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Bundanoon Compassionate Communities
Bundanooon’s Compassionate Communities Subcommittee (ComCom) is a dedicated and lovely group of people committed to strengthening Bundanoon’s already kind and compassionate community.
But what is ComCom? It is a whole of community approach to providing care for each other during times of need, loss, crisis, dying, death, grief and bereavement. It is supported by the wonderful Quest for Life (www.questforlife.com.au).
ComCom meets once a month on Sunday afternoons. Please contact ComCom@bca.asn.au for information about upcoming dates, times and locations.
Simply put by The Groundswell Project (see www.thegroundswellproject.com), Compassionate Communities is a whole of community approach to end of life care where caring for one another at times of need, loss and/or crisis becomes the task and responsibility of everyone.
By way of background, 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:
- Northern Beaches, NSW (Community Care Northern Beaches)
- Warrnambool, VIC (Warrnambool and District Community Hospice Inc)
- Ballina, NSW (End of Life Care Initiative – Integrated Care)
- Dulong, QLD (Dulong Futures – Community Group)
- Newcastle, NSW (Newcastle Compassionate Communities Collaboration)
- Bunbury, WA (SW Compassionate Community Network)
- Bundanoon, NSW (Quest for Life)
- North West Coast, TAS (Care Beyond Cure Inc)
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.” Visit their website at www.thegroundswellproject.com
For more information, contact ComCom@bca.asn.au .
Vice-convenor: Trish Stafford
Sub-committee members: Wendy Appleton, Gus Johnson, Wendy Kingston, Nancy Lovato, Helen Richardson
BCA INC SECRETARY
Bundanoon Community Association PO Box 12 Bundanoon NSW 2578 Email: email@example.com