Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland - Clacks

Charity registered in Scotland SC018761

Chest, heart and stroke conditions affect one in five people in Scotland and we know there’s so much more to be done to reach everyone who needs support. That’s why, as a values-driven organisation, we are striving to develop innovative solutions to the challenges people living with our conditions face. We want people living with our conditions to be able to live their life to the full, accessing the medical, rehabilitation and wellbeing support they need at the time and place they want. Through our campaigning work, we fight for their right to the services they need. We are using our entrepreneurial talents to generate income to develop new services using the latest technology. Our agile forward-thinking approach is creating health solutions that will improve lives and reduce the burden on our struggling NHS. CHSS is playing a major role in healthcare in Scotland, with aspirations to work collectively with local and national healthcare partners to do so much more. We are accountable to the people we support living with our conditions. That’s why we have embedded a people-driven, participative approach to work inclusively to identify our priorities.

Our vision: welcome to a Scotland where people with our conditions can live their lives well. Full lives, with the right support, at the right time and in the right place. A place where they can shape their future and live the life they want to lead.

Our mission: welcome to a community where people can support each other, secure the expert help they need and collectively advocate for the care that matters to them. Welcome to the charity that never underestimates the power of a cup of tea, a conversation started, a recovery begun. No Life Half Lived means we need to listen to people with our conditions and deliver well for them. We have identified four goals to get us there:
• We will place our focus on addressing the unmet needs of people with our conditions - social, emotional and physical - across all Scotland’s communities.
• We will be led by our people: people with lived experience of our conditions, their families and carers, friends, colleagues and healthcare professionals.
• We will secure the funding required to deliver via a diverse income portfolio that is consistent with our values and ethical approach
• We will be effective and accountable in all that we do

Everyone has the right to live life to the full. After a diagnosis of a chest or heart condition or a stroke, many people experience fear and isolation and struggle with the impact on their lives. CHSS won’t stand for that. The care and support we deliver every day ensures everyone can live the life they want to.


Current opportunities

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) are pleased to share this exciting opportunity to support CHSS as a trustee. In becoming a trustee, you will be leading their efforts to help people live life to the full and help make sure that CHSS is best placed to meet our strategic goal of ‘No Life Half Lived’. The last few years have been difficult for everybody and people living with chest, heart or stroke conditions need our support more than ever. This includes people living with Long Covid, who they recognise as part of the CHSS family. Their trustees are a passionate group of committed unpaid volunteers. Whether they have lived experience of the conditions or an understanding of the professional context CHSS operates in, they are committed to helping CHSS be the best can be. You will be joining a talented and experienced team and will help ensure CHSS runs well and effectively for the people they support. CHSS is so much more than a charity – they are a movement helping people in Scotland do more than survive their condition. If you are looking to be part of something that really matters, CHSS would love to hear from you. ORGANISATION AIMS: Chest, heart and stroke conditions affect one in five people in Scotland and CHSS know there’s so much more to be done to reach everyone who needs support. That’s why, as a values-driven organisation, they are striving to develop innovative solutions to the challenges people living with the conditions face. They want people living with the conditions to be able to live their life to the full, accessing the medical, rehabilitation and wellbeing support they need at the time and place they want. Through their campaigning work, they fight for their right to the services they need. They are using their entrepreneurial talents to generate income to develop new services using the latest technology. Their agile forward-thinking approach is creating health solutions that will improve lives and reduce the burden on the NHS. CHSS is playing a major role in healthcare in Scotland, with aspirations to work collectively with local and national healthcare partners to do so much more. They are accountable to the people they support living with the conditions. That’s why CHSS have embedded a people-driven, participative approach to work inclusively to identify their priorities. CHSS' vision: welcome to a Scotland where people with their conditions can live their lives well. Full lives, with the right support, at the right time and in the right place. A place where they can shape their future and live the life they want to lead. CHSS' mission: welcome to a community where people can support each other, secure the expert help they need and collectively advocate for the care that matters to them. Welcome to the charity that never underestimates the power of a cup of tea, a conversation started, a recovery begun. No Life Half Lived means they need to listen to people with the conditions and deliver well for them. They have identified four goals to get us there: • CHSS will place their focus on addressing the unmet needs of people with our conditions - social, emotional and physical - across all Scotland’s communities. • CHSS will be led by its people: people with lived experience of their conditions, their families and carers, friends, colleagues and healthcare professionals. • CHSS will secure the funding required to deliver via a diverse income portfolio that is consistent with their values and ethical approach • CHSS will be effective and accountable in all that they do. Everyone has the right to live life to the full. After a diagnosis of a chest or heart condition or a stroke, many people experience fear and isolation and struggle with the impact on their lives. CHSS won’t stand for that. The care and support we deliver every day ensures everyone can live the life they want to.

As a CHSS Community Connector you can support CHSS any time or anywhere, giving as much or as little time to the tasks as you wish. As long as you have access to a smartphone, tablet or computer you can get involved to ensure No Life is Half Lived. WHY WE WANT YOU: - You’ll support them by carrying out smalls tasks online or in your community which will make a massive difference to people living with our conditions. WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING: - Liking and sharing posts on social media to help spread their work - Completing online surveys - Signing campaigns or petitions - The skills you need - Able to share posts on social media channels - Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU: - A flexible opportunity to volunteer around your busy life - Make a real difference to people with our conditions - Improve your own health and wellbeing  - Use, learn and develop new skills

Going Forward with Bridge of Allan Stroke Group Volunteers Needed! Going Forward with Bridge of Allan Stroke Group supports members who have survived a stroke, are on their own journey and going forward. This group is there to support that journey and offer a friendly, safe and stimulating environment for members to thrive in. The group provides physical, oral and mental stimulation through physical activities such as games like Boccia and Kurling within their spacious hall. They have a varied programme of activities including seated yoga, exercise to music, singing to support those with aphasia, entertainment and a variety of speakers. The group encourages fun and friendship with time to chat over a cuppa and some cakes. The group welcomes spouses and carers of our stroke survivors to join if they wish to do so. Groups like Going Forward with Bridge of Allen Stroke Group increase access to peer support; to enhance recovery, encourage supported self-management, community rehabilitation, maintain health and wellbeing, create community resilience, and combat isolation and loneliness. They are an independent group; insured by and affiliated to Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS). Their aim is to support people living with stroke and long-term conditions through social interaction and ensure no life is half lived. The group needs a friendly, enthusiastic person who enjoys working with people in their local community to become a part of their wonderful Committee! ABOUT THE COMMITTEE: The Committee makes sure that the group meets its aims as set out in the Constitution. The Committee has an important role to play in balancing the needs of the members, insurer and CHSS including: · Ensuring members have a say in how the group is run · Receiving feedback from members/volunteers on the group’s activities and addressing any issues promptly and respectfully · Having a clear picture of the group’s finances and plan for the future · Ensuring the group has correct policies and procedures including those for working with volunteers, safe working practices, dealing with complaints and confidentiality SKILLS AND QUALITIES · Understanding of the needs of people who have had a stroke · Able to keep and store accurate records · Ability to work well with people · An awareness of boundaries and own limitations · Good communication skills and ability to work confidentially TRAINING AND SUPPORT CHSS can provide training to support you in your role. Training can include: · General information about chest, lung, heart and stroke conditions · First aid, health & safety, data protection (GDPR) · Assisting with mobility TIMINGS: Weekly on a Thursday from 2pm – 4pm. Interested? For more information, please contact Peer Support Coordinator, Georgia Freyne. Tel: 07756 876 063 Email: georgia.freyne@chss.org.uk