Alex Wilks

  • endorsed 2021-08-20 10:17:37 +0100

    Help more Afghan refugees

    Following the seizure of Afghanistan by the Taliban, the UK government has pledged to accept 20,000 refugees from the country. 5,000 will arrive in the first year of the scheme. 

    That is nowhere near enough.

    The UK had already committed to settling 3,000 Afghan staff in the coming year: an increase of 2,000 is woefully inadequate compared to the scale of the atrocities taking place in the country. 

    Please join us in urging the government to take 20,000 refugees in the first year of the resettlement scheme and to scrap the arbitrary cap on the total number that they intend to help. 

    Sign our letter to the Home Secretary and make sure she knows that Britain can and should do more. 

    Dear Priti Patel MP,

    We welcome the new “Afghan Citizen’s Resettlement Scheme” but we are deeply concerned that the current proposal - to give sanctuary to 20,000 refugees over a multi-year period - lacks the necessary ambition and urgency. 

    The target represents a diminutive increase on a pre-existing commitment: the government had already pledged to relocate 3,000 Afghan staff to Britain this year. 

    Many millions more have been - and will continue to be - displaced in the ensuing weeks and months. Our ambitions must rise to meet that challenge.

    We urge the government to expedite it’s proposal so that 20,000 refugees are settled in the first year of the Resettlement Scheme. People are dying now. People are in danger now. People need help - now. 

    We also urge the government to make settling 20,000 refugees a minimum rather than a maximum target. We cannot put a numerical cap on the number of lives that we are prepared to save - rather, as a compassionate nation, we should make it our ambition to help as many refugees as possible and in doing so preserve and promote the sanctity of every human life.

  • published Events 2021-02-11 16:42:08 +0000
  • published Academy 2021-02-03 11:52:10 +0000

    Compassion Academy

    The Compassion Academy provides a range of compassion-based training interventions for individuals and organisations including Compassionate Leadership and Systems Change Training, Together Training, and bespoke Self-Care and Wellbeing workshops and courses. 

    The Academy’s model is based on what works from a wide range of psychological, scientific, and behavioural sources including evidence based compassion interventions which have been shown to lead to a long-term reduction of ingroup/outgroup divisions.

    Our Leadership courses draw on the internationally renowned work done at MIT’s Sloan School of Management on systems dynamics and change along with the adaptive leadership practices developed by Cambridge University’s Centre for Rising Power.

    Wellbeing, self-care, and resilience 

    In the face of the current pandemic, safe-guarding and improving staff wellbeing has never been more important.  These courses are designed to boost wellness and build resilience. For those working in stressful environments, self-care is essential for both physical and mental wellbeing. Sadly, emotional resilience and self-care aren’t on the school syllabus and many remain unaware of what it involves until they start to suffer symptoms of stress or burn out. These symptoms can include anxiety, irritability, low mood, brain fog, feelings of overwhelm, increased reliance on food, alcohol and other unhealthy soothing mechanisms, lowered immunity, sleep disruption, negative patterns of behaviour and thought, depression and ultimately suicidal tendencies. Those symptoms don’t just impact on an individual they have a ripple effect on those they work with and a huge financial impact on employers through staff absence, low morale, loss of efficiency, increase in staff turnover and so on.

    Best practice involves support and intervention long before an individual hits crisis point. During the current epidemic, when staff are often working remotely with burgeoning workloads and often having to handle distressing and difficult exchanges in isolation providing top quality support has never been more vital. In addition, the metaphysical aspects of the crisis increase the risk of depression and anxiety. 

    “Every leader in the room wanted Jennifer as their mentor. She held the space beautifully and had attendees laughing one moment and crying the next. They all took something away from the workshop that will have helped shape their life." - MA, Convenor, Emerging Women Leaders Lab at the United Nations

    "The training we received at FWN was so important and we are genuinely so pleased we took the time to invest in such a positive event. Jennifer’s session was both compassionate and practical and all attendees left reinvigorated for the work ahead. We were given practical tools ideas and creative insights into how activism can be truly sustainable as a way of life. As an organisation we are so pleased to have booked this session and invested in ourselves and believe such a model will be invaluable" - Review from a recent training course conducted with the Fabian Women's Network (FWN)

  • published Donate 2020-10-13 17:19:11 +0100
  • published Join us 2020-10-01 18:52:35 +0100

    Help humankind, stay kind

    Together we can change politics for good.

  • published Covid legacy 2020-06-18 10:06:21 +0100

    We need a Covid Legacy Act to #BuildBackBetter

    We're calling on the government to make the public's health and wellbeing the priority of their Covid recovery. Help us make it happen.

    Dear Prime Minister and Chancellor,

    The Covid Pandemic has highlighted the best of the nation: our levels of compassion, the courage of our keyworkers, the sacrifices we are all willing to make for the good of others. However, it has also exposed how many are struggling to get by and having to do without the basics needed to be able to live a healthy life.

    We have to build back better. We cannot have a Britain where the odds of surviving a pandemic are stacked against those in particular socio-economic or ethnic groups or people with disabilities and where children go hungry. And we cannot head into a major recession without ensuring that at the very least everyone’s basic needs are met. After the Second World War we built a land fit for heroes and we need to do the same now. 

    Polling conducted by Opinium, for the cross-party think tank Compassion in Politics, shows that 76% of the public would support a measure - a Covid Legacy Act -  that ensured that everyone’s basic needs are met. 

    As we emerge from the crisis we have a unique opportunity to level up. We the undersigned call on the government to use this historic moment to shift to a health and wellbeing economy where everybody has the basics needed to be able to achieve good health.

    Prioritising health and wellbeing across all departments would mark a new era in the UK’s history as well as leaving it with lower health costs and the resilience to better meet the challenges that lie ahead.

  • published Press 2020-06-09 10:13:08 +0100
  • "Cruel and vindictive": campaigners respond to introduction of universal credit for Grenfell survivors

    Compassion in Politics [1] champion and Grenfell campaigner Joe Delaney has responded to the news that the government will introduce universal credit for the survivors of the Grenfell fire which could mean those survivors are forced to go without cash over Christmas [2]. Joe and the Compassion in Politics campaign is urging the government to postpone roll-out until at least after Christmas. 

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  • donated 2020-04-16 10:08:04 +0100
  • published End domestic violence 2020-04-15 10:47:31 +0100
  • published Supporting organisations in Supporters 2020-04-13 11:29:42 +0100
  • Charities and politicians call on hotels to offer rooms to women trapped in homes with domestic abusers

    MPs Jess Phillips and Carolyn Harris and 33 women’s rights organisations have written to major hotel chains asking them to offer their beds to women fleeing domestic abusers who would otherwise be trapped with them during the Coronavirus lockdown.


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