What can you do?
Ways to get involved can be done in a variety of different ways. For example, to help campaigning and policy activities, to develop personal stories speaking from personal experience and participating in external events. Below are some ways that you can get involved and help take our work forward.
Become a member of Friends at the End
Membership includes lots of great benefits, and there’s several different membership options available. If you wish to discuss membership options, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
We would love to have you onboard as a volunteer. Our volunteers have experience and expertise in health and social care, business, administration and fundraising – all the skills we vitally need to achieve our objective of supporting people at the end of life and changing the law in the UK.
Friends at the End has supported hundreds of people to make their individual end of life choices. We need volunteers like you who can provide comfort and support to people facing the end of their lives. If you can spare time to help please get in touch.
We rely on the voluntary donations of our supporters and are hugely grateful to those who have given generously.
Whatever you can afford to give will have a huge impact on the work that we do. Your donation helps us to maintain pressure on policy makers and assist those taking cases to court in their efforts to change the law. You could consider a regular donation by standing order, a one-off donation or leaving a gift in your will.
Voice your choice
The current law on assisted dying is unclear and discriminatory. At present the only legal option for hastening death is voluntarily refusing food and fluid, essentially starving and dehydrating to death. This causes unnecessary distress and suffering for those dying and their family and friends.
There have been two attempts to change the law in Scotland and over ten attempts at Westminster – all have been defeated. Our work is vital to secure further opportunities to improve end of life choices for individuals and to change the law on assisted dying. We are sponsors to the CPG on End of Life Choices in the Scottish Parliament, our CEO is qualified to postgraduate level in Medical Law and Ethics and our board of trustees is comprised of medical and legal professionals, academics and an MSP with a nursing background. Thus, we have the expertise at FATE to sensitively support people to prepare for their end-of-life and to effectively lobby to change the law.
Share your story
It is vitally important that peoples voices are at the centre and that their experiences, expertise and rights drive policy. We need to increase awareness of people’s lived experiences and gathering stories from people allows us to share this with policy makers and others. It’s the stories of ordinary people that inspire our work and keep us pushing for a change in the law, find out more here.
If you would like to share your story contact us here.
Campaign for assisted dying:
- Join your local Friends at the End group. Don’t have a local group? Set one up! We will help you do this
- Write to your MSP/MP at https://www.writetothem.com
- Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
- Organise events in your local area, such as coffee mornings or public debates
- Write to the editor of your local newspaper to show support for assisted dying
- Share your personal story. If Friends at the End has helped a family member or friend and you feel able to share your story, let us know. Personal stories are powerful tools in persuading politicians and the public.
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“The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.”