Supporting Communities by Reducing Isolation 

“Loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health: research shows that lacking social connections is as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day ” – Holt-Lunstad, 2010

logo-commsupportCommunity Supporters is a joint project between Volunteer Centre Hackney and One Hackney and City aiming to reduce social isolation and loneliness amongst vulnerable adults.

Community Supporters volunteers offer a crucial social lifeline and confidence boost to socially isolated Hackney and City residents through one to one weekly visits. 

Community Supporters meet with their client on a weekly or regular basis, act as a listening ear, help build confidence and self-esteem, offer support in identifying and achieving goals and aspirations, and of course have fun!

The visits usually last between 1-2 hours and we encourage volunteers to not only engage in conversation but to find local activities, groups or events and share these experiences together.

We provide full support, supervision and training for all our volunteers. Want to find out more about the role or you happen to know someone who you think could do with some company, email the programme or call our programme managers Gareth Walsh or Nathan McLellan.

Read one of the many success stories of our Community Supporters.
  • I still really enjoy every visit regardless if we make it out or not. B is such a great company. My Thursday visits are now one of my favourite activities of the week
    - Community Supporter Volunteer

  • It’ s a pleasure volunteering with M as she is really keen to improve her life, and I think she is working hard to leave her comfort zone and address her mental health issues. I’ m delighted that the scheme is so well organised as it allows us all to work towards tangible goals. And I’ ve met some lovely people…
    - Jess, Community Supporter Volunteer

NHS City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group


Volunteer Centre Hackney set up the Social Isolation Forum to bring together the various other befriending services in the borough. With representatives from City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group and services including Namaste and Compassionate Neighbours at St Joseph’s, Marie Curie Helpers and Deafplus they meet quarterly to share knowledge, ideas and resources.