Pain Concern (Midlothian)

Pain Concern is a charity providing information and support to people with pain and
those who care for them, whether family, friends or healthcare professionals. Visit
our website to find out more about what we do, including our Airing Pain radio
programme, Pain Matters magazine, information helpline and online community.
All pain is unpleasant, but for the one in five people in the UK living with long-term
pain it is a part of everyday life. It diminishes quality of life more than any other
condition, leading often to loss of work, depression and disability. Anyone at any
age can develop persistent pain and you will very probably know somebody
affected. Although there is usually no cure, people who receive the appropriate
treatment, information and support can manage their condition effectively with lifechanging results.

Current opportunities

We are looking for committed and empathetic volunteers to support people who are living with, or affected by chronic pain who access our phone, online forum and e-help support services.    This is a great opportunity to enhance your communication skills and develop an understanding of pain self-management, while providing a valued service to people living with long-term pain. By joining us you will join a fast-growing and respected service.   Due to the nature of the role, successful applicants will be required to undertake a PVG check. What you would be doing: · Offer emotional support and signpost resources and information to people affected by persistent pain either by phone, email or on the online forum · You will work as part of a team of volunteers, covering a rota, ability to commit to shifts is essential · Attend training/supervision sessions remotely · Keep up to date with Pain Concern news and work across the UK  · Complete ‘after contact’ survey to support Pain Concern’s evaluation targets. We would like volunteers to commit to for at least 12 months (including the training period), with the acknowledgement that your circumstances may change. 

Are you looking to build your skills in web development? This voluntary role provides an opportunity to gain and develop skills whilst doing something worthwhile. What you would be doing: • Update and maintain the charity’s website • Work with the project coordinator to improve the tagging and SEO of the website • Work closely with the media team, ensuring all posts and pages are uploaded correctly • Troubleshoot any issues with the website • Over time, development of the charity’s website to improve user experience You can download and complete an application from our website at

Are you seeking experience in publishing? Be a part of the team editing, writing and commissioning content for the magazine, website, leaflets, etc. of Pain Concern. The editorial team undertake all the editorial jobs involved in converting text to publication. Some writing will be involved, but the focus for this role is on ‘editing’ rather than ‘journalism.’ As a member of Pain Concern’s editorial team, you will assist our Managing Editor. By joining us you will join a fast-growing and respected service. You will be part of a team, editing, writing and commissioning content for the magazine, newsletter, website, leaflets, etc. of Pain Concern. The editorial jobs involved in converting text to publication include: • Copy-editing • Editing transcripts of interviews to produce copy ready for publication. • Working with authors • Working with our advisers • Proof reading Permissions and acknowledgements • Indexing and working with indexers • Bibliographical references • Working with designers • Corrections and maintaining an archive • Researching information about pain and related topics You can download an application form from our website

Pain Concern are looking for volunteers to support with research into pain related topics to assist the charity in securing funding. This opportunity can be home based or in our office at EH15 3HS What you would be doing: · Carrying out research on local pain services to ensure our provision is up to date. · Carrying out policy research. · Using the internet to research information and data necessary for grants · Making Freedom of Information requests to Local Authorities. · Gathering data on the experiences of people affected by chronic pain · Compiling the data collected in an accessible format.