Our Compassionate Development programme supports St Luke’s vision of a ‘A Hospice Without Walls’ it also sets out how St Luke’s will implement the relevant ambitions for end of life care as stated in the ‘National Ambitions for Palliative Care’ (NCPC 2016) by using a public health approach to community development known as compassionate communities, based upon the Compassionate City Charter.
What is a compassionate community?
A compassionate community gives ‘ordinary’ people the skills to be able to make a difference by addressing issues raised by end of life and other losses, and to be a helpful, emphatic ear. It encourages communities to support people with life-limiting illnesses and their families and helps them to recognise that care 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. Whether you are a neighbour, friend or family member, we all have a part to play. We want us all to live well within our communities to the very end of our lives.
What can we do?
Our aim is to form new ways of working between communities and specialist services to improve end of life care locally. We want to create a community of compassionate friends and ultimately dispel the myths about death and dying. By adopting a community development approach to end of life care, where care is more patient led and by working with various local communities and networks to enable them to provide support, we can all hope to become compassionate communities. You can find out more about our current community projects on our Projects and Partnerships page.