About Us

Founded in 1942, Arthritis Action is the only UK charity giving hands-on help to combat arthritis pain through self-management and lifestyle advice. We give people access to physical therapies in their local area alongside personal dietary and nutritional advice to help individuals manage their arthritis. Combined with exercise and individual support we can help people take early action against the onset of arthritis, manage the pain it can cause and enjoy life to the full.

We run a membership system for those who want an on-going relationship with the Charity and to access our membership benefits. Members receive a programme of active help and support to assist with managing their arthritis. This concentrates on healthy eating and the provision of physical therapies.

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 along with a group of 49 people who 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 the programme 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 Associate Practitioners.  They receive advice on healthy eating and weight management, exercise, physical therapies 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.