Compassionate Communities Website

St Elizabeth Hospice believes that we all have a role to play in supporting others at times of health crisis and personal loss. Simple acts of kindness and compassion can make the biggest difference to people experiencing death, dying and loss.

Compassionate Communities gives you the tools to help others whether it be at work, through community events or simply how to support a neighbour going through a bereavement. By developing these skills, we can build the confidence and resilience needed to care for one another before and after end of life.

We can make a difference together...

What is a Compassionate Community?

Compassionate Communities are committed to improving end of life care and bereavement support for the whole community.

Bringing local residents, schools, businesses, groups and healthcare services together, Compassionate Communities is a network to promote and support kindness, friendship and a collaborative approach to caring for one another at times of health crisis and personal loss.

Everybody can play a part by being part of their local Compassionate Community.

Compassionate Communities will: 

  • Open up conversations about death, dying and loss - for example, through events and death cafés
  • Improve death literacy - the practical know-how needed to plan end of life care
  • Share opportunities to support each other – for example, through free Compassionate Conversations training for all
  • Engage local people and groups who may not have access to resources and support
  • Work in collaboration with the whole community - connecting with other groups, organisations, networks and local services

What difference is Compassionate Communities making?

Compassionate Communities are really starting to make a difference in their local communities in Ipswich and East Suffolk.

  • Conversations about death, dying and loss are being encouraged through social events, such as Death Cafés, Compassionate Cafés, running and walking groups.
  • Knowledge and awareness of end of life services and support is improving through networking and information sharing.
  • The personal skills and confidence to talk with others about end of life and loss are being developed through free Compassionate Conversations training.
  • Examples of good practice are being recognised and celebrated in the press and online through projects, such as Portraits of a Compassionate Community.
  • Compassionate Community networks are collaborating with local residents, organisations and services to provide pathways of support for those who most need it.
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Why Compassionate Communities?

In years to come, the demand for end of life services will increase significantly due to an ageing population.

By ensuring that communities have the skills, knowledge, resilience and networks to support each other before and after end of life care, we will all be better able to cope with the social, psychological and medical impacts of serious illness, caregiving and bereavement.

Hear and read about Compassionate Communities' work with Portraits of a Compassionate Community

Useful links to support you and your community

Click on the links below to go to third party sites which are recommended by St Elizabeth Hospice:

We would like to recognise the invaluable support given to this programme by the Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Norfolk and Waveney CCG

The evaluation of this programme is being carried out by UEA Health and Social Care Partners

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