The Compassionate Community Movement
A recent study by The Co-op and the British Red Cross revealed over 9 million people in the UK across all adult ages – more than the population of London – are either always or often lonely. Research commissioned by Eden Project initiative The Big Lunch found that disconnected communities could be costing the UK economy £32 billion every year.
In the face of these kind of worrying statistics how can make the most of existing supportive networks like family, friends and neighbours in Bath & North East Somerset and help people to build new ones? What kinds of community activity are currently taking place in Bath & North East Somerset where people can make friendships, build a community and share big life events?
How can we make the most of existing supportive networks like family, friends and neighbours in Bath & North East Somerset?
The Beginning of a Journey
Compassionate Communities is a global movement recognising 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. Jenny Hartnoll and Dr Helen Kingston from Health Connections Mendip came to Bath on November 2018 to explain how they have supported people to connect to community activities and supportive networks in order to improve their health and wellbeing. Jenny explained how Health Connections Mendip offers The Mendip Directory, Community Connectors, Groups, Health Connectors and Conferences to local people.
Over 50 people from a range of organisations came to the event and shared experiences, ideas and aspirations for the future which has led to the creation of Compassionate Community in Bath and North East Somerset, which was officially launched in front of 150 people in February 2020.
Our vision is that Bath and North East Somerset becomes a Compassionate Community, where people are inspired and supported to look after each other. We're a local movement chartered to encourage and enable individuals, organisations and networks to work together with the shared aim of supporting people in need and building strong local communities.
Our vision is that Bath and North East Somerset becomes a Compassionate Community, where people are inspired and supported to look after each other.
A Network of
We are building a network of people who want to help their neighbours and their local community. This includes the Compassionate Community Emergency Volunteer Response network which developed during COVID-19 lockdown, and now comprises a large number of registered volunteers who have helped their neighbours in many different ways.
A Network of
We are building a network of local organisations who share our common ethos, and who want to use some of their resources to support people and build effective local communities. Signing the "Compassionate Community Charter" includes a commitment to make a positive change within their organisation. They include businesses, charities, social services providers, churches, schools and other local associations and groups.
A Network of
We bring together existing local networks to find new ways of solving unmet needs in our communities. These include the networks for food groups, charities, for churches, for students, for businesses, for social services, for health, for the local volunteer bureau, and departments of the local Council.
How Are We Going to Get There?
We firmly believe that the vast majority of people want to help their neighbours. Although many people can't spare the time from their busy lives to volunteer for a charity, just about everyone is prepared to pitch in, if it doesn't take too much time. So we came up with a plan to achieve our vision, whilst enabling everyone in the community to help make it more compassionate.
We are people who live, volunteer or work in BANES that are passionate about creating a more compassionate society that empowers people to look after each other and their communities. We recognise and value the thousands of professionals and volunteers who already work tirelessly to enrich our area and support those who need it most.
The Compassionate Community Movement has received generous funding from the organisations below. We're extremely grateful for all the support we've received, as we wouldn't be able to grow the movement without them.