Tuesday 11 December 2018

Garden House Tackles Loneliness and Social Isolation This Christmas

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We celebrated Christmas early at The Cloisters last Wednesday, inviting all Community Members and Compassionate Neighbours to an afternoon of entertainment and good old fashioned festive fun, with performances by professional singers, saxophonists and a very jolly sing along of popular Christmas carols.

WATCH THE COMPASSIONATE NEIGHBOURS CHRISTMAS VIDEO HERE

Compassionate Neighbours Project Manager, Jeanette Farrow commented:

“As 2018 draws to a close, we’re reflecting back on the incredible year we’ve had. Our Compassionate Neighbours project launched 9 months ago with the aim of tackling social isolation and loneliness in our community.

“The success of this social movement to date has been amazing, with 160 referrals to the service, 77 people trained as Compassionate Neighbours and 70 successful matches of Compassionate Neighbours and Community Members since February 2018.

We’ve seen a huge impact on the emotional and physical wellbeing of individuals. Not only have great friendships been made, they’ll be 70 people less lonely this Christmas!”

Compassionate Neighbours is a network of trained volunteers who offer their time and support to people living in their local area. They offer friendship and a listening ear, and help them to continue to do the things they enjoy. We carefully match the Compassionate Neighbours with members of the community, so that they are suited to each other based on their interests and hobbies.

If you can spare a few hours a week, you can make a real difference. For more information about the Compassionate Neighbours Project please contact Jeanette Farrow on 01462 679540, email Jeanette.farrow@ghhospicecare.org.uk or click here.