The Abhayaratna Trust have launched a Local Care Network project which aims to help the Order develop more explicit and organised frameworks of care and support for Order members who need it, including accessing financial assistance and other services. The Network will also reinforce the existing culture of care in the Triratna Buddhist community, and create a framework to support Order members for generations to come.
The vision is that Local Care Network Coordinators Groups will form around Triratna Buddhist Centres to give guidance and assistance with the backing of the Abhayaratna Trust, and local experts and resources such as Age UK and Citizens Advice. Each Local Care Group will be able to make use of a special software package (Compass), developed by Age UK and the NHS (National Health Service, UK), to guide a care needs assessment and produce a care and support plan for individuals.
The first stage of the project is to implement a pilot scheme, initially at one or two UK Buddhist centres, before rolling out the project more widely, including in other countries. The pilot phase of the project will start in February and last for a year.
Contact Mahasraddhha, the Director of the Abhayaratna Trust if you are interested in being involved or would like more information: mahasraddha [at] abhayaratnatrust.org.uk
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