Registration of interest: volunteer-led Public Legal Education project

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Right to Remain aims to empower our community to face the challenges that they are met with. 

We know that two of these difficulties are interlinked: not enough people are able to find a lawyer, and although we try to fill this gap by building knowledge about legal support, there is not enough time nor resources for the existing Right to Remain staff members to meet the demand for our legal education workshops. 

With this in mind, we will pilot a volunteer-led Public Legal Education project, which will run from May 2024 to October 2024. We invite interested legal practitioners to submit their registration of interest to us by 5pm on Friday 12 April 2024.

Who can apply?

The project will begin with Right to Remain inviting 5-6 legal practitioners  (including barristers, solicitors and immigration caseworkers) to join the project and co-deliver 3 public legal education sessions each from May 2024 – October 2024.

Volunteers will go through mandatory induction and ideally an in-person training with the Right to Remain public legal education team, before beginning to co-facilitate their own sessions. 

Training will cover the following essential background information and topics: 

  • Understanding the work of Right to Remain, our approach, and how to introduce the organisation. 
  • Understanding Right to Remain’s resources, and how to introduce and share them with other people (particularly those who are in the asylum or immigration system). 
  • Delivering Right to Remain’s workshop activity on ‘Legal Advice versus Legal Support’
  • Dealing with common challenges which might happen during the workshop

Selection of volunteers will take place in March and April 2024 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis) with a view to begin training at the beginning of May 2024.

Ideally, volunteers will fulfil the following criteria: 

  • London-based
  • Legally qualified to provide legal advice (e.g., barrister, solicitor, or OISC/Law Society immigration advisor) with a minimum of 3 years of practice
  • Background in immigration, asylum, or related fields of law
  • Clear communication skills (public speaking experience essential)
  • Ability to condense complex information into simple terms for non-lawyers and people whose first language is not English
  • Available to run information sessions from May-October 2024 (online, and/or in person preferably in London)

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit a CV and cover letter (no more than 1 page) stating their interest and suitability for the project to yumna@righttoremain.org.uk by 5pm on Friday 12 April 2024

It would also be helpful if you could outline any dates when you would not be available for training or to deliver a session. 

If you have any questions about the process, please do message us. 

We’re excited to get started!

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