For anyone who is new to our forum, or just confused about who NRAS are and who HealthUnlocked are, we thought the following post might be helpful:
The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) was founded in 2001, aiming to work for a better life for people with RA. The charity was set up by our CEO, Ailsa Bosworth, who has RA herself, and could see a need for a charity that specifically helped people with this type of arthritis.
From humble origins, working out of Ailsa’s living room, the charity has grown from strength to strength. We now have around 20 members of staff and we work to improve the lives of anyone affected by RA, which we do through various methods, including:
•Our helpline, available Mon-Fri, 9.30-4.30 on 0800 298 7650
•Our groups, which are listed here: nras.org.uk/groups
•Offering information, through the NRAS website: nras.org.uk
In 2011, when our charity was 10 years old, we joined HealthUnlocked, an organisation who were looking to set up health forums for a range of healthcare conditions. The site is run by HealthUnlocked, but since the RA forum was set up, NRAS have moderated it. At times this means keeping the peace or reminding people to stick to forum guidelines, but we also aim to be there to give useful information and supportive comments to our many forum users, all of which we do to help create a safe, welcoming environment for people with RA to be able to share their experiences.
So, if you haven’t visited the NRAS website yet, please do, as we have a lot of useful information on there. You are also very welcome to call our helpline team or send them an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
(Senior Information and Support Coordinator)