This World Friendship Day, we’re delighted to share the story of Alan and Paul and how Compassionate Neighbours has brought them together.
Alan had not been out of his bungalow for months and relied on his daughter to do his shopping once a week at the weekend. Now Paul, his Compassionate Neighbour, takes him out to the shops and he is able to make his own choices, as well as enjoying time with Paul in the coffee shop.
When speaking about the project, Alan said “The service has helped me a lot. I was sitting in my bungalow doing nothing. Now I have something to look forward to. He’s 100% my Compassionate Neighbour. He takes me shopping and we have coffee together.”
Paul commented “It means the world to me to help someone else who is going through a difficult time and make them feel better about themselves and a whole lot happier.
“The project has helped to change the way I feel about life and I now look at others and see how I can help. It cheers me up. I lost my wife last year and this project has given me a purpose and I know my wife would be proud of me”.
Alan and Paul have found friendship through our Compassionate Neighbours project and are experiencing the positive impact friendships can have both mentally and emotionally.
If you are interested in making a difference and becoming a Compassionate Neighbour
, alternatively, if you know a Community Member who could do with the support offered through this service, please contact Jeanette.Farrow@ghhospicecare.org.uk or call 01462 679540
Together we can make a difference to the lives of those experiencing loneliness and social isolation.