We have a brilliant new offering to tell you about - one that gets you exclusive content!
We’ve linked up with a service called Patreon, as we mentioned in passing a while ago, to be able to bring you an “SNJ Squad” membership option. It gives you access to a dedicated monthly newsletter and, when we get enough sign-ups, to helpful podcasts and webinars.
We’ll never charge for our articles that we put out every week, because we want everyone to be able to access information whatever their situation. However, there is a cost to running SNJ and the reality is, we are just not going to be able to keep doing it without recompense. That’s just life, unfortunately. While we are registered as a non-profit, we're not a charity (and we do not want to be one, or a CIC. We need to be free to say what needs to be said). This mean, however, that grants are often limited, so we need to find a model that works for us - and for you.
Patreon is a platform that enables creators like us at SNJ to offer additional content exclusively for members who pay a small monthly subscription. We’ve set this at a minimum of $5 (it’s US-based), which loosely converts to £4 a month. Our existing monthly PayPal donators (we love you) will automatically be included to get the extra content, without having to make any change on their end.
While lots of organisations have celebrity ‘patrons’ we’re using it in the traditional sense (see image)
Who can be a member?
Anyone is welcome to sign up to be on our SNJ Squad patron - the more the merrier and the more people who sign up, the more extra content we will be able to offer. At present, we’re hamstrung because everything costs money and time. The more money we have, the more we can do, obviously. We’d also like to be able to pay ourselves for the work we do, and while we know parents value SNJ greatly, we can’t pay bills—or ourselves—with just compliments.
What will I get for my £4?
As mentioned, the exclusive monthly newsletter will include a round up of our posts, and the best of the month’s SEND news that you may have missed. There’ll also hopefully be special offers/discounts too.
We’ll also be offering member-only podcasts with people in the world of SEND - you can tell us who you’d like to hear from and send in your own suggested questions too ahead of time. And, eventually, we’ll offer webinars for your learning. Again, members can send in suggested topics and we will source people to give them from our extensive network of contacts. If we decide to make these open to all for a cost, SNJ Squad members will get them for free.
We think this is a positive way to enable us to grow - and to continue - and for members to get something extra too. We hope you agree. We don’t think £4 a month is too much to set the membership at, but if you can’t afford that, we can send you some ways that may help.
As an added incentive, the first 50 people to sign up will receive our upcoming Ebook with top tips to support children with SEND (anticipated publication in November)
If you don’t want to join and don’t want extra stuff, but you’d still like to show your appreciation for the 12 years of work we’ve put in to helping people with SEND, you can still make a one-off or recurring donate via PayPal. But seriously, why wouldn’t you want fab extra stuff?
Where do I sign up?
Why thank you! It’s simple. Just click the button below and follow the promptsBecome a Patron!
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She is also an experienced broadcast and print journalist & author. Tania also runs a PR, web & social media consultancy, SocialOro Media. She is a Rare Disease & chronic pain patient advocate with Ehlers Danlos syndrome.
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