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Why we need your help?

The Compassionate Neighbour project was launched in January 2020 to tackle social isolation and loneliness for those living with a life-limiting illness or frailty in Maidstone, Tonbridge and Malling and surrounding towns and villages. 

To meet the needs of the community, so that no one nearing the end of their life through age or illness feels lonely, Heart of Kent Hospice is aiming to recruit and train at least six new volunteers every month.

Could you be a Compassionate Neighbour?

Could you give just 1 -2 hours a week to offer friendship and support to a person in your local community affected by terminal illness or frailty and experiencing loneliness or social isolation?

The project works by matching local people based on shared likes, experiences and interests. Volunteering as a Compassionate Neighbour is a rewarding role in which you build genuine friendships with local people who are socially isolated. We encourage you both to catch-up together, either on the phone or in person, at least once a week.


As a Compassionate Neighbour, you’ll need to be aged 18 and complete an enhanced DBS check. You will be provided with a full training programme. The training courses are informal, interactive and give you the opportunity to explore how to use your compassion and time to help others. Please see our up-to-date list of training dates.

Find out why our volunteers love being Compassionate Neighbours

How to apply

Don’t miss this opportunity to become part of an award-winning network of more than 1,750 Compassionate Neighbours nationwide and do something amazing in your local community!

To find out more about becoming a Compassionate Neighbour volunteer contact 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 Maidstone Borough Council and Kent County Council.

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