Compassionate Neighbours

Compassionate Neighbours is a free community-led project for anyone living with a life-limiting illness and experiencing loneliness or social isolation. Compassionate Neighbours can really make a difference. They are trained to offer their time, companionship and support to people living in their community.

How Compassionate Neighbours can support you or someone you know

If you, or someone you know, would like some extra support, Compassionate Neighbours can:

  • Visit weekly for  a chat, offering companionship and a listening ear
  • Help you, do the things you like doing
  • Help you, or someone you know, stay connected to your friends and the community

This support is provided free of charge.

Could you benefit from this service?
If you live in North London and are living with a life-limiting illness and experiencing loneliness or social isolation, or if you care for someone that fits this criteria, you can access this project.

Could you be a Compassionate Neighbour? 
If you think you’ve got what it takes to take on this very rewarding role, we’d love to hear from you. We run regular training programmes, so get in touch to find out when the next programme is starting. You will be matched with someone, known as your ‘community member’, to visit in your local community, ideally within a walkable distance from where you live or work.

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.

Anything else you need to know

  • You must be 18 years old or over to do this role


The next training sessions will take place on:

Saturday 1 & Saturday 8 December (you need to complete both days) 

Course timings: 10:30 start and 15:30 finish on both days 

Venue: North London Hospice in North Finchley. There is plenty of on-street parking available and it is a ten-minute walk from Woodside tube station (Northern Line). The address is 47 Woodside Avenue, London N12 8TT. There is more detailed information here

Contact on the day: Debbie Usiskin (07961 336325)

When you arrive let the Reception volunteers know that you are attending the Compassionate Neighbours training and they will direct you to the Lecture Room. 

Refreshments: we will provide refreshments and lunch. 

Places are limited and so please confirm your interest by Monday 12 November. Please note that in order to make the best use of our funding, we will need to cancel this course a week in advance if there isn’t sufficient interest.

Can’t make the December dates? We are also running the training on Sunday 13 & Sunday 20 January (same venue). Please email to be added to the participant list.   

To refer to the Compassionate Neighbours Project

To download a Referral Form to access support, please click here

Referral Forms can be posted to: Compassionate Neighbours Project, North London Hospice, 47 Woodside Avenue, London, N12 8TT

Referral Forms can be emailed to:

Contact the Compassionate Neighbours Team at for more information or call 020 8343 8841.

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