Skills for Care

Resilience is the ability to cope under pressure and recover from difficulties. 

Working in social care can be hugely rewarding but can be stressful at times and the pandemic has challenged the workforce like never before.  Building resilience can help adult social care staff cope better under pressure and continue to deliver high quality care and support.

The following resources can help support managers to build resilience at an individual, team and organisational level. 


Building your own resilience

PDF - 241KB

This booklet is for anyone working in adult social care. It explains what resilience is and why it matters, recognising and coping with pressure and stress and building your own resilience, health and wellbeing.


PDF - 70KB

This bite-size resource looks at how to build your own resilience and coping in the moment. It also looks at knowing your limits and when to seek help. 


PDF - 60KB

This bite-size resource details what resilience is, why resilience matters and building your own resilience.


PDF - 266KB

Everyone can experience periods of ‘difficult to manage’ emotions, both at and outside of work. This tool was developed to help staff support themselves and provide some easy tips to remember to take in difficult situations.


Building the resilience of your organisation

PDF document - 3.14MB

This guide is for managers in adult social care services, and individual employers, to support them to reduce work-related stress and build the resilience of their staff. 



Building the resilience of your team

PDF  - 3.8MB

This guide shares examples of how other adult social care employers have developed the resilience of their workforce with practical examples and resources. 


PDF - 29KB

This handout was developed by Independent Lives and covers what mindfulness is and how to practice it in your daily life.


PDF - 26KB

You can use this questionnaire, developed by The Care Management Group to explore how resilience staff are in your organisation or team.