Arthritis sufferers can talk to someone about the problems they face with the condition at a new drop-in point in Gaywood, which will open for the first time this week.
Last year, Arthritis Care developed a new, peer-led support Arthritis Community Champion service to help improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of people with arthritis through supported self management.
People with arthritis can have a chat, get information and self management tips and be directed to helpful local services.
The drop-in point in Gaywood will be at the library in River Lane this Thursday, August 28, between 10.30am and 12.30pm.
Volunteers are then scheduled to return to the library on November 6 and December 4, between the same times.
Charity officials say arthritis is the most common cause of chronic pain in the UK and can have a devastating impact on people’s lives.
The condition accounts for one-in-five of all GP visits.
But Jane Monk, the charity’s volunteer services supervisor for East Anglia, said: “Almost nine out of ten people tell us that, on diagnosis, they received nothing to help them understand or deal with the condition.”
People have highlighted concerns about their independence, mobility, the risk of becoming socially isolated and depression caused by the pain and loss of confidence.
For more information about the Arthritis Community Champions service, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0330 2020 358.