Quaker Social Action is looking for two exceptional people to join our team.
Down to Earth development worker
Full time, £26,522pa, Bethnal Green, London.
Down to Earth is a unique project which works with those on a low income in east London who are face planning and paying for a funeral. We step in where end of life services step back and bereavement services have not yet engaged to help people with the practicalities and processes of planning an affordable and meaningful funeral.
As a development worker you will engage with people to help them understand their options and work through what is sometimes a maze of family expectation, form-filling and financial decisions at a time when their ability to cope can be clouded by grief.
The need is very real. The price of a funeral has risen 80% since 2004 and the cost takes many by surprise, especially as the issue crosses two taboos, money and death. Those whose finances are already finely balanced (maybe through having spent time caring for an unwell relative, or living on a fixed income such as a pension) can be tipped financial difficulty and unmanageable debt by the cost of a funeral.
Joining a small team you will be able to make a real difference to people from day one, as you work with compassion and a level head alongside people at a vulnerable time in their lives. You will also have the scope to stretch yourself and grow with the project within a supportive organisation.