A practical and direct 'Thank You' to NHS workers.
Please support our Crowdfunder Campaign
Our NHS workers have held us together this past year. Putting themselves at risk. Working on the frontline. Pioneering treatments. And being there for our loved ones when we couldn’t be.
But it has taken its toll. The COVID-19 pandemic has put healthcare workers under intolerable pressure. They are stressed and exhausted, with widespread reports of burn out, PTSD and depression. Recent research by King’s College London and University College London found that 40% of ICU workers are likely to meet the threshold for PTSD.
Gratitude isn’t enough. Now is the time to give something back to the people who’ve spent the pandemic putting our needs over their own.
How? To contribute to a sponsorship fund to run a series of day and residential programmes for NHS workers that will help restore their health and wellbeing. Participants will be introduced to simple tools and practices that help regulate stress and anxiety with the aim to build a sense of wellbeing and resilience when they return to their everyday lives.
The residential (two-nights) and one-day programmes include restorative workshops (yoga, meditation, group sessions), wild swimming, organic food and campfires. It’s a chance for stressed NHS workers to take themselves out of their normal routines. To take time to focus on themselves. To connect with nature, and with other people.
The first stage of the project has already been designed, developed and tested. Last autumn, we ran a two-day retreat programme for healthcare workers who had experienced high levels of stress and exhaustion during the pandemic and on 19th May this year we ran a one-day programme for an NHS team from central London.
The programmes were hugely beneficial. As one participant put it, “getting that space was a Godsend, the answer to my prayers for the downtime I needed for my mental health and wellbeing.” Another said, “It gave us the opportunity to reconnect with nature. I felt calm, peaceful and rested; it enabled me to press the restart button.”
Through our pilot test we see we are meeting a need, have refined what we offer and have lined up our team – we are all ready to go!
Now, we need your help to support more frontline NHS workers.
We’d like to run more one-day and two-day retreat programmes as soon as and as regularly as possible over the next 18 months.
Through a crowdfunding campaign launching on Friday 28th May we’re aiming to raise £12,500.
£12,500 would fully fund one two-day retreat and five one-day retreats over the next four months (90 people).
As we also ask attendees to contribute to their place, on a pay-what-you can basis, we would likely be able to provide more than this amount.
If we raise less than that amount, we will go ahead with the maximum number of retreats we a can offer.
The Quadrangle, retreat staff and our partners are working at reduced rates or in-kind to keep costs as low as possible.
£40,000 plus would enable us to extend the project to be able to deliver NHS restorative retreat programmes in different parts of the country through our network of retreat centres and practitioners.
We are keen to collaborate with others to develop this project and reach those most in need. Please get in touch if you would like to explore working together email@example.com
More information on the campaign and how to donate see: Out in the Field
Thank you to the team who are supporting this project – Eve Annecke, Jo-Anne Nighy, Jon Ottley, Jen Morgan, Liz Murphy, Andy Somerville, Rachel Fenn, Miriam Saltmarshe, Matt Murphy, Claire Watson, Janice Carrie & Chris Baker at Common Ground photographer and NHS worker Glenn Dene and Sam Rowe at Honeybells Tents and Events.