Arthritis Ireland receives grant to support inner city communities

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 30 August 2018


Lynne Paine and Grainne O'Leary cheque presentation

Lynne Paine, Hospital Saturday Fund, presenting a cheque for €10,236 to Grainne O'Leary, Arthritis Ireland.


Arthritis Ireland has secured a grant from the Hospital Saturday Fund to deliver self-management and exercise programmes to hard to reach populations in the inner city.

 With the €10,000 grant, Arthritis Ireland will offer free places on its award-winning Living Well with Arthritis programme and heavily subsidised places on the Be Active with Arthritis course. The initiative will launch in 2019.

 According to Michelle Mallon, Arthritis Ireland services manager, “These programmes will give people living with arthritis the opportunity to learn more about their condition. It will also help them to recover mobility and combat the effects of arthritis.

 “We are conscious that there is a cohort of people, who for a variety of reasons, do not typically engage with our services or benefit from the self-management programme. We want to remove financial barriers and deliver courses where people in the inner city, for example, can easily access them.”

 Arthritis Ireland has already begun to work in partnership with community development organisations in central Dublin and it plans to establish two new branches in the north and south inner city.

 Living Well with Arthritis is a self-management course adapted from Stanford University, for people living with chronic pain. The course has been proven to reduce participants’ pain and fatigue, and the number of visits to GPs/healthcare professionals. It enables those living with arthritis to start or improve their exercise regime, adjust their diet, promote positive mental health, assist with problem solving and it teaches individuals the importance of setting realistic goals and how to go about achieving them.

 Be Active with Arthritis is an adapted exercise programme developed by Arthritis Ireland and the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. It reduces pain, keeps joints moving, restores flexibility and strength, and protects joints against further damage. The course is delivered as an indoor programme, as well as a swimming pool-based option.

 Arthritis Ireland is the national patient organisation representing one million people living with arthritis in the country. Arthritis is the biggest cause of disability in Ireland and it can affect people of any age. Its vision is to build a better world for people living with arthritis today, and a world without arthritis tomorrow. As well as providing services for people living with the disease, the organisation funds research in rheumatology, and advocates at a political and policy level for the needs of people living with the disease.

 The Hospital Saturday Fund is a registered charity which has been providing assistance through charitable funds for 140 years. In 2018, the Hospital Saturday Fund will give €1.4m in donations and grants to medical charities for care and research, hospices and hospitals across the UK and Ireland. Assistance is also be given to individuals whose illness or disability has caused financial difficulties.


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