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'Back To Normal' - A Dangerous Narrative?


17th June 2021

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We want to challenge ‘back to normal' and look at the mental health and well-being of our nation.

Having endured so much change, the nation is at a mental health crossroad with the media telling us how everything is going ‘back to normal’.


We are challenging this and opening up about how everything is not the same. The negatives and the positives, what we have been through, what we are facing, and what people are now willing and more importantly, able to do.


We need your help to determine the mindset of a nation - your mental health and wellbeing, exploring how your volunteering experiences have impacted by Covid and multiple lockdowns.


Take part in our surveys: 

Mental Health and Wellbeing survey

Volunteering through and beyond a pandemic survey


Chaired by Paul Reddish, Chief Executive, Volunteering Matters with thought leaders and expert speakers from 

Groop, Sported, Coventry City Council, The Positive PitStop Podcast, Mental Health UK, and Creative Youth Network. 


Expect highs and lows, poetry, and some real take-away actions you can put into place in life and your organisations and communities.

Webinar Start
Opening Address - Welcome To The Webinar
Paul Reddish. Chief Executive, Volunteering Matters
Looking after ourselves and others​
Sally Higham. CEO, Groop
“The Bungee Analogy” – the tension created by the global pandemic and how we might resist the temptation to spring right back to where we were.
Professor Martin Reeves. Chief Executive, Coventry City Council
  • Recovery, Re-set or Re-imagination – there is a massive difference
  • What have we learned about resilience in our communities through the pandemic?
  • What is the reimagined role of public bodies in enabling and unleashing the potency of ALL the community assets in our places?
  • How feasible and likely is a new system, placed-based way of leading beyond traditional organisational and hierarchical power?
The Effects of the Pandemic
Maria Imran. Trustee, Creative Youth Network 
Surviving a Pandemic - Managing a New Normal​
Kathryn King. Head of Services and Partnerships, Sported
  • Sported and the Community Pulse

  • Key Findings - areas of worry and anxiety

  • Adapting and Reopening

  • What we did and what we do next