Dingwall & District Arthritis Care

Dingwall Community Collage
This branch opened in 1990 with help from branches in Tain, Elgin and Nairn and from the central office. Membership has increased steadily and now stands around 70.

An average of 35 members meet monthly in Ross County Social Club. Some attend the local Rheumatology Hospital in Dingwall, a very special facility. Some are transported to meetings. A few meetings includes health and subjects to help deal with arthritis. There are summer outings and Christmas dinner as club activities.

There is a registered visitor who makes home visits offering help and support to arthritis sufferers. Recently a course called 'Challenging Arthritis' was begun and has been very helpful. The purpose of the branch is to offer such support and share problems with fellow sufferers and help all to come to terms with their pain and rise above it. Most fund raising is done by the branch although some local organisations such as Moray Firth Radio do make contributions as well as individuals.

Many members of the group enjoy and benefit from visits to the Hydrotherapy pool in Dingwall where a physiotherapist advises on the best exercises for affected joints.
Linda Holroyd
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