National Arthritis Awareness Week 2014 12th to19th October
National Arthritis Week 2014 (12th to 19th October) is organised by the charity Arthritis Research UK and aims to raise awareness of the debilitating pain felt by people with arthritis.
Arthritis is the biggest cause of disability in the UK, holding 10 million people in the grip of excruciating pain every day. People with arthritis experience stiffness and swelling in their joints on a daily basis, but their pain is often invisible. It makes day to day tasks that many of us take for granted, like making a cup of tea or getting a good night’s sleep really difficult.
The symptoms of arthritis tend to vary from day to day, and can impact on the daily lives of anyone at any age. They can range from stiffness and inflammation of the joints to tiredness and a general feeling of being unwell.
Therefore treatments must be tailored to the needs of each individual, as the type, severity and impact of arthritis varies from person to person. This can include taking painkillers to reduce pain and inflammation, to increasing physical activity such as a brisk walk and swimming to keep the joints moving.
Arthritis Research UK is the only charity in the UK dedicated to funding research into the cause and treatment of arthritis. Everything they do is focused on finding a cure for the 10 million people living in pain every day. However all of this work would be impossible without the help and donations of the general public.
This National Arthritis Week, Arthritis Research UK is asking you to become a Pain Killer for yourself or a loved one. Here are some ideas of how you can get involved:
Learn more about treatment and self-management options for joint pain by visiting our website (www.nationalarthritisweek.org)
Complete the National Arthritis Survey to help us better understand the effects arthritis has on people’s everyday lives.
Raise money to help fund vital world-class research.
Tell us your story of how the pain of arthritis impacts your life.
Organise a bake sale or "wear orange" day at work.
Donate goods at one of Arthritis Research UK’s charity shops
Help Arthritis Research UK win the battle and take the pain away for the 10 million people living with arthritis by becoming a Pain Killer. Visit www.nationalarthritisweek.org to find out more.
Arthritis Care Scunthorpe
Arthritis Care exists to support people with arthritis. They are the UK’s largest charity working with and for all people who have arthritis. Being a user led charity means that people with arthritis are at the heart of the charity, their activities and direct the work of Arthritis Care.
HWNL visited the Scunthorpe branch of Arthritis Care for their monthly meet up. We shared information on Healthwatch, followed by an organ concert.
The group meet the last Monday of every month at 7pm, the Community Wellbeing Hub, Alvingham Road, Scunthorpe. As well as support, the group run different talks and events throughout the year such as nostalgia evenings, quizzes, lunches, trips, concerts and crafts.
Weekly half-hour hydrotherapy swimming sessions are held at St Hughs School every Wednesday 4-4.30pm or 4.30-5pm and Thursday lunchtimes at £2.40 per session.
October 27th – Harvest Supper
November 24th Flower arrangements with Christmas in mind – all welcome
For more information on Scunthorpe Arthritis Care, contact Secretary Mrs Margaret Armstrong: 01724 782238.
For a general query about Arthritis Care please contact UK Head Office:
Tel: 020 7380 6500
National Arthritis Care FREE confidential helpline: 0808 800 400 500