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Free course will offer help to local arthritis sufferers

 
Created on 26/03/2018 @ 12:24
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Arthritis sufferers in Newtown are being offered a free course to help them manage their condition.

Arthritis Care Wales will be launching a six-week course from 12 April to help with self-topic issues.

"The course is designed for anyone with any form of arthritis and aims to help them better manage their condition and symptoms through knowledge, self-management and activity/exercise," said Helen Saxon-Jones of Arthritis Care Wales.

"Each week covers a different self-management topic from healthy eating to managing pain and weeks two to six include an activity taster session which will be accessible to participants of all abilities (Tai chi for arthritis, chair based exercise, Boccia and yoga) and participants receive a self-management information resource pack which they are able to add to and retain for the future."

The course, which is completely free, will run from 10.30am to 12.30pm for 6 weeks (Week six will be on a Friday and not Thursday) at Plas Dolerw in Milford Road. Refreshments are provided.
   
In a recent survey by Arthritis Care, 91 per cent of people with arthritis in Wales said they worry about how the condition will affect their future independence.

In a positive move to address this head on Get Active!, which is a joint initiative funded by The Big Lottery, aims to help people in Mid Wales to take control of their arthritis, lead healthier, active and more fulfilling lives through Mentoring, Self-Management courses and activity taster sessions.

To oversee the project in Mid Wales, Arthritis Care Wales appointed Helen Saxon-Jones as project Co-ordinator.

“It’s very easy to think that pain needs to be a barrier to activity and exercise, but in reality the more active we can be when we have a long term condition like Arthritis, the better we can control pain and stay healthy," said Helen.

As Project Coordinator, Helen is looking to hear from anyone who has, or knows someone with any form of arthritis who would benefit from Get Active! Or would like to know about the volunteering opportunities within the project. She can be contacted at HelenS@arthritiscare.org.uk.


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