Compassionate communities

We want to build on the compassionate culture of Market Harborough by giving people the tools to lend support to one another in times of need.


Compassion does not mean pity
Compassion goes a long way
You might be the one offering a kind word or gesture today
While someone else might show you the way

-Ana Monar

To do this, we need your help! There are currently two ways that you can help us create a Compassionate Community in Market Harborough and Little and Great Bowden:

How you can make a difference

Become a Compassionate Friend

A Compassionate Friend is a member of the community who makes a pledge to make a conscious effort to support others in their local area. All you need to do to be a Compassionate Friend is attend one of our Compassionate Friends Awareness Sessions and make a pledge, stating how you will use your skills and the LOROS Compassionate friend laws.

LOROS Compassionate Friends Laws

If you are interested in becoming a Compassionate friend and attending one of our awareness sessions or are a local community group who would like to host a session, please contact Dan Smeeton on 0116…………. Or email

Become a Compassionate Neighbour

Compassionate Neighbours are trained volunteers who provide support to patients and their families in the local area for a few hours each week. Whether it’s keeping a patient company whilst their carer takes a break, taking them out for tea and cake, Compassionate Neighbours provide valuable emotional and practical support for patients, their carers and loved ones. We offer full training and ongoing support for our Compassionate Neighbours. If you have 3-4 hours a week to spare, we’d love to hear from you. Interested? Please contact ………………………………………………..