Arthritis Care has been awarded £25,000 to help tackle the isolation experienced by many people living with arthritis.
This grant will help to fund the development of 50 new support groups across England and Wales. These are often a lifeline for people who may have become isolated because of their condition.
Over 10 million people in the UK currently live with the often excruciating pain and fatigue of arthritis. In a recent survey, the charity found that over 50% of people with arthritis felt isolated and 79% had experienced anxiety or depression.
The groups offer a vital way to cope with both the emotional and physical symptoms. They do this by bringing local people together to socialise and try new activities to improve their health and wellbeing.
Freemasons from Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire visited their local Arthritis Care group to find out more
Freemasons visited the Northampton branch, which meets every month for socials and activities such as Tai Chi and hydrotherapy.
Stewart Long, Director of Nations & Services at Arthritis Care, said:
“We’re very grateful for this much needed grant. The funding will allow us to expand our vital work in supporting people across the country. The new groups will enable more people living with arthritis to meet new people and receive support to manage their condition.”
Freemason, Trevor Boswell said:
“We’re very pleased to be able to support Arthritis Care, who are doing amazing work in Northamptonshire and across the country. Living with arthritis can be a painful struggle, made all the worse by the loneliness and isolation that too often accompany it.”