Cornwall global role model

Lucy Purdy

A look back at the progress made since Cornwall became the first county in the world to sign the Charter for Compassion

It has now been more than 18 months since Cornwall became the first county in the world to sign the international Charter for Compassion. Since then, the Compassionate Cornwall Initiative has undergone a name change, becoming Compassionate Cornwall, and has evolved into a grassroots consortium.

Tam Martin Fowles registered Cornwall as a compassionate community in August 2014 and is an ambassador for Compassionate Cornwall. She has been busy developing links with partners – from those in Somerset and Scotland to organisations in South Africa – following a surge of interest in the project.

There are now 45 partner organisations in Cornwall, all modelling compassionate action through their work. Three schools have signed the charter, with others working towards doing so.

“People hearing about it for the first time are often deeply moved to know that there are hubs of activity on every continent across the globe, devoted to creating positive change in our ailing world,” said Fowles.

Photo: Edward Webb

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