Our Mission

Compassionate Communities is a public health approach that enables us all to ‘live well until the end of life’.

Advocating for peoples’ right to a good quality of life when living on the spectrum of a life-limiting illness, care-giving, death, dying and loss.

With a person-centred approach we aim to improve end of life care by supporting those who wish to remain living in their own homes and engaged with their own communities as far as possible until the end of their lives.

Who we are

Compassionate Communities is a partnership of organisations including the Foyle Hospice, the Health and Social Care Board, Derry City and Strabane District Council, CAW/Nelson Drive Action Group, Hillcrest Trust, Shantallow Community Centre, Ballymagroarty and Hazelbank Community Partnership and Apex Housing.

What we do

  • Improve the lives of people living with a life-limiting illness and frailty 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

Community Engagement & Development

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.

Compassionate Communities- Reach Out Scheme

Linking trained volunteers to people who, through advanced illness, care giving or bereavement, have become or are at risk of becoming socially isolated .

Raising Awareness & Education

Changing 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.

Contact us to find out when the next ‘Dying to Talk Cafe‘ is taking place.  Contribute to our ‘Before I die….’ Wall.

Compassionate City Charter

With commitment from Derry City and Strabane District Council to the ‘Compassionate City Charter’ together we are working together to establish Derry~Londonderry as a ‘Compassionate City’.

We welcome all enquiries from individuals, groups and organisations in how they can get involved in making our city a ‘Compassionate City‘.



Sharon Williams
Project Facilitator