Vasculitis UK has been a Registered UK Charity since 1992. Charity No. 1019983Everything is to be found here about Vasculitis UK, the charity: our aims, goals and objectives, the history, the people who run it, our finances, how you can join and how you can support and be involved in running Vasculitis UK. There is a section here on fundraising and on setting up a local vasculitis support group.The aims of Vasculitis UK are:To support those suffering from vasculitis diseases and their families by providing information and advice.To inform and educate those with vasculitis about their illness so that they are empowered to take greater control of it.To work with other organisations and medical professionals to improve the recognition, diagnosis and treatment of vasculitis diseases.To raise awareness of vasculitis disease among medical professionals and the general population.To enable vasculitis sufferers to contact others with vasculitis.To encourage and support the formation and development of local vasculitis support groups.To support research into the causes and effects of vasculitis and into improvements in the diagnosis of vasculitis and into treatment of people suffering from different types of vasculitis.Vasculitis UK Affiliated MembershipsRAIRDAVasculitis UK are proud to announce that we became founder members of the RAIRDA Alliance in 2016.The Rare Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases Alliance (RAIRDA) has been formed in order to improve the quality of life of people living with rare autoimmune rheumatic diseases.The partners of the Alliance are:LUPUS UKScleroderma and Raynauds UK (SRUK)Vasculitis UK (VUK)British Society for Rheumatology (BSR)British Society Sjogrens Syndrome (BSSA)Further information about RAIRDA from the British Society for Rheumatology siteNew Patient Representatives on ePAGJohn Mills, chairman of Vasculitis UK, has been elected as one of the 5 patient representatives (ePAG) for rare immunological and autoimmune diseases in Europe.EURORDIS created the ePAGs to engage patient organisations and ensure a democratic process of patient representation in the decision-making processes around European Reference NetworkPlease follow these links for further detailshttp://www.eurordis.org/content/newly-elected-epag-patient-representatives?platform=hootsuitehttp://www.eurordis.org/sites/default/files/epag-table-for-website.pdfEurordisVasculitis UK are proud to announce that we became a member of EURORDIS in February 2016EURORDIS is the voice for rare disease patients in Europe, a non-governmental patient-driven alliance of patient organisations representing 705 rare disease patient organisations in 63 countries.They are the voice of 30 million people affected by rare diseases throughout Europe.EURORDIS’ mission is to build a strong European community of patient organisations and people living with rare diseases, to be their voice at the European level.Genetic Alliance UKGenetic AllianceVasculitis UK has been a member of Genetic Alliance since 2010.Genetic Alliance is the national charity of over 150 patient organisations supporting all those affected by genetic conditionsThe aim of Genetic Alliance is to improve the lives of people affected by genetic conditions by ensuring that high qyaklity services and information are available to all who need them.In April 2014, 72 member charities, including Vasculitis UK, endorsed the Genetic Alliance UK “Patient Charter” initiative “Patient perspective and priorities on NICE’s evaluation of highly specialised technologies” Patient CharterThe Chairman of Vasculitis UK (John Mills) is a Trustee of Genetic AllianceArthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA)ARMAIn 2013 Vasculitis UK become a member of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (or ARMA). ARMA is a charitable umbrella organisation providing a collective voice for the arthritis and musculoskeletal community in the UK. Their vision is of an effective, unified musculoskeletal community working together to improve the lives of people with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).ARMA’s aim is to transform the quality of life of people with musculoskeletal disorders. This is achieved by shaping policy and best practice in partnership with its member organisations. This objective sits comfortably with the efforts at Vasculitis UK.ARMA has 40 member organisations, ranging from specialised support groups for rare diseases to major research charities and national professional bodies and they work inclusively with their members and external partners to deliver improvements to services for people with all forms of musculoskeletal disorders.Vasculitis UK is delighted to be a member of ARMA and will be looking for opportunities to promote the welfare of vasculitis patients.Vasculitis Patient Symposium 2015The Vasculitis 2015 Workshop was a multidisciplinary and multiprofessional conference, and importantly included contributions from patients. The workshop gave all 500+ medical professionals who attended, the opportunity to hear about the latest advances in the field of vasculitis, and to network with other healthcare professionals and scientists. This Vasculitis Workshop is a bi-annual event and the next workshop in 2017 will be held in Japan.