Bring an Arthritis Support Network to your community.
If you do not have an Arthritis Support Network aka support group in your local community, starting one is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Our support group are led by adults living with arthritis. Arthritis Support Network Leader (ASNL) go through an application and training process to ensure that you have the tools you need to begin and grow an Arthritis Support Network in your community. As an ASNL you will unite adults who know the unique challenges of living with arthritis and rheumatic diseases. You will meet amazing people, make lifelong friends, and create great memories.
An Arthritis Support Network Leader:
- Plans, coordinates, and facilitates fun and engaging group meetings and social activities and events.
- Promotes, markets, and maintains a group that is supportive and a safe place to share thoughts, feelings and experiences.
- Uses our Constituent Relationship Management Software to: add events to our website, maintain contacts and a group mailing list to communicate to group participants and report on attendance at support group activities.
- Communicates with the ASN Leadership Team, group participants, and prospective group participants.
Our peer led Arthritis Support Networks get together for activities and share about their experience on the arthritis rollercoaster. Some examples of group activities are: attending wellness education lectures, meeting for coffee, lunch, going bowling, playing miniature golf, and picnics in the parks.
Expectations: Our Arthritis Support Network Leaders are the support group leader of our local groups. They agree to host at least 6 meetings or events per year. They also plan at least 2 wellness education focused meetings per year. We do ask for at least a 2 years commitment because it does take time to build and grow a support group.
Prior to starting an Arthritis Support Network in your community, please check our Local Groups page to see if we are currently servicing your area. Our goal is to have 2 Arthritis Support Network Leaders for each Arthritis Support Network because we understand how unpredictable arthritis can be. Besides its more fun to have a partner in crime. If you wish to join a group, subscribe to the groups mailing list on your local groups page to be updated about upcoming events via email.
The first step in the process is to complete the application below. Individuals will be interviewed and those who successfully complete the screening process will be invited to become a volunteer and serve as an Arthritis Support Network Leader. Once all the required paperwork is completed, we will provide you with the tools and training to get started!
Exciting News: Arthritis Introspective is part of the Arthritis Foundation family as of January 4, 2016. During 2016, our volunteer driven peer to peer led support group program will be integrating into the fabric of the Arthritis Foundation as an expanding range of resources that provide help and support to people with all types of arthritis and related conditions. We look forward to having you as a leader in the Arthritis Support Networks!
* Please note that this training is provided to US based Arthritis Support Networks only