Media worker for Last Rights, end-of-life planning project

Organisation: Citizens Advice Kensington & Chelsea

Location Kensington and Chelsea, London (Central), W10 5QX
Where the role is based Mainly at the office
Travel limit Zone 1 - 3 or 5 miles, local knowledge valuable.
Application deadline 01 Sep 2017
Opportunity type Ongoing role
Reference number J53598

Opportunity description

The Last Rights project will deliver confidential personal advice to individuals and groups on end-of-life issues such as will-writing, funeral planning, Power of Attorney, organ donation and Advance Care Planning.


The role

Pending a decision on the grant we've applied for, the Last Rights project will be launched in April 2017, initially for one year.  The plan is to work on three levels:

  • To address the fear and stigma around death and dying with a media and publicity campaign about the project and the availability of help with end-of-life planning.
  • To offer workshops on end-of-life planning to existing groups in the community (such as residents & tenants groups and support groups.
  • To offer individual support to people referred from health & social services settings such as the Self-Care scheme and the Coordinate My Care project.

The Media volunteer will work on the first of these aims.  They will need to have good writing skills and experience of using social media to raise awareness as well as producing clear and succinct articles for publication in local newsletters. Writing training materials and guidance in Plain English would also be useful experience. 

Required skills

  • Social media marketing
  • Copywriting / journalism
  • Public relations
  • Project management
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Research
  • Mentoring / coaching
  • Social care / counselling
  • Teaching / education
  • Training

Person description

This role would suit someone with experience in PR or Media, or someone with good networking skills who has an understanding of the issues around financial planning and/or end-of-life matters.  


You will have:

  • A strong sense of justice
  • An understanding of key current social issues and their impact on CAB clients.
  • Design / IT skills
  • ability to analyse complex information.
  • ability to work on own initiative, within given guidelines.
  • desire to continue learning.
  • At least 6 months’ availability, one day a week minimum


Personal skills that will be necessary:

  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal
  • An interest in end-of-life issues and feeling at ease with delicate issues
  • Experience and skills in multi-disciplinary work.


If you are interested, please contact us via the Reach Volunteering website and we can discuss and arrange a visit.

What impact the opportunity will have

The project aims to ensure local residents know there is help available for end-of-life planning, which is the most frequent reason for avoiding the issue.  This alleviates anxiety and promotes people's wishes being met by service providers in a crisis, as well as avoiding uncertainty and disputes among family and friends.

This role will involve promoting our service and encouraging people to make suitable plans.  

The assistance offered will include:

  •  will writing
  •  appointing Power of Attorney
  •  planning an affordable funerals
  •  Advance Care Planning
  •  organ and tissue donation 

What’s in it for the volunteer?

If you have good 'people skills' and are interested in end-of-life issues, this is a great opportunity to work and develop skills in an important and innovative service.  It should be fulfilling, stimulating and satisfying.   The project will have to evaluate its impact, so you will take part in measuring your achievements to demonstrate the project's value..

You will receive training and support and help us create a ground-breaking new service.

Time commitment

Mostly during office hours

At least one day a week (or 2 half-days), preferably Tues-Thursday, for at least 6 months.

Other details

Additional application instructions

We will follow up references and apply for DBS clearance on your behalf.