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:

Thursday 26 & Friday 27 September – Living Under One Sun Community Hub and Cafe (5 mins from Tottenham Hail)

Saturday 19 and Saturday 26 October – North London Hospice, Finchley

Friday 6 and Friday 13 December – North London Hospice, Winchmore Hill

*You must complete both days training.

Course timings: 10:30 – 16:00


North London Hospice in North Finchley. You will find more detailed information here

North London Hospice in Winchmore Hill: You will find more detailed information here

Living Under One Sun Community Hub and Cafe: You will find more detailed information here

Contact on the day: Debbie Usiskin

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

Refreshments: we will provide refreshments and lunch. 

Places are limited and so please confirm your interest at two weeks before the training date. 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.

We run training throughout the year, 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 6806.

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