Lancaster St John’s Hospice launches Neighbours Network

One of the Neighbours network's volunteers at Lancaster St John's Hospice.

One of the Neighbours network's volunteers at Lancaster St John's Hospice.

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A new project has been launched by Lancaster St John’s Hospice to help relieve the strain on the health service.

The Neighbours Network, a volunteer run project, is designed to give practical help or companionship to a person living with a life limiting condition within their own home.

For the wrong reasons people might go to the doctors and dial 999, this project allows us to come together like neighbours

Sue McGraw

The Slyne Road hospice is looking for more volunteers to join the network which has secured 12 months of funding.

Sue McGraw, chief executive at the hospice said: “The project helps people who are feeling isolated or can’t do their gardening any more which is their pride and joy, simple things like walking the dog.

“The littlest of things when we are poorly are the things that stress you the most sometimes.

“For the wrong reasons people might go to the doctors and dial 999, this project allows us to come together like neighbours and watch out for people in the community who are a little bit under the weather.”

The project will include training volunteers to the right members of the community who need the care.

Sue said: “It is hard for people to let someone into your home so it is the fact that neighbours can come round it is something people trust.”

Lisa John, neighbours network coordinator, said: “We try and match volunteers with the clients needs and hobbies. You have to be 18 years-old to volunteer and you will need to do three days of training. We need to get as many volunteers as we can.”

If you would like to volunteer for the project or find out more information call 01524 382538 or email neighbours.network@sjhospice.org.uk