Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshops – Unpaid Carers

Following the popularity of the Association’s workshops at the Carers Conference we’re pleased to announce that two additional workshops are being made available, one in Perth and one in Blairgowrie.

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The workshop are being delivered in partnership with PKAVS Carers Hub on the following dates:

Tuesday, 5th March 1pm – 4pm
PKAVS, The Gateway
North Methven Street
Perth PH1 5PP

Tuesday, 9th April 10am – 1pm
Rattray @ Community Connect
High Street
Blairgowrie PH10 7DG

The timing includes a coffee break and refreshments will be provided.

Places are limited so please book your space by contacting Marlena on 01738 567076 or

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Oban Group (January) Change of Venue

Due to the refurbishment of the Oban Bay Hotel, Thursday’s group (24 January) will now take place at the Lorn & Islands District General Hospital, Oban, PA34 4HH.

The group will still run between 1 and 3pm and will be held in the Clinical Skills Room, Nelson Ward on Floor 2 (there is an elevator).



Veteran’s Foundation

We are delighted announce that the Veteran’s Foundation has awarded the Pain Association a grant. Preparations to develop a one to one Skype / telephone based service in self-management are underway.


It will be a privilege to provide this service and we look forward to going live and receiving our first referrals.

Progress will be reported here and the launch date will be announced in due course.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the grant application!

Promotional Videos

The Director is delighted to announce that two promotional videos have been made in collaboration with Solo Films, a Scottish based production company.

The final versions are now available.

Video 1

The first film gives an overview of the work of Pain Association Scotland by the people who are most closely involved with it. Personal stories illustrate how attending the Association’s courses and monthly groups have helped them manage their pain experience and improve their quality of life

Pain Association Scotland – Overview from Pain Association Scotland on Vimeo.

Video 2

The second film develop’s the key messages outlined in the first film as Peter shares his experiences of living with chronic pain.

Pain Association Scotland – Peter’s Story (1) from Pain Association Scotland on Vimeo.

Consultation on new SIGN Guideline on Migraine

NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland are looking for comments on the patient version of the SIGN guideline on Migraine.  See below for details


Any comments can be submitted using the forms below and sending them to NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland

consultation form pdfmigraine

DOI form


Sonia Cottom, Director, has set herself the challenge of running The Lurig Challenge Run in Northern Ireland on Saturday 18th August 2018 to raise funds for Pain Association Scotland.  

The funds raised will enable the Association to continue delivering supported self-management to people living with chronic pain and enable them to lead a better quality of life.

Not being a runner herself and never having done anything like this before; she has been in training and not being content with taking part, she has set herself the additional pressure of completing the run within 1 hour!!

  • The Lurig Challenge Run is part of The Heart of the Glens Festival held in Cushendall, Northern Ireland each year.
  • It is a run up Lurig (1073 feet) followed by a sharp descent and a sprint (hopefully!!) to the finish.

If you would like to sponsor the Director, please use the crowdfunding link below:

We are delighted to be introducing local monthly self-management groups in Colwyn Bay commencing November 2017 – teaching the Self-management skills needed to manage long-term painful conditions.  The venue for these sessions will be:

West End Medical Centre, Conway Road, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, LL29 7LS.

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Why Self-management

Self- Management is an important approach to health that explores the things that you can do to improve the quality of your life despite a painful condition.  It is not a replacement for medicine and does not necessarily provide direct pain relief, however it does help a lot of people to cope better with their difficult health situation.  The focus is on having a better understanding of chronic pain and finding positive ways to manage your health, so that you are in control rather than your pain being in control of you.

Monthly Self-management Groups 

The programme follows in-depth self-management topics throughout the year and you are welcome to attend the group at any time. The group commences on Wednesday 29th November 2017 – 10.30-12.30.

What to do now: For further information about the monthly group meetings, please contact Pain Association:

Freephone number 0800 7836059 or Email:

Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) is delivering a musicality programme for people living with mixed Long Term Conditions living in North Perthshire.  There are still a few spaces left and the programme commences on Monday 24th July 2017, 1.30-3.30 in St. Catharines Community Centre, George Street, Blairgowrie.  See poster below for details:

Music Poster

THAT Visual Arts programme is also holding a display of mosaic work by local people on Monday 10th July 2017.  See poster for details:

Mosaic Poster


NHS inform by NHS 24

 NHS inform - Digital Health and Care Information Service

NHS inform is Scotland’s dedicated resource offering up-to-date facts on health, services and campaigns.  It also has a wealth of information available online, over the telephone or via webchat.  View link below:


Emerging Director of The Year Award 2016

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Congratulations to Sonia Cottom, Director, on winning the Emerging Director of the Year Award 2016.  View interview at