Compassionate Neighbours is free, community-led support for people nearing the end of life through age or illness, or who are lonely or socially isolated. People living with serious, long-term or terminal illness often struggle with loneliness and could do with extra support. Compassionate Neighbours can really make a difference. They are a network of trained volunteers who are willing to offer their time, companionship and support to people living in their community. As a family you will support someone locally to you. We are looking for families with children aged 7 and upwards who want to make a real commitment to supporting a person in their local community.

Time commitment • Flexible around your schedule but ideally 2 hours a fortnight with your children committing to at least one visit a month • You are encouraged to attend 4 Compassionate Neighbour development meetings per year • Monthly volunteer support sessions/phone calls. • There will be an interview before the training course to explore the issues this volunteer may raise for you and your family as well as an interview following the training

Tasks and activities • Offer companionship, emotional support and a listening ear • Provide practical support such as making a cup of tea or changing a light bulb • Help people stay connected to their friends, family and the community • Guide and assist people to access services that are likely to be of help to them. • Provide a break for a carer

What will you gain from volunteering in this role?

• Make a difference to people in your local community • Meet new people and make new friends • Benefit from inter-generational volunteering • Learn new skills • Start your volunteering journey as a family • Be part of a wide network of Compassionate Neighbours • Join a growing social movement in your local community, empowering people to care for themselves and to remain independent for as long as possible

Questions to ask yourself • Are you looking for a way, as a family, you can support your local community? • What are your family’s experiences of grief and loss? • Do you feel able to support and make a regular commitment to a person as they approach the end of their life?

Training and support • 2 and a half days of training (compulsory) Excellence In Volunteering & CN role specific training for the adults plus a 2 hour session for the whole family • Training and support at Compassionate Neighbour development meetings • Coffee mornings in the local area and social events • Access to relevant Princess Alice Hospice training • Support from the Compassionate Neighbour Coordinator and fellow members of the Compassionate Neighbour network in your area.

Other Information • You must be 18 years old or over and your children will need to be aged 7 or over • You will be required to complete a DBS check and provide 2 references

What skills do I need?

Skills and personal qualities

• Have a genuine interest in other people and a desire to help • To be a good listener and have good communication skills • Have a non-judgemental attitude and a sensitive, emphatic manner • To be organised, reliable and honest • Respect confidentiality at all times

  • Families and Parenting
  • Health and Hospices
  • Mental Health
  • No Specific Interest
  • Older People
  • Befriending & Buddying
  • No specific activites


When can I volunteer?

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