Peter has volunteered with Arthritis Ireland for over four years. He provides vital help and support on the organisation’s phone helpline twice a week. He also runs the Young Arthritis Network (for 18-45 year olds) in Dublin and organises social events that give people with the disease an opportunity to meet up a throughout the year and talk with one another, gain friendships and give each other support.
In Dublin, he also runs a walking group and teaches a 'Living Well with Arthritis' course. He also volunteers with children with Juvenile Arthritis. He, along with Arthritis Ireland, brought a large group of teenagers on a weekend activity 'road trip' this summer, which gave them vital tools to cope with their illness. Claire Kinneavy nominated Peter for a Volunteer Ireland award, she said “As a young person with arthritis and fibromyalgia, Peter devotes a lot of his spare time to helping others with his inspirational writing, helpline skills, public-speaking and as a youth leader, a walking leader and a self-management leader. He is funny, hard-working, motivating and a great role model for others with the disease."
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