Compassionate Neighbours

Compassionate Neighbours is an award winning, free community-led project for anyone living with a chronic, long-term or terminal illness, or who is 85+ and experiencing loneliness or social isolation. Compassionate Neighbours operates in East London.

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New website

We're delighted to announce that Compassionate Neighbours have just launched their brand new website.
Please view all their tremendous work here:  

Make a real difference to your community
People living with a serious, long-term or terminal illness 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.

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 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 Practice Development Meeting at least four times per year

Please note that you must be over 18 to volunteer for this service. We will carry out a relevant DBS check and you must be willing to give up your time on a regular basis.

Click here to apply to be a Compassionate Neighbour

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. All training is held at St Joseph's Hospice, 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:

Type Dates Times
WEEKDAY 2 full days Tuesday 13th & Wednesday 14th February 2018 09:30 - 17:30
WEEKEND 2 full days Saturday 24th March & Saturday 7th April 2018 09:30 - 17:30
WEEKDAY 4 half days Tuesday 17th - Friday 20th April 2018 09:30 - 14:30
WEEKDAY 2 full days Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th May 2018 09:30 - 17:30
WEEKDAY 4 half days Tuesday 19th - Friday 22nd June 2018 09:30 - 14:30
WEEKDAY 2 full days Thursday 13th & Friday 14th September 2018 09:30 - 17:30
WEEKEND 2 full days Saturday 13th & Saturday 20th October 2018 09:30 - 17:30
WEEKDAY 4 half days Tuesday 20th - Friday 23rd November 2018 09:30 - 14:30


Find out more
Please contact Joy at St Joseph’s Hospice. Tel: 020 8525 3206 Email:

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. 

Click here to apply to be a Compassionate Neighbour

We would like to hear from you