Compassionate neighbours

Our Compassionate Neighbours scheme helps support people living with life-limiting illnesses stay connected to their community to reduce loneliness and isolation.

Compassionate Neighbours can really make a difference. They are trained to offer their time, companionship and support to people living in their community.  

Our personalised ‘menu of support’ includes: one to one support with a trained volunteer; a variety of wellbeing groups and social activities; a respite sitting service; time-limited transition support e.g. supporting those discharged from the Hospice and those who have been bereaved; support for young people as they progress into 18+ palliative adult services. Support is provided free of charge. 

To find out how to get help and support from Compassionate Neighbours, read our Compassionate Neighbours leaflet .  

If you are a health or social care professional and would like to refer someone to Compassionate Neighbours, please fill in this referral formand email it to the Compassionate Neighbours Team at compassionate.neighbours@nhs.net  

You might also like to read our Compassionate Neighbours Leaflet April 2021

Could you support someone in your community?  

We are always looking for more volunteers to join our Compassionate Neighbours network and the first step is to join our training course. It focuses on building your skills and confidence so you can help people with a life-limiting illness stay connected to their community and avoid loneliness and isolation. You’ll also hear from Compassionate Neighbours and their experiences to get a flavour of the variety of ways you can get involved.  

After the training you can decide to go on to be matched with someone locally – or support one of our groups – through shared interests and hobbies in the hope that genuine friendships will form. 

Compassionate Neighbours do things like: 

  • Visit weekly for a cup of tea and a chat 
  • Offer friendship and a listening ear 
  • Support one of our groups to make sure people feel welcomed and included  
  • Help people to do the things they like doing
  • Help people to stay connected to friends, family and the community 

What you can gain from volunteering in this role:  

  • Make a difference to people in the community who may be isolated due to life-limiting health conditions 
  • Meet new people and make new friends 
  • Learn new skills and have opportunities for further development 
  • Be part of a wider network of Compassionate Neighbours 

Join a growing social movement in your local community, empowering people at coming towards the end of life. 

No experience is necessary and the role is flexible, fitting easily around your other commitments. 

Note: You must be 18 years old or over to do this role.  

What our Compassionate Neighbours say: 

“It gives you an amazing feeling of being able to help someone in your neighbourhood.” 

“I learn something new every time we meet.” 

“If you are able to give your time to become a Compassionate Neighbour, you will get just as much out of it as the person you are supporting.” 

Training 

We offer regular training, you can register your interest and find out more about Compassionate Neighbours by filling in this shortapplication formand we will invite you to a training course.  

Training dates in 2022 

We offer training every three months online and in person once again. 

Autumn 2022 (in person at North London Hospice, Winchmore Hill N21 3AY)  

Tuesday 20 September 10:00-14:30 and Wednesday 21 September 10:00-14:30 (both dates) 

Winter 2022 (online via Zoom)  

  • Wednesday 23 November 11:00-13:00 
  • Thursday 24 November 11:00-13:00 
  • Monday 28 November 11:00-13:00 
  • Tuesday 29 November 11:00-13:00 

The course is made up of all four of these sessions.  

Contact the Compassionate Neighbours Team at compassionate.neighbours@nhs.netor call 020 8343 6806 for more information or complete the short application form. 

Watch our short videos about the benefits of being a Compassionate Neighbour and how Compassionate Neighbours support our local community: 

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