Receiving a diagnosis of arthritis can be overwhelming, whether it happens at age 8 or 80. Yet for many people, their friends and family will never know that they are living with a chronic condition. Our newly diagnosed phone service means that anyone with arthritis can receive support from a person who understands what they are going through.

Our trained volunteers are there to listen and to advise. They come from all walks of life: each have their own diagnoses and stories to tell. They draw on their own experience with arthritis to support their callers. With a database of 20+ volunteers, we assign clients to the volunteer who we judge to be the best match.

This is not a standard volunteering role. Our phone responders may be asked throughout the year if they are able to provide support for a newly diagnosed client- although we never disturb our volunteers outside of working hours! Before speaking to their first caller, potential volunteers receive training. Those who have attended this training have said that the skills they learn on the course have even been useful outside of volunteering: techniques for dealing with stress and the importance of self-care.

What we can guarantee for our volunteers is this: a rewarding role that will not take up too much of your time; a chance to connect with others living with arthritis; and perhaps most importantly, the opportunity to provide perspective in a newly diagnosed person’s life. As one caller said, “it’s good to have finally had contact with another person with [my form of arthritis]”.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer responder and see how you can make a lasting impression on someone with arthritis, contact dianne.armstrong@arthritis.org.nz for details.

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We have had a few people ask about hand pain on our online Facebook forums. Our fantastic Arthritis Educator Jane gave us this simple exercise you can do with household items most of us already have. Definitely worth a try! ...

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Arthritis New Zealand

Our arthritis educators are waiting for your call! 0800 663 463 ...

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We introduce you to Kylie, an Auckland woman living with arthritis. ...

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Isolation is difficult.

Our arthritis educators are waiting for your call!

Call 0800 663 463 to get advice on nutrition, exercise and staying well during isolation.

We are here for you!

#covid_19 #coronavirus #arthritis #arthritis_new_zealand #arthritisnz
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https://bit.ly/2vUpo4o
7 Tips for your mental health during the lockdown, for people with arthritis.
#COVID19lockdown #selfisolation #arthritis

https://bit.ly/2y9GIDc
Register using the code ARTHSOC in the field where it asks for a Super Gold Card number so that Countdown can work to filter you through the process as quickly as possible. If you have a Super Gold Card, enter the number too, after the code.

As well as our 0800 663 463 service, you can also call St John's Caring Caller service. Don't feel alone during the isolation period! Reach out!
Read more about Caring Caller: https://bit.ly/3duuiGj

Join our Facebook groups for specific forms of arthritis!
Search Facebook for:
Arthritis Online Support Group
Psoriatic Arthritis Online Support Group NZ
Fibromyalgia Online Support Group NZ
Osteoarthritis Online Support Group NZ
Lupus Online Support Group NZ

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