Building on the success of the Big Conversation conference in 2016, you are invited to the Compassionate City conference – hosted by St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth and as part of Dying Matters Awareness week 2018.

Thursday 17 May 2018
Boringdon Park Golf Club, Plympton
8.30am to 5.00pm

Key speaker, Professor Allan Kellehear, PhD., FAcSS
50th Anniversary Professor (End-of-Life Care)
Bradford University

Professor of Sociology and Palliative Care, author of “Compassionate Cities: Public health and End of Life Care”

What is a Compassionate City?

A Compassionate City is a community that recognises 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.

Key sessions

What is a compassionate city for all?
Speaker: Tam Martin Fowles: UK Ambassador for Charter for Compassion International, Hope in Heart CIC.

A compassionate city for end of life.
Speaker: Professor Allan Kellehear, University of Bradford.

A compassionate friend – a personal story.
Speaker: to be confirmed.

Spotlight case studies: from conversation to action, what have we done?

Compassionate end of life care for the homeless.
Speaker: Gilly Barringer, Clinical Nurse Specialist, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.

Compassionate prisons.
Speaker: Derek Hart, Clinical Nurse Specialist, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.

The man in the van: Compassionate neighbours.
Speaker: Gail Wilson, Deputy Clinical Director, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.

Round Robin Sessions - What can YOU do?

Round Robin Sessions
What can you do to develop your compassionate community?

Please choose to attend four of the below sessions:

In schools.

In the workplace.

In care homes.

In city cafes and social spaces.

To support bereavement.

To promote inclusion and address inequalities at end of life.

In places of worship.

By raising awareness of end of life through art and exhibitions.

By holding an annual peacetime memorial parade.

By providing Compassionate Friends training.

Identifying Compassionate Networks with eco-mapping.

By ensuring compassionate care at end of life for those with dementia.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone who wants to find out more about developing Plymouth as a Compassionate City for those at end of life.
  • Individuals
  • Community groups and networks
  • Charities
  • Schools, Colleges and Universities
  • Employers looking to support their workforce
  • Those that want to support individuals and carers
  • Art sector and groups
  • Local authorities
  • NHS
  • Commissioners
  • Hospices


Places will cost £10.00 to attend, this covers our administration costs and refreshments on the day.

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