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Compassionate Communities

Resources for Compassionate Communities

Building Compassionate Communities Toolkit
After working with 9 community groups around Australia, The Groundswell Project collated the learnings and insights into a toolkit of inspiration and ideas.

Compassionate Communities – An implementation guide for community

Compassionate City Charter
Compassionate Cities are communities that publicly encourage, facilitate, support and celebrate care for one another during life’s most testing moments and experiences. This Charter is a statement of purpose and intention, as well as a list of social actions.

Compassionate Communities Communique
This booklet explains what a Compassionate Community is and how it can help people at the end of life. It showcases Australian developments and puts the movement into context internationally.

Compassionate Communities National Forum
The Compassionate Communities Hub provides insights from eight communities around Australia – including Bunbury – which are working to establish Compassionate Communities through the Compassionate Communities National Forum.

Compassionate Communities Network
This informal group is working to promote the principles of public health palliative care. The network is open to everyone in Australia or New Zealand who is interested in social approaches to end-of-life support.

Dying to Know Day
Held on 8 August this annual campaign encourages people to start conversations around death. Organising an event or campaign on this day in your community can be a useful way see if there is an appetite for a wider compassionate community program.

Each Community is Prepared to Help
This 47-page brochure from the UK provides extensive advice and practical suggestions for organisations keen to stimulate and extend partnerships with communities. It provides guidance on ambition six of the Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care, which is ‘each community is prepared to help’. The brochure’s recommendations are all suitable for local interpretation.

Supporting Communities Around End of Life Project
This Victorian project aims to:

  • build the organisational capacity of councils around end-of-life
  • build community capacity in end-of-life support through local government structures and networks
  • improve community understanding of healthier approaches to death, dying and bereavement, and
  • evaluate the effectiveness of this approach.

Weavers are experienced and trained former carers who volunteer to support families and informal carers. The initiative, from the Australian Centre for Social Innovation, has achieved positive outcomes for carers, people being cared for, and volunteers.


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Palliative Care WA welcomes new Board members and thank outgoing members

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