Compassionate Neighbours in South East London

Compassionate Neighbours is free community-led support for anyone living with chronic or terminal illness experiencing loneliness or social isolation in the Crystal Palace area.

Compassionate Neighbours are a network of trained volunteers who are willing to offer their time, companionship and support to people living in their community.

Compassionate Neighbours can support people experiencing social isolation by:

  • offering them friendship and a listening ear by having a regular chat and a cup of tea
  • helping them to stay connected to friends and the community
  • directing them to important support services to help them get through a difficult time

All support is provided free of charge.

Compassionate Neighbours is being delivered by St Christopher’s Hospice with support from Christ Church Gipsy Hill and Hope for Home. The Compassionate Neighbours project was initiated by St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney and has been running successfully from 2014. St Christopher’s is the first of 7 London hospices to adopt the project.

Could you be a Compassionate Neighbour?

If you think you’ve got what it takes to take on this very rewarding role, we’d love to hear from you. We run regular training programmes for volunteers, so get in touch to find out when the next programme is starting. We match Compassionate Neighbours with people in their local community, within walking distance, so if you’d like to apply for this role you’ll need to live within walking distance of Crystal Palace.

Please note that you must be over 18 to volunteer for this service. We will carry out an informal interview to check your eligibility for the project and a relevant DBS check. You must be willing to give up your time on a regular basis, but the day and time can be flexible.

Apply here to be a Compassionate Neighbour

Could you benefit from having a Compassionate Neighbour?

If you live in the Crystal Palace area and are living with or caring for a person with a serious, long-term or terminal illness, or a person who is frail and/or isolated, Compassionate Neighbours might be able to help.

If you could benefit from having a Compassionate Neighbour and think you are eligible please contact Steph Turner, Community Participation Lead, on 07867 556472 or email