Jason and Dave’s Story

Jason's Compassionate Neighbour, Dave, visits him every week and have developed a lovely friendship. Read their story and learn how you can access our service.

Jason and Dave’s Story

Spending quality time together

After losing his wife, Jason has found support through the Compassionate Neighbour programme and has since developed a special bond with volunteer, Dave.

Jason, says:

“Having Dave as a Compassionate Neighbour has been great for me. We get on really well and it’s just like having a friend visit. I still drive and can get out independently but it’s nice to be able to do that with Dave so he can support me with my mobility. I’ve just had a hip operation so I’ve been a bit less mobile than usual and it has been good to have Dave’s company each week while I recover.

“I’d recommend Compassionate Neighbours to anybody. It’s such a lovely way to meet someone new and it’s great to have that appointment in your diary each week if you’re feeling isolated.”

Dave says:

“I love supporting Jason each week. He has mobility issues so I can support him with getting out of the house. We often go to the supermarket together or we tend to jobs around his house.

“Being a Compassionate Neighbour is all about doing things with your community member, not for them. So I don’t do DIY for Jason, we do things together.

“I really enjoy our afternoons together each week. Jason has led such an interesting life that there’s always a new tale to hear or a fact about him that I didn’t know. Jason’s big love is cars and he’s very knowledgeable about them. We can talk for hours about cars and he also enjoys showing me his own beloved car.

“Jason and I meet on a different day each week. I work part time but my working pattern isn’t fixed. So we just get in touch each week and arrange a day that works for both of us, between my work and Jason’s medical appointments. That’s something I really like about being a Compassionate Neighbour, it’s very flexible. You can meet any day of the week that works for you – whether that’s a weekday or weekend – and arrange it to suit you both.”

In December this year, Dave treated Jason, to a Christmas lights taxi tour of London’s West End! After a turkey lunch at a Baker Street pub, Dave took Jason on a tour of Marylebone, Mayfair and Soho, including the lights of Bond Street. What a great way to mark the festive season together!