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 include taking a patient out in your own vehicle, perhaps to a local café or getting 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 palliative care principles, moving and handling, lone worker training, supervision, boundaries, data protection, confidentiality, and safeguarding. 


  • A willingness to learn 
  • Friendly, reliable and a good listener
  • Come with an open mind; accept people and respect their differences
  • Some understanding of care giving and end of life
  • Able to empathise with your patient whilst maintaining good boundaries
  • Be able to adapt and meet the needs of your patients.


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