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Bundanoon Compassionate Communities
Compassionate Community Bundanoon (ComCom) is about connecting people within the community.
ComCom’s original charter, started in Bundanoon, June 2018, is to help provide support and care for each other during times of grief, loss, crisis, dying, death and bereavement. We hope we can help that no-one feels alone, and we can offer support and services.
And we still follow this heart, and in 2020 ComCom took on another heart.
We have now within our charter ‘in the living years’. We rejoice life and help people connect with people who desire to be engaged, involved, and part of the community. All people. Young or elderly, fit and fast or slow and wobbly.
ComCom grew from the GroundSwell project. (thegroundswellproject.com) So to explain;
The GroundSwell Project wanted to move beyond the known problems with dying and understand more about the experiences of dying, caring and grief in the Australian community. Their vision is for our communities to help us live, grieve and die in line with our values. That it is the responsibility of everyone.
The Groundswell Project’s purpose is to create a more death literate society, one where people and communities have the practical know-how needed to plan well for end of life. This means shifting focus from ‘talking about it’ to transforming this ‘difficult’ conversation into one of deep community engagement, social action and empowerment.
Then in February 2017 The Groundswell Project and Palliative Care Australia put on the first Compassionate Communities Symposium in Australia. Health practitioners joined with volunteers, carers, end of life doulas and researchers, to talk about how more people can get involved in end of life care and they decided they would just make it happen, which led to the establishment of the National Compassionate Communities Practice Forum. Eight communities around Australia have been selected to participate in this Forum and Bundanoon was one of them.
ComCom’s extra heart ‘in the living years’ is about connecting people with people right now. ComCom subcommittee decided this year that we could extend our community involvement, setting up workshops and interesting things to do; volunteers popping in on people for a cuppa and a chat; Volunteers with companion animals visiting aged care homes which helps the owner of the companion animal happy to bring joy and the residents love the interaction with animals; compassionate trained volunteers to help people fill out their advance care directive and other necessary documents regarding life choices such as funerals.
Lastly ComCom will act as a ComComHub, that is when someone is in need, feeling isolated and lonely, we would introduce them to a service or organisation such as CWA, Men’s Shed, Needles and Natter, Photography Club, Bundanoon Sings, the Ukesters, etc.
ComCom is also working on establishing ComComHelpingHand where the community has register called I Need Help, whether this is a friendly pop in for a cup of tea, to needing a lift to the doctor, and similarly, a register of I Can Help volunteers. This is yet to be established.
ComCom is supported by Quest for Life (www.questforlife.com.au).
ComCom subcommittee meets once a month on Sunday afternoons.
Please contact ComCom@bca.asn.au for information about upcoming dates, times and locations and If you have an interest in the work we do in the community, we will love to meet you.
Convenor: Lyndell Giuliano
Sub-committee members: Wendy Appleton, Helen Richardson, Dee Bourke, Trish Stafford
BCA INC SECRETARY
Bundanoon Community Association PO Box 12 Bundanoon NSW 2578 Email: email@example.com