Compassionate Neighbours Compassionate Neighbours are local people providing social and emotional support to anyone experiencing loneliness or social isolation by: Visiting regularly for a cup of tea and a chatOffering friendship and a listening earHelping them to do the things they like doingHelping them stay connected to the community as well as family and friends. The effects of social isolation and loneliness in people of all ages can be as detrimental to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and, with around 200,000 older people in the UK not having had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month, Garden House Hospice Care wants to raise awareness and help people connect with their community. Would you like to be a Compassionate Neighbour? Can you spare an hour a week to make a real difference in someone’s life? Complete our application form today. Compassionate Neighbours are trained volunteers who are matched with a member of the community based on their interests and hobbies. Offering regular visits, companionship, emotional support and a listening ear, they help them do the things they like doing and stay connected to their community, family and friends. Would you like a Compassionate Neighbour? If you, or someone you know, are living with a life limiting illness and/or are elderly or frail and experiencing loneliness or social isolation, you could access support from a Compassionate Neighbour. Simply complete the online referral form or get in touch. Training Our training is fun, informal and transformative. Not only will you learn more about the project but you’ll also meet like-minded people and also find out how you can support those people in your local community who would love to meet you. You don’t need any specific skills, qualifications, or experiences to attend, you don’t even need to bring a pen! Just bring yourself and a positive attitude. Upcoming training dates: Tuesday 16th November (9.30am-4pm) and Wednesday 24th November (9.30am-4pm) at The Broadway Hotel in Letchworth. Both sessions will need to be attended. Register your interest to be the first hear about our upcoming Compassionate Neighbour training days. Leave this field blank First Name Last Name Email address Phone Submit Get in touch If you can spare an hour a week to make a real difference in your local community, we’d love to hear from you. Email: email@example.com Phone: 01462 679540 (option 8) This project is kindly funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, Hertfordshire County Council and Stevenage Borough Council.