Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance

Portsmouth ARMA Network

DaM It Arthritis- Dads and Mums with Arthritis

Calling all Dads and Mums living with Arthritis and Connective Tissue diseases!
What do you need from a Rheumatology Service?

As we re-launch our “DaM it Arthritis” project, we would like to hear from you about what you need from local Rheumatology Services. We appreciate that having arthritis and connective tissue diseases can have an impact on personal, family and work-life balance and we are seeking your opinion on other aspects of support that you require from the Department of Rheumatology.

Please email with your thoughts about what’s needed.


DaM It Steering Group

We are looking for 5-6 people to help give direction to the “DaM It Arthritis” project. We aim to meet twice a year and to use emails to communicate what’s going on and what’s needed. If you’re up for the challenge, please email


Centre Parcs, Longleat – Family day
5th November 2017

The landscape of living with arthritis and connective tissue diseases is scary in its own right. It’s even scarier if you cannot easily access family-friendly information and support about your condition and/or a network of people who are on the same journey as you.

Our DaM It Arthritis Family Days help take the sting out of these conditions, giving families a chance to meet members of the rheumatology team and other families who “get what it’s like to live with arthritis and connective tissue diseases whilst managing a busy family, work and personal life.”

This free event will give families the opportunity to come along and find out more about management of arthritis and connective tissue diseases and have an opportunity to discuss with other dads and mums what it’s like to manage the right balance with family, work and personal life. Knowing that there is support available will hopefully make things a little less scary for the whole family.

During the morning your children will be entertained with a number of table-top games and fun activities hosted by the staff of the department. Lunch and refreshments are provided. In the afternoon and evening you will have the opportunity to use the facilities at Centre Parcs, such as the forest walks and swimming pool.

You have the option of making your own travel arrangements or join us on the coaches for the journey to and from the event.
To register your interest in attending, please email


Kings Head Festival, Emsworth
Saturday 8th July 2017

We are in the early stages of planning one of our biggest fund raising events. The Kings Head Emsworth has offered us the opportunity to be their charity for the 2017 Kings Head Festival on Saturday 8th July 2017.

The traditional summer fête runs from 12:00 midday to 5:00pm with a variety of local groups providing entertainment on the stage throughout the afternoon; in the evening there will be a live band playing.

Admission Free.

Please can you help? We are looking for:

Before the event

Donations of Teddy bears (new/unused) for the Teddy bear tombola
Bottles (any) for the bottle stalls
Raffle prizes for the grand Raffle

On the day (or delivered to Rheumatology Department on Friday 7th July 2017)

Donations of homemade cakes, biscuits and homemade savouries
Home grown fruit, vegetables and flowers & plants

Volunteers to man the stalls

We are looking for volunteers to man the variety of fundraising stalls in two shifts:
11:00-3:00 pm and 2:00-6:00 pm
Please let Amanda Finnegan know if you can volunteer

Van/small lorry owner

We are looking for a van/lorry driver to help collect tables and chairs on the morning on the 8th July 2017 around 08:00 am and again on the Sunday 08:00 am, both times for about 1½ hours.
Please let Amanda Finnegan know if you can help

Advertisement space within the programme

We have a number of small advertising spaces to sell within the programme, ranging from £25:00 – £50:00. If you are (or know of) a local business that would like to advertise within the programme, please let Colin Beevor know

Colin Beevor – Matron and Service Manager
Department of Rheumatology
Queen Alexandra Hospital
Cosham, PO6 3LY

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