Compassionate Communities UK has been developed to work with communities to build compassion as a major value in life, manifesting in they way we treat each other and the world around us.
Relationships with people and place, play a central role in life. Our evolutionary development has depended on kindness and compassion and how we have cooperated and supported each other. Good social relationships play a major part in helping us to live long, healthy, happy lives. In addition to building communities where compassion and kindness is part of eveyrday life, compassionate communities (and cities) recognise the central role that chronic ill health and mortality plays in the minds, behaviours and social meanings that people develop when confronted with experiences of all serious illness, ageing, caregiving and loss. They complement the efforts of all health promotion activities in national communities. The practice approach is essentially the same – i.e. civic engagement and community development, public education, and changes to the social and policy environment.
Compassionate communities are communities that squarely acknowledge the major but under-recognised, the least spoken about, and the often overlooked human experiences in all communities of serious illness, ageing, dying, caregiving and loss. The people undergoing these experiences have a right to health and wellbeing. Compassionate Communities UK implements strategies to address the morbidities (illnesses) and mortalities (deaths) that are consequences of the experiences of ageing, serious illness, caregiving, or loss.
WHAT WE DO
With our extensive expertise, we provide a variety of different services relating to the public health approach to the spectrum of chronic disease management, disengaged members of the community, and into end of life care including bereavement.
- Provide guidance and expertise through a consultancy service
- Provide education programmes on the public health approach to general health care and end of life care, including how to work with naturally occurring networks, build compassionate communities and run a civic programme such as implementation of the Compassionate City Charter
- Act as a source of guidance on policy formation at local, regional, national and international levels
- Formulate project plans for small, medium or large scale projects
- Oversee or run projects on the ground
- Formulate and provide expertise on programmes of evaluation, including reports
- Act as research partners