Compassionate Uttoxeter

Compassionate Uttoxeter

It is with pleasure that we announce Compassionate Uttoxeter today!  Spearheaded by Dr David Atherton, colleagues from across organisations have demonstrated that they have achieved sufficient progress across the thirteen Compassionate City Standards and are committed to continuing this work.

The Compassionate Communities UK Board were really impressed by the range and depth of the work in Uttoxeter. Ed Straw, the Chair of Trustee said “Compassion reaches aspects of life inaccessible to government agencies and economic incentives. Congratulations to Uttoxeter and all those active now and in the future in supporting those facing serious illness, caregiving, death, and loss.  Have a look at the many ‘hows’ of this happening. I’m impressed”. 

Emma Hodges who supported the Uttoxeter team said “my favourite part of the accreditation process is what I describe as a treasure hunt, we had about 12 people from different walks of life on a zoom call and we talked through the standards and captured lots of the wonderful things already happening.  I’ll never forget that session, there is just so much going on in Uttoxeter and the energy and enthusiasm radiated out of the screen it was just fantastic.  The team go on to consider next steps building on what is already in place, I’m looking forward to seeing how this progress”.

Dr Atherton said “I’ve believed in the Compassionate Community approach for many years and have continued to promote and work towards it.  A ten-minute appointment with a GP, cannot substitute the compassion and connectedness found naturally in our communities.  With our partners such as Burton Albion Community Trust, Church Groups, St Giles Hospice, NHS partners, Support Staffordshire, Big Heath Community Centre and many others we have been able to bring together people who share this vision and will continue to move towards a societal model of wellbeing alongside health. 

This award is a thank you to the people of Uttoxeter for their compassion and resilience over the last couple of years.  We look forward to working with surrounding towns as we grow this movement across East Staffordshire”.

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