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Heart of Kent Hospice Compassionate Neighbours project

We are delighted to join the growing number of hospices throughout the UK who are launching Compassionate Neighbours projects to reduce loneliness and social isolation among people living with a terminal illness.

Compassionate Neighbours is a free, community-led, social movement offering friendship and support for anyone who is lonely, at risk of isolation, and nearing the end of their life through age or illness.

The project works by matching local people in need with a member of their community who wishes to offer their companionship. Matching is based on their shared likes, interests and experiences.

We believe that people living with a long-term health condition or terminal illness can often struggle with loneliness and isolation and this negatively affects their physical and emotional wellbeing and can even reduce the time they have left.

At Heart of Kent Hospice we are committed to helping people with life-limiting illnesses stay as well and independent as they can for as long as they are able. 

Every single Compassionate Neighbour who volunteers their time helps tackle loneliness by:

  • regularly visiting their matched community member
  • offering companionship and emotional support
  • helping their matched community member do the things they like doing
  • helping them to stay part of the community and keep in touch with their family and friends

If you have any questions, please speak to Jennie Steer our Compassionate Neighbours Community Engagement Lead on Tel: 01622 792200 ext 240 or email CN@hokh.co.uk 

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).

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