On Wednesday 7th November Devon and Plymouth Chamber, in partnership with St Luke’s Hospice, hosted a Crunchy Breakfast to launch the call to other businesses to join the Chamber in working towards Plymouth becoming an accredited Compassionate City.
The Chamber has pledged its support to the Compassionate City project which brings together Plymouth City Council, St Luke’s Hospice and many other organisations to build emotional resilience in our community and to ensure that Plymouth is as compassionate a place to live and work as possible for people nearing the end of their life as well as those left behind grieving.
In May over a hundred people from a wide range of organisations, from the arts to the NHS, to schools, solicitors and charities, gathered to discuss ways of collaborating to make Plymouth more compassionate for those at the end of life or living with bereavement and loss. As a result, the End of Life Compassionate Network was set up to work towards meeting the 14 aims of a Compassionate EOL Charter and so far, over 30 organisations have signed up to participate. A Steering group and a number of operational groups have now been set up and the Chamber is participating on the Steering and Workplaces groups.
To launch the call to other businesses and organisations to get behind this ground-breaking project, the breakfast audience on Wednesday heard from 3 speakers including Steve Statham, Chief Executive at St Luke’s Hospice, Gail Wilson, Head of Education and Councillor Ian Tuffin, lead for Plymouth City Council on the project.
Stuart Elford, CEO of the Chamber commented:
“However difficult the topic of death and dying is, we can all benefit from a more open approach to helping our friends, family, colleagues and employees when they are facing the most difficult times of their lives.
Helping employees deal with the repercussions of a family crisis, ultimately builds staff loyalty and improves everyone’s wellbeing and I really urge employers of all sizes to support this project by looking at how they deal with their own staff in these situations. The Chamber is committed to being a Compassionate Employer.
“A Compassionate City Charter would give organisations and businesses a framework to work towards, encouraging them to provide empathetic workplace support and the Chamber intends to help employers, by assisting St Luke’s to produce worksheets and template policies. I am delighted that so many businesses today can see the value in learning about this project and as a consequence, want to get involved.”
A short video
from the event was produced by St Luke’s.
If you are a local business, large or small that would like to be involved with this initiative you can find more information from www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/compassionate-communities/