Benefits of membership

Joining will support NRAS but there are benefits for you too!

You'll be giving us a greater voice in the UK but will also get access to the following...

winter 2013 magazineCopies of the comprehensive NRAS magazine

Keeps you updated with new developments, what people with rheumatoid arthritis and NRAS are achieving. 

Click here for a taster of our magazine. 

To ensure you get the latest information before anyone else.

members day

Annual Conferences: In 2012 we held our first annual conference near our offices in Maidenhead which was a great occasion with an excellent presentation by our main speaker Professor Peter Taylor. Since then we have held similar events in Birmingham, Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, Stirling and Nottingham areas. In 2017, we held conferences in Swindon and Wrexham and in 2018 we have held conferences in Durham, Scotland and Cardiff. Members and their guest can attend for free.  

Health care champions event

NRAS regularly holds its Healthcare Champion Awards which honours those healthcare professionals who have gone the extra mile for the RA and JIA patients.  Only Members are eligible to nominate  and we invite the ten top Healthcare Champions in the UK, and those Members who successfully nominate them, to attend a high profile awards ceremony in London. 

Our special, private area on the website where you can communicate with other members, talk about daily difficulties or successes and help  reduce the feelings of isolation. It’s also a place to let off steam or just have a general chat with others living with the disease.

We are contacted on a regular basis by universities, hospitals, pharmaceutical partners and other researchers who wish to get RA patients involved in their projects. NRAS also carries out its own social research e.g. on benefits, social care, work etc. Members are always the first to hear about all of our projects and can get involved through surveys, focus groups and clinical trials.  

We campaign at all levels on your behalf to improve services for people with RA. As a member you can play a role too.


Volunteer Network

Get support from others with RA – or perhaps volunteer to help others. All of our volunteers are Members and you can find out more about volunteering here


A few of our Members have mentioned the possibility of wanting to write to other NRAS Members, similar to our peer-to-peer telephone service but with good old pen and paper!

If you would like an NRAS pen pal to write to, send us your advert including your age-range, hobbies and what type of person you'd like to respond to you and we'll feature as many as we can in our next edition of the NRAS' Members' magazine! 

Send adverts to NRAS via email at or by post to NRAS, Unit 4 The Switchback Office Park, Gardner Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7RJ.

If you're not an NRAS Member yet joining couldn't be easier, for just £20 per year when you pay by direct debit you will receive all the latest RA and JIA news and information via three magazines and monthly e-new bulletins. 

Join online or call us 01628 823 524.

Plus by joining you will be helping us to support our key services: our Helpline, group meetings and publications. 

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