This time of slowing down and coming together is not so readily available in many of our lives. The table is central to the ethos of Compassionate Accompaniment. It represents the importance of coming together to share conversation, questions, ideas and to feel that we not alone. Whether we are experiencing grief, loss, exhaustion, chronic illness, cancer, dying...we are connected and can find love and support. The time we have together at the table after a session is a crucial part of healing and support.
Compassionate companion sessions and Share Our Table Gatherings help to restore a sense of belonging and connection in ourselves and our communities. When we began to grow we needed some financial support to help reduce running costs. So in spring 2019 we applied to Firstport for funding to be able to offer more of these gatherings. We were awarded the funding! By July 2019 Compassionate Accompaniment became a registered CIC (Community Interest Company) we are so grateful to Firstport for their ongoing support. All donations and proceeds help us to continue offering some of our services for free.
We are growing and have now held Compassionate Companion sessions and Share Our Table Gatherings in Stirling, Glasgow, West Lothian, and Edinburgh and online. Our focus going forward in 2020 is to find a permanent home in Edinburgh for Compassionate Accompaniment CIC. We are excited about what we can do together with communities throughout Scotland and looking forward to what unfolds.