Compassionate Neighbour

Compassionate Neighbours is free community-led support for Community Members living with or caring for a person with a long term, life limiting or terminal illness, or people who are older and socially isolated.

Why we need your help

Compassionate Neighbours are a network of people who are willing to offer their time, companionship and support to people living in their local area.


What time should you offer?

Flexible around your schedule, we will ask you to be in contact with your Community Member regularly, and you can decide together what works well for you both. The relationship with your community member can last as long as you both want it to.


There are also regular meetings for Compassionate Neighbours, and we encourage that you attend at least four per year.

Where will you be based?

You will be matched with a Community Member, to visit in their home or to meet together in your local community.


What activities will you be involved in as part of this volunteer role?

  • Offering companionship, emotional support and a listening ear
  • Helping your community member to stay connected to their friends and the community
  • Directing your community member to important support services
  • Building a relationship with your community member
  • Providing practical support, such as making a cup of tea

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 through relationships with other Compassionate Neighbours as well as the community member you are matched with
  • 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

  • Online training sessions
  • Learning and development sessions for all Compassionate Neighbours
  • Meetings for Compassionate Neighbours online and in person where possible
  • 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
  • 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 over 16 years old
  • Do let us know if you are under 18 as we have a Youth Compassionate Neighbours which you can be part of!
  • There is a short settling in period to see if the role is right for you
  • After the training you will need to complete a DBS check and provide two references
  •  Having a criminal conviction will not necessarily prevent you from volunteering
  • with us. We assess each situation on an individual basis


  • At St Christopher’s we believe that no volunteer should be out of pocket

because of their volunteering. The reimbursement of reasonable out of pocket

expenses incurred whilst volunteering will help ensure volunteering is

accessible to all. All expenses to be reclaimed should be agreed with the

manager/supervisor or the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator in advance.







Equality and diversity

St Christopher’s recognises the qualities and strengths that a diverse group of volunteers brings to the organisation and we therefore particularly welcome

applications from our underrepresented groups from within the local communities

and from a range of different cultures and backgrounds.