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Compassionate communities? Three new ways to engage

If you or your organisation are looking for new ways to engage staff or the wider community in end of life conversations and care, here are three new opportunities that we hope may help you make a difference for your communities. 1) New stories engaging minority communities in end of life conversations and care

With thanks to our partner, The Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria Strategic Clinical Network, and all those who shared their stories with us, we’ve nearly completed Through Our Eyes. This film based initiative shares stories from Afro-Caribbean; Hindu, Jewish and Muslim traditions to increase staff sensitivity and raise community awareness to improve care for all. To inform the launch, we facilitated a region-wide stakeholder summit of commissioners, care staff and community members on 1st April 2015. To view the film trailer now and request to be notified when the film and guides are available to order go to

2) New Approaches Conversations for Life Train the Trainer

We are excited to offer a new training for experienced educator/facilitators who wish to add the CFL approach and materials to their ‘toolkit’ of offerings. CFL staff workshop: Simple Tools to Start the Conversation has now reached 2000 healthcare, hospice, social care, care home staff and those working with chronic conditions: memory clinics, cardiac and renal care across the UK.

If you or your organisation would like to share the success, reach and impact of this patient-centred approach and materials, email us at to receive an overview of the course, 3 -day training, and register to attend our upcoming session June 17-19 2015 or 8-10 July 2015.

3) New Communities Mapping Strengths: Community Convenor Facilitation

Engaging communities to come together in support of the ill, dying and bereaved has become a national and international priority. Pathfinder communities and the Compassionate Community Charter are paving the way. To learn more about how our community convener facilitation and process has supported organisations like yours to launch ‘living and dying well partnerships’, identify and engage the strengths and ‘assets’ across a community- including health, hospice, faith groups, voluntary sector, schools and more, see below for a free resource or contact us to discuss specific consulting or facilitation for your community. (BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care Journal, M. Matthiesen, 2014) Care happens in communities. Knowing what already exists can help pave the way.

4) Free Resource for Communities

FREE RESOURCE FOR INTERESTED COMMUNITIES to learn from the lived experience of some of the projects to engage communities in public health and palliative care, view sample templates, reports and project overviews go to: le templates, reports and project overviews go to: www.conversationsforlife/community-resource/

Does someone you know have a story that could help others?  

Families from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities (BAME) are being asked to share stories and help shape a new regional awareness initiative across Greater Manchester, South Cumbria and Lancashire. The project aims to raise awareness of some of the end of life care issues and needs in the BAME communities across the SCN footprint in order to enhance communication between patients, families and care professionals, including hospices and palliative care teams.

For more information, please download a leaflet here or register your interest to receive an information pack by contacting: Keith Swindell Quality Improvement Manager – Palliative and End of Life Care, NHS Strategic Clinical Network for Greater Manchester, Lancashire & South Cumbria, Preston Business Centre, Watling Street Road, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 8DY Tel: 0113 825 4826    Mob: 07825 422444 Email:

Dying Matters Awareness Week, 12-17 May 2014

Download a calender for a week of events in Lancaster here or go to to find events in your area!

New Resource for Communities Expanding The Impact Of Community Engagement Around Public Awareness Of End Of Life Issues: A Resource For Interested Communities

This e-newsletter has been developed as a resource for communities intending to undertake community engagement around public awareness and end of life issues (practitioners, strategic end of life leads and commissioners). Drawing upon a range of projects being undertaken in the north west of England this resource presents an overview including filmed video clips, PDF reports and resources of different projects, identifies the catalysts, what is working, challenges, lessons learned and suggests future steps. This resource has been funded by a Lancaster University, Faculty of Health and Medicine Knowledge exchange grant as a partnership between the International Observatory on End of Life Care and Stories to Change CIC.

This new report highlights the different approaches people and organisations have taken to developing Compassionate Communities across England to be diverse. The Conversations for Life programme is honored to be one of the initiatives included in this study.We hope you will find the report informative.

Compassionate Communities Final Report July 2013

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