Founded in 1985, The CCAA (Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association) is a leading charity run by people who have been affected by Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) and are passionate about supporting others and providing a support network for children with Arthritis and their families.
We offer emotional and practical support to maximise choices and opportunities and raise awareness of childhood arthritis in the community. We organise family information weekends to enable families to meet others for networking, support and information about JIA.
Share your childs journey with us to help inspire others. It may be a sport they love, an achievement, an aspiration or a story about how they are trying to overcome JIA. It’s your stories that really help to inspire and encourage others. They help to raise awareness of JIA and what children can achieve despite the daily struggles they face.
Jazmin’s passion for Geography has stuck with her since being hospitalised for months in Great Ormond Street Hospital when she was very young. She took it at GCSE level, A Level, Undergraduate level, Master level and is now studying PhD level!
Becoming a Volcanologist is not just fulfilling a life dream for Jazmin, but she says, ‘a statement to the JIA community that no matter what you want to be in life, it can be done despite the condition.’ Jazmin, and many other children striving to be the best they can be, are all living proof that JIA is just part of you, and despite it, you can achieve what you want to in life.
All money donated or raised for CCAA is spent directly on the children who suffer from JIA. It helps towards the arranging and funding of our projects, in particular our JIA Family Support Weekend’s. The weekend’s provide a unique opportunity for the children and their families to learn more about the disease, how to cope with it and meet other families in the same situation.Find out More
“The weekend was very special for our little daughter to connect with other children with JIA and to realise that she is not alone and there are many other superstars. It was wonderful to meet other families going through the same journey.”
“CCAA helped my family come to terms with this disease, providing information, resources and well needed support when I was in a state of confusion. I now enjoy reading the testimonies of others and the sharing of info.”
“We attended a family weekend. Supportive, felt connected and informed. The kids had masses of fun!”
“Alex loved it. He’s come away so happy and with so much more understanding of his JIA and he knows he’s not alone now.”
“My son had an amazing time and it was wonderful to see him sharing experiences with the children in the same boat as him.”
“Well done CCAA for organising a great weekend! It was wonderful to meet such lovely families who are going through the same thing. I hope now we can all keep in touch.”
“I totally recommend this weekend anyone who hasn’t been, it helps answers a lot of questions and we feel have the knowledge now to improve our daughters future. thank you, thank you, thank you!”
“What a fabulous charity with amazing volunteers. I also have to thank the other parents and kids for teaching us so much about JIA.”