New Butterfly Volunteer Role at West Middlesex University Hospital

May 3, 2022

We are delighted to have received funding from NHS England and to be working in partnership with the Anne Robinson Trust, to develop a bespoke Butterfly Volunteer role to provide support to our patients who are in the last days and hours of life and those important to them.

This new service will work cohesively with our ward teams, specialist palliative care and Chaplaincy service to enhance the care we provide to those patients who are in the last days and hours of life. The main role of the Butterfly Volunteers will be to offer company and companionship. They will also provide some respite care for those important to our patients.

Jo Taranowski, End of Life Care Volunteer Project Manager, said: “The Butterfly Volunteer role is a new volunteer role at West Middlesex University Hospital, and one which truly aims to improve our end of life patients’ experience. If you think this is something you would be interested in doing, but don’t have any experience, don’t worry it’s not needed– we just need the right people to step forward and volunteer! Training will be provided.

Shauna McCann, Lead Nurse – Palliative and End of Life Care, said “The Butterfly Volunteers will provide an invaluable service to our patients. It will also provide the ward nurses an additional layer of support that they can provide. Being able to offer those important to the patient, a chance to take a break without worrying that their loved one will be alone is a small but vital service”.

If you are friendly, compassionate, supportive, caring, a great listener and comfortable to just sit and be still at times becoming a Butterfly Volunteer may really interest you.  To find out more contact Jo either by email jo.taranowski@nhs.net or call 0208 321 6537