I have a fantastic, skilled team around me who can deliver elements of the support and care that are needed to help the homeless community. These include a lady from Trafford Housing Group and a drugs and rehabilitation worker
The kind of people you need in your team
You need people who:
complement your own strengths and weaknesses
believe in the reason you’re organising the activity
you can rely on
have a ‘can do’ personality and attitude
will inspire others to come along
represent the audience or community you’re trying to help. They’ll have some understanding of their needs and wants
have experience of organising activities
Let people in your team run with ideas that use their own skills. One of our team plays the gong so we now do free gong bath meditation sessions in one of our buildings for the community
Decide what roles you need
If you’ve already made a list of the things you need help with, look again at this.
Look at the skills you’ll need. For example: physical work, financial tasks, technical or digital tasks.
This will help you work out how many people you’ll need.
Make sure you:
keep the numbers in your team manageable
play to the strengths of each person
pair people up to work together
We need people with specific skills so that they can fulfil a particular role and do it well
Where to find the right people
Once you’ve worked out the main roles, tasks, skills and qualities you need it will help you to find the right people.
For more information on where to find people, look at:
I put the feelers out at work to see if there was anyone interested in starting something with me. And there was!
Share out tasks to each team member
Delegation is an important skill. It’s not something that comes easily to most of us because we don’t like asking other people to do things.
Sharing out tasks:
gives people ownership of the things that they’re confident and happy to do
shows you trust people in your team
gives you time to focus on the things only you can do
To match people to tasks, ask everyone to write down the skills they have and the tasks they’re interested in.
Dealing with difficult situations
There will always be the occasional awkward moment where people are involved.
The best way to deal with a difficult situation is to:
listen to the person’s issue or problem
have a chat with the person as soon as you can
gather any facts but be careful not to build a case against someone
think about whether there might be a personal reason behind the issue
find the person a different role they’re more suited to
keep communicating with the person
Share your story
Do you have a story about how your community has come together to support each other?
We'd love to share your story on our website to encourage other people to get or offer support.