Volunteering at the Law Centre

Would you like to volunteer? If so, please read on…

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Volunteering at the Law Centre gives you an opportunity to contribute to the running of an important and vital county-wide advice service. Depending on your volunteering role, you may gain work experience and skills that will improve your confidence and wellbeing. The Law Centre will also benefit from your knowledge, skills and experience you bring to us. You will always be made very welcome as we want you to enjoy your time with us.

All volunteers will:

  • Receive a full induction and training programme.
  • Receive out of pocket expenses (up to a set limit), including, travel, car parking and lunch for volunteering at one of the two premises.
  • Gain work skills and experience.
  • Gain an understanding of the Law Centre and its services including how the advice sector works.
  • Gain satisfaction of helping individuals and their local communities.

What roles can volunteers do?

Volunteers have the opportunity to be trained as an assessor on the frontline service.  Without volunteers the Law Centre would not be able to function as efficiently and effectively as it does.

More about the volunteering role.

Assessor

Our assessment team provide the front of house services for the Law Centre. They are trained to deal with all our initial enquiries, predominantly over the telephone but it may include face to face, e-mails, video conferencing and texts. The assessment team prides itself on delivering a holistic approach so try to identify all of the callers issues and assess how we can best help them. This may include arranging an internal appointment(s), giving of information or signposting to a more appropriate agency.

Applicants need to have:

  • Experience of using ICT including using the internet
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal)
  • A willingness to volunteer at least once per week (Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm)

NO previous or legal experience or qualifications are required.

If you would like to become a volunteer assessor, please complete the Register of Interest form or contact the office for a copy of the Volunteer Assessment Role booklet.

Read more about volunteers’ experiences through volunteering at Derbyshire Law Centre.

Work Placements

We recognise that legal experience can be difficult to attain and therefore have provided a number of work placements to students studying at GCSE and A Level over the past few years. The aim is for students to gain experience in all aspects of a legal setting, so work can range from administration, finance to legal research. Where permitted by the courts we encourage the student to attend and observe the legal process in action by attending court hearings.

At present due to the pandemic and remote working we have had to temporarily suspend this volunteering opportunity.

Applicants need to have:

· Experience of using ICT including using the internet

· Good communication skills (written and verbal)

· A passion for fairness and justice

The future of volunteering

As an organisation we are committed to providing volunteering opportunities to help develop people’s skills and confidence.  Unfortunately, over the past few years it has been increasingly difficult to secure funding to develop and support new projects. We continue to look for suitable funding and develop new volunteering opportunities.

If you are interested in developing your telephone and digital skills and are keen to help those who need help, please complete the Register of Interest form. If you are interested in the Volunteer Assessment Role we can send you a Volunteer Assessment Role booklet.

Read more about volunteers’ experiences through volunteering at Derbyshire Law Centre. Continue with this or update as per annual report.

What we don’t do

Due to limited resources we regret that at present we cannot offer:

  • Opportunities for volunteers to undertake casework