Physical branch meetings are currently cancelled due to COVID-19. However there are virtual activities being run by some branches. Please contact your local branch for more information.

We hope you find the information on these pages helpful. Our team is working tirelessly to provide up to date advice in relation to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic. Record numbers of people are now turning to NASS for support, and we hope to be here for everyone. Our helpline and advice service are only possible thanks to donations from people like you.

If you are able to make a donation to NASS today, we'd be so grateful.

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With your help, we can ensure that everyone has support when they need it most. 

Thank you to everyone who has supported our Winter Appeal (so far!). Together, you have already helped raise over £3,000, which means that our Helpline team can support 300 people, who, like Joanna, will need our help over the coming months. 

At NASS, we are here to listen and to understand. From supporting people to access the financial support they are entitled to, to helping them manage their symptoms or understand their diagnosis, our services are for everyone affected by axial SpA, and we can offer a friendly ear and support when it’s needed most.

This is only possible because of the support of people like you.

If you can, please donate today and help power our support services over the months ahead. We face a challenging winter together, but with your help, we can continue to be there for everyone who needs us at a critical time. 


“It took almost five years to receive a diagnosis of axial SpA. I’ve now got limited movement in my neck, and with the fatigue and pain, I’ve not been able to return to work. Things were really tight, and for a long time, I worried about how I’d feed my children.”

Read Joanna’s story.

 

 

“While I waited for answers, I was in so much pain. For weeks at a time, I could get no relief. I felt claustrophobic in my own body. NASS really helped me get my head around my diagnosis. With their exercise resources, I’m slowly getting moving again. But the best thing has been how NASS connects people. I felt like I was the only young person to have this condition, but now I know I’m not alone.”  Safia Awil, 22, from Bedfordshire.

Read Safia’s story

 

“For years, I was told that my chronic pain was all in my head. I was so frightened. It’s hard to explain what it’s like to be a teenager and have so much worry. NASS helped me understand my diagnosis and connect with others which has given me hope for the future.”  Laura Wilkinson, 19, from Plymouth.

Read Laura’s story

 

The impact of your donation

£10 can enable our Helpline team to respond to a call or email and provide guidance and advice to anyone affected by axial SpA (AS).
£25 could help provide a pack of NASS guidebooks for a local axial SpA clinic.
£50 could help our team provide 1:1 welfare and benefits support for someone living with axial SpA (AS).
£100 could help by contributing towards the cost of one of our weekly My AS My Life sessions to help people living with axial SpA (AS) manage their symptoms between hospital appointments.
£250 could help us run an online session to help up to 20 people learn how to better manage difficult issues like pain, fatigue and sleep.