I'll be honest and share with you that in the beginning, I didn't make all of these connections. I started thinking I wanted to help women replenish themselves. For almost seven years up until 2011 was the Director of an International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO) and I got burned out doing all the things. I didn't know how to take care of myself, and eventually left my job to take … [Read more...] about What do I mean by Wellbeing? And why do I connect it to Impact and Collective Care?
When we launched Jijaze in 2017 I wanted a name that reflected my intention: to build a community that supported change makers to be supported and resourced. I brought together a group of women based in 5 different countries to work with me on a name. We had loads of good ideas. Like about 50! And I got a bit confused about which would work best. My dear friend Eva Baguma from Uganda … [Read more...] about What’s in a name? How Jijaze became Mary Ann Clements & The Replenishment Room
I'm looking for a couple of organisations willing to be involved in a pilot of an approach we have developed at Jijaze called the Wellbeing & Impact process. So far we have been running this process very effectively with groups of individuals from different organisations. This pilot over the summer of 2018 will help us to learn about using it in an organsiational context. This is … [Read more...] about Looking for Organisations to participate in a pilot
Avoiding burnout and keeping ourselves replenished doesn't just mean taking a break when it all gets too much. At Jijaze we believe it's our duty as change makers to take care of ourselves and honour our own wellbeing every day – so that we can root our work in practices that help us thrive. It's the only way we can make sure the change we want to see is one that we can sustain over the long … [Read more...] about Change Making Voices: Gemma Houldey
Before taking part in the Wellbeing + Impact Mastermind, I thought I knew what self care was. I knew that I needed to take time for myself, and I did so – haphazardly, when I was able to, more at some times and less at others. I veered from “doing OK” to “totally overwhelmed”, with a near constant sense of low-level exhaustion. Pretty normal, right? But when I thought about it more … [Read more...] about Self care and social justice: A personal experience of the Wellbeing + Impact Mastermind