Our aim

To support us all to live well within our communities to the very end of our lives.

What we do

  • Improve the lives of people who are living with a life-limiting illness by reducing social isolation
  • Support people who are long-term caregivers
  • Support people who have been recently bereaved
  • Encourage people to talk about and plan for dying, death and loss

How we do it

  • Compassionate Communities- Reach Out links trained volunteers to people who through advanced illness, caregiving or bereavement have become or are at risk of becoming socially isolated to enable them to remain independently at home and connected to their community.
  • Community engagement which involves building links with interested groups to develop models and resources which allow greater public awareness of and involvement in the care and support of those who are living with a life limiting illness and those close to them who are affected.
  • General awareness raising to change attitudes towards death, dying and bereavement by encouraging people to talk and plan for it. To encourage people when they are healthy to take control of the decisions that need to be made when planning for a healthy death. To ensure these choices are known and are taken into account when a person’s health changes.

Who we are

Compassionate Communities is a partnership of organisations including the Foyle Hospice, CAW/Nelson Drive Action Group, Hillcrest Trust, Shantallow Community Centre and Ballymagroarty and Hazelbank Community Partnership.


Deirdre Doherty
Project Facilitator