Growing Compassionate Communities We are delighted that over the last few weeks, ten more people have joined a growing network of Strathcarron Compassionate Neighbours. This is helping Strathcarron Hospice to support local communities to show acts of kindness and compassion to those facing illness and loss. Who are Compassionate Neighbours? Compassionate Neighbours are ordinary people of different ages, backgrounds and skills who give a little of their time to support people in their own communities who are affected by illness. The programme is coordinated by Strathcarron Hospice. There are many different ways of getting involved. Why are they needed? Local people have told us that living with a long-term or terminal illness can be a very lonely experience. The loneliness and isolation can affect not just the person, but also their family and friends, and can last into bereavement. People have also told us that having an “ordinary person” to talk to or enjoy activities with can make a big difference. What do compassionate neighbours do? Some of the ways compassionate neighbours help is by: Ø Giving time to support someone regularly on a one to one basis, either in their home or getting out and about. Ø Helping a person find out about groups and activities in their own community, and support them to make connections. Ø Supporting the Snowdrop Wellbeing Café which takes place each Monday afternoon in Denny. Ø Running information pop-up stands about “putting your affairs in order” - in GP surgeries, other public places and at local events. Ø Supporting people on a one to one basis to make plans for the future and to share these with their families. Are you interested in helping us develop this Compassionate Communities programme? Compassionate neighbours are trained and supported by Strathcarron, but most of all they rely on their natural kindness and life experience. Many have told us that they get real enjoyment and satisfaction from the experience. If you would like to know more about getting involved or getting some support, please contact Susan High or Mandy Ross on 01324 826222.