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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. 

To apply download our job pack,and application form and return to us at no later than 10am on Monday 6th October.

Homestore service development officer

Part time, 25 hrs week. 18,418 (FTE 26,522)

Based at Homestore, Stratford, East London

Homestore, Quaker Social Action's furniture re-use project celebrates its 25th birthday this year. The project's mission is to divert good quality used furniture from landfill by picking it up from donors and making it available at an affordable price to those on a low income in east London who would otherwise go into debt to afford it or simply go without.

The operation, spanning seven east London boroughs has a small staff and relies for its daily running on an  army of volunteers. The person in this newly created post will take charge of the recruitment, training, retention, feedback next steps of our volunteers as well as make sure that our customers continue to recieve the best possible service from those in our offices, shop floor and on our delivery vans.

We are looking for a real people person, able to communicate, put at ease and inspire those from diverse backgrounds. In return you will work within a friendly and supportive environment, be able to influence the future of a dynamic project, and most important, be in direct contact with those whose lives you are affecting for the better on a day to day basis.

To apply download our job pack,and application form and return to us at no later than 10am on Monday 6th October.


QSA are inviting applications for the post of clerk to the trustees, and chair of Quaker Social Action.

We want to give potential candidates an opportunity to understand the work of QSA and the demands of this role.  Both Joycelin Dawes, the current clerk, and Judith Moran, the director, are happy to have informal conversations with those interested in applying.  If you wish to take up this opportunity please contact Judith by email:

Our nominations committee have also put together an information pack about this role, and the applications process. Please read this before considering making an application.  This can be downloaded here: QSA Clerk Recruitment Pack

To apply, please fill out our application form, and if possible please also fill out the attached equal opportunities monitoring form and return them both to us with a CV and supporting statement. 

The application form and equal opportunities monitoring form are downloadable here: QSA Clerk Application.

The closing date for completed applications is 10 am on the 6th October.  Please send your application by email to:

The short-listed candidates will be interviewed on the 3rd November.  If you cannot make this date please let us know as soon as possible.

Thank you for your interest in this post.  We look forward to receiving your application.

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