The Power of Compassion for Inclusion: 3 bitesized wellbeing workshops designed to help leaders release their potential to make a difference

*Note: You are welcome to attend all three parts of the workshops (Part 1 in January 2022, Part 2 in February 2022 and Part 3 in March 2022)

Delivered virtually via Zoom by Byron Lee

Why compassion?

It has long been known that human beings are social creatures, and we have an innate capacity to care. To care about the most vulnerable and those in need. It is also understandable that in these extraordinary times our personal reservoirs of compassion have become depleted and the need to renew and replenish ourselves has never been more important.

Compassionate Inclusion

‘Indifference, not cruelty, is the opposite of compassion’ -Erich H Loewy

We also know that as people and organisations build their capacity for compassion, they are more attentive to the needs of marginalised and excluded people. They become more inclusive. More engaged. More responsive to the needs of those who experience daily indignities, and whose wellbeing is quietly depleted. Compassion has the power to build our support for others, as well as own resilience.

The workshops (60 minutes plus 30 minutes optional group discussion):

These interactive virtual workshops offer those attending a chance to explore and learn about everyday ways to bring compassionate practice to life with the option of spending time with peers to deepen their understanding of ways to apply in their work.

1. Compassionate Self – self-care and resilience

Staying present and maintaining your wellbeing in the face of uncomfortable ‘truths’ and finding your voice and being heard.

2. Compassionate People – collective wellbeing and allyship

Understanding the roots of racism and other forms of discrimination and how to be an active ally in supporting the wellbeing of others

3. Compassionate Cultures – action for change

Spotting and responding to microaggressions and learning how to contribute to building an inclusive culture

Who’s it for?

This session is aimed at leaders from the NHS from across the South West region.

Register your place

To obtain a place, please click on the specific workshop and session you wish to attend below.

By applying, you are agreeing to attend these sessions. If you are unable to attend due to extenuating circumstances please let us know as soon as possible by emailing

*Note: You are welcome to attend all three parts of the workshops (Part 1 in January 2022, Part 2 in February 2022 and Part 3 in March 2022)


For accessibility,  each workshop will run three times during each month of Quarter 4 – please sign up for ONLY ONE session per month.

Compassionate Self

Click here to register for the session on 18th January 2022 at 10.30-12.00PM
Click here to register for the session on 27th January 2022 at 1.30PM-3.00PM
Click here to register for the session on 31st January 2022 at 1.30PM-3.00PM

Compassionate People

Click here to register for the session on 3rd February 2022 at 10.30-12.00PM
Click here to register for the session on 7th February 2022 at 1.30-3.00PM
Click here to register for the session on 18th February 2022 at 10.30-12.00PM

Compassionate Cultures

Click here to register for the session on 4th March 2022 at 1.30PM-3.00PM
Click here to register for the session on 16th March at 10.30PM-12.00PM
Click here to register for the session on 22nd March at 2.30PM-4.00PM

Preparation for the workshops:

A Blog:

What is a compassionate conversation? And can it really make a difference? | Added Value Learning

A couple of Magazine Articles:

How to Stay Empathic without Suffering So Much (
Prevent Burnout by Making Compassion a Habit

TED talks:

Nonviolent Communication and Self Awareness | Maria Engels | TEDxAllendaleColumbiaSchool – YouTube
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | TED Talk
Stella Young: I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much | TED Talk
Luvvie Ajayi Jones: Get comfortable with being uncomfortable | TED Talk
Dwinita Mosby Tyler: Want a more just world? Be an unlikely ally | TED Talk

An NHS resource pack on workplace compassion:

Resource Pack

Workshop Facilitator

Byron has a background in health and social care, community and higher education, leadership development; and has spent the past 30 years supporting individuals, teams, communities and organisations build supportive and inclusive practices, systems and cultures. His passion is supporting individuals, teams and organisations weave together different sources of knowledge, wisdom and practice to support collaborative learning and change. His current work involves supporting change agents develop a compassionate and inclusive approach in their work so they can better engage with real world complexity and make a difference.


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Statement of Commitment:

We are committed to creating a learning and working environment which is inclusive of all our participants. The South West Leadership Academy strives to empower under-represented communities. We aim to eliminate any disadvantage based on age, disability, marriage, civil partnership, race, culture, religion or belief, lack of religion or belief, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, maternity or any other minority characteristics. If we can make any adjustments to enable you to access and participate in our event, please email Ms Nora Latapi-Dean, Positive Action Programmes Inclusion Coordinator. We also welcome any general comments on the inclusivity of our events. We will work with you to address your concerns in a respectful, dignified manner.
Please access our Wellbeing and Inclusion Resources for further information on Health and wellbeing resources available to colleagues participating in South West Leadership Academy programmes.

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