RA Awareness Week 2020

The Success of RAAW 2020!

RA Awareness Week has always been about raising awareness of RA and its impacts on all aspects of life. This year, especially taking into account recent events, the focus for NRAS RAAW was on physical and mental wellbeing.

We are very excited to say that we had 1,364 people registered for RAAW which then lead to 1,822 people booked to attend the online Wellbeing sessions throughout the week.

The feedback we have had has been great:

‘I would like to say a huge thank you to you all at NRAS. This is my first year as a member and the past week has been terrific’

‘Everything was well thought out and interesting across so many platforms and I feel you have set a precedent for next year. Thank you just does not seem enough. Best wishes to you all and another thank you!’

‘That was the best hour I’ve taken for myself in a long while, Carolyne Bennett is amazing!  What a find! Well done’

RAAW 2020 brochure front cover

We would like to say a huge thank you to all our experts who gave us their time to run the wellbeing sessions:

Kate Hughes – Mindfulness

Deniz Paradot – Qigong

Sara MacDonnell – Fitness/Exercise

Jessie Elosie - Chair Yoga

Janet Padfield – Diet/Nutrition/Sleep

Carolyne Bennett – Mindfulness/Meditation/Positive Thinking

We will be looking to arrange some follow-on sessions going forward as we have found that this is a great way of sharing information and gettering people in similar situations together online. Feelings of wellbeing are fundamental to the overall health of a person, enabling them to successfully overcome some difficulties and achieve what they want out of life.

Throughout the week we hosted 5 NRAS Facebook Live events on various topics related to mindfulness and well-being.

You can now watch the Facebook live sessions back on our Facebook page by clicking the link below:

Watch RAAW Facebook Live sessions


RAAW 7 - 13 September 2020

With RA Awareness Week (RAAW) 2020, our aim is to educate and inform the public about exactly what rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is and how it impacts those living with the condition. This year, especially taking into account recent events, the focus for NRAS RAAW will be on Physical and Mental Well-being. 

Evidence gathered by the NHS suggests that these are the 5 steps to Mental Well-being: 

1. Connect with other people  
Good relationships are important for your mental well-being and providing emotional support and allows you to support others 

2. Be physically active  
Being active is not only good for your physical health and fitness, it can also improve your mental wellbeing 

3. Learn new skills  
Boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem 

4. Give to others  
Creating positive feelings and a sense of reward 

5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)
Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. 

To help support you, we will be hosting a week of free online well-being sessions, from Yoga to Mindfulness, Meditation to Qigong, Sleep to Diet/Nutrition and much more.

Registrations are now closed for RAAW sessions.