Compassionate Neighbours

Compassionate Neighbours is a volunteer-led project, working to help tackle loneliness and social isolation amongst local people who are living with a life-limiting illness, or who are experiencing frailty due to older age.
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What is the Compassionate Neighbours project?

The Compassionate Neighbours project at St Clare Hospice aims to help tackle loneliness in West Essex and East Hertfordshire, through connecting local people who are socially isolated due to living with a life-limiting illness with Neighbour volunteers. The project aims to build supportive connections and genuine friendships within local communities, by ‘matching’ people together based on common interests, lifestyles and experiences.

Could Compassionate Neighbours help you?

Do you have a life-limiting illness? Are you struggling with your mobility? Do you want to feel connected to your community?

The Compassionate Neighbours project can connect you with a local, like-minded person, with whom you can build a genuine friendship. Your Compassionate Neighbour will visit, call and spend time with you regularly.

If you live in West Essex or East Hertfordshire, are living with a life-limiting illness or experiencing frailty due to older age, Compassionate Neighbours could help you to feel more social and connected with your community.

Find your Compassionate Neighbour

If you’d like to access support from Compassionate Neighbours, please fill in a referral form for yourself, and post or email it back to us.

Please click here to download the Compassionate Neighbours referral form

Return your form by post to: Compassionate Neighbours Project, St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood Road, Hastingwood, Essex, CM17 9JX

Email your form to us at:

If you are a local health or social care professional, friend or relative to someone you know who could benefit from the Compassionate Neighbours project, you are welcome to make a referral on their behalf with their permission.

Volunteer with the Compassionate Neighbours project

Carolyn Johnson, Compassionate Neighbour, on the phone
Carolyn, a Compassionate Neighbour at St Clare

Do you have an hour a week to catch up with someone in your community? Do you want to support someone who is isolated? Would you like to build friendships and feel part of a team?

Volunteering as a Compassionate Neighbour is rewarding role in which you will build genuine friendships with local people who are socially isolated. The friendships you make will feel genuine, and you’ll be making a big difference to local people who feel lonely due to their illness.

Join our team

If you’d like to be a Compassionate Neighbour at St Clare Hospice, please fill in the form below to leave us your details.

Your journey as a Compassionate Neighbours volunteer

Our Compassionate Neighbours Training Programme is mandatory for everybody who would like to become a Neighbour within the project. This relaxed and informal training covers everything from the wider initiative of reducing social isolation and loneliness in the local community; to how your role as a Compassionate Neighbour can help to achieve this. We will offer guidance and support in developing your skills and knowledge to help you carry out the role with confidence.

Training dates

Our next training courses are taking place on:

  • Monday 17th and 24th January 2022
  • Saturday 22nd and 29th January 2022
  • Monday 21st and 28th February 2022
  • Saturday 26th Feb and 5th March 2022

At the end of the course, you can decide whether you would like to be matched with a community member, or simply take all your new knowledge and skills out into your own local community on a day to day basis. Please fill in the form above to take part.

Get in touch

Our Compassionate Neighbours team (L-R: Amy and Joy).
Our Compassionate Neighbours team (L-R: Amy and Joy).

If you’d like to speak with a member of the St Clare Hospice team about Compassionate Neighbours, please feel free to get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

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