Section: Transforming Self Management
Type: Funded Project

Versus Arthritis were awarded funding in April 2016 for five years to develop Joint Potential in conjunction with rheumatologists.

Scotland Versus Arthritis’ Joint Potential project aimed to support young people living with arthritis to self manage and be better supported by their rheumatologists. The engagements aimed to equip young people with the skills and techniques that would enable them to confidently manage their condition and manage transition in their lives, and, therefore, feel less isolated by their condition and have an established network of peer support.

Over the five years of the project, Scotland Versus Arthritis delivered workshops including sessions in rheumatology units for young people and to their families, and information sessions for professionals. The workshops centred around pain management and wellbeing, whereas events focused on transitioning. Young people could also participate in self management weekends, focusing on building relationships or being active. The project also engaged with volunteers, supporting them in their work through training and development events.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the engagements moved online, which happened smoothly due to the incredible effort of all involved. Young people could continue to participate in a variety of virtual events and interactive workshops, remaining supported throughout the pandemic.

This summary is by no means exhaustive of all the fantastic self management engagements and projects Scotland Versus Arthritis undertook during their five years of funding. You can find more detailed information of their work by visiting their dedicated page here (this link will take you away from our website) and their website here (this link will take you away from our website).