We know from our recent launch of the CMM Wellbeing Area that the mental health of social care workers is a huge concern to all those in the sector.
At our Lancashire Care Conference last week, Richard Muncaster from the Care Workers’ Charity outlined the two biggest contributors to the poor mental health of social care workers: bereavement, with no time to grieve for those they looked after, and not having enough time to do their job properly.
Where can social care CEOs go to ensure that they are doing everything they can to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in their own workplace?
The Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) is working with MHFA England to form a small working group chaired by Jules Hillier, CEO of Pause. The group will be a space for chief executives to share and learn from each other, to talk about shared experiences and to identify common challenges and strategies for success. These meetings will contribute to a briefing for CEO's and senior leaders to help them support their workforce with their mental health and wellbeing.
Joining the project
ACEVO are accepting expressions of interest from members who would like to join the group until 5pm today. They will decide the group's final membership by early October. The first meeting will take place on the 4th December from 12-2pm. Further meetings in February and May 2020 are also likely to take place. MHFA England will host the meetings at its London office but group members may attend via Skype.
To express your interest, email no more than one side of A4 to policy officer Maisie Hulbert at Maisie.Hulbert@acevo.org.uk detailing why you would like to join the group and any relevant experiences, what knowledge you think you could bring and what you hope to learn from the project. Include your name, email address and organisation at the top of the page.