Take Control

Before canoeing

Take Control, part of our Young People and Families Service, is a project for 10 - 18 year olds with arthritis or related conditions. The project includes Joint Creativity - our arts workshops - one day workshops on pain management, sleep and relationships as well as an activity weekend. Every event is free and travel costs will be covered. 

The Workshops

The pain management course will help you to gain new skills to cope with pain and practical tips to help you live better with arthritis.

The sleep workshop looks at barriers to getting a good nights sleep and give you information to help to improve quality and length of sleep.

The C.H.A.T. (Communication, Happiness, Assertiveness and Transition) workshop looks at building confidence and communicating your needs through learning about assertiveness. 

Joint Creativity

Joint Creativity is a one day art workshop that gives young people the opportunity to get together and put the ART into ARThritis. A whole day of making, there are group activities to create collaborative artworks, and workshops where participants can sculpt, paint, draw and print their own individual pieces. There's also a lot of fun, and the opportunity to make new friends.

Following the workshop, all the art created is curated into a public exhibition called ARThritis, which culminates in a final private viewing where friends and family can come and admire the work. We run three workshops across Scotland and have one exhibition a year. 

To see more images of the work created please visit our Flickr page.

The Activity Weekend

Our activity weekend is held at an activity centre. This weekend begins on Friday evening and finishes Sunday afternoon. Like all our events it is relaxed, unpressurised and participants can choose the activities they want to do – from gorge walking to kayaking, archery to abseiling, mountain biking to canoeing. There's always something that each young person is enabled to succeed in.

We stay in comfortable lodges, and there’s usually fun and games, plus a campfire – with marshmallows of course – on the Saturday evening.

"It was such a fun-filled inspirational weekend and a great way to meet lovely, lovely people who have had similar experiences to me regarding arthritis." - Young participant

"The gorge walking was my favourite – a real challenge. And the abseiling was super scary but gave me a chance to push myself! Thank you so much." Young participant

Kids Have A Say

Kids Have A Say (KHAS) is our Children’s Forum. It is a place where young people can tell us what they really think about our events and workshops. They let us know about what they like or don’t like, what they want more of and what they would like less of. We will always take this feedback and use it to improve our events and workshops.

children in needThis project has been made possible by funding from BBC Children in Need.

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