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Scottish Compassionate Communities Network

The Scottish Compassionate Communities 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 network provides opportunities for people to come together and share learning, experience, ideas and motivation.

It is free to join the network and you can sign up here.

Future Work of the network

LIfe, Death, Grief Get Together

Wednesday 20 May, Station Hotel, Perth

This knowledge-sharing and networking event is an opportunity to meet up with other people who share an interest in encouraging more openness about death, dying and bereavement. It is a chance to share the work you’re doing, and explore the current challenges, potential solutions and opportunities for collaboration that exist within Scotland.

The event will be relevant for anyone interested in:

  • Compassionate Communities
  • Public Health approaches to Palliative Care
  • Encouraging others to plan ahead for illness and death

More information is available here: Life, Death, Grief Get-Together 2020

The Truacanta Project

The Truacanta Project is a new initiative being run by the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care, and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support. The project will support local communities across Scotland who are interested in taking community action to improve people’s experiences of death, dying, loss and care.

Five communities have now been selected to receive community development advice and support from The Truacanta Project for a period of two years; they will officially launch in April 2020.

Read more about the project here.

Previous Events

Digital Life, Legacy and Afterlife

19 June 2019, Edinburgh

What happens to your online accounts and digital assets when you die? What will your online legacy be? How does the digital age affect experiences of mourning and grief?

This mini-conference was a joint event with Marie Curie to explore those questions and hear from expert speakers about their work with digital lives, deaths and afterlives. The event discussed practical elements such as planning, social media, online accounts and memorialisation, and online mourning and grieving, including ethical considerations that go along with it.

Unleashing Compassion Conference

2nd May 2019, Glasgow

This conference brought together members of the Compassionate Communities Network, sharing a range of work taking place in Scotland and exploring how to encourage open and supportive attitudes and behaviours relating to death, dying and bereavement in Scotland. More information is available here: Unleashing Compassion Conference.

Launch of the Scottish Compassionate Communities Network

The network launched 8 October 2018 at a sold-out event in Edinburgh (pictured) which gave delegates the chance to meet each other, make connections, and to discuss the potential creation of a Scottish Compassionate Communities toolkit. Fiona Garven, Director of the Scottish Community Development Centre, gave a presentation. The event also introduced delegates to some of the thinking behind the idea of Compassionate Communities, as outlined in Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief's report, A Road Less Lonely. You can read the report of the launch meeting here.

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