Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance

Young People and Joint Creativity

by Garreth

New Youth contacts for Arthritis Care Scotland

Seven young people with arthritis have recently joined the Arthritis Care Scotland Young People and Families’ Services volunteer team, and they attended their weekend induction training in Stirling in March.

Two are new Youth Contacts, and the rest have taken on the newly created volunteer roles of either Joint Creativity Support volunteer or Activity Weekend Support volunteer.

During the weekend they were introduced to the what? whys? and hows? of Arthritis Care UK and in Scotland. There was specific training on The Social Model of Disability, Child Protection, Health and Safety, as well as initial training on group dynamics and presentation skills.

At the conclusion the volunteers declared themselves raring to go, and all will be helping to deliver YPFS events this year. For more details of our Young People and Families’ Services see Arthritis Care Scotland’s young-people-families page.


Joint Creativity – Putting the ART into ARThritis in Glasgow

Arthritis Care Scotland held an all-day art workshop for children and young people with any form of arthritis aged from 10 to 16 years old, in Glasgow at the end of March. Because words are often not adequate to express the experience of having arthritis, Joint Creativity gives participants the opportunity to create art about arthritis using a variety of different mediums – from drawing and painting to sculpture and printing to music, creative writing and photography – whilst having a lot of fun and making new friends.

The workshop was followed by a five day exhibition at the TouchBase Business Centre in Glasgow. A first for Scotland, the ARThritis exhibition displayed art created by children and young people with arthritis from the ages of 10 to 16 years, reflecting their personal experiences of arthritis.

For more information on Joint Creativity and ARThritis please contact: Gill Meens, Young People and Families’ Development Officer, e-mail:

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