Supporting community-led projects to help your local area recover from the COVID-19 crisis
We will provide a wellbeing retreat for care workers so that they may have the time to reimagine an alternative future. We want to work with those most impacted by Covid19 to develop strategies that will prevent the spread of infection and death in the event of further pandemics. The project puts people in the driving seat and asks them to co-design solutions that will address issues around self isolating including: a) safe places to isolate b) lack of money c) travel to and from work in a pandemic d) access to testing e) training and information gaps f) psychosocial support g) supporting the cared for Many care workers cannot be furloughed and cannot perform their jobs from home. They look after some of the most vulnerable groups in society (disabled, sick and older people). Care workers in London have insights to share that should shape and inform future policy. Care workers have told us that they have been neglected and their experience and stories not heard.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
1. Understanding what could be done differently 2. Involve marginalised communities to reimagine an alternative future 3. Utilise a disused building 4. Provide much needed respite for care workers 5. Provide psychosocial support to care workers 6. Co-create a wellbeing garden and community apothecary which will be available to the local community 7. Increase volunteering among students 8. Produce academically robust research that will impact policy and future decision making.
Steps to get it done:
It is important to provide time out for some of the most hard-working people. We want to say thank you to the people who have taken care of us and put their lives on the line to make sure we disabled people can continue to live in the community. We need to be able to put lessons learned into practice and develop useful strategies that can inform policy and practice. The retreat would be provided to 3 care workers staying in the retreat for a period of 14 days. This would allow us to provide roughly 78 care workers with an opportunity to take part in the program. The length of stay will be flexible the shorter the stay the more care workers we can support.
About the space
London Borough of Tower Hamlets