Frontline volunteer Paul celebrates 1000 hours with GMLC | Thank you and farewell to our caseworker Ruth | We celebrate the trade union movement’s 150th birthday | Success for the next generation of social welfare lawyers: living wage for pupils | Our runners raise over £2000 for free access to justice
Frontline volunteer Paul celebrates 1000 hours
It is a joy to celebrate the 1000 hours of volunteering and fighting for free access to justice from our most gregariously friendly reception volunteer Paul Cosier. Thank you for your commitment!
Would you like to join our frontline team? Download the reception volunteer role description and application form here.
Thank you and farewell to our caseworker Ruth
One of our original team members, Ruth, has helped to shape the advice we have been providing by helping numerous people to get access to justice. She joined GMLC with a long history of advice giving. Her experience was invaluable in successfully challenging the DWP ESA and PIP refusals at tribunal.
She helped many clients claim back thousands of pounds. In the words of one of her clients, “thank you for your help and support and for your patience. Thank you also for your true professionalism.”
We celebrate the trade union movement’s 150th birthday
As the trade union movement celebrates is 150th birthday in the UK, we joined a wide range of speakers and organisations to look back and the role and influence of the TUC on significant industrial, political and legal developments over the years.
We also enjoyed meeting the strikers from TGI Fridays and hearing about their struggle for fair pay and workers’ rights.
Success for the next generation of social welfare lawyers: living wage for pupils
Earlier this year, our volunteer Haseeb Khan reported on the challenges faced by aspiring social welfare lawyers in this piece, Welfare for Social Welfare Professionals: Encouraging the next generation of legal aid lawyers.
We therefore welcome the Bar Standard Board’s recommendation that pupillage awards should be set in line with the Living Wage. This was a central recommendation of Young Legal Aid Lawyers’ Social Mobility Report.
Our runners raise over £2000
Individual donations, sponsorship and community fundraising are more than top-ups for GMLC: they are essential for our survival.
We therefore say a huge thank you to Sarah, Kate, Glynis, Sean, Katrina, Yasmin, Dianne, Louis and Ian for raising over £2000 by running the Great Manchester Run on 20th May.
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