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Supporting Healthcare Heroes UK (SHH-UK) was set up to support healthcare workers with Long Covid across the UK. Our aim is to give those healthcare workers who looked after us when we needed them and who are now facing an uncertain future – financially, professionally and personally – the support they need.

But we can’t do it alone: We need your help. We are looking for trustees and volunteers. If you interested you can find more information below.

If you’re not in a position to become a trustee or join our team of amazing volunteers, why not become one of our social media champions by retweeting/liking and commenting on our posts and links or simply follow us on social media?

If you just want to be kept in the loop, you can sign up to our newsletter using the form at the bottom of this page.

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

Become a trustee for Supporting Healthcare Heroes UK

Are you ready to make a real difference to the lives of our healthcare professionals in the UK with Long Covid? Supporting Healthcare Heroes UK is looking for passionate and dedicated trustees to join our mission to support healthcare workers in the UK living with Long Covid.

Information about the role of a trustee can be found in the role descriptor here.

 Find out more about the charity by reading our information pack or visiting our website.

If you would like to find out more about our trustee vacancies, please email us at: info@shh-uk.org.

To apply, please complete our online application form.

Deadline for applications: 4th August 2024

Why we need you

UK healthcare workers with Long Covid are facing huge challenges every day. They need our support now more than ever. As a trustee, you will help us provide vital resources, recognition and support to these healthcare workers. As a trustee, you will contribute to our work to ensure these healthcare heroes receive the support they deserve.

What you will do

  • Shape our strategy: Develop innovative strategies to meet the evolving needs of healthcare workers with Long Covid.
  • Drive impactful programmes: Oversee programmes that alleviate isolation, provide resources and financial support, and more.
  • Ensure sustainability: Help us secure funding and partnerships to expand our reach.
  • Advocate for our cause: Advocate for healthcare workers with Long Covid, raise awareness and promote a culture of awareness.

Who we are looking for

We need people who are:

  • Passionate and committed: Care deeply about the well-being of healthcare workers with Long Covid.
  • Strategic thinkers: Who can develop long-term plans for meaningful change.
  • Are team players: Who can work effectively with trustees and volunteers. 

Why should you join us?

  • Make a difference: Make a direct contribution to the wellbeing of UK healthcare workers living with Long Covid.
  • Expand your network: Join forces with like-minded people.
  • Grow personally and professionally: Improve your skills through meaningful work.
  • Become part of a movement: Join a cause that is creating real, positive change.

If you would like to apply, you can find a link to our online application form here. Deadline for applications is 4th August 2024.

Volunteer with Supporting Healthcare Heroes UK

Are you ready to make a real difference? Volunteer with Supporting Healthcare Heroes UK (SHH-UK) and become part of a dynamic team dedicated to supporting healthcare workers with Long Covid in the UK.

We are currently looking for volunteers to join our dynamic teams keep reading to find out more about these opportunities.

Have a look at our volunteer leaflet here.

We’re also looking for a volunteer coordinator. A role descriptor for this role can be accessed here.

Could you be our social media manager? Access the role descriptor here.

Email: volunteer@shh-uk.org for additional information or to chat with one of the trustees.

To apply for either of these roles please fill in the application form below.

Why volunteer with us?

  • Impact on lives: Your time and skills can directly support the wellbeing of healthcare workers with Long Covid who cared for us when they needed us to.
  • Be part of a team: Meet other people with similar interests in one of our volunteer teams.
  • Develop your skills: Gain valuable experience, learn new skills and enhance your CV while working on meaningful projects and initiatives.
  • Flexible opportunities: Whether you have just a few hours a week or more time available, we have volunteer opportunities to fit your schedule.
  • Support & Training: We provide the support and training you need to make your volunteering experience rewarding and enjoyable.

What do volunteers do?

Volunteer Teams

We are setting up teams of volunteers to help us support healthcare workers with Long Covid. Could you be a member of our:

  • Social media team
  • Admin team
  • Educational resources team
  • Support group team

To find out more about these opportunities please email us at: volunteer@shh-uk.org.

To apply please fill in the application form below.

Committee members

We’re also looking for people to join our committees:

  • Business planning & fundraising
  • Social media & marketing
  • Education & support

A role descriptor for committee members is available here.

To find out more about these opportunities please email us at: volunteer@shh-uk.org.

To apply please fill in the application form below.

Who can volunteer

Anyone who has a passion for supporting healthcare workers with Long Covid. Whether you are a student, professional, retiree, someone living with Long Covid or simply someone who cares about the work, your contribution is important.

How do you get started?

  1. Sign up: Visit our website and fill out our volunteer registration form below.
  2. Get matched: We will match you with a volunteer opportunity that matches your skills and interests.
  3. Make a difference: Start positively impacting the lives of healthcare workers with Long Covid.

More information

Find out more about SHH-UK by reading our information pack or visiting our website.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering with SHH-UK, please email us at: volunteer@shh-uk.org.

We are members of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and follow their guidelines for volunteer recruitment and support. Our volunteer policy can be read here.

Group of People Putting Up Their FistOur 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 mould 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!

Woman Holding a LaptopStorytellers 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.

If you have a story to tell about your experience dealing with Long Covid you can share it with us via email at mystory@shh-uk.org

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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