Community Support Toolkits

The Compassionate Community Startup Toolkit

The Compassionate Community Startup Toolkit will equip you with essential information about the Compassionate Community framework and tools to rally people in your community.

It consists of the following:

  • A facilitator guide that provides information on what a Compassionate Community is and shares examples
  • Ready-to-use tools for holding stakeholder meetings
  • Videos on why and how to start a Compassionate Community
  • Ready-to-use PowerPoint presentation slides to share key information on Compassionate Communities

Testimonials from Toolkit Pilots

  • Melissa Hingst
    "Thank you for sending us the Pallium toolkit for compassionate communities. 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 easy and simple to follow directions to make our presentation to the community a success. It had every detail covered in the facilitator’s guide, the easy to follow icons gave the presenter a sense of relief while public speaking as it gave instruction when to pause and even to wait for applause."
    Melissa Hingst
    Licensed Practical Nurse, Drumheller, Alberta
  • Jodi Pereira
    "We would not have been able to launch our event without the toolkit. With neither the resource or funding our decisions to launch was made based on access to and the availability of this framework. So, thank you for allowing us to build on the shoulders of giants."
    Jodi Pereira
    Director of Community Programs, Heart House Hospice, Mississauga, Ontario
  • Andrea Roylance
    “Compassion is always in fashion! I have found that when I mention the Compassionate communities movement that people stop and listen. They are very curious as to what it means and what it is all about. Piloting the movement in our community was such a wonderful experience. The toolkit provided by Pallium was invaluable and provided an outline, an understanding, a process and the tools to invite and engage community partners to learn more. From participants, there was an eagerness and a will to learn, followed by an understanding, inspiration and action.”
    Andrea Roylance
    Manager, Gifts & Gratitude, Matthews House Hospice, Alliston, Ontario
  • Craig Johnson
    “The Compassionate communities 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 bringing the Compassionate communities model to their community."
    Craig Johnson
    Executive Director, Colchester East Hants Hospice Truro, Nova Scotia
  • Isabelle Cruz & Aiman Ali
    “Pallium’s toolkit helped us facilitate a comprehensive community engagement meeting that sparked both staff and student’s interest 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, and I 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