What helps you?
You know what works best for you. Every staff member will have different techniques and routines to support their wellbeing.
Sharing this learning reflectively with other staff team members often falls by the wayside when we work in pressured/demanding jobs. This page is a space for everyone to share tips/tricks/advice, however big or small.
Leading and supporting a team as we adapt to hybird working
The King’s Fund: Leading virtual meetings – top tips
The King’s Fund: Article on heroic leadership and how to ground yourself
The King’s Fund: The space to think – how are you finding space to think or to download your leadership experiences? How as a leader or manager are you helping others to do the same?
Please feel free to create a post (using the form at the bottom of the page), this will be sent through to the AVA team and posted upon moderation.
You can also share your input with us through tweeting using the hashtag #AVAresourcehub
We’ve created a three-part podcast series with staff working in the VAWG sector around their experiences of working during covid-19, and supporting themselves and others in the process.
You can listen to them below or you can take a listen on our Soundcloud page.
AVA Covid-19 Resource Hub Episode 1: A Discussion with Benaifer Bhandari
Here is our first AVA Covid-19Resource Hub podcast – our Policy and Project Officer Cordy speaks to Benaifer Bhandari, the CEO of Hopscotch Asian Women’s Centre, about the impact of working during Covid-19 and how she has supported staff through recent challenges.
Check out Hopscotch’s work below:
Website – www.hopscotchawc.org.uk
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/HopscotchAWC2020/
Twitter – twitter.com/Hopscotchawc
Instagram – www.instagram.com/hopscotchawc/
AVA Covid-19 Resource Hub Episode 2: A Discussion with Hollie Venn
Here is our second AVA Covid-19 Resource Hub podcast – our Policy and Project Officer Cordy speaks to Hollie Venn, the CEO of Quetzal, about shifts to working patterns in recent months and the importance of self-care and resilience when working in the VAWG sector.
Check out Quetzal’s work below:
Website – quetzal.org.uk
AVA Covid-19 Resource Hub Episode 3: A Discussion with Kate
In the final episode of our three part podcast series, Cordy speaks to Kate, a peripatetic worker for a large domestic violence charity. In this episode, Kate discusses the additional stresses to her client group as a result of covid-19, and how staff across organisations can come together to support one another.
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Top tips/advice from across the sector
To look after myself, I try and be brave and ask others to help. Sometimes it can feel scary and shameful to let others know you are struggling, but each and every time I’ve done it, I haven’t regretted it. Be proud of your self awareness and allow those who know you to show that they care for you.
When I’ve had a tough day at work I take a long bath and get stuck into a good book, or take myself for a walk somewhere open and green.
More than ever, separating out work from home is really important. Putting in boundaries however you can is vital. It might be having a ritual – putting your laptop in a bag and into a cupboard at the end of your working day – or taking a few moments to notice your breathing and saying goodbye to the day. Find what works for you and commit to practising that every day.
When things are tough for me I know sometimes the only answer is to stop what I am doing and go for a walk. It always helps clear my head. When it is overwhelming asking for help and letting people know is really important. I am also grateful for amazing and supportive colleagues who check in and provide support, guidance and laughter.
When I’ve had a long day at work I cook myself an elaborate meal and take a long hot bath. Sometimes its the simple things that make all the difference.