Building Caring Communities
Did you know that the effects of social isolation and loneliness in people of all ages can be as detrimental to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day?
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.
Compassionate Neighbours are trained volunteers who are matched with a community member based on their interests and hobbies, offering regular visits, companionship, emotional support and listening ear, helping them to do things they like doing and stay connected to the community as well as family and friends.
Compassionate Neighbours Project Manager, Jeanette Farrow commented:
“We’ve seen a huge impact on the emotional and physical wellbeing of everyone involved with the scheme and have achieved some fantastic results in the project’s first year.
“We encourage you to get out into your community, whether it’s sharing a smile with a neighbour, or a cup of tea with an old friend, every friendly gesture makes a difference.”
Paul a local Compassionate Neighbour 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”.
Can you spare an hour a week to make a real difference or know someone who could benefit from being matched with a Compassionate Neighbour? We’d love to hear from you, please contact email@example.com, call 01462 679540.
Download our Compassionate Neighbours application form here
Could you benefit from this service?
If you live in Stevenage, North Hertfordshire and the surrounding towns and villages of Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, and are living with a life-limiting illness/ frailty and are experiencing loneliness and/or social isolation, you could access support from a Compassionate Neighbour.
Download our referral form here
Referral Forms can be posted to: Compassionate Neighbours Project, Garden House Hospice Care, Gillison Close, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 1QU. Or emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information please contact our friendly Compassionate Neighbours team on 01462 679540