Compassionate Culture Networks at Irish Hospice Foundation
How do we build a Republic of Care?
Since September 2021 we have been developing a Compassionate Culture Network across Ireland where artist-facilitators and support workers invited local communities to explore loss and grief.
The aim was to explore how creativity helps establish places where people can talk openly about loss. Each linked to local supporters, such as bereavement networks, HSE, families and friends, with projects building from local circumstances and opportunity.
With thanks to additional funding from Rethink Ireland’s Impact Fund for Munster, the National Lottery and The Creative Ireland Programme, we were able to develop a second round of networks in Munster and North Dublin that brought learning from the first round and have helped us to understand the value of these programmes and ingredients for their success.
Visit the region / county / city page to learn more. See “Munster” to access our initial research and independent external evaluation report.
Networks around Ireland 2023
Axis Ballymun in North Dublin are facilitating an awarding-winning safe space for brave and creative conversations about grief and loss. Aptly entitled ‘Deadly Conversation’ it takes place on the last Wednesday of every month from 1:30pm.
Four safe spaces were facilitated for people to have open and creative chats about loss, gently exploring how compassion connects, and share some 'deadly conversation', were made available in Limerick, Mallow, Bantry and Cahirciveen.
Networks around Ireland 2021 - 2022
Musicians Sadhbh O’Sullivan and Sharon Murphy of Embrace Music led a weekly group at the Arts & Culture Centre in McAuley Place, Naas, Co Kildare. Together they gently explored loss through creative journaling, music, movement and conversation.
Jenny Macdonald and Jennifer Webster of SoloSIRENS used theatrical techniques to facilitate physical explorations of loss with an intergenerational, intercultural collective of local women at The Civic Theatre in Tallaght, Dublin 24.
Johnny Gogan will be developing the programme around the Glens Centre in Manorhamilton