More and more end of life care is delivered outside hospices and hospitals by family, friends and volunteers. It's a demanding job, but we can help with special courses and training, just for you.

Compassionate Neighbours

Most of us care. But when it comes to supporting someone in our community who is approaching the end of life, we often don’t know how best to help.

Compassionate Neighbours is an exciting new social movement that encourages people to support friends, neighbours or even strangers in their community at the end of their lives. We’re helping to nurture compassionate communities by offering free training to individuals or groups who would like to reach out to people in their community.

The training covers the following areas.

  • Compassion
  • Active listening and effective communication
  • Grief and loss
  • Networks and relationships
  • Safeguarding
  • Boundaries
  • What to do if you are concerned, including hospice policies and procedures
  • Challenging conversations
  • Cultural differences
  • A good death
  • Supporting wheelchair users
  • Self-care

The training can be offered at a location that suits you over two full days, four half days, or six shorter sessions. For more information about this opportunity please take a look at our volunteering roles.


Other courses

Below are some examples of other courses we offer. See our prospectus for more details.

  • SAGE & THYME (a mnemonic-based course to help you support someone who is in distress)
  • Introduction to palliative care for all
  • Helping children and young people before and after death