Compassionate Neighbour Volunteer

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People living with a life-limiting or terminal illness often struggle with loneliness and social isolation. Compassionate Neighbours can really make a difference and offer some extra support. They are a network of trained volunteers who offer their time, companionship and a listening ear to people living in their community who are coping with illness or old age.

You will be assigned a 'Community Member' who you would visit on a weekly basis. You would meet on a social and emotional basis, have a chat and a cup of tea or even go out together to help that person access the local community.

What skills do I need?

The skills / experience / personal qualities you will need:

• Listening skills.

• Confident to meet with a community member and to start a relationship that will develop in time..

• Able to apply the key skills outlined in our training to your Compassionate Neighbour relationship.

• Reliable - ensuring you stick to your mutually agreed meet times.

• Able to retain confidentiality of personal information, and able to recognise when you would need pass on information to others - for instance if someone was at risk of harm.

You will need to be over 18 to become a Compassionate Neighbour.


  • Accessibility
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    When agreed in advance
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 21/02/2018

End Date: 31/12/2019

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Availability Details

This opportunity is flexible. 1. Initially you will need to attend a training programme that will cover all aspects of being a Compassionate Neighbour. This training is around 12 hours in total and may be delivered over 2 days or split into smaller se

Posted for
St Clare Hospice

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  • Older People


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