Gloucester and the “Compassionate Cities Initiative”
On Monday 24th September 2018 we explored the world wide Compassionate Cities Initiative and The Charter for Compassion, at our regular Bring and Share Supper.
We were delighted that local Councillor Said Handsdot joined us and opened the evening with encouraging words and lighting our peace candle. He asked us to keep in touch with any initiatives that might arise from this exploration.
SAID HANDSDOT: City Councillor for Barton & Tredworth Shadow Cabinet Member for Environment, Said has been a Councillor in the Barton and Tredworth ward of the City since 2010. He has been the Sheriff & Deputy Mayor of Gloucester twice.
Said says: “My ward is the most diverse community in Gloucester and I have lived here all my life. I am proud to be part of such a wonderful and vibrant community and it is an honour to represent you as a local Councillor.”
The Charter for Compassion (CfC) is a global movement that transcends religious, ideological and national differences, founded by Karen Armstrong, which works closely with 400 cities in over 50 countries to facilitate compassionate communities..
“I think the Compassionate Cities and Communities programme could help us to break down the divisions in our polarized world… A compassionate city is an uncomfortable city! A city that is uncomfortable when anyone is homeless or hungry. Uncomfortable if every child isn’t loved and given rich opportunities to grow and thrive. Uncomfortable when as a community we don’t treat our neighbours as we would wish to be treated.”
– Karen Armstrong, Founder of the global movement, The Charter for Compassion