The aim is to alleviate the suffering caused by loneliness for people experiencing advanced illness through companionship provided by volunteers.


    We offer support and company by means of trained volunteers. Our programme promotes and builds a community support network in which different agents interact.

    This community network is made up of:

    • Coordinating organisations. These promote and ensure the implementation and quality of the programme in a particular region by interacting with all the involved institutions and working to make them more dynamic.

    • Caregiving organisations. Examples of caregiving organisations include hospitals, nursing homes, community health and social centres, health centres and social services. They ensure that comprehensive care is provided to recipients for their well-being. To this end, they are responsible for identifying people in situations of loneliness and their needs, prescribing volunteer support and companionship, reporting on their evolution and monitoring their well-being.

    • Volunteering organisations. These are responsible for recruiting and training volunteers to provide companionship to people in need. Volunteering organisations support volunteers in their daily work through training and monitoring programmes, thus guaranteeing the quality of the company that is provided.

    • Wider community. These are the other organisations, institutions and people that help to raise social awareness about loneliness as well as helping to identify possible situations in which the programme could be of help.

    Support and companionship is free and provided in person or online, adapting to the needs of each person and situation.

    The initiative was launched in 2016 and has not stopped growing. More than 18,000 people already receive support from a team made up of over 800 volunteers together with more than 150 caregiving organisations and over 60 volunteering organisations. We want to continue providing support and company to all those in need, because we believe that having companionship at the end of life is everyone’s right.


    Wherever it is necessary for people to feel better and receive support, whether at their home, in nursing homes, at hospitals, etc.


    • They offer emotional support.

    • They accompany the person and make interpersonal exchange possible.

    • They facilitate socialisation.

    • They provide companionship, help with tasks and support them in activities of daily living (ADL) for which a professional is not required, such as accompanying them to medical appointments, going on walks, etc.

    • Take part in hobbies with them and encourage other recreational, intellectual and cultural activities, among others.


    The programme currently consists of 13 networks spread across seven autonomous communities.

    Moreover, the autonomous communities of Madrid, Catalonia, the Basque Country and Andalusia have more than one support network.

    • Andalusia

      • Cádiz - Spanish Red Cross

      • Seville - Centro de Humanización de la Salud (Centre for the Humanisation of Health). Religiosos Camilos

    • Canary Islands

      • Tenerife - Spanish Red Cross

    • Castile and Leon

      • Salamanca - ACPD (Association for the Development of Palliative Care and Pain Management of Castile and Leon)

    • Catalonia

      • Barcelona - Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu

      • Granollers - Red Cross

      • Sant Boi - Grup Mutuam

    • Ceuta

      • AECC (Spanish Association Against Cancer)

    • Valencia Aut. Community

      • Castellón - Spanish Red Cross

    • Madrid

      • Centre for the Humanisation of Health. Religiosos Camilos

      • San Rafael Hospital

    • Basque Country

      • Santurce - San Juan de Dios Hospital

      • Vitoria - Vivir con voz propia


    • Testimonials from those receiving support

      «They listen to me. I can tell them things that I wouldn’t be able to tell others. They give me social support»
      Programme recipient, 42 years old.

    • Testimonials from volunteers

      «The decision to provide companionship as a volunteer in this project is without a doubt one of the best decisions I have made. It is an enriching experience. I feel full of gratitude and admiration»
      Programme volunteer, 43 years old.