Loneliness Awareness Week: Garden House Hospice launches Compassionate Neighbours film

PUBLISHED: 12:02 16 June 2019

Paul volunteered as a compassionate neighbour and was introduced to Alan. Picture: Garden House Hospice Care

Paul volunteered as a compassionate neighbour and was introduced to Alan. Picture: Garden House Hospice Care

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Garden House Hospice Care is set to mark Loneliness Awareness Week with the launch of a new film introducing people to its Compassionate Neighbours project.

The community-led scheme - which began in February 2018 - aims to tackle social isolation and loneliness in Stevenage, North Herts, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Compassionate Neighbours Project Manager, Jeanette Farrow said: "We've seen a huge impact on the emotional and physical wellbeing of everyone involved with the scheme and have achieved some fantastic results in the project's first year.

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"This Loneliness Week, we encourage you to get out into your community, whether it's sharing a smile with a neighbour, or a cup of tea with an old friend, every friendly gesture makes a difference."

Compassionate Neighbours are trained volunteers who are matched to local people in their society needing help with isolation - this is based on their interests and hobbies.

Loneliness Awareness Week - which runs from June 17 until June 21 - is now in its third year, after being set up by the Marmalade Trust in 2017.

To get involved with Compassionate Neighbours, email Jeanette.farrow@ghhospicecare.org.uk or call 01462 679540.

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