Compassionate Plymouth was founded in January 2017, when a few people with a shared vision registered the city with Charter for Compassion International‘s Compassionate Communities Initiative. Thus Plymouth became one of nearly 500 communities across the globe to begin the journey towards a greater culture of compassion, empathy and inclusion and unity.

Compassionate Plymouth has grown steadily since that time. We have worked with the Anne Frank Trust to bring its remarkable schools programme to the city, and hosted a joyful celebration of local diversity as part of the One Day Without Us national day of solidary with migrants in the UK. We have designed and delivered an Empathy in Schools pilot programme to four Plymouth schools, orientation for new students at Plymouth Marjon University, and a Big Lottery-funded course to train women from diverse backgrounds to be Compassionate Community Ambassadors. We have created links with other compassionate communites nationally and internationally, and trained two groups to be mentors of UN-endorsed character education programme The Virtues Project.

We currently have funding from the Esme Fairbairn Foundation, via POP+, to deliver workshops to representatives of organisations, groups and businesses interested in becoming partners of Compassionate Plymouth, and also registering as Charter for Compassion partners if they wish. Please contact us if you are interested.

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