Strengthening the Core

Strengthening the Core

Do you fundraise for an organisation that uses arts and culture, or in the arts and cultural sector?

Are you done with feeling overwhelmed?

 

Strengthening the Core is for fundraisers (including accidental fundraisers) in arts & culture organisations, or that use the arts in their work, who would like to build their collective and personal resilience. The programme uses a unique blend of discussion and movement to build on existing self-care, communication and resilience skills, giving people greater resources to respond to the unique challenges of their work. 

We are delighted to be running this programme in partnership with facilitator Milla Gregor, founder of Movement for Change. Milla has been working in the UK voluntary sector for the past 18 years and has volunteered and been involved in activism since childhood. As well as running Movement for Change, she currently provides evaluation and research support to charities. You can find out more about her story and how Movement for Change came about on her website. 

Over eight weeks, the programme enables enquiry into the sources of exhaustion and overwhelm, and ways to address the individual and systemic contributors to feelings of burnout. You will gain practical experience of the resilience-building tools of yoga and self-care, alongside people in a similar role and with shared experiences, from a range of different organisations

 

This programme is for:

The programme is designed for people involved in fundraising for arts organisations, or organisations that use the arts in their work. You may be working with an orchestra or gallery, using dance or theatre with young people, or creative activities with older people. You may have ‘fundraiser’ in your job title, or be an accidental fundraiser through your role. Either way, you’ll understand the unique pressures that raising money for arts, culture and heritage presents.

Some might experience anxiety at the constant high level of scrutiny, or a sense of helplessness in the face of the deeply understood needs of colleagues, participants and artists. All of these factors can make it difficult to prioritise rest and self-care, driving cycles of stress, overwork and burnout. This programme supports reflection, and opportunities to interrupt both systemic and individual patterns.

 

What will I gain?

  • More experience of embodied movement and yoga
  • More self-care tools, including a plan for a sustainable personal practice
  • More embodied tools for working with challenging emotions and situations
  • Shared ideas for building a more resilience-enabling culture (self-care + other-care)
  • More resources for taking your learning further

 

Many participants also report that they find on-going support through the programme community, whether informally or by continuing shared practice with Movement for Change. 

"I am more mindful of my response before I respond to something. I am more aware of what is happening when I respond so I don’t respond immediately, which is very helpful."

 

"Having taken part in the resilience building Strengthening the Core course through work, I have since taken up a more regular practice as an individual and really benefitted from this approach. Milla has a very good understanding of the voluntary sector in particular and a wealth of academic, facilitating and coaching qualifications and experience behind the programme."

 

"I am more aware of my own reactions to things, my own emotions and when I get fired up about things. It has given me some tools to be more honest with myself about what is going on."

 

What happens?

The programme will be delivered over eight consecutive weeks, with each session lasting for 2.25 hours. Sessions will run from from 4.15pm – 6.30pm and be delivered over Zoom. The course is fully accessible for different bodies and body-types, and requires no prior experience of yoga.  

Each 2.25 hour session is divided between embodied yoga and group discussion. There’s a short break in the middle as well as options throughout to switch activities and to have screenbreaks. The workshop section will include small group discussions as well as opportunities to journal, draw and reflect individually. 

Each week covers a different theme, with themes weaving together over the course of the programme. Materials are drawn from teachings on yoga, meditation, non-violence and self-care, as well as the lived experience of the group, the facilitator and others involved in social change, or service.

 

Themes include: 

  • Your work and your values
  • Sources of exhaustion and flourishing in the workplace, and how to make your workplace more nourishing 
  • Communication and deep listening
  • Working constructively with anger and conflict
  • Setting boundaries and delivering a high-quality no
  • Finding resources through deep looking 
  • Collective problem-solving 

Participants are encouraged to try things out in between sessions, and to develop personal and collective practices that can support them in the long term. There are also opportunities throughout the workshop for participant feedback, with flexibility built in so that the programme continuously adapts to participants’ priorities.

 

What will it cost?

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy will subsidise two thirds of the individual cost of attending this programme. The cost to arts fundraisers is £80+VAT which covers all sessions, a detailed welcome call and inter-session care. There are 15 places available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For more information please contact Faye Edwards at artsfundraising@cause4.co.uk

Course Staff

Milla Gregor

Milla has worked in the UK voluntary sector for the past 18 years, and has been a volunteer and involved in activism since childhood. She has experienced both the joys of this work, and its burnout-inducing challenges. As well as running Movement for Change, she provides evaluation and research support to charities.