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Benenden Health Communities

  • Learn more about Benenden Health Communities.

  • Understand how this benefits you as a Benenden Health member.

  • Put forward your ideas online.

What are Benenden Health Communities?

If the Democracy for Tomorrow proposal is voted in at our Special Conference in September, your Benenden Health Community will be at the heart of how you get involved and how you’ll share your views with us.

In this article we will explain more about Benenden Health's Communities:

How to have your say:

You have between now and 31st August to have your say, don't miss out on this chance to shape the future of Benenden Health.

If the change is successful, you’ll be allocated to a Benenden Health Community based on where you live. This will be the forum through which you'll engage with the Society and share your views. Engagement channels open to members will include in-person meetups, online and by post.

Benenden Health Communities will:

  • Allow you to have a say in a more informal way that fits around your busy lifestyle.
  • Open new routes for you to engage with us.
  • Give the opportunity for you to attend member meetups to find out more about the Society’s strategy, products and services, and discuss current healthcare topics.
  • Help you submit ideas for consideration by the Member Council.

Your Benenden Health Community will be run by a group of volunteer representatives voted in by you via Direct Member Vote.

You'll be able to engage with your community through one or all of these channels:

  • Member meetups
  • Online
  • By post

By offering different ways to have your say, we're giving you the opportunity to interact with the Society in a way that works for you, whether this is by attending a meetup, engaging at home, logging on from work or on the move.

These will be in-person events led by your Benenden Health Community representatives where members gather to discuss health and wellbeing issues and get updates from the Society. Your Benenden Health Community will run at least one of these a year.

At your member meetup, you can expect to hear health and wellbeing advice from guest speakers, get updates from members of the Society’s Board of Directors, get advice on how to make the most of your membership from our partners and so much more.

You will also be able to interact with your Benenden Health Community via our online platform. This includes:

  • Posting in forums.
  • Voting in polls.
  • Reading Society updates.
  • Watching videos from member meetups and guest speakers.

The online platform will be a great way to keep up to date with Society news, and provide your feedback, in a way that fits around your busy life. 

Do you think there’s a product or service that would make your Benenden Health membership even more valuable? Your Benenden Health Community will be the quickest way to put ideas forward for the Board’s consideration.

Below is a quick guide on how you will be able to do this:

Lewis from Manchester is a single parent, his son Charlie has autism. This brings many challenges, and he sometimes doesn’t know who to turn to.

  • Lewis comes up with an idea that there should be a service that offers support to parents to help with strategies when dealing with difficult behaviour. There’s three ways he can submit this; in person, online or by writing in. He chooses to submit this idea online.

  • Next, the Benenden Health Community will meet with Lewis to discuss his idea. If they think it’s viable, they will share the idea with the Member Council.

  • Once they’ve reviewed the idea, they will work with the Society to investigate the idea and submit their recommendations about the autism service to the Board.

  • The Board will review and if they believe the idea is in the best interests of our members, will give the go-ahead to introduce it into the membership.

  • The Member Council reports back to Lewis, the Benenden Health Communities and members if the idea has been successful.

This is an example; we do already have support for autism through our Care Planning and Social Care Advice service.

The new Benenden Health Community structure will allow for better engagement with a much wider demographic of our members. Member meetups will be relaxed, informal and focused on Society and health and wellbeing issues.

Your Benenden Health Community will give you the opportunity to influence the direction of the Society through various routes, not limited to meetings. The flow of information will be year-round and not restricted to Conference deadlines.

We hope you agree this will make your Benenden Health membership even more valuable, opening up new ways for you to get involved that fit around your lifestyle and allowing you to interact in a time and place that works for you.