To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, the Trust is pleased to announce the launch of its Responding to the Resilience Risk initiative. This is an open call to charities to design and deliver six-month pilot projects to develop the resilience of voluntary sector workers.
The call, which is for initial expressions of interest, follows a report by London Funders titled “The resilience of people in community-facing organisations: what’s the role of funders?”, which finds a growing need to protect the mental health of charity staff and volunteers. The report reveals that community-facing workers who directly interact with users, such as youth counsellors and advice workers, are experiencing increased pressure and demand, leading to concerns about their resilience.
A panel of professionals working in the mental health and charitable sectors will help shortlist these initial expressions of interest, from which a selection will be invited to work up fuller proposals. Final recommendations for funding these programmes will also be made by this panel.
The successful projects will receive funding from City Bridge Trust. The aim is to see pilot projects start in October 2019 and be completed by March 2020.
City Bridge Trust will commission an external evaluation of the pilot projects, to be shared during Mental Health Awareness Week 2020. The findings will help design and deliver more impactful resilience programmes in the future.
Dhruv Patel, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said:
“Charity staff and volunteers provide an essential service to customers and clients, but they can often feel overwhelmed. Dealing with such complex emotional issues can result in anxiety, depression, burnout, and even secondary trauma.
“We want charity staff and volunteers to have the right skills to work effectively without being personally compromised. Through City Bridge Trust, we are committed to supporting the people that are the first point of call for so many of us.”
Further information on this pilot scheme can be found in the scheme document here.
To download the application form, you should first complete the Trust’s standard eligibility quiz here. The deadline for initial expressions of interest is Friday 14th June 2019.