Could you be a Compassionate Neighbour?

Compassionate Neighbours is a social movement which helps to tackle the loneliness and isolation that many people towards the end of life due to age or illness face. Compassionate Neighbours are trained local people who offer their companionship, time, and support to people through 1-to-1 visits or group activities. Through this project we hope that a real life, reciprocal friendships grow which enriches the lives of all involved.

Find out more about the compassionate neighbours project

Compassionate Neighbours can help others by:

  • visiting community members regularly
  • offering friendship, emotional support, and a listening ear
  • helping members stay connected to the local community as well as family and friends
  • using their own skills and interests to create community initiatives and activities

What the role can offer you:

  • a rewarding friendship with someone in your local community
  • the ability to develop new and existing skills and to enhance your understanding of the uniqueness of each person’s journey
  • increased confidence
  • training in communication skills
  • opportunities to be involved in the continuous development of the project
  • on-going learning and training sessions
  • competence in speaking about issues surrounding death, dying and loss
  • a network of other Compassionate Neighbours in your local area

 What we expect from you:

  • A desire to help others
  • A good listener
  • Reliable, trustworthy, and flexible
  • Compassionate and empathic
  • Patient and caring
  • Ability to understand & commit to the boundaries and guidance of the Community Engagement team
  • To be aged 18 or over
  • To have respect for Trinity’s policies – the role will require you to role model Trinity’s policies at all times
  • To be respectful of others regardless of their background – the role will require you to be committed to fairness, respect, equality, diversity, inclusion, and engagement as outlined in Trinity’s FREDIE policy
  • To treat with confidentiality any information which is personal, private, or sensitive – the role may require you to handle sensitive data, such as financial information


To train to be a Compassionate Neighbour, you will need to attend three sessions - two short online sessions and a full-day session at the hospice. The dates of our next Compassionate Neighbours training sessions are:

  • Tuesday 17 October 2023 (7-9pm online), Thursday 19 October 2023 (7-9pm online), Friday 3 November 2023 (11am-4pm at Royal Trinity Hospice SW4 0RN)
  • Tuesday 30 January 2024 (7-9pm online), Thursday 1 February 2024 (7-9pm online), Friday 9 February 2024 (11am-4pm at Royal Trinity Hospice SW4 0RN)

Apply to become a Compassionate Neighbour and book your training

Or, view our other Volunteer roles

If you have any questions about your Compassionate Neighbours application, please get in touch with our Community Engagement team: [email protected] 

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Each appropriate applicant will be asked to attend a short informal interview, which is usually online and lasts about 30 minutes.

If successful, we will then take up two references, complete a DBS check, and you will be invited to attend the Compassionate Neighbours training (a mixture of online and in-person).

We do not want you to be out of pocket through volunteering. We will reimburse reasonable travel expenses where relevant.