This is NOT a comprehensive list of volunteering opportunities – just details of ones that law students may be interested in or ones where KLS has spoken with the provider and KLS students are specifically invited to apply.

Citizens Advice Bureau

The CAB aims to provide the advice people need for the problems they face and improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives.  It is free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities.  This is a volunteering position which will require dedication and commitment (there’s training to undertake) so apply early in your degree.   Find out more here  https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/support-us/volunteering/

Appropriate Adult

Appropriate Adults achieve a fairer justice system by safeguarding the welfare and rights of children and vulnerable adults detained or interviewed by police.”

To find out more and to find a network in your area see the website of the National Appropriate Adult Network.   To volunteer in Kent see the Young Lives Foundation website (you will also find other types of volunteering on this website which may be of interest).

KSS CRC Volunteer Mentoring

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (KSS CRC) are part of the Probation Service and they deliver a range of rehabilitation services to people who are classed as low risk.  Volunteers support people on probation to comply and engage with their order.  This could include helping them into work, giving advice, assisting them with other services i.e. housing, benefits etc. or simply befriending them.   This is a great way to find develop skills for work in the criminal justice system or social work.   This organisation is positively recruiting students from KLS.  To find out more see their website http://ksscrc.co.uk/home.  Read more about the volunteering here http://ksscrc.co.uk/volunteers.  You can apply sending a letter and CV to mailto:volunteers@ksscrc.scc.gsi.gov.uk

Academic Casework Interns, at the Bar Pro Bono Unit, London

The Bar Pro Bono Unit often advertise for interns.   The current cycle of recruiting for academic year interns, to volunteer one day per week, has now ended but this information will stay on the blog so that you can access the information on the current position no matter what stage of the year you are reading this.   Full details and an application pack can be found here.

East Kent Rapeline telephone volunteers

EKR welcome volunteers from Kent Law School. For the right person this role could develop into one of helping with the preparation of legal statements and/or attending court.   For more information see http://eastkentrapeline.com/page3.htm

Public Law Project

The Public Law Project (PLP) is a national legal charity which aims to improve access to public law remedies for those whose access to justice is restricted by poverty or some other form of disadvantage.Within this broad remit PLP has adopted three main objectives:

  • increasing the accountability of public decision-makers
  • enhancing the quality of public decision-making
  • improving access to justice.

Uniquely for an organisation of its kind, PLP undertakes research, policy initiatives, casework and training across the range of public law remedies.

http://www.publiclawproject.org.uk/our-work

Community Legal Helpline

Recruit freelance volunteers working from home to help with a community project. Students with language skills, particularly law students (but not exclusive) are useful.  Interested volunteers can register online on the website provided below: http://www.communitylegalhelpline.org.uk/volunteer_form.php

Refugee & Asylum seekers support groups at which you may be able to help

School Governor

This role is one where you can play a part in governance/compliance/holding professionals to account.  Many schools are seeking Governors.  Find out more on https://www.gov.uk/become-school-college-governor

 

IPSEA – Legal information/advice opportunities

Independent Parental Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a charity offering free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).   Find out more here – https://www.ipsea.org.uk/  and read about the volunteering opportunities here https://www.ipsea.org.uk/ways-to-volunteer

Pro bono organisations

The following pro bono organisations look for volunteers – for some you do need to be qualified but I’ve included them here so that you can both forward plan and know that they have not been overlooked in this listing.