In 2009 we introduced ‘Companion Sitters’; trained volunteers that support patients who are feeling isolated or experiencing acute distress. Our volunteers will go along to the patients’ homes, nursing homes, or sit with them in Weston Hospicecare’s Day Hospice or In-patient unit.

As with all our services, it’s up to a patient to decide where they would like to be visited and how they would like to spend their time with our Companion Sitters. Whether it’s enjoying a conversation and a cup of tea, talking through the morning’s newspapers, or simply taking comfort in the reassuring presence of our volunteers if they don’t want to be alone. The service is designed to give patients company, show them kindness and that we care.

The service provides a vital additional level of support as part of the Hospice’s wider care services.

Everyone thinks that I am an inspiration but the Hospice is an inspiration to me.

Emma HurleyPatient

Our Companion Sitters leaflet has more information about this free service. Download it now.