NHS Grampian has pledged to help a Moray support group produce and distribute leaflets promoting their services.
The Affa Sair group, which offers comfort and advice for residents who suffer from chronic pain conditions, currently publishes literature using members’ personal funds.
But Highlands and Islands MSP Douglas Ross contacted the health board to ask for assistance in raising awareness of the initiative after meeting organisers.
Last night, Mr Ross welcomed the announcement that NHS Grampian would now work with Affa Sair to create the leaflets and disseminate them across the area’s health centres.
Mr Ross said: “NHS Grampian clearly recognises the valuable support the group provides to patients throughout Moray who are experiencing chronic pain.
“And I welcome the assurance that it will help further develop the leaflets produced by the group utilising the NHS Corporate Communications Team.
“This will be a great boost for both the group and patients alike, with new patients being made aware of the group and the work that they do.”
Affa Sair was formed over the internet last year, and its members have since started staging regular monthly gatherings in Elgin.
The group’s founder, Chris Bridgeford, added: “This is a truly remarkable achievement.
“This positive step goes a long way towards encouraging us to continue the work we do, and we will look forward to working with the staff at NHS Grampian to enhance and develop our own designed leaflets.
“They can now hopefully be delivered to a wider audience than we have been able to do ourselves so far.”