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People often ask how they can endorse, support or become involved with Compassionate Plymouth and the Charter for Compassion.

It is easy for anyone who has internet access to sign the Charter for Compassion and for any organisation to become a partner of CfC . Here is a simple step-by-step guide to registering on the CfC website.

Read the Charter for Compassion document (revised version used in the UK)

Please scroll down for more information.

We are still in the pioneering stages of developing Compassionate Plymouth, in association with the global Charter for Compassion, and the past few months have seen us pilot our first funded projects, with Charter Partner Hope in the Heart training 20 women to be Compassionate Community Ambassadors (funded by Big Lottery), and partnering with Charter Partner Lifeplay Learning to work on a city-wide strategy and collaborate with local organisations to offer themed introductory workshops, (see News and Events) and engage supporters and partners (funded by Esme Fairbairn Foundation/POP+)

Bespoke training and support for organisations wishing to create a culture of compassion in the workplace is available via Hope in the Heart cic, with a discount for Charter Partners. St Luke’s Hospice also offers training with a focus on compassion in end-of-life care.

We hope to be able to offer further funded training and events, and would like to keep you informed. To join Compassionate Plymouth you can register on the global Charter for Compassion website. Your details will be sent to us and you can choose your level of engagement with the global organisation (no obligation).

Individuals: You can sign the Charter for Compassion and/or contact us to register with Compassion Plymouth and learn about future events and workshops. Please note we in the UK use a slightly different version of the Charter than the one on the CfC website, which you can read if you scroll to the bottom of this page.

Organisations: It’s free and easy to join Compassionate Plymouth and Charter for Compassion as a partner organisation – whether you’re a sole-trader, social enterprise, statutory institute, private business, multi-national corporation, school, college, university or anything else!

There are 13 sectors and you can choose which are relevant for your organisation to join. You will have the opportunity to learn about and connect with others in your sector(s) to share ideas, resources and experiences if you wish.

Register on the global Charter Partner page to become a partner. Among other benefits, your organisation will be given a page on the Charter for Compassion website, and become one of the growing number of partners around the world that are pledging to begin to live, work and model a culture of compassion.

Once registered, you will receive information about any workshops and events in Plymouth and also be kept up to date with what is happening in the wider Compassion Movement. Please Contact us if you would like to know more.

The Charter for Compassion
(Revised version used in UK)
The principle of compassion lies at the heart of humanity, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.
It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and emphatically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others ā€“ even our enemies ā€“ is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of philosophies and ideologies.
We therefore call upon all people to restore compassion to the centre of morality – to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about traditions, religions and cultures ~ to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity ~ to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings, even those regarded as enemies.
We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensible to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.

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