Arthritis Research UK and Arthritis Care have joined together so that we can do more to help people with arthritis to live full and active lives. Our focus can be summarised under four key themes: care, research, funding and voice.
There is a massive unmet need to provide advice and support for those struggling with the pain, fatigue and isolation of arthritis. The two charities have complementary expertise, experience and know-how. Bringing together our passionate employees and volunteers and pooling our resources will allow us to reach many, many more of the millions of people with arthritis and help them to break free of its limitations and manage their condition effectively. We will work hard to ensure information and support is easily accessible for everyone and that no one struggling with arthritis is without help.
Together, we can expand our research programme and develop treatments – perhaps even a cure – for people living with arthritis. Investment for research into arthritis is lagging behind other long-term conditions, but by combining our resources we can achieve more. We can expand Arthritis Research UK’s network of Patient Insight Partners to increase volunteer involvement in decision making and research.
Investment in arthritis remains lower than other long-term conditions. By using our combined reserves, we will be able to kick-start research and build the support services that are so desperately needed. Raising the proﬁle and getting more people involved will enable us to raise more income that will, in turn, allow us to deliver the best services, provide the best support and undertake the most relevant research to change the lives of millions.
Arthritis is often described as an invisible condition; if you can’t see the pain, it’s difﬁcult to realise the impact. Arthritis remains misunderstood, underestimated and ignored. Our goal is for people with arthritis to be heard, empowered and supported in wider society. We will continue to invest signiﬁcantly in a campaign to improve recognition of arthritis over the next three years, something that has never been done before. By merging, we will have a more powerful and effective voice, ensuring that we can raise the proﬁle of the condition, campaign for more services and achieve real change for people with arthritis..