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Bringing our Stickmum campaign to life

Written by the Pelvic Partnership. January 2019.

Our Stickmum campaign started in November 2015. We distributed over 100,000 copies of our upbeat and informative Stickmum leaflet for frontline healthcare professionals throughout the UK in GP, midwifery and physiotherapy journals thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

We wanted to capitalise on the success of the initiative so after receiving another Big Lottery Fund £10,000 grant and £1,000 from Tesco Bags of Help in 2018, we have been able to create two campaign videos. One of the videos brings our Stickmum cartoon stories to life through animation. The other shows what effective assessment and treatment for Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) look like.

Our Stickmum campaign aims to encourage you to join us to raise awareness of pregnancy-related PGP, which is a common (affecting one in five women), but not a normal part of pregnancy. The good news is that PGP is treatable, but sadly PGP and its treatment are often poorly understood. We want women to be able to access treatment easily on the NHS, not just in private practice. With your help we hope that these videos will enable us to reach more healthcare professionals and women with PGP, spreading the word that #PGPistreatable and help to #getamummoving.

One of our Trustees, Becky, who features in our ‘what to expect from treatment’ video, explains:

‘Every healthcare professional who comes into contact with women with PGP needs to see this video. It details the gold standard in treatment – treatment that actually works. I can vouch for this personally: that’s me in the video! My first pregnancy was a horror show of pain and terrible treatment. My second was a different story altogether, thanks to good manual therapy. PGP is very simple to treat in most cases and can be done at any stage of pregnancy.

Too often we hear of women with PGP being sent to group exercise classes instead of getting good hands-on treatment. Too often we hear of women being given a list of painful exercises they won’t be able to do, without getting the manual therapy they need. Too often, we hear of pregnant women left to endure PGP unnecessarily because of the erroneous belief that treatment can’t be given during pregnancy. Too often we hear of women sent away with belts that are ineffective unless joints are moving properly, without anyone tending those joints to tackle the cause of the pain. We believe that there are no excuses for anything other than top-notch, woman-centred, gentle, effective manual therapy to get pelvic joints mobilised and butt muscles happy!

I really hope that everyone who needs to, will see this video and I hope it heralds the start of great treatment for all women with PGP!’

Manual therapy is available on the NHS, but more than half of the women in our 2018 survey were never offered a referral for physio and 43% of women with PGP said they felt their symptoms were never taken seriously*. Every woman with PGP has a right to be assessed and treated promptly, so please help us to spread the word that #PGPistreatable and help to #getamummoving. Click here to order and share our FREE Stickmum leaflets today or to view and share our videos, either in an email or via social media. Thank you for your help.

Follow the campaign @pp_pgp_charity #pgpistreatable #getamummoving or on Facebook.

*From a 2018 Pelvic Partnership survey of 367 women with PGP.

Co-ordinator job description and person specification

The Pelvic Partnership is looking for a co-ordinator to work flexibly 8-10 hours each week to assist with the day-to-day running of our charity. You will be self-employed, working from home, and able to manage your own time flexibility to suit your other commitments.

The Pelvic Partnership is a small UK charity based in Harwell Village, Oxfordshire. We provide women and healthcare professionals with information about best practice for the treatment and management of pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP), and enable and empower women to access the right treatment. You can read our mission statement here.

Co-ordinator job description

General administration:

  • Responding to email enquiries from women with PGP, healthcare professionals, other charities or organisations.
  • Responding to online and telephone helpline information pack and new membership requests.
  • Managing the charity database.
  • Meeting regularly with the Chair and other committee members to discuss work priorities and projects.
  • Ordering stationery and printing of Pelvic Partnership publications/leaflets as required.

Accounts paperwork:

  • Keeping income and outgoings spreadsheet up to date.
  • Setting up payments online and requesting authorisation from the Treasurer.
  • Preparation and co-ordination of end of year accounts paperwork including reports.

Project work:

  • Assisting with funding applications.
  • Project support administration.
  • Co-ordination of trustee/volunteer duties.

Website and social media:

  • Updating content on web pages as necessary, including our bi-monthly blog, and periodically checking links and order forms are functioning.
  • Liaising with webmaster if there are any technical issues with the website and announcing any functional problems on our social media pages.
  • Keeping our Facebook and Twitter pages up to date and responding to post comments.
  • Co-ordinating and sometimes assisting volunteer administrators of our Facebook support group.

Committee and team meetings:

  • Availability to attend up to five evening committee meetings including our Annual General Meeting each year (held on a weekday evening in Harwell, Oxfordshire).
  • Availability to attend two away/training days each year held on a weekend morning or afternoon (usually held in Wallingford, Oxfordshire).
  • Preparation of meeting agendas in consultation with the chair and circulate with any supporting papers in good time.
  • Check that trustees/volunteers have carried out actions agreed at a previous meeting.
  • Receive agenda items from trustees/volunteers unable to attend a meeting.
  • Ensure that a quorum will be present at each meeting.
  • Make all arrangements for meetings including booking a venue, arranging any special equipment and refreshments.
  • Ensure that the meeting action logs are approved by the chair and then circulated to all trustees/volunteers following the AGM.

Co-ordinator person specification

Essential requirements Desirable requirements
An interest in and understanding of our cause and mission statement Personal experience of PGP
Confidence and ability to work independently and as part of a team Experience in a similar role
Organisational skills Marketing experience
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Confident ability to use the computer including Word and Excel programmes and email
Experience using Facebook, Twitter and updating content on WordPress websites
Ability to work flexibly

Rate of pay: £10 per hour

How to apply: please send your CV and a covering email to Sarah Fishburn (chair) at contact@pelvicpartnership.org.uk.

Closing date for applications: please apply by Friday 11th January 2019.

For more information please contact Lucy Ryan (co-ordinator) at contact@pelvicpartnership.org.uk.

Charity Registered in England: 1100373 

The Pelvic Partnership consists of volunteers who have had pelvic girdle pain (PGP) and wish to support other women. We aim to pass on information based on both research and the experience of other women with PGP. We are not medical professionals and cannot offer medical advice and the information we provide should not take the place of advice and guidance from your own health-care providers. Material on this site is provided for information and support purposes only.

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