About us

Staff at 2019 AGM
From left, Office Manager, Chair of the BOT and CEO at the 2019 AGM

Friends at the End (SCIO) works to increase public knowledge about end of life choices and supports people to die with dignity.

We provide comfort and support to those suffering distress towards the end of their lives. Our team can also assist with documentation including Advance Directives, Advance Care Statements, and Powers of Attorney.

Our long term aim is to see the passing of assisted dying legislation in Scotland. Until this happens we will work to ensure everyone has a good death within the current law.

Other Friends at the End activities

  • Host knowledge-sharing events about end of life issues.
  • Support legal cases on assisted dying taken forward by individuals.
  • Provide legal advice on assisted dying legislation, including assisting with the preparation of two parliamentary bills in Scotland.
  • Invest in academic research to increase knowledge and awareness of end of life choices.
  • Facilitate local support and campaigning groups for assisted dying legislation. (Want to get involved? Become a member.)
  • Work with partnership organisations in the third, private and public sectors who support end of life care.
  • Our CEO Amanda Ward is recognised as the expert on Scots Law on Assisted Dying.

We formed as a voluntary society in 2000 and received charitable status in 2018. As a registered charity in Scotland (SC048875), you can access a copy of our annual accounts at Friends at the End SCIO Report and Accounts 2021.

Our consultation responses

Members of the Assisted Dying Coalition

Friends at the End regularly generates consultation responses based on the views of our wide-ranging membership. Consultation documents are then submitted to a range of sources, including the Scottish and UK Government, Committees of the Scottish and UK Parliaments or other parties who can influence policy, such as the Law Commission.

“The act of dying is one of the acts of life.”
– Marcus Aureliius


You can find out more about assisted dying by reading our frequently asked questions here.