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Advice Volunteer

Organisation: Working Families
7.5-15 hours per week
Location: Remote
Deadline: 27 July, 2022

Working Families’ award-winning Legal Advice Service is looking for an Advice Volunteer to help keep our telephone and email helplines running smoothly. 

In return for volunteering with us, you will have the chance to work in our team of qualified solicitors and legal rights advisers to deepen your skills and knowledge in employment law and in-work welfare benefits.

This opportunity is ideal for aspiring barristers, solicitors or those looking for a career in advice work. Our past volunteers have gone on to secure pupillages, training contracts, and paralegal roles.

About the Legal Advice Service

Our Legal Advice Service gives free advice on employment rights and in-work welfare benefits to working parents and carers. Last year, we advised over 3,000 parents and carers on their rights at work and over 1.6 million via our advice website pages.

We advise on all aspects of employment law (specialising in parental rights and discrimination) as well as welfare benefits (statutory family pay, Universal Credit, childcare support, etc). 

What you will be doing

As an Advice Volunteer, you will have the opportunity to:

You will have the opportunity to be a full member of our team, attending regular, virtual team meetings and participating in discussions.

Who we are we looking for

There is no experience required, but the applicant must be a quick learner, good communicator and be able to collaborate effectively in a remote team. You should have a strong commitment to justice and an interest in employment rights and welfare benefits for working parents. 

We would prefer a commitment of two days a week (or equivalent) for six months, but we are open to discussing your availability.

For the time being all our staff and volunteers work remotely, so you must be comfortable working in a remote environment.

How to apply

Please send us a CV and a cover letter to recruitment@workingfamilies.org.uk (FAO Head of Legal Advice) explaining why you want to volunteer for us, any experience or interest in employment law, and how many hours/what pattern of availability you think you would be able to commit to.