15 May 2019
13 May 2021
20 Oct 2021
In this report we propose a shared goal for funders, Trustees, managers and workers: community facing organisations in which staff and volunteers are resilient.
Building blocks for funders
Cost to employers because of poor mental health in the workforce
Examples of funder best practice
Community-facing organisations have been reporting back to funders that increased pressure, complexity and demand is leading to concerns about the resilience of their staff and volunteers. These concerns cut across funding themes. London Funders has been exploring how funders can work both individually and collectively to ensure paid staff and volunteers working in community-facing organisations can build their resilience.
Charity sector staff are particularly susceptible to burnout because of the combination of scarce resources, high need clients and expectations of sacrificial behaviour
Our definition of resilience goes beyond having good mental health. It is also about the flexibility that the workforce has to adapt and respond to the people they are engaging with. Furthermore, it is about a working environment where staff and volunteers are encouraged to share and learn and are optimistic about their capacity to effect change.
Underpinning this report are three key principles for funders:
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