About our work
Friends at the End (SCIO) works to advance human rights (especially of those in need by reason of age, ill health, and other disadvantage) by increasing public knowledge concerning end-of-life choices and dignified death and supporting those suffering distress at and towards the end of their lives. This includes the promotion of knowledge relevant to the processes of death and terminal illness and research into the causes, cures and prevention of distress in the dying and those caring for them.
Our long-term aim is to see the passing of assisted dying legislation, until this happens, we work to ensure that every UK citizen has a Good Death within the current legal framework.
We believe that medically assisted dying should be available to all mentally competent adults with either a terminal illness or an incurable condition, causing hopeless and unbearable suffering with no reasonable alternative to relieve it, provided this is their own persistent request.
Invitation to prospective charity trustees
Friends at the End’s (FATE) board is currently made up of 9 Trustees. Our Trustees bring a wide range of experience, all from diverse backgrounds. The Board meet four times per year to shape FATE’s strategy, whilst advising and supporting our Chief Executive and staff.
All of FATE’s Trustees are volunteers, however travel and other expenses relating to the role of being a Trustee are fully reimbursed.
FATE was formed as a voluntary society in 2000 and registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) in November 2018. The Board of Trustees is responsible for:
• Overall governance and strategic direction.
• Developing the organisation’s goal in accordance with its constitution.
Trustee’s responsibilities include:
• Furthering FATE’s objectives and Strategic Ends.
• Being subject to charity law, FATE’s constitution, and good governance.
• Supervision of, and support of our Chief Executive.
This means that Trustees would be expected to:
• Regularly attend our Board Meetings.
• Be committed to participate in the Board’s work.
• Prepare for Board meetings.
• Get to know the Board and the organisation.
• Where possible, attend FATE events.
Meetings are normally held on a weekend, although this is flexible. At present, there are a few Board Sub-Committees who meet according to their own availability.
We welcome applications from anyone who shares the ethos of our organisation and who is eligible to be a trustee of a Scottish charity but especially those with PR/Comms, finance/treasury, fundraising, and/or Policy experience.