What is their role?
The Butterfly volunteers are a group of specially trained people who support dying patients, their families and friends at the end of their life. They offer one to one support, compassionate listening, comfort and companionship, particularly for those patients with few or no visitors.
Each visit is unique. The volunteer will work with the patient and visitors present to determine any needs at that particular time.
The volunteers can help by reading aloud, offering mouth care, or by making a cup of tea and sitting down for a chat. Sometimes, silent company or just holding their hand is all that is needed. The volunteer can liaise with the ward staff if they feel that the patient has any additional needs.