Barnsley Hospital are seeking volunteers to take on the rewarding role of End of Life Companion.

The role of the End of Life Companion is to provide comfort and support to patients, their families or carers at their time of need.

It is not always possible for relatives or carers to be with patients when they are in hospital and sometimes patients may not have any close friends or family at all.

End of Life Companions step in when relatives, friends or carers are unable to. Their role includes sitting with patients at the end of their life, providing companionship, listening to their needs, showing understanding and compassion and communicating concerns about the patient to the ward nursing team.

End of Life Companions may also be called upon to help family or carers during in the difficult time as their loved one comes to the end of their life.

Diane Wake, Chief Executive at Barnsley Hospital, said: “We are calling for people to volunteer for this challenging yet very rewarding role. The role of End of Life Companion is a new voluntary position that we are introducing to the Trust.

“The End of Life Companions will provide a very important service to patients and their families when they are at their most vulnerable. They do not provide any medical or nursing care but do provide valuable companionship and comfort at a very difficult time.”

To find out more information, or to apply, please contact Voluntary Services on 01226 434979 or email

Please note, due to overwhelming support from our community we are no longer actively recruiting for End of Life Companions.

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5 responses to “Barnsley Hospital seeks volunteers for special role”

  1. Beverley sian Deakin says:

    I have worked in Palliative care for 15 years and am retired in the last year and would be happy to help in any way I can,

  2. Sharon Robinson says:

    think this is a huge step forward and in my opinion it is very important. The nursing staff on the wards are just so busy and cannot feed and ensure their patients get a drink. A volunteer can do this – feed patients and get fluids down them. I don’t think it is necessarily end of life. Some patients cannot feed themselves and give themselves drink but will get better if they are helped and encouraged. End of life care is very important too

  3. Wendy Lavender says:

    Hi, I have been a nurse at Barnsley Hospice for 16yrs, 14 yrs as a senior staff nurse and 2 yrs as a bank nurse since retiring in 2014.I would be interested to know how this role will work as I have still got commitments and not sure how much time I would be able to commit to.