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Young People & Families

Arthritis is still viewed as a condition of old age. Arthritis Care knows that it’s not. Around 12,000 children and young people in the UK have some form of arthritis. It can be challenging to be a parent of a child with arthritis, and it can be isolating and difficult for children and teenagers to grow up with the condition.


We provide support and information to parents and young people through our specialist helpline, The Source, and have a range of award-winning information booklets which you can order or download.


Arthritis Care in Scotland offers a workshop to schools, Arthritis Awareness, to help raise awareness of the condition and its effects, particularly in children.

Arthritis Care in Scotland runs Joint Potential, a programme of residential weekends for children and young people with arthritis aged from 12 to 25 years. This includes activity weekends and personal development weekends, which give participants the opportunity to meet, talk, have fun and make friends with their peers.

The service is run by JoAnne McKay (Manager), Gill Meens (Development Officer) and Alex Frame (Project Administrator). They are supported by a team of volunteers, Youth Contacts, who are all young people with arthritis. The Youth Contacts play a vital role in planning, delivering and developing our services.

If you’d like more information on how we can support you, please contact our

Young People and Families’ Services Manager

JoAnne McKay,

[email protected]

Tel: 07834418449