Compassionate Isle of Man

Compassionate Isle of Man is a community approach to transforming societal attitudes and behaviours around loneliness and isolation. Compassionate Isle of Man aims 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. It works on the premise that tackling loneliness, and talking about death and dying is everyone’s business.

Compassionate IOM is also involved in building resilience, promoting well-being, connecting with people and communities, being kind to people and enhancing quality of life.

The team is made up of Wendy (Project lead) and Jeanette (Project co-ordinator) and we're based at Hospice.

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Projects we are involved in include:

A Friend at the End 

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.

Back Home Boxes

These are for people who live alone and are returning home after a period of hospitalization. This box contains essential groceries to enable people to make a hot drink and a sandwich for the first 48 hours of returning home so that they don’t have to worry about going to the shops.  The box also contains a knee blanket, a get well card written by a primary school child, and a kindness token along with information about who to contact for additional support should the person need it.

Compassionate IOM are looking for volunteers to help pack and deliver the boxes to people’s homes.

Café Connect

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.


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