How do I say I want to go along to a 38 Degrees NHS meetup?

First you need to create an account on the 38 Degrees online organising hub. This should take less than a minute. You’ll need to choose a memorable password and to fill in a few details about yourself. You can create your account here. (It may let you know you already have an account, so you’ll be able to sign-in)
Once you’ve done this, log into your account on the 38 Degrees organising hub. You’ll arrive at the hub page for your local area. It’s here that you can start chatting to other 38 Degrees members in your area – and let them know you want to go along to an NHS meetup!

How do I talk to other 38 Degrees members in my area?

Once you are into the organising hub for your local area, click on the orange “Discussions” button to get chatting to others in your area. Write your message in the box where it says “write a comment”. You could call your discussion something like “Setting a date for the NHS meetup”.

I'm having trouble signing into the organising hub.

If you have already taken part in 38 Degrees days of action or events in the past, you may have an account already. If this is the case, please sign in. If you’ve forgotten your username or password, you can reset it by clicking on “Forgot your password?”
To create an account for the first time, go to organise.38degrees.org.uk, click on NHS meet-ups, type in your postcode to find your area, then type in your details. It’s important to choose a memorable password.

How do I set up an event?

When you’ve agreed a time and place with other 38 Degrees members online, it’s important to add your meetup details to the website. Click on the orange “Events” button, and then the blue “Add an event” button. Fill in the details of the event and click “Create an event”. Everyone in the hub for your area will now be able to see the details of the meetup!
If the event is happening in your living room, you can set a limit on the number of attendees when you fill out the event details. If another 38 Degrees member has already created an event, you will see the event listed on the “Events” page.

How do I RSVP to a meetup?

Once an event has been created, you’ll see it listed on the “Events” page. Then just click RSVP to say you’ll be coming!

When should the meetup happen?

Anytime that works for a few people! Weekends and evenings often work best, but you’ll be able to discuss the best options with people in your area before you agree the time for your meetup. There’s no time limit on when NHS meetups can happen, but most 38 Degrees members are getting together in March.

Where should the meetup happen?

Where should the meetup happen?

Good places to meet are (but not limited to):

  • A local cafe
  • A local pub
  • A community centre
  • A living-room of a (willing!) 38 Degrees member

 

Ready to join the conversation?

Click the button to get started with your local NHS Meetup:

 

If I create the meetup online, does that mean I am responsible for organising it?

No – everyone who’s attending your local NHS meetup will be part of making it a success. Once you’ve said you’re coming along on the website, you’ll be sent some tips about how to help make the meetups a success. This way, everyone will have the same idea of what the meetup will look like.

 

How will we know what to talk about?

The 38 Degrees NHS meetup is a chance to meet with other members in your area who care about the NHS. You might talk about what you can do together to protect your local services from privatisation or closure.

You definitely don’t need to be an expert on the NHS to come along – it’s important all 38 Degrees members feel comfortable getting involved. The NHS belongs to all of us and we all use it – and we all have ideas about our NHS.

It’ll be a really valuable and exciting way for you to spend a few hours if you care about protecting the NHS.
The 38 Degrees office team will send you a few tips and resources to help get the conversation started. But once you all start talking, you’ll be surprised how much you have to say about the NHS!

Will I receive any materials or information before my meetup?

Yes! The office team will send you some useful information a few days before your meeting. This will include:

  • What 38 Degrees members in your area voted to do about the NHS, in the big 38 Degrees member NHS survey
  • Tips to make your meetup fun and productive
  • National and local information on the NHS
  • (Note: These resources will also be available for you on the 38 Degrees online organising hub – the link will be posted here soon)
What if there are already groups in my area working to protect the NHS?

In some areas, groups such as Keep Our NHS Public and Save the NHS are already working to protect the NHS. There are many great campaigning groups specialising on the NHS, so they could be good partners to share ideas with, or to team up with for events.

The 38 Degrees NHS meetups are a bit different from these groups. They are a new chance for everybody who cares about the NHS to get together. They’re part of a huge national 38 Degrees movement to protect our NHS. It’s important to remember, even if your experience of the NHS is just using a local NHS service, your voice is just as important as someone who considers themselves an expert. If we’re going to protect our NHS, it’s going to take everybody who cares about the NHS getting involved.

So if there’s an event set up in your area which looks like an existing NHS group has set up, you’re more than welcome to go along. It might be a good place to learn more about the NHS. But this isn’t a replacement for the 38 Degrees meetups for newcomers to have a casual chat about why they love the NHS and come up with some ideas on how to help protect it.

All the different groups that care about the NHS will play a role in the campaign to protect our NHS, and it’s important we all work together.

I'm still a bit unsure about going along.

Why not chat with other members in your area here?
Or, if this doesn’t feel like your cup of tea or you’re unable to meet up with other members right now, please don’t worry. The office team understands that not everyone will be able to come along.

 

I have a question that wasn't answered here.

Please do email emailtheteam@38degrees.org.uk, or give the office a call on 020 7970 6023. We’re here 10am – 6pm.

 

Ready to join the conversation?

Click the button to get started with your local NHS Meetup: