Compassionate Communities October Update

On Thursday 3 October a meeting was held with key organisations in North Berwick who have experience of understanding the needs of people who are dying and people who are grieving.  The meeting was held to establish interest in the concept of a compassionate community.

A briefing was given about the national Truacanta Project, a new initiative being run by the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care, and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.  The Truacanta Project will identify four communities based on their vision for a compassionate community.

Dr Deborah Ritchie, Co-Chair of North Berwick Coastal Health and Wellbeing Association said “we spent time identifying whether there is a need in our community. Two key themes emerged. First that we need to have a more open community that is comfortable to discuss death, dying and grief and thus able to be more compassionate. Second we identified the need for practical support for individuals and families who are experiencing these key life events. Fiona Watt and Lorna Sinclair, both health promotion specialists, will voluntarily take forward and lead the public awareness/big conversations theme and Carol Stobie and North Berwick CommUnity Connections will take forward and lead the practical support theme.

The next stage is an open meeting for everyone on Saturday 9 November at 10 am in St Andrew Blackadder. We do hope you can come and help us develop our shared vision. This is definitely a time of “your community needs YOU and your compassion.

The proposal has to be submitted by December 6.

For more information please get in touch with us via our Contact Page.

7 Comments

  1. I am vice chair at the Beach Wheelchairs and feel like we could contribute to this project in some way. We have a range of manual chairs and now have a fabulous powered chair which can be controlled by the individual or Carer. We can provide some amazing experiences for individuals and families. I will try to make the meeting in November.

    • Hi Melanie,
      Great to hear from you and was a pleasure to speak to you the other week. Do come if you can to Volunteer Connectors meeting on Wednesday 30th Oct 6.30 at Community Centre. We could post a picture and longer feature about your services on the website and onto our new What’s On facility (now in production!) (Carol)

  2. Margaret Purves

    I am interested in being a volunteer ,I spent 17 years as a volunteer at St,Columbas hospice ( just doing ward duty changing water jugs ect ) but being able to chat to the patients ,My sister and Husband both died there within the last 3 years ! Recently I did 3 VERY short ( free) open university courses on ” death ,dying and grieving “,

    • Thank you Margaret, it’s great to hear from you and was a pleasure to speak to you on Sunday. Please come to our events on 9th November to add your invaluable perspective and we’d love to hear more about the resources you mention. I have added you to Community Connections list and you’d also be really welcome at our Volunteer Connectors meeting on Wednesday 30th Oct 6.30 at Community Centre. (Carol)

  3. Judy

    By the time I was 35, my parents were both dead and my elder brotheral and sister had both passed. I’m an advanced grief coper.easy to say hard to do.. just take it one day at all time.

  4. Judy Harpur

    By the time I was 35, my parents were both dead and my elder brotheral and sister had both passed. I’m an advanced grief coper.easy to say hard to do.. just take it one day at all time.

    • Deborah Ritchie

      Judy thank you for sharing your experience and it would be great if you could come on Saturday 9th November at 10 am to help us shape our vision to be a compassionate community.

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