Compassionate Communities

Compassionate Communities

A person living at home with a life limiting illness may encounter healthcare services up to 5% of any day. As a community what can you do to occupy and support that 95%?

What is Compassionate Communities?

Compassionate Communities is part of a growing social movement transforming relationships, health and well-being in the UK and beyond. Based in the public health palliative care philosophy, we collaborate with community partners, healthcare organisations, local services, and other hospices, to education, community partners, government and businesses – anyone and everyone who wants to enhance skills and develop community-led solutions to make communities healthier and more compassionate.

A compassionate community is one in which everyone recognises that we all have a role in supporting each other, particularly during periods of crisis and loss. We want to create a community of Compassionate Friends, towns, neighbours, classrooms, and workplaces across the areas where we deliver care to help dispel the myths about dying and bereavement, helping communities to be better informed and more confident in a having these conversations.

What do we want to do?

Make it easier to have those conversations about death and dying so that people are better informed and able to make choices and decisions about what matters to them.

Build a Compassionate Community which includes families, neighbours, local employers, educational organisations, spiritual support as well as other health and social care professionals such as doctors and nurses.

Empower communities to support each other to be prepared and enable a good death wherever possible and live well to the very end of our lives.

Meet the Team

Karen Hibbert

Compassionate Communities Lead

Karens focus is to bring our community together to support each other through difficult times associated with care, deteriorating health, dying and bereavement. We are here to encourage, facilitate, support and care for one another and build resilience within the community to talk about death and dying by providing people with the skills and confidence to do so. Since joining Karen has been involved in research, building her knowledge and confidence, testing and development of material to be able to deliver the Compassionate Friends skills workshop and other workshops as part of the Compassionate Communities series.

Mohammed Rahman

Community Connector

I am here to highlight the services Keech Hospice Care can offer to our South Asian Community whilst listening to our community and gathering valuable insight onto how we can improve the support and care provided.

If you would like to find out more, to visit the hospice or for us to visit your organisation or group, please do not hesitate to contact us.

You may be surprised to hear that our care in not just provided in the hospice but in the hospital, care, school, or the family home – wherever our support is needed most.

Blue Skies

A play written by Brian Daniels  

FREE | FACE-TO-FACE

Facing loss as a family. Explore the importance of hospice care and open dialogue through
the eyes of a young man confronted with the prospect of losing his mum.

Join the conversation.

Light refreshments will be available.

Date:

Thursday 23 November 2023 – 6pm

Venue:

Keech Hospice Care
Great Bramingham Lane
Luton
LU3 3NT

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

Compassionate friends skills workshop

FREE | FACE-TO-FACE & VIRTUAL

A compassionate community is one in which everyone recognises that we all have a role in supporting each other, particularly during periods of crisis and loss. We want to create a community of Compassionate Friends across the areas where we deliver care to help dispel the myths about dying and bereavement, helping communities to be better informed and more confident in a having these conversations.

Compassionate friends skills workshop The main areas covered:

Explaining what a Compassionate Community is.

Interpersonal skills – how to use your listening skills, body language, spoken word and empathy.

Dispelling the myths and taboos around talking about death and dying.

How to start a conversation – questions to ask and potential responses to help you deal with the conversation.

Considering your own networks within your community and how you could tap into these.

Looking after yourself.

Useful resources.

Making your pledge to your community.

Who can attend?

Any healthcare professional or member of the public in the Luton, Bedfordshire, and Milton Keynes areas.

Dates:

Face to face

Wednesday 22 November 2023 – 2-4pm
Keech Hospice Care, Bedford, 3 Linden Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire. MK40 2DD

Monday 28 May 2024 – 10am-12pm
Luton Library

Monday 23 September 2024 – 10am-12pm
Keech Hospice Care, Bedford, 3 Linden Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire. MK40 2DD

 

Virtual Dates Virtual session

Wednesday 24 January 2024 – 10am-12pm

Wednesday 22 January 2025 – 2-4pm

 

24 January – Register Now

24 May – Register Now

23 September – Register Now

22 January 2025 – Register Now

Your digital memories matter  

FREE | VIRTUAL Virtual session

Have you thought about what will happen to your digital footprint? What do we mean by digital assets? This workshop will provide you with an understanding of what your digital legacy means, what your digital assets are, where to go for help and how to turn this into conversation with family and friends.

Who can attend?

Any healthcare professional or member of the public in the Luton, Bedfordshire, and Milton Keynes areas

Dates:

Thursday 11 January 2024. 2-3pm
Tuesday 7 May 2024 – 12-1pm
Tuesday 10 September 2024 – 2-3pm
Tuesday 14 January 2025 – 10-11am

11 January 2024 – Register Now

May 2024 – Jan 2025 – Register Now

Musical Memories – Playlist for Life Awareness  

FREE | VIRTUAL Virtual session

Keech has become a Help Point for PlaylistforLife, to help people make that connection and memories, and provide helpful leaflets and materials to make their own personal playlists. Join us for a short introduction on how sharing personal playlists can help people live well with dementia and other life limiting conditions. Would you like to bring the power of personal music to family, friends, and people in your community? What music would you like to be remembered by?

Who can attend?

Any healthcare professional or member of the public in the Luton, Bedfordshire, and Milton Keynes areas.

Dates:

Tuesday 5 December 2023. 2-3pm

Tuesday 6 February 2024. 11am-12pm

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Death Café   

FREE | FACE-TO-FACE

Come enjoy a slice of cake, tea and a group chat where we talk about death, bereavement and the end-of-life.

Together, let’s shatter the silence around discussing death.

Death café is not a bereavement support or counselling setting

Dates:
Thursday 24th January 2024 – 11am-12.30pm

Who can attend?

Any member of the public in the Luton, Bedfordshire, and Milton Keynes areas.

Venue:

Luton Central Library, St George’s Square, Luton, LU1 2NG.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

Stepping Back from the Edge

Managing stress and building resilience

FREE | VIRTUAL Virtual session

Managing stress and our own wellbeing can be challenging especially in palliative and end-of-life care, therefore with this in mind, this workshop will aim to offer some support and advice that will be helpful for your overall wellbeing.

Learn strategies and ways of managing yourself and how to cope in difficult situations.

Who can attend?
Any health care professional or member of the public who wishes to learn ways of coping with difficulties.

Dates:
Thursday 16 May 2024 – 2-3pm

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What Have I Done to Deserve This?

Addressing the needs for the LGBTQIA+ community living with a palliative illness.

FREE | VIRTUAL Virtual session

For people in the LGBTQIA+ community there are some additional concerns and worries whilst living with a palliative illness. This session is to raise awareness of these issues and discuss how they can be challenged and overcome and what changes could be made to support people to manage during this time.

An overview of unconscious bias and how to recognise the individual needs for the LGBTQIA+ community diagnosed with a palliative illness.

Who can attend?
Any health care professional or member of the public wanting to explore more ways of challenging diversity

Dates:
Tuesday 2 July 2024 – 2-3pm

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Coming soon

No Barriers Here

FREE | FACE-TO-FACE

Ever wondered about the things that will hold value to you at the end of your life? Do you think it’s too early to contemplate the end-of-life because you’re young, or healthy?

Join us at our free workshops, where we will be getting creative with arts and craft to explore what matters most to you and gently unlock conversations about the end-of-life

Who can attend?
Any healthcare professional or member of the public.