Living Well with Arthritis and Related Conditions course

Reduce your pain and reclaim your life from arthritis by signing up for our 6-week Living Well with Arthritis and Related Conditions course. Developed by Stanford University, this award-winning course covers every area of self-management.

You will be equipped with a variety of tools and techniques to help you better manage your condition. In the past 9 years, more than 5,000 people have successfully completed this course. 

  1. Is there a course in my area?
  2. What does it cost?
  3. 10 BIG reasons to sign up today
  4. What will I learn on the course?
  5. What do past participants say? 











 1. Is there a course in my area?

In spring 2018 we run courses in the following locations:

Location Venue Start date, time Booking
North Dublin Donnycarney Youth Community Centre Tue 20th Mar, 7pm-9.30pm  Started
South Dublin Deansgrange Parish Centre Tue 10th Apr, 2pm-4.30pm  Started
West Dublin Finnstown Castle Hotel, Lucan Wed 28th Mar, 630pm-9pm  Started
Saggart/Rathcool Rathcool Community Centre  Thu 12th Apr, 6pm-8.30pm Started
Mullingar, Co. Westmeath Bloomfield House Hotel Tue 13th Mar, 7pm-9.30pm  Completed
Newbridge, Co. Kildare Keadeen Hotel Wed 11th Apr, 10am-12.30pm Started
Ballina, Co. Mayo Newman Institute Wed 18th Apr, 7pm-9.30pm  Started
Sligo Town Sligo Park Hotel Tue, 3rd Apr, 7pm-9.30pm Started
Galway City  The Connacht Hotel Thu 12th Apr, 7pm-9.30pm Started
Roscommon Town Roscommon Library  Tue 13th Feb, 5pm-7.30pm  Completed
Cork City Bru Columbanus Mon, 12th Feb, 7pm-9.30pm  Completed
Limerick City IWA Limerick Wed 21st Mar, 7pm-9.30pm  Started
Waterford City Edmund Rice Heritage Centre Tue 10th Apr, 7pm-9.30pm  Started
Clonmel, Co. Tipperary Clommel Community Centre Thu 12th Apr, 7pm-9.30pm Started
Letterkenny Station House Hotel Wed 16th May, 7pm-9.30pm  Book 

 When dates and venues are clarified, online booking will be available. In meantime you can email us about your interest in a particular location to

 2. What does it cost?

There is a small fee to participate in the workshop which covers a small portion of the cost of providing the programme and provides you with Living a Healthy Life with Cronic Conditions book, an excellent resource written by arthritis specialists Dr. James Fries and Prof. Kate Lorig.

Course fee: full price - €32, discounted price (for medical card holders) - €24

3. 10 BIG reasons to sign up today

  1. Reduce your pain
  2. Reduce your fatigue
  3. Reduce the number of times you need to see your doctor and healthcare team.
  4. Understand your arthritis, medication and other treatments
  5. Improve your relationship with your doctor and healthcare team
  6. Start or improve your exercise regime
  7. Improve your mental health
  8. Improve your diet
  9. Improve your problem solving
  10. Learn to set realistic goals and plan to achieve them 

4. What will I learn on the course?

The Living Well with Arthritis and Related Conditions course is taught over a six-week period in weekly 2.5 hour sessions. Each group usually has 18 people and is led by two trained leaders. Most of the leaders have conditions themselves or are health care professionals. They are all interested in helping people with arthritis and related conditions, and have successfully completed a Leader Training Workshop. 

Session One 

Session Two

Session Three

Session Four

Session Five 

Session Six 

5. What do past participants say?

Anne-Marie Gannon: “I had just had a new baby when I was diagnosed with arthritis. I was in an awful lot of pain and it got to the stage where I couldn’t even pick my new son up. The Living Well with Arthritis course was a real turning point in my life. It taught me that I was in control of my disease, not the other way around.”

Quentin Carrick:

“Going into the Living Well with Arthritis course I hadn’t had one positive thought for three years. The course changed all that. Instead of focussing on not being able to run five miles, I started concentrating on being able to do a five-minute walk. I now make a weekly action plan and completing it gives me a great feeling of achievement. I also switched to an automatic car which makes driving easier. Previously I would have seen this as giving in. Now I see it as something that can help me function normally.”

Erica Mitchell: “Initially I was worried that everyone on the Living Well with Arthritis course would be way older than me but it wasn’t like that at all. We had a whole spectrum of ages, from 27 up. It was great to be able to speak to others who knew exactly what it was like to be a young person with arthritis.” 

Arthritis Ireland wishes to acknowledge the support of the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Programme, the Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019.