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Please note that we are not currently recruiting new volunteers.

"In difficult times people fared better with companions... in this crisis of their lives people needed a community or at least some people who would care for them as they had cared for the deceased".

Michael Young in 'A Good Death -

 a conversation with East Londoners' 

Volunteer Mentors

We are not currently recruiting new volunteers.

Our volunteer mentors give advice and assistance to people on a low income as they negotiate funeral and other arrangements that will give their loved ones a good send off.

What is mentoring be like?

Challenging but rewarding! You will work closely with individuals and families on low incomes who are organising a funeralósometimes their own. You will be providing them with the information and support they need to make the best possible decisions at this difficult time.

What skills and qualities do we look for?

We need people with empathy, patience and good communication skills. You will be a good organiser, confident in problem solving and happy working with challenging and delicate situations. Some experience of death and funerals is ideal, but not essential. Above all, we are looking for people with the time, skills and compassion to commit to working with people who are making hard decisions around death.

Why mentor for Down to Earth?

As a volunteer mentor for Down to Earth you will have the privilege of supporting vulnerable people at the most difficult time in their lives. It's a powerful experience that is sure to challenge your world view. 

Our mentoring provides a unique opportunity to develop a broad range of transferable skills in communication, support and event planning. We provide full support from a team of end-of-life care professionals. Our mentors also benefit from full training over four days.

If you want to know more, please read our information sheet.

Anne-Marie and Alan

Our application pack provides more information
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