The Arthritis Society’s programs and services are funded entirely by donor dollars. Community groups can raise awareness of The Arthritis Society, provide programs, build relationships with the public and ask them to join the donor program. Monies raised by community group volunteers can be used locally and/or provincially.
Advocacy works on several levels: individual, local, provincial and national. Community groups can focus on local issues or take on provincial or national issues under the guidance of the Division office.
The goal of communications is to raise awareness about arthritis, The Arthritis Society and the activities of the community group. Means of communication include: local media, special events and newsletters.
Education empowers people with arthritis to take an active role in their health. Opportunities to educate include: speaking engagements, public forums, health fairs, providing information on community resources and referral, dissemination of educational literature.
Coping with a chronic condition such as arthritis is challenging. Community groups can provide emotional support through individual support, self-help groups, and information and referral to community resources.
HOW CAN I FIND ONE NEAR ME?
If you are interested in starting a community group in your area please contact the regional office closest to you.
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