Could you spare an hour a week to help someone who is lonely?


Could you spare an hour a week to help someone who is lonely?


With around 200,000 older people in the UK not having had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month, Martlets hopes to raise awareness and help people connect in our community.

What are Compassionate Neighbours?

Compassionate neighbours are trained volunteers offering friendship and a listening ear to anyone living in their community who is lonely, at risk of isolation and has been touched by end of life issues. 

Due to the pandemic, now more than ever, it is a particularly important to support people who may be more at risk of becoming isolated. As a Compassionate Neighbour, you’ll be providing much-needed social and emotional support to someone near you helping them stay connected to their community.


How does it work?

After full online training, you’ll be matched with someone  based on shared likes, interests and experiences.

You’ll get regular support to help you develop your skills and confidence.

All training and ongoing mentoring is provided online and free of charge, we only ask that you have the time – around an 30 minutes a week – and the compassion.

As a Compassionate Neighbour you might:

  • Offer friendship, emotional support and a listening ear
  • Help people stay connected to the community as well as family and friends

Areas we cover

Compassionate Neighbours will be matched with Martlets patients and carers in the following areas:

  • Brighton and Hove
  • Portslade
  • Rottingdean
  • Woodingdean
  • Saltdean
  • Peacehaven 
  • Newhaven

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.

Phone calls usually take place once a week at a day and time that suits you.

You would need to be able to:

  • Attend one of the online training courses over two dates listed below
  • Ideally be able to commit to regular calls of a minimum of 30 minutes per week to someone local to you
  • Attend a monthly catch up and development meeting at least four times per year

Please note that we will carry out a relevant DBS check and you must be willing to give up your time on a regular basis.

If you're interested in becoming a Compassionate Neighbour, you can register and choose from our upcoming online training dates by completing the form below.

If you would like more information, please contact the Compassionate Neighbours lead, Hilary Mackenzie

email:, telephone: 01273 273400.


Register your interest