The Power of Compassion for Inclusion: 3 workshops designed to help leaders release their potential to make a difference

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Why compassion?

It has long been known that human beings are social creatures, and we have an innate capacity to care. To care about the most vulnerable and those in need. It is also understandable that in these extraordinary times our personal reservoirs of compassion have become depleted and the need to renew and replenish ourselves has never been more important.

Compassionate Inclusion

‘Indifference, not cruelty, is the opposite of compassion’ -Erich H Loewy

We also know that as people and organisations build their capacity for compassion, they are more attentive to the needs of marginalised and excluded people. They become more inclusive. More engaged. More responsive to the needs of those who experience daily indignities, and whose wellbeing is quietly depleted. Compassion has the power to build our support for others, as well as own resilience.

Who’s it for?

This session is aimed at leaders working in systems within the South West region.

Register your place

To obtain a place, please click on the specific workshop you wish to attend below.

When you complete the registration form, please block this session out in your diary. Joining instructions will be sent a week before the workshop.

By applying, you are agreeing to attend these sessions. If you are unable to attend due to extenuating circumstances please let us know as soon as possible by emailing [email protected].

The workshops:

These 90 minute interactive virtual workshops offer those attending a chance to explore and learn about everyday ways to bring compassionate practice to life with the option of spending time with peers to deepen their understanding of ways to apply in their work.

Note: You are welcome to attend any or all workshops, just remember to register for each session.

1. Compassionate Self – self-care and resilience – Thursday 24th November, 13:30-15:00 – FULLY BOOKED. To be notified if spaces become available please complete the Expression of Interest form by clicking here.

Staying present and maintaining your wellbeing in the face of uncomfortable ‘truths’ and finding your voice and being heard.

2. Compassionate People – collective wellbeing and allyship – Tuesday 24th January, 13:30-15:00 – Click here to register

Understanding the roots of racism and other forms of discrimination and how to be an active ally in supporting the wellbeing of others

3. Compassionate Cultures – action for change – Thursday 23rd March, 10:30-12:00 – FULLY BOOKED. To be notified if spaces become available please complete the Expression of Interest form by clicking here.

Spotting and responding to microaggressions and learning how to contribute to building an inclusive culture


When partnering with development providers, a fee is paid for their services. Although this fee is not passed on to you, by registering, you have signed up to a place that somebody else could fill. If you need to cancel, please email [email protected] at your earliest convenience to enable us to offer the space to another colleague.  

Preparation for the workshops:

A Blog:

What is a compassionate conversation? And can it really make a difference? | Added Value Learning

A couple of Magazine Articles:

How to Stay Empathic without Suffering So Much (
Prevent Burnout by Making Compassion a Habit

TED talks:

Nonviolent Communication and Self Awareness | Maria Engels | TEDxAllendaleColumbiaSchool – YouTube
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | TED Talk
Stella Young: I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much | TED Talk
Luvvie Ajayi Jones: Get comfortable with being uncomfortable | TED Talk
Dwinita Mosby Tyler: Want a more just world? Be an unlikely ally | TED Talk

An NHS resource pack on workplace compassion:

Resource Pack

Workshop Facilitator – Byron Lee

Byron has a background in health and social care, community and higher education, leadership development; and has spent the past 30 years supporting individuals, teams, communities and organisations build supportive and inclusive practices, systems and cultures. His passion is supporting individuals, teams and organisations weave together different sources of knowledge, wisdom and practice to support collaborative learning and change. His current work involves supporting change agents develop a compassionate and inclusive approach in their work so they can better engage with real world complexity and make a difference.

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