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/

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