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Tell your story for Volunteers’ Week

Did you know it’s Vol­un­teers’ Week this week? If you have thought of vol­un­teer­ing, but were unsure how you could help, this is a great time to find out more.

Vol­un­teer­ing has lots of ben­e­fits – from teach­ing you new skills (which could help get a job) to widen­ing your social net­work (many peo­ple make new friends through vol­un­teer­ing).  At the very least you could feel good about work­ing for a cause which means some­thing to you.

Peo­ple can be put off by the time com­mit­ment need­ed to vol­un­teer, how­ev­er at Pain Con­cern we are look­ing for peo­ple who are will­ing to talk to jour­nal­ists about their own expe­ri­ences of liv­ing with chron­ic pain, or being a car­er for some­one who does. This could be for news­pa­pers, radio or tele­vi­sion – whichev­er you are com­fort­able with. The time com­mit­ment can be as lit­tle as 10 min­utes on the phone to going into a stu­dio to record an inter­view for radio or tele­vi­sion. What­ev­er you do, we’ll make sure you’re looked after and giv­en a brief­ing before­hand and help with prepar­ing some answers.

We are hop­ing to build a data­base of case stud­ies where the vol­un­teers will be hap­py to speak to press, TV or radio out­lets to share their expe­ri­ences of liv­ing with chron­ic pain. This is exact­ly what media want –indi­vid­ual sto­ries and a per­son­al touch to bring to life to audi­ences what can some­times be a dull report of a health condition.

One of our media vol­un­teers, Erin, has been already talk­ing to media to pro­mote bet­ter under­stand­ing of chron­ic pain and her con­di­tion of Com­plex Region­al Pain Syn­drome. Erin was inter­viewed by Dai­ly Mail at the end of April after pub­li­ca­tion of a chron­ic pain ser­vices report; her per­son­al expe­ri­ence of how the pain affects her dai­ly activ­i­ties, and how she finds health­care ser­vices in Scot­land, was ide­al mate­r­i­al to wrap a sto­ry about the gov­ern­ment report. By speak­ing to media Erin put a human face to the report which those with chron­ic pain could relate to, and those not liv­ing with chron­ic pain could under­stand a lit­tle better.

We rely on peo­ple like Erin to help us get the mes­sage across to a wider audi­ence, who, with­out media cov­er­age, many times would not be able to appre­ci­ate the con­di­tion that affects one in five people.

If you, or some­one you know, have chron­ic pain and would like to share their expe­ri­ences of liv­ing with pain with the Media, please get in touch with us 0131 669 5951 or email: hr@painconcern.org.uk.  Please vis­it our Vol­un­teer page to find more about vol­un­teer­ing for us.

Hap­py Vol­un­teers’ Week!

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