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Scottish Compassionate Communities Launch Event

The new Scottish Compassionate Communities Network is being launched on Mon 8 Oct at the Charteris Centre, Edinburgh.

The network is for people and organisations who want to get involved in practical work to build compassion in their own community, with a particular focus on improving people's experiences of deteriorating health, death, dying and bereavement.

The event will give network members a chance to meet each other, discuss the potential creation of a Scottish Compassionate Communities toolkit, and learn about community development approaches.

This event is only open to people who have signed up to be part of the Compassionate Communities Network. However, it is free to join the network and you can sign up here. Once you've signed up, you can book a place at the event here.

Ayr Town Hall hosts successful GLGDGG Day

The Rotary Clubs of South Ayrshire hosted a very successful Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief day at Ayr Town Hall on Friday 13 July.

A packed house heard presentations from Dr Kirsty Muirhead, formerly a palliative care consultant at the Ayrshire Hospice, who helped people consider what "Good Life", "Good Death" and "Good Grief" meant; Tara Cameron, an undertaker with Funeral Partners, Ayr, who helped break down some of the stereotypes and taboos about the funeral industry; and Nigel Martin, local family lawyer, who gave advice about end-of-life planning, wills and power of attorney.

Information stalls run by local groups and by Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief, allowed people to mingle and pick up information before and after the formal presentations. Tea and coffee was kindly provided by the local Salvation Army, and Royal Conservatoire organist gave a recital.

Despite the seriousness of the subject matter, the event was very convivial, with lots of ideas exchanged and knowledge gained. Barely any information leaflets were left at the end.

If you'd like to organise something similar in your area, please get in touch with our Development Manager, Robert Peacock, for support and assistance, or sign up to the new Scottish Compassionate Communities Network to link up with others in your area who'd like to be involved in something similar.

To Absent Friends Small Grant Scheme

A small grants fund has been set up to support organisations to participate in To Absent Friends, a people’s festival of storytelling and remembrance, running 1-7 November 2018.

We are particularly keen to support small organisations to undertake local activities that provide public opportunities for storytelling and/or remembrance of people who have died.

The range of ways in which organisations can participate is wide and varied. In previous years, events have included concerts, poetry nights, craft activities, memory sharing events, storytelling suppers, exhibitions and much more.

Some ideas of relevant activities members might wish to undertake are listed on the To Absent Friends website, but we also encourage creative and innovative ideas that are appropriate to local groups and communities.

Grants are available for up to £250.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is Friday 24 August 2018. (We will aim to inform applicants of whether or not they have been successful by the end of August.)

A short grant application form and guidance notes for applicants are provided below.

Application Form

Guidance for Applicants

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