We have 130 members accessing our services.
Our branch nights are proving successful with 60+ people attending our evenings.
We offer support and information to all people affected by Arthritis through a wide range of services.
Trained Peer Support Volunteers are available to provide support, information and self-manage techniques as well as sign posting to additional services in the area to help you live well with arthritis.
All our volunteers have Arthritis so you can talk to someone who understands what you are experiencing.
We can also provide a Community Talk to any group in the Gateshead Borough.
If you would like any further details, then why not call into one of our information events or contact us.
Personnel Change Announcements within the organisation
We are delighted to welcome Claire Boshier, as Project Coordinator for the North East looking after Branches and Volunteers and developing services, Claire is great asset to our team and we are all enjoying working with her.
My name is Claire Boshier and I am the new ‘Living Well with Arthritis Services Co-ordinator for the North East’.
I have been married to Michael for almost 20 years and we have two lovely girls, Alice who is 16 and Eve who is 12 (going on 25)!! We live in Darlington, Co Durham which is where we were born and bred. Michael and I spent 5 years living in Sutton Coldfield in the Midlands but once we decided to have a family we came home to the North East. I enjoy walking, reading and spending time with my family.
My working career has always been within the voluntary sector; working with volunteers providing services to those that need them. When we moved back to the North East in 2001 I was working for the British Heart Foundation – ironically at the charity shop on the High Street in Gateshead! Once I went on maternity leave I wanted to look for something a bit closer to home so transferred to a shop closer to Darlington. Then in 2002 I moved to working for Victim Support across Co Durham and Teesside where I spent 13 years working with volunteers supporting Victims of Crime. In 2015, due to funding cuts, I left Victim Support to take on a new challenge and started working with Action for Blind People where I managed the services across the North East for people who are blind and partially sighted. In 2017 I found myself in another funding situation so regrettably left Action for Blind people and took up a short-term role supporting people who were lonely and isolated with The British Red Cross where I am still on the emergency response list should support be required. And the rest as they say is history….
I started with Arthritis Care in April of this year and have been spending the last few months getting to know the organisation and the services that we provide in the North East of England. I may have come across some of you as I have attended different groups and meetings across Gateshead. I am thoroughly enjoying my new role, everyone has been so friendly and welcoming since I came on board and I am really looking forward to working with the organisation (whatever it may be called) in the future. I am extremely passionate about the work that volunteers do and the service they provide in their community and would like to support Arthritis Care Gateshead as much as I can to assist them in reaching as many people as possible with Arthritis and telling them about the peer support services that are on offer. I am very lucky to have this branch in my area – there aren’t many branches in the county offering as much as the Gateshead branch do for their members and volunteers and the people they meet.
If anyone has any questions for me, I am more than happy to answer them or if there are any specific activities that you would like me to attend then again, I am more than happy to come along and see you. My email address is Claireb@Arthritiscare.org.uk and my mobile number is 07483405952.
New Patron of our Branch
We are also delighted to announce that our President Baroness Joyce Quin is to become Patron of our Branch. Joyce has been with us as President for all of our 30 years starting when she was MP for Gateshead and Washington and lived in Low Fell. Joyce now holds a position in the House of Lords and which keeps her in London during the week and we are delighted she is still able to be associated with us as Patron and thank her for support over the last 30 years.
New President and Vice-President
Jacqui Binding, Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist in Rheumatology has accepted our invitation to step up from Vice-President to President and we are equally delighted that Mandy Wilson, Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist in Pain Management has accepted our invite to be Vice-President. Jacqui and Mandy have worked with our branch for at least 15 years and are enjoying joint projects like our meeting at St. Peter’s Church where patients and members join together for support and information and we also provide information stands within the hospital.