Compassionate Communities Australia

COMPASSION. We respond with a shared humanity and kindness to each person’s pain, distress and need. We look for the things we can do, however small you think they may be, to give comfort and relief. We have time for those we support and work alongside. We do not wait to be asked, because we already care.
(Compassionate Communities Australia, 2024)

Compassionate Communities Brochure

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What are Compassionate Communities?

Compassionate Communities grow connectedness and compassion, working together, to create a supportive environment for those in need.

Compassionate Communities is a practice that openly encourages, supports and celebrates caring for each other during life’s most testing times, especially those associated with life threatening or life limiting illness, chronic disability, being a carer, frailty, ageing, dementia, dying and grief.

Compassion is the community’s responsibility, that’s me, you, all individuals, families, peers, neighbourhoods, workplaces, schools, health services, government, faith based, voluntary and other organisations and services.

What are Compassionate Communities

Why does support matter?

Do you know?

95% of the care of the dying is done by your family and support network. Less than 5% of total care is provided by health care services.

Death is not a medical event. It is a social, relational and potentially spiritual event.

Proven benefits of Compassionate Communities include:

  • People feel cared for and supported in times of need
  • Significant improvement in social connectedness
  • Increased support networks and links to the community
  • Improved ability to engage in activities of daily living
  • Significant financial savings through the reduction in use of hospital services
  • A more holistic approach that addresses the social, practical and emotional domains of care
Why does support matter
“An important part of support is the kindness of one person to another.”

Join us

At Compassionate Communities Australia, we believe in the power of community to support each other through life’s challenges, including the journey towards the end of life. Our mission is to create a space where individuals can live well until their last breath, surrounded by the care and support of their community.

We invite you to join us in building a hub of knowledge and skills for community activation, community-led solutions, and social and systems change. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those facing life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses, chronic disabilities, frail aging, dementia, dying, and grief.

Join us at Compassionate Communities Australia

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Compassionate Communities Australia acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of Country throughout Australia and acknowledges their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay our respects to the people, the cultures and the elders past, present and emerging.