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Compassionate Bunbury Charter and Toolkit

With the support of the Department of Health, the South West Compassionate Communities Network partnered with the City of Bunbury to talk the Bunbury communities about how we collectively care for each other when it comes to caring, dying and grieving. What people shared along the way, and a review of what other Compassionate Communities around the world have done informed the development of the Charter and Toolkit.

This Charter recognises all of us – local government, individuals, families, neighbourhoods, workplaces, schools, community, faith based, voluntary and other organisations and services can all play a part in talking about death, dying and illness and providing compassionate support in times of need.

It represents our best hope for Bunbury becoming a Compassionate Community and therefore a Compassionate City. It is accompanied by a Toolkit which outlines practical actions we can undertake individually and collectively.

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In June, 2023 the City of Bunbury endorsed the Charter and offered to be the custodian, or holder of the Charter, on behalf of the community.

Individuals, families, groups, workplaces and community organisations were invited to make a pledge to grow compassion in support of the Charter.

This led to a number of initiatives including:

  • The Mayor of the City of Bunbury introducing the Compassionate Bunbury Mayoral Award which will be presented each year on World Compassionate Communities Day.
  • Development of educational material (eg Be a compassionate friend in time of need).
  • Compassionate Workplace initiative supported by the South West Development Commission and the Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
  • A partnership between the South West Compassionate Communities Network and Milligan to support Milligan to become a Compassionate Connector Hub within the community.

The South West Compassionate Communities Network acknowledges the Noongar community as the traditional owners and custodians of Country in the South West of Western Australia and acknowledges their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay our respects to the people, the cultures and the elders past, present and emerging.