Wellbeing grants 2020/2021
We realise that 2020 has been a very difficult year for all voluntary and community organisations. As Coronavirus and the associated lockdowns have affected all four nations of the UK, voluntary and community groups’ staff, volunteers and trustees have been working incredibly hard to support the people and communities they work with.
The groups we fund have responded and adapted to provide amazing support to their beneficiaries in very challenging circumstances. However we’ve heard a lot about the pressure that keeping things going, and caring for others, has placed on staff and volunteers alike.
Recognising this, in December 2020 Tudor’s trustees offered grant holders an optional grant of £2,000 to support staff, volunteer and trustee wellbeing. By supporting the wellbeing of people within the organisations we fund, we hope to contribute to the overall health and resilience of their organisations, and help to deliver their charitable purpose more effectively.
Before making the offer of this grant, we spoke to some of the people we work with about what they thought of the idea. They shared with us some things they are already doing to support their staff, volunteers and trustees. We hope the suggestions below may help you think through if and how you may want to use this grant. We’ll be continuing to update this page throughout 2021.
- Ask your team: many of the people we spoke to said they would consult their teams before deciding whether to take up the offer. Are there specific areas they are struggling with at the moment? Do they have ideas of what will help them? Everyone is different, and what feels right for one person, may not be the best option for another.
- Activities to bring teams together: the most frequent idea from those we spoke to was to have some way of connecting their teams. This could be through online events such as crafts, games or sharing a meal, or waiting until we (hopefully) see better weather and are able to meet up outside for staff team days.
- Reflective practice: creating forums and safe spaces for staff to reflect on their experiences together can help work through practical challenges, but also enable staff and volunteers to be heard, and know they aren’t alone.
- External supervision, coaching and mentoring: can provide a place to offload and reflect with someone outside of your normal line management structure. In small organisations we’ve often seen this provided by someone outside the organisation.
- Employee assistance programmes: can help your staff get support when they need it, confidentially, without having to approach their line manager first.
- Counselling and other therapies: it’s been a challenging year and many have shared with us that counselling, online, or in person has allowed them to address the difficulties they have faced.
- Non-work focused wellbeing activities: some of the groups we’ve talked to are already offering a wide range of things to help support the physical and mental wellbeing of their teams, from yoga to book clubs. Giving ‘permission’ for staff to take time for themselves for wellbeing each week, within the working day, can make a big difference.
- Small gestures of thanks: we all know that affirmation and saying thank you to staff and volunteers can make a big difference.
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FAQ: about the grant
How and when can I claim the grant?
We have been in touch with all grant holders who are eligible for the grant via email with details. To claim the grant, email the documents we need to your grants manager by 31st March 2021.
Is there anything we can’t spend the grant on?
When we made a grant to you we did so with the intention of helping you to deliver a charitable purpose. As one of our current grant holders, we trust you to come up with appropriate and creative ways of providing support to your staff, volunteers and trustees. By supporting the wellbeing of people within the organisations we fund, we hope to contribute to the overall health and resilience of your organisation, and help you to deliver that charitable purpose more effectively.
When does the funding have to be spent by?
We’ll be in touch to ask you to fill out a survey in September 2021, by which time we expect most organisations will have spent the grant.
What reporting is there?
We will email you a link to a brief online survey in September 2021 to ask in broad terms how you used the grant and whether you think these activities to support staff and volunteer wellbeing made a difference to your organisation’s ability to deliver your work effectively. We won’t ask you for a detailed breakdown of how you spent the funds.
At that point we’d also like to hear any wider reflections on how we can best support the organisations we fund: we hope to use what we learn to develop our understanding of what kind of additional support our grant holders find most useful. We will aim to keep this survey as short and to the point as possible: it should only take 10 to 15 minutes to complete.