About Us

Founded in 1942, Arthritis Action is the only UK charity giving hands-on, practical help to combat the pain of arthritis through self-management and lifestyle advice. We offer people with arthritis a holistic self-management approach, looking at both the physical and mental aspects of arthritis.

Our self-management approach encompasses a wide array of services, including personal dietary and nutritional advice, and access to clinical appointments with approved practitioners. We also offer people in various communities the opportunity to take part in self-management events and local groups. Through our approach, we help people with arthritis gain the knowledge and confidence to manage their condition themselves, and enjoy a more active life with less pain.

We run a membership system for those who want an on-going relationship with the Charity and to access our member benefits.

Read more about the Charity’s history, our vision statement, or our latest Impact Report here.

The Charity was founded in 1942 in Bournemouth by Charles de Coti-Marsh, who along with a group of 49 people, had gained relief from the pain of arthritis by following a self-help programme he had developed, based on a combination of diet and physical therapy. The Charity became a registered charity in 1985.

Our fundamental aims remain the same as in 1942 – to help our Members reduce their symptoms and enjoy a more active life with increased energy. To do this, we’re continuing to build on our founder’s understanding of the importance of lifestyle for people with arthritis, by developing our services in line with the best available evidence.

Arthritis Action’s vision is for people to live active lives, free from the impact of arthritis.

Our aim is to empower people with arthritis to take control of their lives, manage their condition and reduce the need for medical intervention.

Working in partnership with Members, health professionals, researchers, arthritis experts and other charities is very important to us.

How we do this:

  • All our services are based on research and credible evidence.
  • We work with a range of health professionals.
  • Each Member is encouraged to engage with our professional staff and Associated Practitioners.  They receive advice on healthy eating and weight management, exercise, clinical appointments and education leading to an individualised self-management plan.
  • We encourage people to come together locally by running Arthritis Action Groups.  This provides opportunities to reduce isolation, share experiences and tips of living with arthritis, and to experience learning more about self-management and reducing the pain of arthritis.
  • We run Self-Management Events to educate Members and non-members in various ways, enabling them to take control of their arthritis and therefore their lives.