Women in Scotland with endometriosis are set to benefit from new funding from the Scottish Government to support Endometriosis UK.
The project will help Endometriosis UK develop their services in Scotland, by training more volunteers, and providing more resources to reach more women across Scotland.
Endometriosis UK is developing its network of Support Groups in Scotland from 3 to 5. The funding will help fund bespoke training for all new volunteers and provide the necessary resources to give women with endometriosis in Scotland access to accurate and up to date information about the disease.
The funding is part of the Scottish Government’s healthcare commitment to improve the quality of healthcare experience amongst patients in Scotland, and to assist voluntary organisations to promote social welfare across Scotland.
Emma Cox, CEO of Endometriosis UK said: “Endometriosis UK welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of people in Scotland. Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women from puberty to menopause, and diagnosis takes on average an alarming 7.5 years. The earlier the diagnosis, the sooner those with the disease can access treatment. Without a diagnosis, not only may the disease progress, but women cannot put a name to their symptoms impacting on their education, employment, relationships and mental health.
“Endometriosis UK’s support groups offer those with the condition a safe place to meet and discuss their experience, learn more about the condition from healthcare practitioners, and have access to resources and information about the disease. Our support services are at the heart of our work in supporting women with the disease and we’re grateful to the Scottish Government for recognising the pivotal role our work plays in supporting women in Scotland”.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman added: “This project will deliver training so that more women in Scotland can benefit from peer support for endometriosis and we are backing this with £15,000. This investment highlights our commitment to ensuring everyone living with endometriosis in Scotland has access to the best possible care and support.”