Butterfly Volunteers

We will be running a Butterfly Volunteers information stand at the Main Entrance of MKUH on 27 September 2022 from 1100 – 1500hrs. There will be another outside the Eaglestone Restaurant from 1100 – 1500hrs on 29 September.

We believe that no one should die alone and we have partnered with the Anne Robson Trust to introduce Butterfly Volunteers.

Butterfly Volunteers provide company and support to hospital patients in the last days and hours of their lives providing emotional support, companionship and friendship to patients and families. We know that if a patient is feeling agitated or isolated, just having someone with them can make a difference. Holding a hand, reading, playing a favourite song or just being still will help – a patient being surrounded by love during the final days and hours of life is our aim through the Butterfly Volunteer programme.

The biggest gift a Butterfly Volunteer can give is their time to:

  • To read, listen to music, or simply sit quietly
  • Support family or friends who are struggling
  • Give respite to family or friends when they need a break
  • Simply sit and listen
  • Be an advocate for the patient and liaise with nursing staff as appropriate
  • Ensure that nursing staff know that their patients are not alone

If you are non-judgemental, compassionate and have confident communication skills then this role will be hugely rewarding. You will be empowered to make someone that is dying feel special and give comfort at a time of need. Families and friends will value your ability to give peace and reassurance at a difficult time. MKUH is a forward thinking, friendly place to be and our volunteers are valued members of the team.

As a valued member of the team, you will receive excellent training through a Trust induction, e-learning and specialist end of life training in conjunction with the Anne Robson Trust. You will have access to support through a dedicated co-ordinator and be part of a special end-of-life team where your welfare matters to us.

You will need to be over 18, available for two shifts per month, able to commit to six months and go through a vetting process.

If you would like to find out more, please contact the team directly [email protected]