JIA Residential Weekend
Our Residential Weekend took place in Wales on the weekend of 15th - 17th September.
Despite the monsoon weather conditions, mud, bunk beds and plastic plates, this weekend was a true reflection of how children and young people with JIA and their families can come together and truly benefit from peer support. Both the children and parents left feeling less isolated, empowered and more informed.
During the weekend, families had the opportunity to listen to expert advice from Dr Jeremy Camilleri and specialist nurse Mrs Jane Willock and Anne Gilbert from NRAS. The information session was relaxed and informal allowing for a lot of open discussion and question and answers, and whilst we were all warm and dry with our coffee and tea, the children were getting absolutely filthy and thoroughly enjoying themselves on the mud assault course!
All the feedback from parents and children was very positive and encouraging, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank The Morrisons Foundation for funding this project. We really would like to offer a similar free residential weekend next year and are already looking at potential sources of funding.