Let's Talk Arthritis Peer-to-Peer Support
Sometimes it can be helpful to talk to someone else who really understands what it is like to live with arthritis.
We have trained peer support volunteers all of whom have been diagnosed with arthritis. We can arrange for one of them to telephone you at a mutually convenient time about whatever aspect of your arthritis that concerns you most.
- You may be a young woman planning to start a family or a mum finding it difficult to cope with young children – perhaps chatting to another mother who has had to face similar challenges and choices would help you.
- What if you are someone concerned about balancing work with the fatigue caused by arthritis or communicating with work colleagues about your disease? Many of our volunteers are in full or part-time employment and can talk to you about their experiences in the workplace.
- Going onto a new medication may concern you. Would it help to talk to someone else who has been taking that medication for some time? Or perhaps you’ve been told you need an operation and have some questions that only someone who has experienced it can really answer.
To request a call from one of our peer support volunteers call our Helpline: on 1890 252 846 (between 10.00am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or...
- In the first instance you will be called by a member of the Helpline team to discuss your request so that we are able to make the best match for you. We may need some further details, and may be able to offer you some initial information or support in the meantime whilst waiting for your volunteer call.
- We will then get in contact with a peer support volunteer to discuss your request and find out if they are happy to make a call. We will try and arrange a mutually convenient time for them to call you, and let them know your first name and telephone number.
- We will then get back in touch with you to let you know the volunteer’s name and an idea of when to expect their call.
- It may take a little time to match and arrange a volunteer call, but someone from the Helpline team will keep you updated.
Please note : -
- Our volunteers can only talk about their personal experiences so if you have any specific medical queries it would be better to discuss these with your medical team.
- A landline phone number is preferable to a mobile if possible.
Arthritis Ireland wishes to acknowledge the support of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (now the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government) and the Programme, the Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019.