”Bath and North East Somerset is a Compassionate Community in which people are inspired and supported to look after themselves and each other”.
Signatories to the Compassionate Community Charter include Bath Mind, Citizens Advice B&NES, Community Volunteer Service B&NES, Curo and Wesport.
Background To Compassionate Community
A recent study by The Co-op and the British Red Cross reveals 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 we try to 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?
3SG are working with Community Volunteer Service BaNES and other stakeholders across our region to launch a Compassionate Community. Compassionate Communities is a global movement that recognises that all natural cycles of sickness and health, birth and death, and love and loss occur everyday within local organisations and society. A Compassionate Community 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.
If developing a stronger, more welcoming and inclusive community in Bath & North East Somerset sounds like something you or your organisation want to be involved in then please contact B&NES 3SG. If you use Twitter use the hashtag #CompassionateCommunity to highlight your local community good news stories and partnership working.
Work already taking place in B&NES
3SG are in dialogue with a number of key local stakeholders such as the B&NES CCG, Virgin Care, Curo, local GP’s and others to develop a vision for creating a Compassionate Community in Bath & North East Somerset. We have attempted to map what these relationships might look like in the diagram below whilst recognising that it is local people who will be at the heart of this project: