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8 Things We've Learned About Supporting People Who've Lost Their Income

Some people in our network have lost their job during the pandemic. And many others have neighbours, friends and colleagues who are facing the same challenge. How can we support them? In a recent webinar, we discussed this. Here's what we learned.

  1. Loss is experienced as a 'cycle'. Click here to see how this cycle works. Notice that a key turning point is when people "stop fighting", because "out of surrender comes strength".

  2. At a stressful time, it's important that people look after their physical health. They should try to eat balanced, nutritious meals when possible, but avoid criticising themselves for indulging or simply eating what's available.

  3. Encourage them to keep healthy routines. Regular exercise and good sleep can be a big help.

  4. Talk to them. When someone experiences a loss, they might blame themselves or feel hopeless. A good talk can help them find perspective and challenge negative thought patterns.

  5. Making a financial plan is important. These simple tips from our Finance Coordinator can help them do just that.

  6. Free time can be a gift. It can be good to try something new. This can help people improve their mood and regain a sense of control.

  7. Encourage them to check what financial support is available. Follow information and advice from government and official corporations, such as banks, health organisations, philanthropic institutions etc.

  8. Check out Arukah's Seed Fund. Our Seed Fund aims to support the development of Cluster projects. So far, many of these applications focus on creating sustainable employment opportunities.


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