Compassionate Bunbury Charter

Project Overview

With the support of the Department of Health, the South West Compassionate Communities Network partnered with the City of Bunbury to develop a Compassionate Bunbury Charter to facilitate Compassionate Community discussions and actions in response to illness, death, dying and grief within the Bunbury region.

This Charter recognises local government, individuals, families, neighbourhoods, workplaces, schools, community, faith based, voluntary and other organisations and services can all play a part in talking about death, dying and illness and providing compassionate support throughout ill health, during death and in bereavement.

The Charter represents our best hope for Bunbury becoming a Compassionate Community and therefore a Compassionate City. It is accompanied by a Toolkit which outlines practical actions we can undertake individually and collectively.

We consulted widely over an eight month period. What people shared along the way, and a review of what other Compassionate Communities around the world have done, has informed the development of the Charter and Toolkit.

In June, 2023 the City of Bunbury endorsed the Charter and offered to be the custodian, or holder of the Charter, on behalf of the community.

We are now asking individuals, families, groups, workplaces and community organisations to grow compassion in Bunbury by making a pledge to undertake compassionate act(s) over the next 6 months in support of the Charter.

Compassionate Bunbury Charter & Toolkit Launch!

4 August 4-5pm Function Room City of Bunbury 4 Stephen Street, Bunbury

Information Session on the Compassionate Connectors program

Information Session on the Compassionate Connectors program to be held in Busselton Monday, 21 August 2023 9am-1pm Busselton Hospice Care 5 Craig St, Busselton Morning tea and light lunch provided

Are you a member of a workplace leadership team?

Join us in exploring how we can build compassionate workplaces across the South West of Western Australia. 17 July 2023 11am - 2.45pm Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry 15 Stirling St, BUNBURY

A Compassionate Community takes an active role in caring for people, assists people to live comfortably in their homes, connects people to supports, raises awareness about end-of-life issues, and builds supportive networks in the community. Listen to Professor Kellehear talk about what it means to be a Compassionate Community (video top right).

The South West Compassionate Communities Network (SWCCN) was formed in 2018 in response to Professor Kellehear’s call to action and has been supporting community conversations and actions since including establishing the Compassionate Connectors Program. The City of Bunbury has been an active supporter of the SWCCN and has sponsored several community forums about death, dying and bereavement over the past four years.  The SWCCN is pleased to have partnered with the City of Bunbury in developing the Compassionate Bunbury Charter.

The work of the SWCCN directly aligns with Council’s vision of building a 'Compassionate and Connected Bunbury', a commitment made by Council after supporting SWCCN in hosting the Statewide Forum: Let’s Build a Compassionate and Connected WA in Bunbury in 2021.