Companions

Our companions offer you the opportunity to chat with someone impartial who will listen or just simply be there as a comforting presence. They are there to provide valuable support to you at a time when you may feel distanced from family and friends, especially if they live far away and find it difficult to visit often.

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Who are the companions?
 
Our companions are all volunteers who have completed a comprehensive training programme at the hospice. Their training includes improving listening skills, developing an awareness of how illness affects everyone in different ways and learning how to best advise on the different hospice support that’s available.
 
How can the companions help?
 
If you feel that you need to speak to someone, our hospice companions offer time on a regular basis to visit and listen.
Hospice companions can visit as a one-off, or they can arrange a time convenient to you both. They can also support those closest to you by offering help and guidance, as well as allowing them time to take care of other tasks or errands.

How will I be referred?
Please contact your Hospice Community Nurse Specialist for more information. Or, if you’d prefer, you can email us.
 
‘My [companion] brings the world into my home; it really makes a difference to my week.’