A Movement that’s Global….and Growing

At its most basic, the idea of people helping people is global. In Canada, the compassionate community movement, a model of the public health approach to palliative care, has already garnered considerable support on a regional, provincial, and national level, establishing the country as a leader of the movement.

A Compassionate Community …

… is a group of people who are passionate and committed to taking an active role in enhancing the quality of life for those living with a life-limiting illness and their families.

… provides practical assistance and builds supportive networks.

… is flexible. Each community can adapt the definition of a Compassionate Community based on its own vision.

Mobilizing Compassionate Communities in BC

The Compassionate Communities movement was ignited in British Columbia in 2015 with a visit from Dr. Allen Kellehear, the international leader of the movement.

In 2016, BCCPC took the lead to create a network of compassionate communities across BC. The first step was to launch the Seed Grant Program, with the endorsement of over 40 community-based organizations as well as key palliative care and public health leaders.

In addition to seed funding, the program provides training, tools and coaching for community-based organizations to help them start building on compassionate community ideas.

To date, over 100 compassionate community initiatives across the province have been sponsored and supported by BC Centre for Palliative Care, with fully half being in rural and remote areas of BC.

The Compassionate Communities movement in BC is gaining momentum more than ever! Following the 2022 successful inaugural hybrid  Compassionate Communities Symposium, “All Together – Fostering Resilient Compassionate Communities through Connection and Inspiration”, the BC Centre for Palliative Care is proud to announce the newest funding cycle of seed grant program, All Together – Spreading the Seeds of Community Innovation

Click on the Seed Grants button on the right for more information about current funding opportunities. 

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