Last year we developed our core resilience and wellbeing programme for the ‘Third Workforce’ (see the blog on January 17th). The evaluation demonstrated the programme “had a signficant positive impact on the mental wellbeing of the Carers” who came on the programme.
Underneath the success is the unknown story of being in the space of transformational learning with people who work on the front line 24/7. As each learner (and this includes the developers) step into this space they courageously accept the challenge of being open to change. This may involve exposure to our own and others vulnerabilities, to confessions of failure, to the sharing of fears, and the celebration of becoming more than we thought possible. The opportunity to transform is made real by the tender kindnesses of others, the acknowledgment of each other’s willingness to endure a workload that is at times overwhelming and damaging.
Being able to say the programme is a success also doesn’t do any justice at all to the huge amount of work, dedication and passion invested in developing and testing the programme. The dry and dusty statement in no way relays the eye burning hours spent at computers, designing content, transcribing evidence, writing about “this is what we found”.
Neither does it tell you anything about the process of delivery and the constant vigilence required to make sure the programme is adapted, and refined to meet the needs of the people who are willing to lay bare their experiences.
The unknown back story includes the tenacity of people in public sector services who work to keep Carers with them on the front-line, and are keen to see the wellbeing of all improved.
Today we move forward with Ceredigion County Council to develop the Third Workforce programme as Training the Trainers and Young Carers programmes. We will continue to share the space of transformation and are deeply grateful for the experience.