Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (Shetland)

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

Being a Collection Can Volunteer is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the success of a leading health charity and make a real difference to the people we support. As a CHSS Collecting Can Volunteer, you will play a key role in sourcing new collecting can sites, helping to raise awareness and vital funds to ensure Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland continues to support people who are living with effects of stroke, chest and heart conditions in Scotland. Your role will include: • Placing CHSS charity collection cans in shops, local businesses, and community venues. • Regularly revisiting the sites where you have placed the collecting can, emptying the can and supporting the site holder with any queries or concerns. • Counting, banking and recording the income from your collecting cans

CHSS Speakers are trained volunteers that deliver inspiring talks, to raise awareness about the services across Scotland for people with chest, heart and stroke conditions. Our Speaker Volunteers engage audiences about the important work of CHSS, inspiring them to take action, as they speak with schools, universities, businesses, youth groups, religious places of worship, service organisations, and many more community groups face to face or virtually. Your role will include: Alongside the fundraising team you will be supporting the team to find opportunities to share the work of CHSS with new audiences, raising the profile of CHSS. Delivering inspiring talks to a wide rand of community groups and corporate partners Keeping up to date with CHSS key messages, appeals, campaigns, fundraising and volunteering. Providing feedback on talks for our fundraising team. Demonstrating the CHSS values, leaving your audience, large or small with a positive view of the organisation and the work that we do.

In your role you will support different teams across CHSS to recruit new volunteers in your local community either face to face, engaging with local community partners and utilizing online social media platforms. Volunteers are vital to the running of our services, shops and our fundraising events. With your help we can reach more people across Scotland to raise awareness of CHSS. Your main tasks include: Identify suitable local organisations and networks to promote our various volunteer roles to. Use social media to advertise volunteer opportunities. Use offline methods such as presentations and posters to recruit volunteers in the community. Raise awareness and the profile of CHSS

Being a CHSS Community Connector is perfect for busy people who’d like to get involved and help CHSS, but don’t have much time to give. Our tasks are quick and include signing petitions, completing surveys and sharing posts on social media. 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. To apply and get more information go onto CHSS website - https://volunteer.chss.org.uk/opportunities/51700-chss-community-connector-2023-08-09