David Stewart

Meeting with Nairn branch of Arthritis Care

25 July 2017

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP David Stewart had an informal meeting with Nairn branch of Arthritis Care last Thursday to discuss raising awareness of the charity and how it can help those with the condition.

Mr Stewart met chairwoman Val Thomson and some committee members at Queenspark Gardens Sheltered Housing to find out more about Arthritis Care and also the many social events that the charity organises locally.

He has also offered to set up a tour of the Scottish Parliament for members when MSPs return after the summer recess.

“I was delighted to meet everyone and hear about the work they are carrying out on behalf of this worthwhile charity,” said Mr Stewart.

“Arthritis can strike anyone at any age and I was concerned to hear that there are some barriers for people of working age who have the condition.

“Around 40% of people with Rheumatoid Arthritis have to stop work and others need to change job or reduce their duties especially if they have manual jobs.

“I would really encourage anyone in the area with arthritis to contact the group as they offer help and advice as well as companionship.”

Nairn branch meets on the third Thursday of each month from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the British Legion Hall from September to May to enjoy social evenings with talks, discussion and music.

Boccia, a form of indoor bowls played sitting down, is played twice a month in Nairn Old Parish Church Hall and there is a once a month meeting of Let’s Get On With It Together, a project which helps people manage their long-term conditions and get on with their lives.

For more information please ring Val Thomson on 01667 451728 or Janette Wallace on 01667 451646.