Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) can strike at any age, and take one of several forms, but what is similar about the disease, is the pain and frustration that affects the child, and the feeling of disbelief that affects the whole family.
The Children’s Arthritis Association (CCAA) is a leading charity run by people who have been affected by 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 also give practical help and support through our network and area family contacts, and provide various educational and recreational opportunities for children with JIA.
The CCAA is a user led organisation which means children with arthritis are at the heart of our work. They form our membership, are involved in all of our activities and direct what we do as a charity.
Annual family support weekend’s to provide information, advice and support to the whole family, as well as a great deal of fun
Regular news updates, including information about the charity, various events and many aspects about JIA
Increase general awareness of JIA, e.g. fundraising events, promotional items and various conferences
Development of new projects concerning education and social support
This is led by people that have been affected by JIA. We support families and children in whatever way they need. In some areas it is telephone contact, others meet regularly, and some arrange trips for the children and fundraising events.