Scotland Versus Arthritis
The word arthritis is used to describe pain, swelling and stiffness in a joint or joints. Arthritis isn’t a single condition and there are several different types.
Around 10 million people in the UK are thought to have arthritis. It can affect people of all ages – even children and teenagers. Some forms of arthritis are more common in older people.
When you need support, we are here to help in whatever way you need us – on the phone, online or in person. Versus Arthritis offers a range of services aimed at providing support and information to people of all ages.
Information for volunteers
Volunteers are provided with training in befriending skills and self-management techniques, before matching them with participants. We ask for references and carry out PVG checks.
Self Management involves a range of tips, techniques and support to encourage people with long-term health conditions to live life to their full potential. Self-management is about working in partnership with family, friends, peers and health professionals to achieve more control over your wellbeing. We can help people to gain confidence and set goals for themselves, based on how much control they feel they have over their health and what they want to achieve. We match them with volunteers who will support them to achieve their goals, helping to increase their confidence and take control of their own wellbeing.