Northern Ireland

Arthritis Care provides support and services for people with arthritis in Northern Ireland. We provide them, their families and friends with support, understanding, information and expertise so that they can cope with the impact of the condition and get the most out of life.

In this section:

Branches and Groups

Our Branches and Support Groups are a great way of meeting other people with the same condition in your area.

Face to face services

Our support services, provided across Northern Ireland, help you to better understand your condition, manage your pain, make positive changes, and feel less isolated.

Living Well with Arthritis

Working alongside community groups and health and social care professionals, our trained volunteer champions encourage you to take a proactive role in managing the physical, mental and emotional aspects of arthritis.

Their range of services are provided through peer to peer support, over the phone, at drop-ins, in groups or one on one.

Self management courses and workshops

We provide a number of group sessions to help you make improvements in your quality of life. Delivered by trained volunteers, topics cover:

Staying Connected in Later Life

New Big Lottery Fund pink (2)A mentoring and befriending service to help older people at risk of isolation, and to assist carers in better understanding their role.  It will help older people:

  • cope better with their condition
  • make positive changes
  • feel less isolated
  • have improved health and well-being
  • regain an activity role in their community

The Staying Connected service is currently only available in Northern Ireland.

Young People and Families

Juvenile arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), lupus and other musculoskeletal conditions, can have a devastating effect on children and young people.  Many young people with arthritis never meet another young person like them.

The pain and fatigue means that joining in at school and with friends can be hard and reduce the opportunity to develop life and social skills in the same way as their peers. 

Our Young People and Families service complements medical treatment by providing additional social and emotional support. Our activities are delivered across the UK.

Children and young people living with arthritis will benefit from:

  • reduced isolation
  • increased resilience
  • a more positive outlook

Parents and family members will achieve a greater understanding of their child's condition, receive helpful information and develop an extended support network.

We also run a closed Facebook group for young people in Northern Ireland who have arthritis. It aims to give young people the opportunity to meet others with the condition, receive invites to events in Northern Ireland and share tips on managing their arthritis.

For more information about our services, email


All of our services are either delivered or supported by our amazing volunteers. Volunteering is at the very heart of Arthritis Care. It is thanks to the hard work, enthusiasm and commitment of volunteers that we are able to support millions of people living with arthritis every year.


Over the decades we have had a distinguished record of being the voice of people living with arthritis in Northern Ireland. We have successfully campaigned for additional funding for drug treatments and reduced waiting times for these treatments. 

We have also successfully campaigned for an increase in the number of consultants within rheumatology and paediatric rheumatology. We are constantly lobbying the Government for a better deal for people with arthritis.

  • If you have a campaigning enquiry please contact  John McCormick, Policy and Engagement Manager for Northern Ireland:

Contact us

1 Shore Rd
County Antrim
BT15 3PG
028 9078 2940

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