Companion support

At Sobell House, we believe companionship is crucial for our patients to feel socially connected at what can be an isolating and worrying time. We have a wonderful team of carefully selected, trustworthy volunteer Sobell Companions, who provide support and companionship to our patients, and their carers and families.

What support can a Sobell Companion provide?

Patients have someone to talk to about current or past events, play games or complete legacy work with, or enjoy time together sitting in the garden or meeting at a coffee shop. A Companion can also spend time with a patient so that they are not left alone, which allows peace of mind for family members and enables them to enjoy some respite.

How does the service work?

Our volunteers discuss a convenient time for both parties to schedule their visits in and the length of visits are variable – no two visits are the same.

Companionship is offered both in the community and on our inpatient unit. Companions are able to continue their support when patients have hospital or hospice admissions or are discharged home, which gives the patient and their families/carers continuity of support.

Hear from our patients

“I thoroughly enjoyed having my companion, she helped me through a very difficult time in my life and I will be forever grateful to her.”

“It is always good to hear from my volunteer, every week it gives me someone to talk to outside the family.”