The United Way of Southwest Virginia (UWSWVA), the backbone organization of the Southwest Virginia Trauma-Informed Community Network (SWVA TICN), got an early start celebrating Resilience Week on Friday, May 1, 2020, with a Community Resilience Conversation hosted by John Richardson-Lauve. All of the members of the SWVA TICN, UWSWVA's six coalitions, and advisory councils were invited to attend. Their comprehensive approach is focused on education and communication throughout the community, from an individual level to a systems level, to help raise awareness of trauma and build resilience.
UWSWVA, one of the 26 TICNs in Virginia, will continue hosting events on resilience each Friday for the entire month of May. They are offering a 3-part series for early childcare providers in Southwest Virginia on Trauma and Resilience Basics led by John Richardson-Lauve, May 8, May 15, and May 21. A second Community Resilience Conversation dedicated to early childcare providers is planned for Friday, May 29 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. This Community Resilience Conversation is focused on building resilience skills in response to the dramatic changes we are collectively experiencing during the global pandemic. With the understanding that COVID-19 will be a benchmark for our culture moving forward and resilience is needed now more than ever, the conversation will center how to help ourselves and those around us to survive and thrive through these challenging times.