There are loads of healthcare charities doing fantastic work overseas. They provide healthcare in parts of the world that lack the services we consider basic. Lots of skilled and experienced healthcare professionals want to volunteer with these charities - but they're incredibly hard to find.
In 2018 I wanted to find an overseas healthcare charity to volunteer with as a GP. I thought this would be a simple process, but I was wrong. I spent a huge amount of time and energy fruitlessly searching for charities. After weeks of looking online, speaking with colleagues and scouring social media, I’d only found three charities to volunteer with.
It turns out this is a common problem. Lots of healthcare professionals (doctors and nurses, midwives and dentists) want to volunteer with small charities but simply can’t find them. Understandably, they quickly give up the idea of volunteering, so charities don’t get the skilled professionals they desperately need.
Why is this happening? Well, apart from the enormous NGOs, most charities lack the funds they need to advertise effectively. They’re grass-roots projects with tiny or non-existent advertising budgets. So they struggle to spread their message and can’t attract the volunteers they urgently need.
This is clearly a problem that has to be solved. Volunteer Global Health will do just that.
Volunteer Global Health is a single online platform where charities can advertise their projects and volunteers can easily find them. This will be entirely free-of-charge to both charities and volunteers. It means volunteers don’t waste valuable time fruitlessly searching for charities, and charities can be directly exposed to the volunteers they need. It’s a win-win solution.
The project will be led by myself (a GP in Nottingham) and a group of other healthcare professionals based in the UK.
We’ll use the money raised through this Crowdfunder to build, launch and advertise the online platform. A team of skilled and experienced web developers will produce a professional website that can be easily found online. Once it’s live, we'll set up Volunteer Global Health as a charity and register it with the UK's Charity Commission. Going forwards, we'll use donations from the public to maintain and advertise the website, so these great charities and caring volunteers can easily find each other.
We’re incredibly excited to get this charity up and running. Volunteer Global Health will help existing charities deliver healthcare to those who currently lack it, and give caring and motivated volunteers the opportunity they need to make a huge difference in the world.
But, to get it started, we need your help.
We’re incredibly grateful for your generous donations. By contributing to this Crowdfunder you’re making this brand-new charity possible. We simply couldn’t do it without you. We hope that gives you a warm feeling inside :)
Thank you all so very much.
Rich and the rest of the Volunteer Global Health team.