Disability Law Service (DLS) is a charity that has been providing free advice to disabled people since 1975. Given that over half the families that live in poverty in the UK include a disabled person, access to free legal advice in the area of welfare, community care, employment and discrimination is incredibly important. We help some 4,000 people each year, yet this is only about 25% of the people who come to us. We provide training to lawyers in employment and discrimination law, so that they can go on to volunteer for us and provide vital additional resource. We charge very competitive rates – so money that may well normally be spent on commercial providers of training could instead go to a worthwhile cause.
We adopt a very flexible approach to volunteering as we are grateful for all help that we can receive. Naturally, we recognise that the work of a volunteer’s primary employer must come first, and will take back work and reallocate where this is necessary. A volunteer may be involved in taking initial calls and assessing merits, legal research, formulating advice, writing to clients and to employers, and even in attending at tribunal. It is very much up to the individual volunteer how involved they become and volunteers can rest assured of appropriate supervision in accordance with our policy in this regard.
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