Compassionate Neighbour

Location (various): within your own community, throughout the Boroughs of Bexley and Greenwich.  Some training / group work will be held at the Hospice, 185 Bostall Hill, London, SE2 0GB.

Reports to:               General Manager/Business Development Manager

Commitment:          attend initial ‘training’ and then one hour per week.


Compassionate Neighbours is free, community-led support for anyone who is lonely, at risk of isolation, or nearing the end of life through age or illness. You will help others simply by sharing your time, companionship and support.

Main roles and responsibilities

You might help others by:

  • Visiting them regularly
  • Offering friendship, emotional support and a listening ear
  • Helping them to do the things they like doing
  • Helping them stay connected to the community as well as family and friends

There are other ways of helping the project as a Compassionate Neighbour. You might wish to help by:

  • Supporting training of future Compassionate Neighbours
  • Promoting the project in your community, to help us find new Compassionate Neighbours, as well as people who would benefit from the help of a Compassionate Neighbour
  • Using the skills you have acquired at the training in your everyday life

You will receive regular support to help you in the role:

  • two days of training initially (or equivalent weekend/evenings)
  • further opportunities to learn more and develop your skills at our practice development meetings
  • regular coffee mornings and get-togethers
  • day-to-day support from the Compassionate Neighbours team

 Useful skills and experience

  • Willing to develop a new friendship
  • Being a good communicator
  • Having empathy for others
  • Wanting to make a difference and be part of your local community

Benefits of the volunteer 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
  • 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.

 Other requirements

  • You must be 18 years old or over
  • You will be required to attend an interview to confirm your suitability for this project
  • You must be willing to commit to regular neighbour visits
  • An enhanced Disclosure and Barring application for Vulnerable Adults is required for this role

We have started this project within the Bexley Village and Thamesmead areas initially so are looking for neighbours in these areas in the first instance. If you live in a different area, but are interested in getting involved, please do get in touch to register your interest as we will be training people in communities throughout the Boroughs over the coming months

To become a Compassionate Neighbour, please either:

  • Email us at
  • Send us a message via our Facebook Page: (Compassionate Neighbours in Greenwich & Bexley)
  • Contact the Volunteering Department at Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice on 020 8320 5812

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