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This is a significant time for the Compassionate Plymouth Movement, which is in the process of being constituted – a big step that opens up many new possibilities for the movement and anyone who would like to become involved, in whatever way.

Supporters and interested people are invited to attend one of two meetings in July. The inaugural General Meeting of CP will take place on Tues 16th July (please note a change from the original time and venue – it will now be 9.45 to 11.30am at Engage Church, St Levan Rd PL2 3BG), with an informal briefing taking place on the evening of the 10th for anyone who can’t attend on the 16th. Booking, via the links above, is essential. Please do make an effort to come along – we would value your thoughts and ideas about how to take Compassionate Plymouth forward in a way that benefits everyone, and there will be an opportunity to join the movement as an individual or partner organisation.
(Added June 2019)

Hope in the Heart cic received funding in 2018 from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, via POP+, to deliver free workshops for anyone wishing to know more about the growing compassion movement, in Plymouth and beyond. The final cohort of workshops took place in February and March 2019. Facilitated by Tam Martin Fowles, with support from Bev Smerdon, local partners and Compassionate Community Ambassadors, the workshops have brought together a wide variety of compassionate people whom we hope have been inspired to spread the word about Compassionate Plymouth and remain in touch and involved.

Creating the Compassionate Community:
How can a more compassionate lifestyle, starting with self-compassion, impact your life and community?  
Tues 5th February 2 – 5pm

This workshop took place at Union Corner, one of the community venues renovated for the benefit of local people by Nudge Community Builders – many thanks to them for hosting us, and so effectively modelling what compassion in the community can look like.

Compassion, Health and Wellbeing :
How can compassion for self, others and community affect all areas of health and wellbeing?
Thurs 21st February  10am – 1pm

In partnership with
Drake Medical Alliance and hosted at Wycliffe Surgery – many thanks to both for contributing to this vibrant exploration of the importance of compassion for a healthy, fulfilling enriched life

Designing the Compassionate City:
How can compassion be reflected in urban design, and citizens contribute to the vision of an inclusive, nurturing community?
Friday 22nd February  2.30 – 5pm

An exciting collaboration with the University of Plymouth School of Art, Design and Architecture, hosted by Associate Head of Architecture Andy Humphreys and a visionary group of students who are working on projects focused on designing a more compassionate built environment in Plymouth.

Members of the community joined them, and us, to consider how compassionate action and vison can transform the built environment, learn about the students’ inspiring projects, and contribute ideas and insights to support their work. We hope this will be the first step in a long and dynamic collaboration.

Compassion in Diversity:
How can we transform our city, through compassionate action,
to challenge division and celebrate our rich diversity?  

Friday 15th March, 1.30 – 4.30pm at City College

In collaboration with City College. Thank you to City College staff and third- year Public Services degree students, who welcomed a large group of local people from many different organisations and backgrounds to explore the complex and important issue of diversity in Plymouth.

All our workshops aim to be informative, interactive, inspiring, and fun.
If you would like to know more, please contact us

For a variety of compassion-focused, and bespoke, workshops and consultations for groups and organisations please visit the Hope in the Heart website or contact tam@hopeintheheart.org. Discounts are available for organisations that become partners of Charter for Compassion and Compassionate Plymouth.

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