Put it in your diaries! The next National Pro Bono Week is 6 – 10 November 2017!
Last year the 15th National Pro Bono Week took place on 7 – 11 November 2016. Sponsored by the Law Society, Bar Council and CILEx, the week celebrated the breadth and impact of pro bono work undertaken by the legal profession across the year, and encouraged further involvement and development.
Almost twenty events were held nationally on a wide range of topics, bringing together hundreds of professionals from across the sector to engage with hot topics in pro bono. The official launch event at BPP University was attended by the Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC and earlier in the day the Attorney General, the Right Honourable Jeremy Wright QC MP, attended the launch of the Law Society’s new Pro Bono Charter and Manual.
During the week hundreds of volunteer opportunities with a range of charities including Notre Dame Refugee Centre, Coram Children’s Legal Centre, and Age UK were promoted on a portal on the National Pro Bono Centre website, drawing thousands of visitors to the site. The week was a great success and received excellent feedback from participating charities such as Toynbee Hall, Tax Aid, and Advice4Renters.
The National Pro Bono Week Committee is keen to help support anyone who wants to run their own National Pro Bono Week event.
The following toolkits might be useful as you plan your events:
You can add your event to the National Pro Bono Centre website by completing the event form.
Don’t forget to tweet about your events using the hashtag #wedoprobono