Birmingham City Charter

Birmingham gain City Charter accreditation Birmingham is the UK’s first accredited Compassionate City The people of Birmingham have been recognised for their compassion in the way communities have supported each other during some of the most difficult times, by being crowned the UK’s first Compassionate City on the 14th March. Accredited by Compassionate Communities UK,Continue reading “Birmingham City Charter”

66: David Aynsley – TR14-ers and What Community Policing Can Be

‘I realised that deprivation is lack of access to human rights. Because every measure of human rights, every human right is also a measure of deprivation. It’s almost the same language.’

The story of how a policeman became instrumental in setting up a Cornish dance group is fantastic. The TR14-ers, named by its young members, are based in Cambourne in Cornwall (a.k.a TR14) and was set up in 2005 by David Aynsley our guest this week. David’s core of compassion, and his understanding of how communities can be nurtured led him to sign his Neighbourhood Police Team up to the first ever Connecting Communities programme run by our former guest Hazel Stuteley, and the rest is history.

It is an extraordinary story that shows what policing can do. The TR14-ers are now a self-run charity, the lessons are free, the young dancers self-organise and lead the dance sessions. This conversation is full of stories that show how you can feed what is good in a community that to many looks like there is nothing, how you can be a supportive police force, how amazing and hard that is, but mostly how worth it it is.

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Whittington & Fisherwick – Compassionate Community Award

Whittington & Fisherwick – Compassionate Community Award Compassionate Communities UK (CC-UK) presented Whittington and Fisherwick with the award this week to coincide with the first International Compassionate Communities Day. Members of the Whittington and Fisherwick Good Neighbour Scheme have supported vulnerable and disabled residents over the past six years, receiving support from a range of local organisationsContinue reading “Whittington & Fisherwick – Compassionate Community Award”

Brereton & Ravenhill Compassionate Community Award

Brereton & Ravenhill Compassionate Community Award A village community whose volunteers gave up their time to care for sick and dying patients during COVID has received a new national award for their compassion. Residents of Brereton and Ravenhill in South Staffordshire have become the first UK community ever to be awarded ‘Compassionate Community Charter’ status. DuringContinue reading “Brereton & Ravenhill Compassionate Community Award”

Survival of the Kindest: Dr Julian Abel – Making Compassionate Decisions

Survival of the Kindest: Dr Julian Abel – Making Compassionate Decisions Transcript Available Here In this episode, Allan turns interviewer to ask Julian about the background of The Compassion Project. Julian discusses how why he wrote the book and how it draws on themes that have taken 30 years or more to mature. He goesContinue reading “Survival of the Kindest: Dr Julian Abel – Making Compassionate Decisions”

Survival of the Kindest: Dr Kerrie Noonan

Survival of the Kindest: Dr Kerrie Noonan Dr Kerrie Noonan is a clinical psychologist and social researcher. Over the past 25 years Kerrie has been working to create a more death literate society, one where people and communities have the practical know-how needed to plan well and respond to dying death and grief. Kerrie hasContinue reading “Survival of the Kindest: Dr Kerrie Noonan”

Creating a Compassionate Neighbourhood in light of COVID-19

Creating a Compassionate Neighbourhood in light of COVID-19 Camila Ronderos Bernal, Executive Director of the Sanitas Foundation in Columbia, has filmed advice she has given during the lockdown due to Covid 19 in Bogata. She talks about how it is still possible to care for one another in a compassionate way whilst maintaining physical distancingContinue reading “Creating a Compassionate Neighbourhood in light of COVID-19”

Network Mapping and Enhancement by Julian Abel

Network Mapping and Enhancement by Julian Abel Network Enhancement is the primary compassionate community clinical skill Network enhancement is, in my opinion, the most basic and fundamental skill for clinicians who have an interest in compassionate communities. In this blog, I will discuss What supportive networks look like Why they are fundamentally important in healthContinue reading “Network Mapping and Enhancement by Julian Abel”

What are Compassionate Communities by Julian Abel

Naturally occurring supportive networks.  Perhaps the easiest way to conceptualise compassionate communities is to think about them in terms of two major components. The first is the naturally occurring supportive network that surround all of us. If we think about the people who are really close to us, we might count up anywhere between twoContinue reading “What are Compassionate Communities by Julian Abel”

Compassionate Community skills for clinicians by Julian Abel

How to bring a compassionate community programme into the clinical practice In this blog we will have a look at 1.    Why we should use a compassionate communities approach in clinical practice 2.    How this increases the range of our practice 3.    Bringing network mapping and enhancement into the clinical consultation 4.    Linking community resource into routine clinical careContinue reading “Compassionate Community skills for clinicians by Julian Abel”