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Opportunity details

Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Croydon and Bromley
Weekly
1-2 hours per week

How to apply

Book your training online for on one of the upcoming courses listed in the "Upcoming Courses" section on this page

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  • I just find Anna the most amazing person. We were some of the first people to be matched in this area. Every day on the news you hear how they’ve just knocked the resources for professionals so it’s up to us as a community to help each other.

    Judy, Compassionate Neighbour

    Compassionate Neighbours in south east London

    Providing social and emotional support to people living with or caring for someone with a life limiting illness or those experiencing loneliness and social isolation

    Why we need your help

    Compassionate Neighbours in South East London

    Compassionate Neighbours is a social movement to help reduce loneliness and social isolation with the people we work with. It was developed at St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney in 2013 and is now growing across hospices in London and the South East of England.

    St Christopher’s has been running Compassionate Neighbours in South East London since October 2017. So far, we have a network of nearly 100 trained compassionate neighbours who are empowered to provide support to others in their local community.

    Compassionate Neighbours provide social and emotional support to people around them living with or caring for someone with a life limiting illness or those experiencing loneliness and social isolation through regular social connection.

    Compassionate Neighbours help others by:

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

    We have Compassionate Neighbours who have been connected through the project as well as Neighbours who have joined the network as they’re already doing something similar in their community. We hold monthly catch ups for Neighbours to help support each other and other social events to keep in touch.

    Watch our video on Compassionate Neighbours

     

    How to get involved

    We offer two days of free training facilitated by St Christopher’s for anyone interested in the project and can match people to others around them facing serious illness or isolation based on their shared interests, experiences and geography.

    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.

    If you would like to be matched with someone through Compassionate Neighbours, you’ll need to complete a DBS check and provide character references. If you want to be involved, the next step is to book onto one of our training courses.

    Upcoming courses

    You will need to attend both days for the courses listed below

    September

    24 and 25 September
    VENUE:
    Day 1: Age UK Croydon, Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath
    Day 2: St Christopher’s Hospice Sydenham Site
    TIME:
    Day 1: 9.30am to 4pm
    Day 2: 9am to 5pm

    Book online

    October

    25 and 26 October
    VENUE:
    Day 1: Ewart Community Hall, 44 Wastdale Road, Forest Hill
    Day 2: St Christopher’s Hospice, Sydenham Site (Dame Cicely Saunders Room)
    TIME: 9am to 5pm

    Book online

    November

    15 and 29 November
    VENUE:
    Day 1: Gipsy Hill Christ Church
    Day 2: St Christopher’s Hospice, Sydenham Site Education Centre (Lecture Theatre)
    TIME: 10am to 5pm

    Book online

    December

    10 and 12 December
    VENUE:
    Day 1: St Christopher’s Hospice, Orpington Site (Room S11)
    Day 2: St Christopher’s Hospice, Sydenham Site Education Centre (Lecture Theatre)
    TIME: 10am to 5pm

    Book online

     

    Compassionate Neighbours

    How to apply

    Book your training online for on one of the upcoming courses listed in the "Upcoming Courses" section on this page

    More information

    The Compassionate Neighbours Team

    0208 768 4619 or 07867 556472

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