Compassionate Communities


Compassionate communities

“Just having the time to listen and chat, brew me a cuppa and make me laugh. Having patience and understanding – it cheers up my day”

Lending an ear, making a cup of tea, picking up someone’s shopping; during periods of crisis or loss, it’s often the small things that make the biggest difference.

Here at LOROS, it’s a tale we’re often told. We're committed to threading compassion through all that we do, so that everyone who walks through our doors feels safe and supported.

After seeing just what a difference compassion can make here on the frontline at LOROS, we want everyone to be able to access similar support. In partnership with Market Harborough and the Bowden’s Charity, we’re calling on the people of Market Harborough to help us create the first ‘Compassionate Community’ in the East Midlands.

What is a Compassionate Community?

A Compassionate Community complements the work of professional healthcare services to provide support to those who are seriously ill, ageing, acting as caregivers and those experiencing loss. They have been successfully set up in areas across the country, including the city of Plymouth, and Frome in Somerset.

Compassionate Communities recognise the role each member of society has to play in looking out for one another, whether that be providing support to someone facing terminal illness, picking up a neighbour’s prescription, or simply asking a stranger if they’re ok.

How do I get involved?

We hope to see as many Market Harborough residents as possible getting involved so that, together, we can work to prevent isolation, loneliness and ensure everyone in the town has access to support.

LOROS will be offering free training to members of the community to create a network of ‘Compassionate Friends’ and ‘Compassionate Neighbours’ who will form the basis of the Compassionate Community.

A Compassionate Friend is a member of the community who makes a pledge to make a conscious effort to support others in their local area.

If you are a business or a school looking to get involved, we would love to work with you! Get in touch at

LOROS, Groby Road, Leicester LE3 9QE