People are facing greater and greater hardship as a result of cuts in benefits, homelessness, uncertainty at work, and escalating racism. Legal aid – which is an essential part of the welfare state – has been cut again and again. The people most in need across the ten districts of Greater Manchester are being deprived of access to justice.
Greater Manchester Law Centre has been set up as a clear challenge to this. We now have premises (the main Princess Road in inner city Moss Side) and volunteers providing some legal advice (welfare rights, with sessional solicitors offering more widely). Thanks to two generous national charitable trusts we have been able to appoint a Supervising Solicitor who will start to supervise and regulate all our advice and representation. Thanks to continuing support of another trust, we are now looking for a(nother) truly tremendous person to work with her, to ensure that the law centre maximises support from all possible sources, including volunteers, community groups and trades unions across the county. This is so that we can manage the development of a sustainable organisation, committed to campaigning and policy demands and service provision, for the long term future.
This will be an 18 month post (in the first instance) and requires someone who is able to work alongside the Supervising Solicitor and take substantial responsibility for managing the development of viable law centre activity for all of Greater Manchester. Anyone who is interested is invited to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or gro.uaimg@esined in the first instance (for informal inquiries and information).
Formal applications will need to be made by 12.00 noon on Monday 30th January 2017 and we are hoping that interviews will be able to be held in Manchester within the next 10 days after that.
Download an application pack here