Adeela Warley: It’s easy to miss the countless acts of resilience shown by the sector

Our stories need to be heard to build public trust and engagement, and to secure urgent government recognition and support

Adeela Warley
Adeela Warley

Are you resilient? Your first thoughts might be: “It’s hard to say...” or “It depends...”. That’s fine, because resilience is not an innate quality. But it can be learnt and consciously practised, and is something I’ve noticed in many settings.

Small acts of resilience can be seen every day, such as chalk graffiti on pavements and walls pointing to, and celebrating, wild plants thriving in the cracks, a little shot of nature therapy that’s good for the soul.

After working with CharityComms colleagues in recent weeks, I’m in awe of their resilience. They have adapted to remote working, got to grips with digital tools and rapidly refocused strategies and plans to prioritise endless essential acts of kindness.

Their generosity and skills have given the hungry food, the homeless shelter, the lonely friends, refuge for victims of domestic abuse, and the expert mental and physical health counselling that many of us find we need.

Creativity and collaboration are also signs of resilience. The charity Crisis worked with mobile phone companies to help homeless people stay safe and connected, and to fight social exclusion.

The supermarket chain Morrisons encouraged furloughed charity shop staff from Marie Curie and Clic Sargent to work and apply their skills with its community engagement teams.

It’s easy to miss these and countless other acts of resilience. That’s why communicating the absolute necessity of the charity sector’s work is vital, and that’s why it has been great to help shape the sector’s shared narrative through the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign.

Our stories need to be seen and heard to build public trust and engagement, and to secure urgent government recognition and support. That is my personal act of resilience.

Adeela Warley is the chief executive of CharityComms

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