Compassionate Neighbours was inspired by the concept of Compassionate Communities. It was introduced to the hospice around 10 years ago to replicate a similar programme in Kerala, India, known as the Palliative Care Network. It is underpinned by public health principles, to promote and protect health and well-being through the organised efforts of society, emphasising the collective responsibility of society and community.
- visiting regularly
- offering friendship, emotional support and a listening ear
- helping them to do the things they like doing
- helping them stay connected to the community as well as family and friends
They may also become ambassadors, coaches, peer evaluators and the movers and shakers of the Compassionate Neighbour movement.
If you would like to become a Compassionate Neighbour or refer yourself or someone you know to be matched with a compassionate neighbour please click check our ‘where’ section. If we cover your area we will provide contact details.
Compassionate Neighbours are the key stakeholders in the project, it belongs to them and they are guiding the project and how it develops.
Hospices receive referrals for people in the community who would like a Compassionate Neighbour who are then matched with someone who shares similar interests.
Compassionate Neighbours are the key stakeholders but the project belongs to everyone who is involved; community members and professionals working in the hospices and beyond who jointly shape and guide the project and link with other local projects.
We are keen that the project grows and develops as a social movement, connecting with individuals and communities who have traditionally not accessed hospice services because of barriers of language, culture or lifestyle.