Compassionate Community Startup Toolkit

The Compassionate Community Startup Toolkit equips you with essential information, resources, and templates to launch a Compassionate Community and rally people in your community to provide important physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and practical support to patients facing life-limiting illnesses and their families and caregivers.

If you are looking to create a more supportive environment in your community, neighbourhood, school, workplace, faith community, or social club for those experiencing serious illness, death, caregiving, and grief, then this Startup Toolkit is for you.

The Startup Toolkit includes:

  • Presentation tools and presenter’s guide
  • Speaking notes
  • Templates
  • Community engagement activities
  • Discussion questions
  • Videos

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“Thank you for creating the Compassionate Community Startup Toolkit. Our small working group was interested in the whole notion of Compassionate Communities and had no idea where to even begin. The Toolkit gave us a step-by-step guide to get us started with simple directions to make our presentation to the community a success. It had every detail covered in the facilitator’s guide such as easy-to-follow icons that gave the presenter a sense of relief while speaking publicly as it provided instruction on when to pause and when to wait for applause.”

– Melissa Hingst, Licensed Practical Nurse, Drumheller, Alberta

“We would not have been able to launch our event without the Compassionate Community Startup Toolkit. With neither the resources nor funding, our decision to launch a Compassionate Community was made based on access to, and the availability of, this free Toolkit. So, thank you for allowing us to build on the shoulders of giants.”

–  Jodi Pereira, Director of Community Programs, Heart House Hospice, Mississauga, Ontario

“Compassion is always in fashion! I have found that when I mention the Compassionate Community movement, people stop and listen. They are very curious to learn what it means and what it is all about. Piloting the movement in our community was such a wonderful experience. The Compassionate Community Startup Toolkit provided by Pallium was invaluable and gave an outline, an understanding, a process, and the tools to invite and engage community partners to learn more. From participants, there was an eagerness to learn, followed by inspiration to take action.”

– Andrea Roylance, Manager, Gifts & Gratitude, Matthews House Hospice, Alliston, Ontario

“The Compassionate Community Startup Toolkit effectively launched our organization’s efforts to build a Compassionate Community by providing a helpful framework within which we could begin a conversation with community stakeholders. The Toolkit was user-friendly, informative, and well designed. In giving the presentation, I found the Toolkit to be appropriately adaptable and helpful in facilitating dialogue around local issues. I highly recommend the Toolkit as a starting point for anyone interested in bringing the Compassionate Community model to their community.”

– Craig Johnson, Executive Director, Colchester East Hants Hospice Truro, Nova Scotia

“Pallium’s Compassionate Community Startup Toolkit helped us facilitate a comprehensive community engagement meeting that sparked interest from both staff and students in pursuing the idea of Brock becoming the first official Compassionate University. This Toolkit provides both concrete information about Compassionate Communities as well as flexibility to tailor the meeting to our Brock community. We think this combination allowed our community to fall in love with the idea of Compassionate Brock.”

– Isabelle Cruz & Aiman Ali Compassionate Brock Co-Leads, Ontario University