Science shows us that compassion, love, laughter and friendship help us to be healthier and happier and to live longer.
When people live in communities where they are supported to be active, creative and resourceful, studies have shown that the health of the whole population improves.
Compassionate Communities UK has been developed to work with communities to build compassion as a major value in life, manifesting in the way we treat each other and the world around us.
Relationships with people and place play a central role in our lives. Our evolutionary development has depended on kindness and compassion, on how we have cooperated and supported each other.
Compassionate Communities UK has developed a range of services relating to the public health approach to health and ill health. This ranges from how to encourage and enhance communities to become more compassionate, as well as chronic disease management, from working with disengaged members of the community to end-of-life care, including bereavement.
The Compassionate City Charter (link to charter page) recognises that caring for one another at times of crisis and loss is not simply a task solely for health and social services but is everyone’s responsibility.
We want our ‘Compassionate Communities’ to squarely acknowledge the often-overlooked and least spoken about human experiences of serious illness, ageing, dying, caregiving and loss.
‘Survival of the fittest’ is not a phrase that accurately reflects our evolution. Instead, ‘survival of the kindest describes how animals, especially humans, have evolved to be social creatures. We are dependent on each other and how we treat the people around us has a profound effect on us all.
Our work implements strategies to address the morbidities (illnesses) and mortalities (deaths) that are consequences of the experiences of ageing, serious illness, caregiving, or loss. We complement the efforts of all health promotion activities in national communities through civic engagement and community development, public education, and changes to the social and policy environment.