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.
In a compassionate city, we all stand to benefit.
At a conference held in Plymouth in 2018, schools, places of worship, GP surgeries, solicitors and charities – and many other organisations and groups from across the community – called for our city to have an End of Life (EoL) Compassionate City Network and all agreed the following vision:
Our Vision: Plymouth will not shy away from the taboo subject of death, but talks openly about it, in order to create a city that is truly informed and compassionate towards those facing end of life or experiencing loss and bereavement.
We will create a Compassionate City by working towards the international Compassionate City End of Life Charter. For more information, click here.
We’re pleased that Plymouth now has a thriving end of life network, with over 90 individuals and organisations already signed up to work towards the key objectives of the EoL Compassionate City Charter which has been formally adopted by Plymouth City Council.
Plymouth, the first Compassionate City in England
Plymouth has been recognised by Public Health Palliative Care International (PHPCI) as being the first Compassionate City in England. The great work that has been achieved by many organisations and individuals has led to great progress towards the End of Life Compassionate City Charters objectives.
This website provides a focal point for information on aspirations, activities and actions towards the aims of the charter, and a city-wide steering group will monitor our collective progress.
Together, we’re making great progress in meeting the Charters objectives but there is more to be done.
Join us in giving a voice to everyone affected by death, dying, bereavement and loss and creating a city that does not shy away from their needs.