As the New Year begins, there’s no better time to develop your skills and find new ways to support others in our local community.

The Compassionate Neighbours project at St Clare Hospice is appealing for volunteers to come forward in an attempt to end social isolation throughout West Essex and East Herts, amongst those coming to the end of their lives or living with a life-limiting illness.

The programme matches volunteers to members of the community who are experiencing loneliness as a result of healthcare needs, often related to barriers such as not being able to get out of the house or a lack of confidence. Volunteers then meet up with their match on a weekly basis as part of a mutually-beneficial friendship.

Becoming a Compassionate Neighbour involves enrolling on a two-day training course to learn more about the project, and how to make the most from the role. There are training sessions taking place in January 2022, on Monday 17th and 24th January and Saturday 22nd and 29th January; people will need to attend one day one session (Monday 17th and Saturday 22nd and then one Day two session Monday 24th and Saturday 29th) in order to complete the training.

If you’d like to speak with a member of the St Clare Hospice team about the Compassionate Neighbours project, and to book a place on the forthcoming training, please email:

For more information about the Compassionate Neighbours project, visit:

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