St Helena Hospice believes everyone has a role to play in supporting each other, particularly in times of health crisis or personal loss.
Providing support to someone facing incurable illness or bereavement such as picking up a neighbour’s prescription, helping friends and family plan for the end of life, or checking that colleague are ok in times of distress, are all simple ways that we can help make a difference to others.
A compassionate community is a group of people who come together to help and support others experiencing death, dying or loss, with a shared goal to improve end of life care and bereavement support for everybody through kindness, compassion and action.
Compassionate communities across north east Essex are coming together to help people develop the tools, confidence and resilience they need to provide support, empathy and a listening ear – and you can help too.
There are lots of ways that you can get involved at no cost, including sharing your experiences at local workshops, events and activities or attending free Compassionate Conversations training that help people to talk with others about death, dying or loss .
You might be able to help organise group activities or awareness raising events, or become a Compassionate School or Compassionate Workplace. All of these support better end of life care for local communities and will help make a difference to those facing dying, death or bereavement.
Read more below or to find out more, contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call St Helena Hospice on 01206 845566.
The Compassionate Tendring network has organised a series of ‘Demystifying end of life care’ workshops that aim to help improve end of life care by breaking down barriers and demystifying taboos while sharing and learning from each other’s experiences.
These workshops each have a different theme and include presentations and Q&A with subject matter experts, as well as group discussion about dying, death and bereavement.
Anyone interested in learning more about end of life care options is welcome, including community residents, local organisations and services. Refreshments are provided.
Compassionate Conversations is a free two-hour training session delivered in-person and online by the St Helena Bereavement Team, in partnership with St Elizabeth Hospice.
This training is aimed at helping people to talk with others experiencing death, dying or loss by giving them the skills and confidence to enable open, honest and sensitive conversations.
This training is held across the year with multiple dates available to book.
If you're interested in hosting a Compassionate Conversations training session, please contact us by emailing email@example.com
Join Community360 Walk Motivator Shawn and other friendly walkers of all abilities on the first Thursday of every month for a walk around the Highwoods area, with refreshments provided afterwards.
Compassionate Walks start and finish at St Helena Hospice, Barncroft Close, Colchester, setting off at 6.30pm. Parking is available. No need to book - just turn up!
'Finding Your Feet' and 'Walking for Wellness' are supported walks organised by Community360 in the Colchester area that aim to meet the needs of those who may have previously felt less motivated or confident to attend.
CVS Tendring support a number of regular group walks too.
You can now book a free awareness training visit for your community group, club or network if anyone you know is, or could become, a caregiver for family or friends experiencing incurable or life-limiting illness.
For more information or to book a visit please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01206 646 275.
Compassionate Workplaces Awareness Training from St Helena provides the practical tools and resources needed by employees to help support their workforce during life’s most difficult moments.
This practical 2 ½ hour session is aimed especially for line managers and HR teams – and will help build staff confidence and competencies, while supporting better long-term outcomes for businesses.
If you are interested in arranging Compassionate Workplace training for your organisation, please get in touch by emailing email@example.com
Empowering people to plan ahead, share their choices and achieve their end of life wishes is really important.
The My Care Choices Register is a record of a person’s decisions about the kind of care they wish to receive in the future if they were more unwell, and their preference for the place of care and we work with other local health and social care partners to promote this to people who are living with an incurable illness, dementia or frailty.
If you or a loved one is facing incurable illness or bereavement and you're looking for other services and groups in your local community that can support you or them, Essex Map is a useful resource to use.
You can search by category or by your own phrase i.e. 'grief support' or 'carer support' or 'lung disease' and you can see on the map what support is available near you.
We’d love to hear from local residents, clubs, organisations, businesses, schools, and services who want to help local communities and people experiencing death, dying and loss.
If you’re keen to find out more about how you can help grow a compassionate community in your neighbourhood, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Useful links and resources for family and friends
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