Our story so far


Since our first beginnings in 2009, when a few parents began to meet over coffee to discuss ways to raise awareness of and provide support for children with arthritis, SNAC (Scottish Network for Arthritis in Children) has grown to become a nationally recognised charity with more than 800 members. As we celebrate our tenth anniversary, we remain the only volunteer support charity network in Scotland for children and families living with JIA.


As a volunteer organisation, we are wholly dependent on the generosity of friends and benefactors to continue our work.

It is a testimony to their commitment and skill that during the past ten years we have been able to:

  • Raise awareness of JIA, representing children’s interests to the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions.
  • Support children with JIA by providing free Welcome Packs to children newly diagnosed, free Buzzys to children receiving injections, free SNAC JIA journals to children across Scotland, and grants through Aimee’s Fund to children with special requirements.
  • Encourage and inform families learning to live with JIA, hosting weekend retreats at Crieff Hydro, annual information days for parents and carers, and a range of local activity and networking events.
  • Develop fruitful partnerships with medical experts and children’s charities across the nation.

To learn more about the work we have undertaken during our first decade — and to help inform and support our work in the years ahead — become a member of SNAC today.

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