Laura Sharman 16 March 2022

Birmingham becomes the UK’s first Compassionate City

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Birmingham has been crowned the UK's first Compassionate City for the way it supports people who are grieving, living with a serious illness and caregivers.

The Compassionate City title has been given for the way Birmingham City Council and partners support those going through a difficult time.

This includes an annual event to normalise issues of death and loss, and its commitment to Compassionate Community Connectors.

Accredited by Compassionate Communities UK, it aims to put kindness at the heart of health and care strategies in all parts of society.

Cllr John Cotton, the council's cabinet member for social inclusion, community safety and equalities, said: 'Our commitment to the Compassionate City Charter is a great way to recognise the kindness and compassion across our communities and build on work that’s already taken place and ensure all of our services, schools, employers and citizens can feel confident supporting people living with a serious illness or who are grieving.'

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