What is Compassionate Hillingdon?

Compassionate Hillingdon is a collaborative project that provides community support across Hillingdon in a variety of ways.

We are committed to supporting those living with life limiting illness, older people and those suffering from isolation through reciprocal friendships. Friendships are made through a matching between local volunteers and members of our community.

In addition, we seek to:

  • Increase the number of residents benefitting from one-to-one volunteer support
  • Ensure that members of the community have access to appropriate services and that they are able to access the right service at the right time.
  • Support a resilient and responsive community

What is Compassionate Neighbours

Compassionate Hillingdon is part of the ‘Compassionate Neighbours’ movement. Compassionate Neighbour’s was set up by St Joseph’s Hospice. It was inspired by the concept of Compassionate Communities. It was introduced to the hospice around 10 years ago to replicate a similar programme in Kerala, India, known as the Palliative Care Network. It is underpinned by public health principles, to promote and protect health and well-being through the organised efforts of society, emphasising the collective responsibility of society and community.

Different regions across the UK are starting to adopt the Compassionate Neighbours model and tailor it to the needs of the communities they serve. In Hillingdon the project is overseen by the charity H4All and a range of local hospices and charities working in coordination with one another.

How to get involved

If you or someone you know is struggling with day to day activities or loneliness, request a Compassionate Friend to support you. If you are someone willing to volunteer your time and support someone with their needs for a few hours each week, learn how to become a compassionate Friend.

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