How your school can support us

At Juvenile Arthritis Research (JAR), we are committed to finding a cure for juvenile idiopathic arthritis, a crippling autoimmune disorder that attacks the joints and affects 1 in every 1,000 children under the age of 16. We also raise awareness that children and young people get arthritis – because greater awareness leads to faster diagnosis, quicker treatment and better outcomes.

There are lots of different ways that your school can support us. Some of these are below, but please contact us for more information. Download a copy of this information (PDF).

Charity of the year

Choosing Juvenile Arthritis Research as your charity of the year can show a real commitment for helping children and young people as we try to find a cure for this debilitating condition. By partnering with us, you can also help raise awareness that children and young people get arthritis, helping improve health outcomes and reduce long-term complications.

Presentations to staff

We will happily come and talk to you about what we do and why, and explain what juvenile idiopathic arthritis is and how it affects children and young people. We can give presentations to your staff, either as standalone sessions or as part of your ongoing staff development days. Schools can play a vital role in helping children receive prompt diagnosis by being alert to the symptoms and encouraging and empowering parents to seek early referrals.

Newsletters

If you have newsletters, emails or magazines that are provided to parents, we can provide information about JIA, and about Juvenile Arthritis Research. Help us raise awareness that children and young people get arthritis, and show that you are supporting our work.

Assembly or class talks

We can give talks to groups of children in your school, telling them about juvenile idiopathic arthritis and how it affects children their age. We will also tell them about our work in the field of scientific research.

Fundraising at school

Fundraising is a great way to get staff and students involved and raise funds for our work. There are hundreds of different things that could be done – a cake sale (perhaps a Bake-Off style competition?), an auction of promises, running, cycling, non-uniform day, or talent show, only your imagination can limit the possibilities!

Jars for JAR

Our ‘Jars for JAR’ initiative is a simple fundraising idea to make it easy for each student or class of students to raise money for the JAR Project. By washing out empty jars and then collecting any loose change, it is easy to raise funds for the vital work that JAR does. See our Jars for JAR leaflet for more information (JPG).

Merchandise

We can produce JAR merchandise, such as wristbands that children love, that promote our work. These can be sold individually, which raises funds for JAR, or combined into a JAR Day.

JAR Day

One option is to combine a number of events into a single day – JAR Day. This could include a non-uniform day (with donations of £1 per child going to Juvenile Arthritis Research), combined with assemblies or class talks, and we could provide a wrist band and information card per child. This could also be linked to our Jars for JAR initiative. This helps raise awareness of juvenile idiopathic arthritis, raises funds to support our work, and makes the day standout as something different.