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Busy Spring For NRAS Volunteer Network and Clare!

Busy Spring For NRAS Volunteer Network and Clare!

Busy spring! My feet haven’t touched the ground lately with so much going on it is sometimes hard to remember where I am and even who I am! I thought you might like to hear of all the places I’ve been to in these first three months of 2011 and what we plans we have for the rest of the year.

So far I’ve been to Lincoln, Leicester, Maidstone, Salisbury and Warwick to discuss with rheumatology units the setting up of NRAS groups, I’ve visited the Surrey, Uxbridge and Bolton NRAS group meetings and launched the Taunton and St Helens new NRAS groups; attended fundraising events at Tunbridge Wells, Solihull and Weston Super Mare; participated in patient events in Cookham and Poole as well as a JIA event in Birmingham; ran two seminars in Manchester at the Royal College of Nursing Rheumatology conference; recorded and filmed a Podcast for the WorkWise section for our website and to round it off a meeting at the Kings Fund offices in London to discuss standards of patient information. Not bad for 3 short months! The rest of 2011 is shaping up to be just as busy. The reason I wanted to let you know this is to share with you just how much NRAS is doing on your behalf and everyone here at Maidenhead are working at similar manic levels to ensure the voice of people living with RA is most definitely heard throughout the land. If you want to find out more about how you can be involved in the work of NRAS drop me an email volunteers@nras.org.uk

Here’s to a fantastic 10th year!

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Thank you for all your hard work, on a personal note thank you for visiting Warwick and i look forward to hearing any more about the group you are planning. If you need any help please let me know. I seem to be a regular visitor to Warwick Rheumatology Unit. They are wonderful nurses and consultants, and we don't get the opportunity thank them in public.

Once again Thanks to all at NRAS

Tricia x


thanks too...


hmm we havent a group in gloshire, was wondering on the situation.., if i get more wel might volunter my services in assisting in this matter?, bad flare and have just started new but albeit an old treatment for ra x



We'd love a group to start up in Gloucestershire. Happy to talk to you about it any time. Just call me on 0845 458 3969 and we can discuss the possibilities


Whoa Clare you really are in danger of losing your identity! What a busy bee you have been :) It's really interesting to hear what you have been up to though because its things like this that we don't often get to hear about. Quite a different world to sitting in an office doing whatever people in offices do these days!

Thank you to you and all the team for your input and for the difference you make to the lives of those of us living with RA.

Lyn x


I agree with Lyn, its lovely hearing about what goes on behind the scenes at NRAS and having been into the office a few times, I know just how much work goes into making that difference.

Thank you so much for all your support, especially with the new Leicester group.. I can't believe how quickly the launch has come round... 16 days to go *eek!*


Thank you everyone for such lovely posts. We've just got back from the big rheumatology conference in Brighton so are all feeling a little shattered.

Met quite a few health professionals who were singing the praises of the lovely NRAS Volunteers and Members so well done all of you for flying the flag on a local basis. YOU are doing a great job to raise the profile of RA so keep up the good work.

Leicestershire group launch meeting on Weds 20th April 7pm Braunstone Civic Centre...if anyone would like to come and find out more you'd be more than welcome. See you there! Clare


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