This is our community initiative which aims to transform societal attitudes and behaviours around loneliness and isolation and looks to enable and empower patients and their families to help and support one another at times of crisis, increasing health need, death, dying and bereavement.
It recognises the importance of families, friends, neighbours and communities working alongside statutory services and operates on the premise that tackling loneliness, and talking about death and dying is everyone’s business.
Our Compassionate Isle of Man team are focused on building resilience, promoting well-being, connecting with people and communities, being kind to people and enhancing quality of life.
A volunteer programme designed specifically to support people in the last 72 hours of life within a hospital / hospice setting who have no family on the Island. It also affords families respite from caring in the last 72 hours of life.
Compassionate IOM, with support from Hospice, has undertaken to recruit and train volunteers to sit with people in the last 72 hours of life and provide support and companionship to the person at the end of their life.
Volunteers can sit with the patient, hold their hand, read to them, play music or simply just be with a person at this special time.
Volunteers can also provide carers with a short period of respite in these last 72 hours of life by sitting with a person and enabling the carer to freshen up or catch up on some much needed sleep, knowing that there is someone sat with their loved one at all times.
Packed and delivered by the Compassionate Isle of Man team, Back Home Boxes contain essential, non-perishable groceries for individuals who live alone and are returning home following a stay in hospital or Hospice. The idea behind the initiative is to remove the worry or need for the individual having to go to the shop or supermarket within their first few days of returning home.
The initiative is generously supported by the Co-Op, who have provided donation drop off points for non-perishable food in their local stores Island wide.
Local school children from Henry Bloom Noble, Onchan, Jurby, Braddan and Ballacottier schools have shown some incredible compassion with this initiative by helping to design the posters at the food drop off points and engaging with our local community on a number of levels.
The schools have also assisted by creating some of the boxes' contents. Ballacottier School have created beautifully decorated heart-shaped kindness tokens with well-wishes and heart-felt notes of compassion, and Braddan School children made some delightful 'Welcome Home' cards for the recipients. These lovely touches should put a smile on anybody's face, and help spread compassion amongst our wider community, including the younger generation.
The boxes contain a gorgeously cosy, hand-knitted knee blanket to provide added warmth and comfort to the individual when they return home to a potentially cold house. The blankets have been knitted by the local volunteer group 'Knit-and-knatter'.
The following items make a huge difference to someone returning home alone:
We can supply knitting patterns should you wish to knit or crochet a 30 x 30 inch square blanket using chunky wool. Please get in touch by calling the Compassionate Isle of Man team on 01624 647498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A community led social café that aims to get people out of the house and meeting up with others for a coffee, chat and cake. The café has board games, puzzles, newspapers and a really friendly staff team who are looking forward to welcoming people of all ages.