Lockdown reflections: how can we help?

This 'Wellbeing at Work' blog for our corporate supporters looks at ways you can encourage creativity and self-care in your colleagues.

Following on from last week’s blog, which looked at ways the coronavirus crisis has helped to create authentic connections, this week’s will share practical ways to do this with your teams and clients.

Today’s tips will look at:

  1. Children 1st resources to share
  2. Spreading the message
  3. Increasing staff engagement and creativity

1. Children 1st resources to share

We have a variety of materials you can share internally to support colleagues and their families at this difficult time. Children 1st Parentline remains available by call, text or webchat to help every family in Scotland, and the team are regularly updating the webpages with information and support.

More specifically, and supported by the Kinship Care Forum, we’re delivering three free webinars for kinship carers with Dr Suzanne Zeedyk. Kinship carers – friends or family who take over the care of children from parents, for any number of reasons – can join free for ideas on how to make things easier for their children this summer. This can be a particularly hard time for many kinship carers but laughing, organising and listening can make a big difference.

2. Spreading the message

During this blog series, we’ve focused on providing you with ideas to share internally. However, you can also engage staff, potential recruits and clients by clearly showing them the values held by your organisation. To do this, and to help Children 1st to reach more families across Scotland, you can share our content across your social media platforms. Let your audiences know how your support is protecting children and families during this crisis.

In a crowded charity marketplace, your promotion and endorsement of our work makes a huge difference! You’ll find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. If you believe in our message, please help us increase our visibility by sharing. If you’d like to work together on something bespoke, we are always happy to create content that’s appropriate to your audience. Get in touch with the team to discuss.

3. Fundraising ideas to increase staff engagement and creativity

Working together to give something back is a great way to bond your team. A challenge like Dragons Glen allows teams to work together and engage their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit to turn £500 seed money into £5000 for Children 1st. With our pitch days in front of our specially selected panels of Dragons scheduled for early October, there’s plenty of time to find out more!

Over the summer, we will have a number of fundraising initiatives happening. Whether your team would enjoy an online session of High Intensity Impact Training with a professional PT, or to test their knowledge in an online quiz, we will keep you posted on all of these opportunities.

Our team would also love to support you in developing your own virtual ideas that work for your team, so do get in touch to arrange a chat.

Thank you for your continued support. We hope you found this week’s content interesting and enjoy sharing it with your teams. We’re delighted to have this opportunity to keep you updated on our work and offer support to you and your teams during this crisis, while we work together to protect children across Scotland.

Take care and stay safe,

Team Children 1st