The South West Compassionate Communities Network is partnering with the City of Bunbury to develop a Compassionate Bunbury Charter to facilitate more Compassionate Community discussions and actions in response to illness, death, dying and grief within the Bunbury region.
This Charter recognises local government, individuals, families, neighbourhoods, workplaces, schools, community, faith based, voluntary and other organisations and services all can play a part in talking about death dying and illness and providing compassionate support throughout ill health, during death and in bereavement.
The Charter will represent our best hope for Bunbury becoming a Compassionate Community and therefore a Compassionate City. The Charter will be accompanied by a Toolkit which outlines practical actions we can undertake individually and collectively.
What have we achieved so far?
Over the past four months we have spoken to a wide range of people in the community. We asked them:
1. When it comes to ill health, dying, death and bereavement how do we know that we are living in a compassionate community?
What would we see, hear and experience? What are we already doing well in our community?
2. Can you give an example of compassionate actions you have experienced/ are aware of locally. What could we do as a community to build on what we already have?
3. What are practical building blocks (actions) that enable us to be more compassionate more of the time? …within schools, community organisations sporting groups, workplaces, City Council, neighbourhoods, families, local networks and individually.
Click HERE to see what people shared with us.
We have used what people have told us along with what other Compassionate Communities around the world have done to draft the Charter and Toolkit.
We will be seeking input on these draft documents from local community leaders and others from across the community over the next few months.