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Supporting Healthcare Heroes UK (SHH-UK) has been set up to support healthcare workers with Long Covid across the UK. We are aiming to provide these healthcare workers who cared for us when we needed them and are now facing an uncertain future – financially, professionally and personally – the support they need. You can see our mission statement here. But we can’t do it on our own: We need your help.

We are building a team to help us navigate from being an idea to being a powerful charity that can support healthcare workers. We are nearly there, but we need more people to join us.

If you’re not in a position to commit at the moment you can still be one of our social media champions, by actively promoting the work of SHH on social media by retweeting/liking and commenting on our posts and links. If you just want to be kept informed you can simply subscribe to our newsletter using the form right at the bottom of this page.

You can also donate via our donation page to help us get established.

We need two more trustees to complete our team.

    1. Fundraising: A trustee with experience of fundraising. This doesn’t have to have been for a charity, or as a trustee, but knowledge of organising events both online and offline would be useful.
    2. Social Media: A trustee with social media experience. We’re looking for someone who knows how to run a campaign online, whether that be for a charity or as part of your job. We need someone who can increase engagement and build our profile online.

Our documents page includes links to a number of useful resources including a role descriptor for a trustee, our code of conduct as well as our trustee recruitment process and many others.

As we grow we will need volunteers for many roles within the charity. Each role will have a direct report to a trustee, and will have clearly defined targets and boundaries. Examples might include working with a trustee lead to generate ideas for events, help with mail shots, with organising the events and designing promotional posters and leaflets; keeping records up to date, monitoring organisational deadlines and maintaining and updating charity contacts list, and many other roles as they develop.

We need volunteers to sit on various committees such as fundraising andbeneficiaries where you will have an important role to play in the how the charity is run. Our guidance for volunteer committee members can be downloaded here.

We also need education, Training, and Knowledge Dissemination volunteers. Volunteers will play a pivotal role in advancing our mission. Your primary contribution would be to work alongside the lead trustee(s) to create comprehensive and effective educational resources so healthcare workers with Long Covid in the UK can access the support they need. Full details can be downloaded here.

We are members of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and will use their guidelines for recruiting and supporting our volunteers.

Advocates help us advance our mission, increase our funding sources, and help solve problems without going so far as officially volunteering. Effective communication is the key for us to achieve our objectives, and advocacy is the method to get our voice heard. Advocacy allows us to advance the issues we care about and helps bring about lasting change for the people and communities we serve.

Our advocates, especially those healthcare workers with experience of Long Covid, will work with the trustees in a variety of role to ensure the support and advice we are providing is relevant and up to date and can help us fulfil our charitable objects in two main ways:

Sharing our mission

The broadest form of advocacy is sharing and communicating our mission to others, activities sometimes referred to as ambassadorship. Our advocates, as much as our trustees and our volunteers, are ambassadors for the charity. As such, they represent the charity in the community, articulate our mission, and support and defend our message. We can increase our mission impact through this kind of advocacy work.

Advocacy happens everywhere. For example, to better leverage our mission, we often connect with others who work on similar or complementary issues. This is the core of advocacy — organizations and individuals working together to move the mission forward.

We hope that all of our supporters will engage in this form of advocacy!

Lobbying

Unfortunately, there is still a persistent misconception that charities cannot lobby. On the contrary, for most charities, lobbying is legal and recommended within the definition below.

The UK parliament defines lobbying as “to make the case for a particular policy, cause or group directly to a government minister or a member of either House with the aim of influencing their decisions“.

There are two categories of lobbying:

Direct lobbying occurs when we contact legislators or government officials directly.
Grassroots lobbying occurs when we try to influence legislation indirectly by attempting to mold the general public’s opinion on an issue and include a call to action for the public.

We would love for you to become an advocate for Supporting Healthcare Heroes UK!

Storytellers can help highlight the need for the charity by sending us brief testimonials and/or writing blogs about their Long Covid experiences. Personal stories like these can really resonate with the public and are essential for garnering support. These stories can be published anonymously or with links to your own social media or blog.

For an independent guide on what being a trustee involves you can read Reach Volunteering’s guide by clicking below.

The Charity Commission has produced guidance on what exactly being a trustee means, along with the legal responsibility it involves and the eligibility criteria. Click below to see their site.

For guidance on what a volunteer is and how one might be used as a volunteer you can click below to read a PDF taken from the NCVO website.

The form below is for you to register your interest in one of the roles above. It implies no obligation on either your part to accept any role offered, or on Supporting Healthcare Heroes to offer you a role. Should you prefer to email rather than complete the form please email us at info@shh-uk.org.


    
     
   
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