With patients/families

Compassionate Neighbours volunteers

Could you befriend someone in your local community?

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With our community engagement team

Likely hours


Compassionate Neighbours provide social and emotional support and companionship to people who are experiencing loneliness or social isolation as a result of living with a life-limiting illness or bereavement. 

After training Compassionate Neighbours are matched with people based on location, interests and character, with the aim of creating genuine, mutually-beneficial friendships. 

Compassionate Neighbours can help others by: 

  • visiting regularly for a chat, offering friendship and a listening ear 
  • attending one of our Compassionate Support Hub/Compassionate Cafés 
  • helping them stay connected to the community 
  • visiting local places (such as a café, garden centre or shops) 
  • sharing an activity or hobby 

The areas we particular need Compassionate Neighbours are:-

  • Watford (Central & North Watford)
  • Hertsmere (Potters Bar & Bushey)
  • Three Rivers (South Oxhey, Rickmansworth, Chorleywood)
  • St Albans (Central St Albans & Harpenden)
  • Dacorum (Hemel Hempstead & Tring)

Our training days run from 9.30am to 4.30pm and the next dates are:

  • Friday 8th December at Peace Hospice, Watford
  • Friday 26th January at Grove House, St Albans
  • Thursday 7th March at Peace Hospice, Watford
  • Friday 19th April at Grove House, St Albans
  • Thursday 30th May at Peace Hospice, Watford