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Volunteer Development Scotland Ltd. (also known as Volunteer Scotland).
Charity registered in Scotland SC013740 and a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland, No. SC106743. Our registered Office is Jubilee House, Forthside Way, Stirling. FK8 1QZ

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Editorial Assistant Volunteer

About Pain Concern:
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, podcasts, Pain Matters magazine,
information helpline, and our research and campaigning work.
All pain is unpleasant, but for the 7.8 million 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 life changing results.

Role Purpose:
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

“The great thing about Pain Concern is the breadth of content the charity produces - magazines,
leaflets, podcasts, transcriptions, website - all of those need an editorial eye. Volunteering with Pain
Concern is a great opportunity to improve your skills and challenge yourself. I am very proud of the
work we produced during my time there: magazines, podcasts, leaflets and website” - Jamie Boyce,
Former Managing Editor at Pain Concern, former volunteer

What you would be doing:
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
 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

Is this role right for me?
We are looking for:
 Excellent written English
 Ability to learn and adopt editorial policy and procedures
 Interest and curiosity in learning about chronic pain
 A working understanding of IT, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Teams

Availability and location:
 Minimum commitment of 3 months
 Minimum 5 hours per week
 Volunteer from our office at Newcraighall Road, Edinburgh EH15 3HS

Benefits to you:
 Experience volunteering as part of a friendly team, supported by a professional editor
 Meet new people
 Build on your employability skills
 Training and a dedicated volunteer line manager looking after you 
 A job reference after 3 months of volunteering.
 Satisfaction of giving a valuable service to the community
 On-site car parking
 Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with our Volunteer Policy 

How do I apply:
Download and complete an application form our website at
For more information please contact


Minimum age: 18

Volunteers (aged 18-25) taking part in this opportunity are eligible to claim Saltire Awards hours for their activity.
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