Volunteering and work experience

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.

Matt, Liberty Admin Support Volunteer

"Working as a volunteer at Liberty for 3 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 NGO's such as Liberty function and organise behind the scenes."

Matt, Admin Suport Volunteer, June 2017

Roopen, Liberty Advice and Information Volunteer

"From my very first day I was exposed to a range of important issues and I was able to get stuck in straight away with providing advice. As a result I felt that my time here was valuable, both in what I learnt but also in the contribution I was able to make.

This is a great opportunity to expand your legal knowledge and awareness, whilst also learning more about the complex and vital work that Liberty carries out. It is a great atmosphere to work in, with many inspiring characters dedicated to ensuring that peoples’ rights and freedoms are protected.

I would not only recommend volunteering to anyone interested in protecting civil liberties and promoting human rights, but also to those looking for a way to contribute to help make a kinder society."

Roopen, Advice and Information Volunteer, July 2017

Current opportunities

Advice and Information Volunteers

Liberty is currently looking for dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to assist its Advice and Information team. Volunteers will conduct legal research and draft responses to queries from members of the public regarding a wide variety of human rights and civil liberties issues. Most often these include the following areas:

•             Rights under the Human Rights Act/European Convention on Human Rights

•             Data Protection and information rights

•             Actions against the police

•             Equality Act issues

•             Other public law claims and remedies

Applicants must either have completed a law degree or be studying for (or have completed) a post-graduate legal qualification, such as the Bar Professional Training Course or Legal Practice Course.

Volunteer Ad

Volunteer Person Specification

A&I Volunteer Application Form

Liberty Monitoring Form

Closing Date: 9am Monday 28 January 

Interview Dates: Thursday 31 January & Friday 1 February 

Training Date: Monday 4 February 

Administration Support Volunteers

We want to recruit motivated and enthusiastic volunteers who are interested in the issues that Liberty deals with and who are keen to gain valuable experience within a well known civil liberties and human rights NGO.

Administration Support Volunteer Application Form

Administration Support Volunteer Role Description

Liberty Monitoring Form

Closing Date: 9am Friday 1 February 

Interview Date: Friday 8 February

Induction Date: Wednesday 13 February 

 

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 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.

Job Shadowing Request Form

Monitoring Form

Job Shadowing Scheme Description