Compassionate Neighbours | St Joseph's Hospice

Compassionate Neighbours

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Compassionate Neighbours is a social movement, founded by St Joseph’s Hospice in 2014, to help reduce loneliness and social isolation with the people we work with. Compassionate neighbours are trained volunteers offering friendship and a listening ear to people living in their community, who are at the end of life through age or illness.

So far, we have trained over 320 compassionate neighbours who are empowered to provide support to others in their local community.

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The Training

Our training is informal, fun and inspirational, in fact it's unlike any other training you might have been on! We give you the opportunity to explore how you can use your compassion to help others and give you the confidence to support people in your community. You'll develop skills, meet other like-minded Compassionate Neighbours and, most importantly, have a great time. Training is provided free of charge and includes refreshments and lunch. Once you have completed an application form, we will ask you to sign up to one of the courses below:

WEEKEND 2 full daysSat 11th & Sat 18th May 2019St Joseph's Hospice, Mare Street, E8 4SA09:30 - 17:30
WEEKDAY 4 half daysTue 4th, Tue 11th, Tue 18th & Tue 25th JuneSt Joseph's Hospice, Mare Street, E8 4SA09:30 - 14:30
WEEKDAY 2 full daysWed 24th & Thu 25th July 2019St Joseph's Hospice, Mare Street, E8 4SA09:30 - 17:30

More 2019 dates

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Make a real difference to your community
People living with a serious, long-term or terminal illness, as well as the elderly, often struggle with loneliness and could do with some extra support. Compassionate Neighbours can really make a difference. They are a network of trained people who offer their time, companionship and support to people living in their community who are coping with serious illness or old age.

Compassionate Neighbours help others by:

  • visiting regularly
  • offering friendship, emotional support and a listening ear
  • helping them to do they things they like doing
  • helping them stay connected to the community as well as family and friends

All training and support is provided free of charge.

Find out more: contact the Compassionate Neighbours team: 020 8525 6058 /

Could you be a Compassionate Neighbour?

If you think you’ve got what it takes to take on this very rewarding role we’d love to hear from you. Visits usually take place once a week at a day and time that suits you and can be as simple as having a cup of tea or taking a walk in the park. You would need to be able to:

  • Attend one of the training courses listed below
  • Ideally be able to commit to regular visits of a minimum of one hour per week to someone local to you
  • Attend a monthly Catch Up and Development meeting at least four times per year

Please note that we will carry out a relevant DBS check and you must be willing to give up your time on a regular basis.

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Find out more

Please contact the Compassionate Neighbours team: 020 8525 6058 /

New website

We're delighted to announce that Compassionate Neighbours have just launched their brand new website with details about compassionate neighbours community across London and the South East of England.  

Why not also pop along to one of our coffee mornings? They take place every Thursday from 10am -12pm in the Community Hub at St Joseph's Hospice and all are welcome! These are drop-in social sessions attended by current compassionate neighbours, community members and anyone else interested in the project. We often host workshops and interesting speakers so feel free to stop by and find out what it's all about. No need to book, just stop by. 

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