We Care: Institutionalising Accessible Staff Wellness and Resilience Policies, Tools and Practices for the GBV Field
The SVRI is undertaking a project, funded by USAID, to advance staff-care, wellness, and resilience within our organization and across our network by developing an accessible, high quality, evidence-based online course module; and building evidence and momentum through a knowledge exchange series.
SVRI has long recognized the importance of building a caring field and addressing vicarious trauma. Well-being and self-care are integrated into our events, partnerships, and organizational culture (see “Previous Work” below for links). Given the interest in our previous work, we have seen that field needs more support to integrate self and collective care into core work. We will further strengthen and advance the work on wellness, resilience, and care, both internally and globally through:
- Developing a free online course module focused on self- and collective-care, wellness, and resilience including a focus on institutionalizing policies and practices that support staff wellbeing and resilience. The course will be piloted in early 2022 and launched in July 2022. To inform the development of the online course, we conducted a brief evidence scoping review.
- Hosting a Knowledge Exchange series focused on self, staff, and collective care, wellness, and resilience including live events (e.g., webinars/sharing sessions and online wellness activity) and knowledge products (e.g., blogs, case studies, and a guidance note on integrating self- and collective-care into organizational culture and work practices). We want to amplify the existing knowledge, promising practices and lessons learned from the field through documenting case studies from research and practitioner teams.
- Institutionalise staff care policies and practices within SVRI. Our move to an independent NGO provides an opportunity to review and strengthen our own policies and practices related to staff wellness and resilience. We will share what we learn and how we strengthen care and wellness within our organisation as the project progresses.
We are well established in promoting wellbeing and resilience in the VAW field through addressing vicarious trauma (through a workshop, briefing paper, information leaflet, publication, guidelines, and multiple Forum presentations), hosting various wellbeing services and activities within our biennial SVRI Forum event, co-creating various knowledge products (e.g., latest one on body-focused mental health), creating a hub of information on our website, and integrating self and team-care sessions into our workshops and meetings.