Compassionate Plymouth was founded in January 2017, when a few people with a shared vision registered the city with Charter for Compassion’s global Compassionate Communities Initiative. Thus Plymouth became one of around 450 communities across the globe to begin the journey towards a greater culture of compassion, empathy, inclusion and unity. One of CP’s primary tools is The Virtues Project, a character education programme endorsed by the United Nations and used in over 100 countries worldwide.

The CP Movement was formally constituted in June 2019.

Compassionate Plymouth has grown steadily since its inception, to develop a strong steering group and management committee.

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.

Through funding from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, via POP+, we have delivered workshops to many local people including representatives of organisations, groups and businesses, in partnership with the University of Plymouth, City College, Drake Medical Alliance and Nudge Community Builders.

You are invited to join us and Be the Change in Plymouth, and the wider global community.

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