Welcome to Birmingham Arthritis Resource Centre

The BARC vision is to enable people with arthritis to have an improved quality of life and greater long-term independence through education about their diseases. This information will be provided in a variety of forms and aimed at the multi-cultural society that makes up Birmingham, particularly those who infrequently obtain conventional medical help, through partnership with local communities and the research environment of the University.

The fundamental aim is to promote ‘self care’ and ‘self-management’, supporting people with chronic and painful conditions to cope with their problems. We encourage clients to take an active role in managing their care. Knowledge about their specific conditions can enable approaches that prevent these conditions from getting worse and reduce the disability arising from incurable disease.

Dear BARC friends and Colleagues

It is with deep regret to inform you that the Birmingham Arthritis Resource Centre (BARC) will be closing soon. I wanted to take a moment to say farewell and let you know how much I have enjoyed working with all of you. I have enjoyed my time here and I appreciate having had the opportunity to work with you.

Thank you for your support over the years, my special thanks to our volunteers who provided help and information to people with arthritis/carers and worked tirelessly to make a difference.

I wish you all well in your future endeavours.


Chandrika Gordhan

Project Manager

Birmingham Arthritis Resource Centre (BARC)