Community Companions

St Barnabas Hospices

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Community Companions offer befriending, sitting, or practical support to our patients and carers in their own homes, 2 hours per week. It could also include taking a patient out in your own vehicle, perhaps to a local café or to get some light shopping. This help is to encourage and support independent living which in turn leads to increased well-being. 

This is an opportunity to be part of a team but you must be able to work independently.

We will provide you with full training covering – the principles of palliative care, moving and handling, lone worker training, supervision, boundaries, data protection, confidentiality and safeguarding. 

Initial training is 2 full days and then you will also be invited to attend regular peer support meetings (at least twice a year), six monthly reviews and in-house training as required. 


  • A willingness to learn (some of these skills you will already have and some may require training which we will provide)
  • Excellent communication and listening skills
  • Reliable and good time-keeping
  • Physically able to carry out allocated tasks
  • Ability to be non-judgemental and accept people as individuals and respect their differences
  • An insight into palliative care
  • Ability to empathise with the patient whilst maintaining good boundaries
  • Demonstrate well-developed coping strategies
  • Flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the patients.


  1. Providing befriending to a socially isolated person so the role is extremely rewarding
  2. Meeting new people - patients and fellow Companions
  3. Travel expenses paid.

Practical Considerations

Opportunities across Arun, Adur and Worthing

When do I need to be available?

Details Week days morning or afternoon
Morning Afternoon Evening

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Appropriate for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BME, Women only)
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Support on Offer
  • Training