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What is Compassion [Part two – Warm]


Reported by Mat

Published on Monday, April 8th, 2024

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Blogs Reports

What is Compassion [Part two – Warm]


Written by Mat

Published on Monday, April 8th, 2024

Support and Relationships

Compassion, not merely a benevolent gesture, but an affirmation of shared existence.  

A compassionate approach extends beyond the material to the ethereal; it encompasses the acknowledgment of every individual’s dignity. Simple acts of kindness – a warm conversation, a shared meal – can serve as beacons of humanity in a desolate urban landscape. 

Compassion is the skeleton key unlocking the manacles of homelessness and marginalisation. 

By recognising the shared humanity within every person experiencing homelessness and advocating for systemic metamorphosis, we work towards a society that prioritises understanding over condemnation. The call for compassion is not a mere moral prerogative; it is a collective obligation to forge a world where every individual, irrespective of circumstance, is treated with dignity and offered the prospect of a future. 

Written by Mat


Mat came to Groundswell in 2018 after several years as a volunteer for the Pavement Magazine where he is now Deputy Editor. Part of his role at the Pavement was to help deliver ‘From the Ground Up’, a partnership between the Pavement and Groundswell that taught core journalism skills to people with lived experience of homelessness. As a Project Officer he continues to develop his one on one interview skills and runs focus groups all over the country. Mat’s involved in all parts of the research process, helping to produce: research frameworks; the foundation questions for semi-structured qualitative interviews and focus groups,; the content of quantitative surveys and data analysis. He also has experience of speaking at conferences, working on grant applications, podcast production and as a consultant for film production.

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