Volunteering and work experience

How you can volunteer for us

Liberty is one of the leading human rights organisations in the UK, campaigning to protect civil liberties and promote human rights for everyone.

We rely on the support of motivated and enthusiastic volunteers who are interested in the issues that Liberty tackles and keen to gain valuable experience working for an organisation with our reputation for campaigning impact.

Volunteer

What can you do as a Liberty volunteer?

There are two main types of volunteering role available:

Administrative support – you could be helping with the day-to-day work of our operations, membership, campaigns and/or media teams.

Advice and Information – you need a law degree for this one, but anyone legally qualified can apply. You would be helping us respond to written queries from the public about their rights.

Basic information

All volunteering roles are based in our office in London, and we generally look for a commitment of at least one day a week for a minimum of four months.

We will cover travel costs to and from the office (within London travel zones 1 – 6) and a daily lunch allowance up to a maximum of £5. All volunteer roles are unpaid.

We welcome volunteers from outside London, but we can’t help with travel arrangements, work permits or accommodation.

How to get involved

We only accept applications for specific vacancies, so we’re unable to consider speculative work enquiries or CVs.

Unfortunately we don’t have enough space to take on everyone who would like to volunteer, so there is competition for places. We ask everyone to complete an application form, provide a reference and attend a short interview.

Liberty encourages applications from all sections of the community, from all ages and backgrounds. We do our best to treat everyone equally.

 

Current volunteer opportunities

Advice and Information Volunteers

Liberty is currently looking for dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to assist its Advice and Information team.

Volunteers will be required to work one day per week, although flexible working patterns will be considered and can be discussed at interview. The minimum volunteering commitment is three months. We have a policy of not retaining volunteers for longer than six months and never for more than one day per week or the equivalent thereof. Volunteers’ duties will include:

  • Conducting legal research and drafting responses to queries from members of the public regarding a variety of human rights and civil liberties issues;
  • Assisting with the drafting of content for the Advice and Information Hub on Liberty’s website;
  • Assisting with other legal and research tasks.

Applicants must have completed a qualifying law degree or equivalent (i.e. an LLB or GDL).

Our volunteers will be volunteering remotely for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19, but during the course of the volunteering placement, we aim to organise some optional, in-person social events so that volunteers can meet each other and Liberty staff in person.

Unfortunately, Liberty is unable to pay our volunteers. However, we are committed to ensuring volunteers at Liberty have a valuable experience with us. You will gain insight into how a human rights NGO like Liberty operates. You will also have the opportunity to develop new skills and legal knowledge, as well as learning from colleagues across different teams at Liberty who are experts in their fields. Many of our volunteers have gone on to work in the legal and human rights sector, and offering dedicated mentoring and support to those at the beginning of their legal career is a priority for our team.

Whilst you are volunteering remotely with us, Liberty is able to reimburse some homeworking expenses. You will require access to a personal computer and an internet connection. Liberty may be able to provide you with a laptop if you don’t have one. Get in touch with us if you would like to discuss this further.

If you need reasonable adjustments in the interview process, please tell us in your application. This won’t affect how we look at your application, but we want to accommodate your needs whenever possible. If you become an Advice and Information volunteer, we will do our best to make any reasonable adjustments you might need.

Applicants should refer to the full Job Advert and Person Specification.

Application Forms should be returned by email as Word or PDF documents to hr@libertyhumanrights.org.uk with the job title as the subject no later than 9am on 27 June 2022.

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

We also ask you to submit the Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form but this is optional.

Feedback from previous volunteers

“Working as a volunteer at Liberty for three months has been a brilliant experience. Not only has it been amazing working with such talented professionals, but the inclusive, friendly environment immediately made me feel welcome and part of the team.

It has also been incredibly interesting learning how organisations such as Liberty function and organise behind the scenes.”

Matt, Admin Support Volunteer, June 2017

“It has been the best volunteering programme I have done by quite a long way.”

Emma, Advice and Information Volunteer, December 2021

Work Experience

Liberty has a structured work experience programme in place for students aged 16-18 who are in or have recently completed full-time education. Successful applicants will gain some experience with each of the teams within Liberty (this includes the Legal, Policy and Press teams), leaving with a greater understanding of how a human rights NGO operates, and the different roles within one.

Current opportunities

We currently have no work experience vacancies.

Disability Confident Job Shadowing

As part of our commitment to being Disability Confident Committed we offer people with a disability classified under the Equality Act the chance to apply for job shadowing with us.

Each team at Liberty offers a two day placement, the scheme is flexible and open throughout the year. All we need to know is which team you’d like to work with, why you’d like to work with them and a little about you.

As a small organisation we cannot offer shadowing to all applicants, and will respond to all successful candidates within one month. We may also periodically close the window for applications if the programme becomes oversubscribed.

Applications forms should be submitted with a completed disability monitoring form. The information included on the monitoring form will not be used as part of the selection process.

We currently have no vacancies.