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The role of Media and Campaigns Support Officer works across Dignity in Dying and its sister charity Compassion in Dying. Both organisations engage in important work on end-of-life policy, an area that is both interesting and challenging. Dignity in Dying is a not-for-profit membership organisation that leads the high-profile and historic campaign to legalise assisted dying as an option for terminally ill people. Compassion in Dying is a charity that helps people to prepare for the end of life, how to talk about it, plan for it, and record their wishes. It works to change the policy environment to ensure end-of-life care is not just person-centred but person-directed. Both organisations are united in the mission to give dying people the control they need at the end of life to have the death that's right for them. We are seeking an individual to support our existing media and campaigns team to achieve this goal.
This role would be ideal for an individual with experience in press and media handling who enjoys working on a high-profile issue and is seeking to become more actively involved in campaigning.
Dignity in Dying
So that no-one suffers needlessly and against their wishes in the final days or weeks of their life, Dignity in Dying campaigns for greater choice and control and access to services at the end of life. We advocate providing terminally ill adults who are mentally competent with the choice of an assisted death, within strict legal safeguards, and for universal access to good quality end-of-life care.
Using strong skills in creativity, communication and organisation, the Media and Campaigns Support Officer plays a crucial role in ensuring our message gets across. They will support our media and campaigns team to secure excellent coverage, to exploit opportunities to shape the conversation about death, and to help deliver our campaign on the ground.
This role includes ensuring the press office runs smoothly; monitoring and planning media coverage; supporting and recruiting case studies and patrons; developing and delivering campaign tactics, resources and events; responding to media and stakeholder enquiries; and pro-actively securing media coverage.
Compassion in Dying
We support people to plan for their treatment and care, in case a time comes when they can no longer make decisions for themselves. This helps people get the support that's right for them, when they need it. When what matters most to people is known and recorded, it makes it easier for their family, friends and healthcare professionals to follow those wishes, giving everyone peace of mind.
We help people through our free information line, publications and resources, and through our work with diverse communities. We specialise in supporting people to make Advance Decisions ('Living Wills') and to talk about their goals and priorities when living with a life-changing illness. Our free MyDecisions website helps people to record their wishes for care in a legally binding way.
The Media and Campaigns Support Officer will help to raise awareness of those resources and support the wider Compassion in Dying team in empowering people to plan ahead to ensure they get the treatment and care that's right for them at the end of life.
To apply please send an up to date CV, a cover letter of no more than two sides of A4 outlining your suitability for the role, and an equal opportunities monitoring form to Frances McFadden