Work of Care offers tools that support personal well-being, so in turn we can support others. Collectively, individuals committed to bringing the skills of awareness and compassion into their daily life will bring positive change to their schools, neighborhoods, businesses, organizations, and families.
Healthy, resilient, and resourceful individuals are the foundation of strong communities. Part of the reason many communities are struggling is because, individually, we are struggling. Our dominant culture and institutions often do not support an individual’s well-being. Therefore, we are less able, as individuals – and as communities or families made up of individuals – to take care of each other.
The challenge of creating change in our systems and institutions can feel daunting. Instead of waiting for massive political, cultural, or socioeconomic shifts to happen, we can have a collective impact – made up of individuals committed to caring for themselves and each other.
Work of Care Principles
- To care for and about others we must be aware of their needs, and have the resources to act in their best interest.
- Self-care is essential for individuals to sustainably practice caring for others.
- Modern life, our society, workplaces, and institutions, generally do not support an individual’s well-being. This makes us less able, as communities made up of individuals, to care for each other.
- We can create change in this world, by learning skills to care for ourselves, with the goal of collectively caring for others.
"The phrase “Work of Care” specifies the physical and mental efforts of specific tasks in which [caregivers] engage, while avoiding …. the negative and potentially biased emotive connotations of “burden of care” (p.5). —Hexem Et Al., (2011) Noted