Why do we have a campaign and fundraising team?

From the beginning, we have been more than a Law Centre. We are a campaign for free access to justice. We demand free legal advice and representation for all who need it, and we challenge unjust legislation and policy.

To apply to join our campaign and fundraising volunteer team:

Many of our campaign and fundraising roles are flexible, because they involve working outside of office hours and away from our premises.

  1. Download and complete application form below,
  2. Send it to the address stated in the application form, and in your cover letter or email, tell us any other information you would like us to know about your skills, interests and availability.
  3. One of our development workers will be in touch to discuss ways you can work with our team.

What do our campaign and fundraising volunteers do?

  1. Our Editorial and Research Group was launched in June 2017. Volunteers research and write articles on topical legal issues, so that we can use our platform to bring important legal questions to the fore. These articles have been picked up by external news sources such as the Legal Voice, and widely shared on social media.

    See our articles so far:
    – Case commentary: Barton v Wright Hassall LLP
    – Welfare for Social Welfare Professionals: Encouraging the next generation of legal aid lawyers
    Strategic Litigation and the Fight for Our Rights
    The PIP Claim Process: A Study
    Social and Legal Causes of Homelessness
    ESA Claims: A Study
    – Were Grenfell Tower residents denied access to justice?

  2. Our volunteers represent GMLC at community and outreach events. This includes showing our support for campaigns and movements related to our own, fundraising, recruiting and keeping our ear to the ground in our community.

    We have supported:
    – Trade union movement’s 150th birthday conference
    May Day celebrations
    Day of action against Universal Credit evictions
    – Young Legal Aid Lawyers’ Social Mobility Report Launch
    – Greater Manchester Housing Action‘s Renters’ Forum
    – Solidarity with Grenfell rally
    Black Lawyers Matter launch

  3. Volunteers maintain our campaign infrastructure, including updating our website and keeping out mailing lists up to date.

    I now help run the website, provide research support for campaigning activities and help publicise and run events. Working for the GMLC has been a rewarding experience and I’m excited by the ways in which it can continue to improve and strengthen our community in the future”  Campaign Volunteer Tom Goldup

  4. Volunteers fundraise for our survival. Volunteers organise fundraising events and activities to support our fight for free access to justice. For example, GMLC volunteers organised a team for the Great Manchester Run 2018 and raised over £2,000.

Many of these roles are flexible, because they involve working outside of office hours and away from our premises.

Local students volunteering in Manchester

Looking for a different type of volunteering work?

As well as our campaign and fundraising volunteers, we are also looking for service volunteers:

  • Reception/front of house volunteers,
  • Welfare benefits application assistance, and
  • Welfare benefits case workers.

Services volunteers must have at least one day per week to dedicate to working on our premises.

Please click here to find out more. You can join both the campaign and the services volunteer team.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any other skills to offer. We are running an office and sometimes need a handywoman/man. Or you can help with transport to events, bake a cake… anything, please get in touch with development@gmlaw.org.uk.