By getting in touch with the Compassionate Neighbours project, you will have the opportunity to build a genuine friendship with a Compassionate Neighbour, a local person near you, who will visit and call you regularly. All our Compassionate Neighbours are trained and registered with the Hospice and have an enhanced DBS (police) check.
Your Compassionate Neighbour will be ‘matched’ to you based on shared likes, experiences and interests. Together, you’ll both benefit from a listening ear and emotional support as friends. Plus, they will help you to stay connected with your local community. The service is completely free of charge and will give you the opportunity to attend regular social events if you’d like, or just have a friendly cuppa with a like-minded person every week.
Please note that our Compassionate Neighbours are currently working remotely due to Covid-19. They can still offer a regular, friendly contact of your choice by telephone, videocall, email, letter or text.
If you, or someone you know would like to be connected with a Compassionate Neighbour, please make a referral to the Compassionate Neighbour project by contacting Jennie Steer, Compassionate Neighbours Community Engagement Lead on Tel: 01622 792200 ext 240 or email CN@hokh.co.uk
If you are a local health or social care professional, friend or relative to someone you know who could benefit from the Compassionate Neighbours project, you can make a referral on their behalf with their permission.
If you would like to join our Hospice team of Compassionate Neighbours and live in Maidstone, Tonbridge and Malling and surrounding towns and villages and have an hour a week to offer social and emotional support click here.
Compassionate Neighbours was developed by St Joseph's Hospice. We are delighted to be able to launch the project thanks to the generosity of CSIS Charity Fund and Hospice UK, Maidstone Borough Council, The Polebrook Fund, Kent Community Foundation and Golding Vision (part of Golding Homes).