A practical and direct 'Thank You' to NHS workers.
A huge thank you to all those who supported our Crowdfunder Campaign to provide restorative retreats for NHS workers. We raised £13,134!
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.
At the Quadrangle we now have funds 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.
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, Roberta O’Callaghan, 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.
“After several months of working on Covid wards and seeing the immense suffering patients and their families endured, burnout was inevitable. The retreat helped me reconnect with myself through nature. I felt re-calibrated, more balanced and I still go back to that feeling mentally when things get stressful now.” Dr Hanifa Koguna, Northwest London
“Retreats of this nature are needed more than ever. They should become a recommendation for all Healthcare worker and highly promoted in maintaining our wellbeing” Angela Graham, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
“I’d always considered retreats to be something of a middle-class indulgence but I went on the basis of having a new experience. I ended up really enjoying the September retreat and I’ve meditated daily since, using some of the techniques we were guided through.” Jeetan Vadgama A&E Doctor – University Hospital Lewisham
“There was acknowledgement that people need such a space to be a way, be safe, and held and feel welcomed without judgement.”
“The meditation practice was tranquil and personally allowed me to experience a great sense of peace.”
“Retreats of this nature are needed more than ever. They should become a recommendation for all Healthcare worker and highly promoted in maintaining our wellbeing. All sessions were delivered with clarity, love and wisdom and has really helped me to deepen my appreciation of how nature nurtures us daily.”