The Self Care Forum has started crowdfunding for Self Care Week 2020 following the success of last year’s event, in which more than 1,000 people and organisations took part.
Every November, Self Care Week highlights the benefits of people self caring. In 2019, participation by local health organisations gave the popular event a potential reach of more than 31 million people who were encouraged to better look after their own health.
Chair Helen Donovan explains the Self Care Forum’s move to crowdfunding: “As a charity we are having to look at ways to fundraise to continue to support local health organisations meet their self care strategies and embed self care into communities, families and generations.
“One of the ways we do that is through Self Care Week, which has gone from strength to strength since it was introduced some nine years ago.”
“Self care, social prescribing and personalised care are vital elements of the NHS Long Term Plan” adds Self Care Forum President, Dr Pete Smith. “Self Care Week provides local health organisations with the perfect tool to implement strategies expected by NHS England.”
Nathan Skelton, Senior Communications and Engagement Officer at NHS Fylde Coast CCGs agrees. “Self Care Week has been a valuable tool in supporting our local self care strategy. It has been fundamental in creating a focus for the whole community to align behind. This has extended the overall impact within our population thanks to the Self Care Forum’s national coordination.”
Pharmacist Ade Williams from Bedminster Pharmacy in Bristol says: “It is vital this national initiative continues to grow, since it provides the essential focus local organisations need to help support community health.”
The advantage of being part of a national health initiative such as Self Care Week is the power of many voices, according to Dr Knut Schroeder, GP and Self Care Forum Chief Executive.
“Self Care Week generates a wide-reaching message that resonates with many people since there is so much going on at the local, regional and national levels,” he says.
“It’s this that effects the much-needed behaviour change that helps people self care.
“We want to keep our resources, such as our factsheets, posters and Self Care Week assets completely free, so we can help more local players help their own audiences.
“That’s why we are inviting those that use our resources, or benefit from them, to support us through affordable donations.
“No amount is too small to help us continue to help hundreds of organisations promote self care locally to tens of millions of people every November.”