New Year… new opportunities… new beginnings.

Here at Association HQ this includes new beginnings for our brilliant Membership Services Manager, Claire Bowry, who will be leaving us in March to become the CEO of The Eveson Trust a grant making charity. Please do join us at the Fundraising MIG Conference on 13th March, at the BMA in London to say our farewells and wish Claire every success in her future role.

So new beginnings for Claire means new opportunities at Association HQ too. Hopefully you will have seen we are recruiting for a new Membership Support and Development Manger to join our team

On the theme of all things new we have a new events programme out and new partnerships, all of which will be shared in our Members Briefing which will be out next week. We are already working on our new website and new resources for members too.

We have new plans for the NHS Big Tea set for the weeks on and around 5th July 2019. We are just confirming the campaign objectives, key messages and activities, and will be sending this through to you all shortly. We have the full support of the NHS England and DHSC; the essentials are that this will follow on from last year’s Big 7tea, with updated website, new creative assets and ‘campaign in a box’ for our member charities to be implemented at local level. Moving on from celebrating the 70th birthday, NHS Big Tea parties this year will provide space and time for people to stop and collectively reflect with a cup of tea, a very British thing, and to provide a call to action:

  • To say thank you to the NHS through social media messages using #thankyounhs
  • To donate to your NHS Charity
  • To do something to help, the options could be signing up to volunteer with your local NHS body, or sign up to participate in your own local NHS charity activities/projects

To end my New Year blog, instead of a quote, I would like to share with you an inspirational letter that Peter Homa, the new Chair of the NHS Leadership Academy, wrote to his 24 year old self recently

Life is a continuous journey of learning, I look forward to learning with you in 2019.

Ellie Orton

Chief Executive

Association of NHS Charities


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