembrokeshire virtual support group on Tuesday 27 April, 2pm-3pm. The group will run every week and will alternate between Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings. The group has already set up a programme including some great speakers both from within Versus Arthritis and outside the charity. All this support is completely free of charge.

If you would like more information on the support available within Pembrokeshire or to join in with the virtual support group, contact Sarah. Sarah can be reached by email on s.greener@versusarthritis.org or by phone on 01834 504060 or 07483148174. Alternatively, you can also contact the wider Wales team by email on walessupport@versusarthritis.org.

Arthritis is the term used to describe pain, swelling and stiffness in one or more joints. It is an umbrella term covering more than 100 different conditions, such as fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, joint hypermobility syndrome, gout and lupus. There are approximately 887,000 people in Wales living with arthritis. Many people have the perception that arthritis is a part of aging and only affects older people. This is a common myth, as arthritis can affect people of any age, including children.

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