Scotland Versus Arthritis
There are over 200 different forms of arthritis and we know how much strength it takes to live with arthritis. 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.
We deliver quality self-management training to enable people with arthritis to live a better quality of life. Staying Connected is a new service offering specialist mentoring in self-management for older people with arthritis, helping to reduce social isolation and loneliness.
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 devise an action plan for each participant, based on how much control they feel they have over their health and what they want to achieve. Then we match them with volunteers who support them to follow their action plan, helping to increase their confidence and take control of their own welfare.