Local regeneration, and action on local issues, is fundamental to the sustainability of local communities. This is especially the case in the UK, with the Government focus on such approaches as Local Enterprise Partnerships and neighborhood development plans, and further devolution proposals in the pipeline. The Local Regeneration Handbook meets the needs today’s practicing “regeneration workers,” broadly including anyone from regeneration partnership or development project officers to housing association neighborhood officers, parish counselors, or other active local citizens, who all share a concern for the well-being of the community where they live or work, and a need to work with others for the best possible future for that community. Containing practical advice, templates, and real-life case studies for different stages in local regeneration, including fundraising, partnership development and project management, as well as support for personal development, and illustrations of key points by cartoonist Kipper Williams, this is an essential guide for anyone in local regeneration.
Chapter 12: Sustaining Yourself
You are the local regeneration worker – without your energy and stimulus, much of what you are working to achieve may not happen. So, look after yourself, and also watch yourself – how will you deal with the stresses along the way?
Your own – look after it.
There are bound to be difficult situations and difficult people in regeneration, and you will need your own support group to bat ideas off, to have a moan with, and generally to keep you going. Spiritual refreshment, yes? If you have no manager, or are otherwise a solo worker, you will need to get this support from your peers or from outside work.
Also make sure you get enough exercise, and eat properly. If you find ...