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PINS Awareness Week  



Pelvic Instability Network Scotland will be 

holding it’s first annual PINS Awareness 

Week from 5th to 11th October 2009.  


This is an ideal opportunity for all our 

members, supporters and friends to help us 

increase awareness of Pelvic Girdle Pain 

(PGP) across the UK (and the world), raise 

the profile of PINS and boost our funds at the 

same time.  


The more we can all do during PINS 

Awareness Week, the more members we’ll 

gain and funds we’ll raise, the more the 

health profession will listen to us and the 

stronger our voice will be, now and in the 



Plans so far 


Our Chairman, Moira, along with other 

Committee members Avril, Lesley and Ailsa 

will be holding a fundraising evening in St 

Blaan’s Hall, Southend, Argyll during that 

week. Further details to follow. 


Our Membership Secretary, Carole, will be 

undertaking a sponsored walk in the 

Edinburgh area. She has just come off 

crutches, so the distance is still to be 



Both of these events will raise awareness of 

PGP and PINS amongst our local 

and charge per cup – they could even 

make the coffee themselves! 

if you have kids, get them to do a 

sponsored silence and you join in too 

don’t buy take-away coffee this week 

and donate the money saved to PINS 

if you are creative, hold a sponsored 

knit-a-thon, or something similar 

clear out some junk, if you can, and 

sell it on ebay, or do a boot sale 

do a sponsored walk, bike ride, swim 

or run 

write to your local MP or MSP about 


write to your local hospital or health 

board if you feel there are aspects of 

your care that could have been 


put up a PINS poster in your GPs 

surgery or local medical centre  

hand out some PINS leaflets to friends 

and work colleagues 


We can provide PINS sponsorship forms and 

T-Shirts for anyone who needs them and, of 

course, posters and leaflets – just ask.  


What happens next? 


As PGP can be such an isolating condition, 

we hope that by all doing something in the 

same week, this will help reduce the feelings 

of isolation and, often, helplessness that 

many of our members feel.    


We will be updating this page regularly with more information about our Awareness Weeks and if you have any comments or suggestions we would be delighted to hear from you. Please get in touch with us by email at



PINS first birthday

by Moira Finlayson - 13:00 on 02 November 2008

It is just over a year since PINS was formed and how the time has flown.

Our website has been up and running since the end of April and we are receiving an increasing number of visitors and enquiries through the site from the UK and from further afield including the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Cyprus.

We are starting to market  the website more formally and over the next 6 months will be aiming to reach more people with Pelvic Girdle Pain/Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD).

We have been asked to write articles for pregnancy magazines and journals and are currently working on an information booklet about Pelvic Girdle Pain.

We are pleased to welcome two new committee members and our next fund raising event will be a Christmas Fun Afternoon in St Blaan's Hall on Saturday 29th November from 2pm until 4pm. We are planning to have craft activities for children including making Christmas Cards and decorating biscuits as well as a chocolate fountain (by popular request), home baking stall,  virgin Vie Stall,raffle, bottle stall and teas, coffees and mince pies.

All offers of help on the day or for donations to the stalls will be gratefully appreciated.

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