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Hero From Home: Online Advocate

Your community needs you more than ever before! Become an online advocate and share messages of hope and help on social media to support voluntary organisations, charities and communities in Manchester in 2021.

What is an online advocate? 

The Hero from Home: Online Advocate role is essential to spread important messages which show kindness, encourage connection and solidarity. The role also helps to raise awareness of the ways that people can support each other as well as voluntary and community organisations at this difficult time.

This is a micro-volunteering opportunity. This means that the role is flexible - you can volunteer for as long as it takes to share a Tweet, or a post on Facebook or Instagram. You can even use WhatsApp or iMessage to share messages within your social circles and friendship groups. We hope that some people will be able to offer a few hours each week to share these messages throughout the winter months.

Your involvement will ensure that key information is highly visible and readily available to those who need it. 

What does it involve? 

This is a remote-based role. You will be promoting and sharing key messages regarding Macc's Covid-19 response online via your social media networks, WhatsApp, and any other platforms. Messages will include sharing information about va and donations and how people can volunteer.

This role is suitable for those who have access to a digital device and are confident using social media. We encourage people from all backgrounds, communities and experiences to take part!

Below we have put key messages that you can tweet out or post on other social media platforms with accompanying graphics and other information you might like to share:

Public health messages

It’s important that we follow government guidance and share official information to help people control the spread of the virus. You can help by sharing the messages below:

Stay home, protect lives, protect the NHS

Following the rules around gathering with others helps to reduce transmission of Covid-19 and protects others as a result. Stay at home as much as possible and keep washing your hands regularly; we're all in this together! #StayHome #StaySafe #HerofromHomeMcr 

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Vaccines: preventing the spread of false information 

The government has launched the SHARE checklist to tackle the spread of false information about coronavirus and vaccinations. Pass on this checklist to people in your community to help them know what to look out for before they like, comment or share information they come across online: https://sharechecklist.gov.uk/ #HerofromHomeMcr 

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Getting help and support

You can help make sure that people who need help and support can find it easier by sharing the following messages signposting people to relevant resources and services:

Do you need support?

Do you need support? The Manchester Community Response Hub can help with things like delivery of food, delivery of medication, combating loneliness and managing fuel top-up payments. Call 0800 234 6123 or text 07860 022 876 http://bit.ly/mcrcommhub #HerofromHomeMcr

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Being at home shouldn't mean being lonely! 

Being at home shouldn’t mean being lonely! Could you benefit from a regular chat with someone? The Manchester Community Response Hub can connect you with a voluntary organisation who can help: call 0800 234 6123 or text 07860 022 876 #HerofromHomeMcr

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Want to keep well at home?

It's important that you look after your physical and mental health this winter. @GMAgeingHub & partners have put together a booklet on Keeping Well this Winter with tips on how to keep minds active, nutrition and exercising at home safely: http://bit.ly/keepwellgm #HerofromHomeMcr

It's important that you look after your physical and mental health this winter. You can find details of mental health and wellbeing resources on @GM_HSC's website, as well information on how you can find support in your area: http://bit.ly/mentalhealthgm #HerofromHomeMcr

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Your wellbeing matters!

If you're feeling anxious, overwhelmed or in need of support, help is out there! @ManchesterMind have put together a list of organisations that you can reach out to: https://www.manchestermind.org/urgent-help/ #HerofromHomeMcr

If you're feeling anxious, overwhelmed or in need of support, help is out there! Text Shout to 85258 for free, confidential support: https://giveusashout.org/ #HerofromHomeMcr

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Support voluntary organisations

Voluntary organisations, charities and community groups have been working incredibly hard to support communities across Manchester but this will come at a cost. By sharing these messages, you can help encourage people to support them in lots of different ways as well as help those organisations find the support they need:

Need volunteers?

If you are a community organisation or voluntary group in #Manchester who needs some extra volunteer support, @VolunteeringMcr can help! Let them know what you need by completing this short form: http://bit.ly/c19volorgsmcr #HerofromHomeMcr

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Covid-19 Vaccination information

Covid-19 vaccinations and testing is available to frontline health and care staff and volunteers in the VCSE sector in Manchester. To register your organisation, fill in details here: http://bit.ly/testingmcrgroups #HerofromHomeMcr 

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Update your organisation's details

Help Macc to get their online directory of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Manchester up to date so people know what support is available for them. Organisations can update their details here: https://manchestercommunitycentral.org/directory #HerofromHomeMcr 

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Could you donate?

Our local foodbanks and voluntary organisations are in need of essential food and hygiene supplies. Could you donate and help them to continue their vital work across the city? Find details here: http://bit.ly/donatemcr #HerofromHomeMcr

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Small charities need you!

Small charities and community organisations are vital to supporting communities right now and always, but Covid-19 has hit them hard! Find local community groups and charities to donate to or fundraise for: https://manchestercommunitycentral.org/directory #HerofromHomeMcr 

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Volunteer your time!

Right now, charities need your support more than ever! Are you able to help by volunteering your time and ensure organisations can continue their vital work and support as many people as possible? https://bit.ly/crisisvolunteering #HerofromHomeMcr 

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Support your local community

We have seen how important local communities have been in responding to the outbreak. We have seen neighbours become friends and local businesses become centres for civic action and local support. By sharing the messages below you can encourage people to keep this community solidarity alive as we emerge from this crisis:

Neighbourliness

Many people are struggling this lockdown. Why not check in on your neighbour, give them a ring for a chat or see if they need anything. If you don’t have their number, you can post a note through their letterbox: http://bit.ly/c19postcard #HerofromHomeMcr

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Mutual aid groups

It's more vital than ever before that we ensure that everyone in our local community feels supported. Join your local mutual aid group today and see how you can help! http://bit.ly/mutualaidmcr #HerofromHomeMcr

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Manchester Kindness Stories

Although things are hard right now there is lots of amazing stuff happening across Manchester. We have been gathering these stories of kindness and sharing them to highlight the positive things that are happening in Manchester's communities and how people are responding to the current situation by supporting each other. These very short stories could be about individuals helping each other, businesses and organisations adapting and helping those who need it, or things like the rainbows in windows. They are added to the Manchester Kindness Stories pagand are tweeted via @McrCommCentral.

  • Retweeting the stories shared at the hashtag #ManchesterKind is a great way to support communities working together to care for one another.
  • If you have or see a story of people supporting each other in Manchester you can share these using the hashtag or e-mail hannah@macc.org.uk

You can also share these posts below to encourage others to share and read the Manchester Kindness Stories.

Make kindness the main headline

Let’s make kindness the main headline! Do you have a story of kindness from your community? Share your story by emailing hannah@macc.org.uk with a short description and a pic and be part of the #ManchesterKind campaign #HerofromHomeMcr #ManchesterKind

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Need cheering up?

Need cheering up? Take a look at all the great things that neighbours, streets, communities, charities and voluntary groups all over Manchester have been doing to help each other over the past year! www.tinyurl.com/Mcrkindness #ManchesterKind #HerofromHomeMcr

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Heroes from Home

Encourage others to become a Hero from Home Online Advocate and share these messages of hope and help even further.

Online Advocate volunteer

I’m supporting local voluntary, community and charitable organisations from home by sharing messages of hope and help! If you want to be a @VolunteeringMCR #HerofromHomeMcr Online Advocate, you can find out more and sign up here: http://bit.ly/herofromhomemcr

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