Many of us in the voluntary sector have found ourselves in the middle of a storm for the last few years. For the first time since community projects began to develop and grow there has been a steady series of cutbacks and blocks to progress. For the first time our optimism for the future has been shattered to the extent that for many community groups the only option has been closure.
For those of us who survive in this work, one of our biggest challenges is keeping up morale. The burdensome core workload is now increased by the demands of compliance, good governance, best employment practice and making a sustainability plan for the future. Finding the time and the resources to step outside the overwhelming needs of our day to day work can be very difficult.
Sometimes we can forget about the reason we began this work and that we ARE making a difference. Sometimes taking time out and celebrating what we have achieved gives us energy to continue. So today how can you plan to take time out and and look at where you have come from and where you are going? Just stop and pause for a while and take a peek at the bigger picture. Look around you and thank and appreciate your team and your volunteers for keeping the dream alive in spite of austerity.
The voluntary and community sector are doing an amazing job, maybe we don’t appreciate ourselves enough for that?
Here’s Margaret Wheatley talking about these challenging times and how they affect us.