Care charter launched in Weston

PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 April 2015

Weston Hospicecare , Uphill, hosting Compassionate Community Charter launch.

Weston Hospicecare , Uphill, hosting Compassionate Community Charter launch.

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A SPECIAL document which will enable Weston to lead the way in national palliative care was launched at Weston Hospicecare last week.

The Compassionate Communities Charter aims to help local communities work together in improving their response to people who are dying and those who have been bereaved.

It was launched after the catchment area of Weston Hospicecare, which includes Weston and its villages, was chosen by the National Council for Palliative Care and Public Health England as one of eight specialist ‘pathfinder’ areas to pioneer new approaches towards end of life care.

John Bailey, director of patient services at Weston Hospicecare said: “The Compassionate Community Charter provides a real opportunity to ensure that death and dying are no longer seen as simply medical events that need professional services, but as life events that happen to all of us.”

“The launching of the charter demonstrates commitment from local organisations and the whole community to provide support that dying people and their loved ones need at one of the most significant stages of life.”

Some of the charter’s pledges include developing policies and guidance concerning death in schools and workplaces, and implementing dedicated end of life care support groups in churches and temples. It even outlines the possibility of creating a memorial parade to represent major causes of human loss.

An excerpt from the charter itself stated: “Compassionate communities recognise that all natural cycles of sickness and health, birth and death, and love and loss occur every day within the orbits of its institutions and regular activities. They publicly encourage, facilitate, support and celebrate care for one another during life’s most testing moments and experiences.”

“A compassionate community is everyone’s responsibility.”

A number of organisations have committed to working together in order to ensure that Weston adheres to the charter and is a ‘compassionate community.’ These include North Somerset Council, Crossroads Care and the North Somerset Community Partnership.

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