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On our way to 15k for 2015 and Zebbie’s up for grabs!

Posted By HMSA Editorial Team, December 18, 2014

Have you seen what Zebbi’s planning for next year?

We’re approaching 15,000 likes on our facebook page and to celebrate we’ve asked everyone what they’d do with their Zebbi if we reach the magic number by 20:00 on New Year’s Day and they win the one we’re giving away. The entries are rolling in, Zebbi is touched  by all the attention! After Plan A came Plan B and now we’re way past Plan Z and we’ve run out of alphabet. There’s still plenty of time to enter, just click on Zebbi and add your facebook comment letting us know what you and Zebbi would get up to next year if we make it and you’re the lucky winner. Chances improve with every like on our page so it makes sense to  give us a thumbs up while you’re there (if you haven’t already), invite your friends or spread the news.

Zebbi, the HMSA Zebra wishes everyone a Merry Christmaas and a Happy New Year.

Zebbi,, the HMSA Zebra, could be coming to live with you. Tell us all about the 2015 you have in mind for our stripey friend.

Those facebook links will open in a new window, but if you don’t want to wait, or you’d rather buy Zebbi from our shop you can do that too.

 

Good Luck everyone! And good luck,, Zebbi!

HMSA’s Professional Members -Blackpool Training Hypermobility Masterclass

Posted By Donna Wicks, December 17, 2014

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HMSA Receives Grant From The Big Lottery Fund!

Posted By HMSA Editorial Team, November 5, 2014

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We would like to say a huge thank you to the Big Lottery Fund for helping us develop our Volunteer Programme. The Grant means we can continue to support our Volunteers, by providing essential training around the UK – such as Data Protection, Adult and Child Protection, and the Information Standard – meaning we can strengthen our network of Volunteers throughout the UK. 

Volunteering with the HMSA- we never stop looking!

Posted By Donna Wicks, October 31, 2014

imagesCALWJT78The Hypermobility Syndromes Association is always looking to increase on the 134 brand new and long term volunteers we have now. We have been growing significantly over the last few months as we only had 85 at the beginning of the year but a recent count up for new business cards revealed our progress!

If you would like to be part of a committed and well established volunteer team then please do email volunteer@hypermobility.org. It is our volunteers who make the wheels in the world of the HMSA turn and without them we wouldn’t be able to do half the things we do now…so give it some thought and have a read below for more information.

Our volunteers undergo an application process, similar to that as you would in a paid role, and this includes reference checks, DBS, and an informal interview. We will support you in your role, assist you with developing new skills and welcome you into a very friendly group. The volunteers, staff and medical advisors, in particularly Chief Medical Advisor, Dr Alan Hakim, work very closely with the team and you wouldn’t be expected to deal with something you were uncomfortable with. Our volunteers undergo annual training in Data Protection, using Social Media, Confidentiality, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Children.  For those who wish to gain paid employment but need  experience first the HMSA is a great place to start, as many of  our staff and volunteers have gone on to gain paid employment based on their volunteer work.

untitledYou do not need to have lots of spare hours or have previous experience but a friendly and positive disposition, with a will to support other people through their journey in learning about the heritable connective tissue disorders or hypermobility syndromes is a bonus! We do ask that all volunteers are members of the charity but this is because it helps with a sense of ‘ownership’ as the HMSA does belong to its members.

 

Hampshire Group March 2014At the moment we need volunteer GROUP LEADERS with experience and knowledge of the hypermobility syndromes to run our groups throughout the UK. Please check our local group network to see if there is a gap near you. At the moment we have 25 groups but we need more and in particular in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. If there is a group in your area already you may be needed as a DEPUTY LEADER so don’t let it put you off!

 

We also need people with experience in SOCIAL MEDIA to assist our very busy social media team! The HMSA has a forum, website, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Google+ and many Facebook pages!  A few hours here and there would be hugely helpful to the team. We particularly need help with managing the main HMSA Facebook page at present.

The Information Standard

As we hold the Information Standard we are looking for people to assist us with our INFORMATION PRODUCTION. This could be reviewing articles, helping to write them, seeking new material or assisting the Editor of the HMSA twice a year published Journal, or by assisting our Social Media Coordinator with the monthly e-newsletter.

Our HELPLINE is always busy and it is time to recruit again to help support the staff and volunteers who manage this busy resource. You would be talking to newly diagnosed people, people needing signposting for services and diagnosis and support from the HMSA. You may also be talking to medical, health and social care professionals who are looking for advice for their patients. You will need to feel comfortable on the phone and have very good communication skills, professional attitude and a good knowledge of the hypermobility syndromes.
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We always need people to FUNDRAISE as we are a very small charity. Please see the Charity Commission for our accounts. Funds raised are used to help run the charity, pay for events, programmes, research etc.

The HMSA is also looking for assistance from people who are skilled in WRITING GRANTS to enable us to continue to provide the Family Programmes, research activities, education days etc.

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If any of these roles are of interest, to find out more (with no obligation) please email Jen Patchett, Volunteer Coordinator and Social Media Coordinator by clicking here or Catherine Eves, National Groups Coordinator by clicking here

Referrals to Hypermobility Clinics

Posted By HMSA Editorial Team, October 26, 2014

We have been informed that St John and St Elizabeth Hospital is receiving referral letters from GPs to the Hypermobility Clinic, with the GP and patient thinking they are referring for an NHS appointment. The Hypermobility Clinic at St J and E Hospital is a Private facility.

GPs must refer to the relevant NHS Trust. A letter of referral to St J and E Hospital cannot be converted to an NHS referral. This has created a lot of additional admin for the team at St J and E Hospital as they have to write back to the GP to advise that the referral cannot be accepted.

If you are seeking a referral to a Hypermobility Clinic please see our list of recommended clinics and the referral process here


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