Matthew Knight is the founder of Leapers - a community organisation that supports the mental health of freelancers and the self-employed. Their mission is to make modern work more supportive and sustainable for modern workers.
Matthew created a safe space of helpful and supportive interaction for freelancers all over the world. Since the pandemic started in April, Matthew has really upped the ante on support for the entire group, from bringing onboard counselling services for those who are struggling, always being there with a positive comment or suggestion, and definitely always being there with a smile and a coffee mug emoji every morning, even though he’s very honest about his own struggles with mental health.
Whilst the world braces for the impact of the emerging pandemic of COVID-19 caused by Coronavirus, people are looking towards remote-working whilst self-quarantined or enforced isolation, and the self-employed are preparing for the impact the outbreak may have on their ability to work.
Matthew, via Leapers, is collecting and creating resources around the topic for anyone who finds them useful, not just the self-employed - with a focus on maintaining positive mental health under challenging times.
We met with Matthew to see how he feels about being The Freelancer of the Year, Sweet FA 2020 winner and to learn a little more about him.
How does it feel to be a Sweet FA 2020 winner?
I’m both shocked and honoured to have been selected as Freelancer of the Year - what Leapers has been doing this year to support the self-employed has clearly been important to many, and I’m glad to know that the project is helping people and the work is appreciated.