Compassionate Neighbours is free community-led support for ‘community members’ who are people living with or caring for a person with a serious, long-term or terminal illness in your local area.
Why we need your help
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 volunteers who are willing to offer their time, companionship and support to people living in their community who are coping with serious illness.
What time should you offer?
Flexible around your schedule, ideally we’d like roughly 1 – 2 hours per week but you will decide this with your ‘community member’ and will be matched accordingly.
We hold weekly drop in coffee mornings and monthly Practice Development Meetings, which we encourage all of our Neighbours to attend as many as possible.
What activities will you be involved in as part of this volunteer role?
- Offering friendship and a listening ear by having a regular chat, maybe over a cup of tea
- Helping your community members to stay connected to friends and the community
- Supporting your community member to continue to do the things they like doing e.g. going to the cinema or for a walk.
Where will you be based?
You will be matched with someone, known as your ‘community member’, to visit in your local community, ideally within a walkable distance from where you live or work.
We have started this project within the Crystal Palace area initially so are looking for neighbours in this area in the first instance. If you live in a different area, but are interested in getting involved, please do get in touch to register your interest.
What you can gain from volunteering in this role
- Make a difference to people in the community who may be isolated due to long term/terminal health conditions
- Meet new people and make new friends
- Connect with and help others to connect with their local community
- 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 end of life.
Training and support provided
- We offer two days of training initially
- Further training opportunities at our practice development meetings
- Additional dementia training if you’re matched with someone with dementia
- Weekly coffee mornings – find out more here
- Other training and workshops on offer at the hospice
- Day to day support from the Compassionate Neighbours lead.
What we are looking for
- Willing to develop a new friendship
- Good communicator including being an active listener
- Has empathy for others and is non-judgmental
- Respects diversity and others’ opinions even if they don’t agree
- Wants to make a difference in their local community
- Willingness to represent St Christopher’s and our values positively.
Anything else you need to know
- You must be 18 years old or over to do this role
- You will need to complete a DBS check and provide two references.
Please download the files below
Download Compassionate Neighbour role description (docx)
Download volunteer application form (docx)