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.

The service, which has been running since 2010, is available wherever you need it, whether that’s at the hospice or in your home (which could include care homes).

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.
Our hospice companions are all ages, male and female, and from different backgrounds with varied experiences. We will try to match you with the best companion for you, and we can put you in touch with them so you can decide together how and when you would like to meet.

‘Being a companion has broadened my life immensely, and I feel fortunate to be able to help people, if only in a small way, face their fears and uncertainties.’

How can the companions help?

If you feel that you need to speak to someone outside of your support circle, 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 either weekly or fortnightly, depending on your particular needs. 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?

If you or someone close to you feels that you would benefit from a hospice companion, speak to your Hospice Community Nurse Specialist, to Day Hospice staff or to your In-Patient Unit (IPU) nurse, who will refer you. Or, if you’d prefer, you can email us.