Volunteer role

Compassionate Neighbours is free, community-led support for people living with a serious, long-term or terminal illness in your local area.  Compassionate Neighbours helps unlock people’s compassion and purpose, building stronger connected communities introducing local people based on their shared likes, interests and experiences

Why we need your help

People living with a serious, long-term or terminal illness often struggle with loneliness and could do with some 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 who are coping with serious illness.

What time should you offer?

Flexible around your schedule, ideally we’d like roughly 1 – 2 hours per week but you will decide this with your community member and will be matched accordingly.

There are also two days of initial training and ongoing monthly Practice Development Meetings, of which we encourage all of our Neighbours to attend at least 5 per year.

Where will you be based?

You will be matched with someone, known as your community member, to visit in their own home in your local community, ideally close to where you live or work.

The project will run within the Maidstone, Tonbridge and Malling areas so this is where we will be recruiting Neighbours.

What activities will you be involved in as part of this volunteer role?

  • Offering companionship, emotional support and a listening ear
  • Providing practical support, such as making a cup of tea
  • Helping your community member to stay connected to their friends and the community
  • Directing your community member to important support services to help them get through this difficult time

What you can gain from volunteering in this 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

Training and support provided

  • We offer 2 days of training initially
  • Further training opportunities at our practice development meetings
  • Weekly coffee mornings and social events
  • Other training and workshops on offer at the hospice
  • Day to day support from the Compassionate Neighbours lead

What we are looking for

  • Willing to develop a new friendship
  • Good communicator including being an active listener
  • Has empathy for others and is non judgmental
  • Respects diversity and others’ opinions even if they don’t agree
  • Wants to make a difference in their local community
  • At all times to behave in a manner befitting the role and the professional dignity of the Hospice and ensure that the Hospice is positively represented to the public and other stakeholders
  • To preserve confidentiality of information acquired by virtue of the role

Anything else you need to know

  • You must be 18 years old or over to do this role.
  • You’ll need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and provide two references.

To apply please fill in the volunteer application form below

Visit this page for more information about the Compassionate Neighbours project

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