Volunteers are the backbone of the law centre.

“I came away from the experience with new friends, skills and a better appreciation of the vital work Law Centres do across the country” – Chris, GMLC volunteer

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.

Volunteers help to provide our services, maintain our infrastructure and run our campaigns. Many people volunteer with us, from law students looking to help with our free advice and legal services through to local people campaigning on issues that affect themselves or others in Greater Manchester.

At the moment, we are not currently recruiting any new volunteers, but please keep an eye on our website, Twitter and Facebook where we’ll be advertising specific volunteer roles soon.

In the meantime, if you would like to register as a member, please click here. Members get a say in the overall direction and strategy of GMLC. If you wish to donate or set up a standing order to help us fund our much needed legal services, please do so here.

What do our service volunteers do?

Our service volunteers help provide our free advice and support to the public, as well as keeping on top of enquiries into our reception. Our service volunteers help us to triage and process questions from the public or other organisations, as well as carrying out casework. Many are legally trained or law students, but others do not have a legal training and help with other aspects of our services. When we have service volunteer roles available, we post them on our Jobs and Volunteer Vacancies page here.

 

What do our campaign and fundraising volunteers do?

Our Editorial and Research Group

The 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 some of our articles so far:

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.

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Local students volunteering in Manchester
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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:

Volunteers maintain our campaign infrastructure

This has included updating our website and keeping our 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

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