Volunteers’ Week is an opportunity for organisations and communities to celebrate the contribution of millions of people. Our volunteers really are the heroes of Compassionate Communities. Their individual acts of kindness as ‘Compassionate Neighbours‘ evident in our befriending scheme ‘Reach Out‘ impact the lives of so many. They shine a light into the world of people feeling isolated because of advancing illness, frailty, care giving and loss.
Our champions committed to carrying forward the work of the project. They offer companionship and compassion that helps to build stronger communities that are better able to support people at times of crisis and loss.
Our volunteers are our heroes. And yet they are simply ordinary people doing extraordinary things that help to shape a more inclusive world for people in the final stages of their life journey.
To help us to celebrate our ‘wonderful volunteers’ why not enter our poetry competition! Three winning entries will be presented as an appreciation gift to our volunteers. Your entry can be short, long, rhyme or not, just as long as it celebrates the companionship that our volunteers bring to our community members and their families helping to build compassionate communities. You may find watching this video helpful to understand the good work that they do.
We look forward to hearing from you!
The Winning Poems
Thank you to everyone who submitted a poem. It was a difficult decision to chose the winners. Congratulations to Rhianna Deery, Eabha Kelly and Debbie Lamberton!!
Thought for the day …
Our volunteers are at the beating heart of our compassionate city.
Three reasons why we should volunteer.
Compassionate Communities in Northern Ireland.
Volunteering is a two-way relationship.
Dying Matters Week 11 – 17 May 2020, ‘Dying to be heard’.
This year Dying Matters Week theme is ‘Dying to be heard‘, it challenges our reluctance to have ‘tender conversations’ on topics such as illness, death and dying.
It’s true we shy away from these taboo topics because they make us feel uncomfortable. We don’t want to consider losing someone we care about and certainly not own ill health and dying. Yet we won’t live forever, we all have a terminal illness and it’s called ‘life’ and living life means that we will age and our health will deteriorate.
People living with a life-limiting illness and frailty are facing the reality of their situation. When people talk about their worries and making plans about the future it helps to relieve anxiety and empowers them to influence the things they have control over.
Mary speaks from personal experience….’It starts by listening’.
Thought for the day …..
The Importance of Listening
The greatest gift you can give another person is your time, time to listen to what they have to say. Knowing that they have been heard can help them feel less isolated.
Please click here to download information on the ‘Importance of Listening’.
Understanding your own grief can help you to navigate the challenging emotions and sometimes confusing thoughts. Understanding another person’s grief can help you offer appropriate support.
Please click here to download information on ‘Understanding Grief’.
Let's talk about Dying.
What makes life worth living in the face of death.
Talk about your death while you are still healthy.
Before I die I want to.....
Grieving in Exceptional Circumstances: Supporting Others
For many people the pandemic will mean the loss of a loved one. Losing someone you love is so utterly sad and distressing. But not be with them when they die and unable to remember them according to cultural norms adds to the personal pain. More than ever we must support people who are grieving.
Grieving in Exceptional Times: Supporting Yourself
Losing someone you love is so utterly sad and distressing but losing someone under Coronavirus circumstances and the restrictions it places on how we grieve adds to the personal pain. It is possible to support yourself during these exceptional times.