Volunteers are the lifeblood of any community-driven organisation, and South West London Law Centres (SWLLC) is no exception. As we celebrate Volunteers’ Week, we want to take a moment to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of our dedicated volunteers. Their unwavering commitment and passion have a profound impact on our work, enabling us to provide access to justice to those who need it most.
The volunteer experience at SWLLC opens doors to a wealth of experiences and deepens volunteers’ understanding of legal aid and its role in various areas of law. Their involvement extends beyond administrative tasks, as they actively engage with clients, offering a comforting presence during challenging times. Our younger volunteers, in particular, find a nurturing environment through which they gain crucial experiences and grow their skill-set.
Kitty Tench, Volunteer: “Volunteering at SWLLC has greatly developed my understanding of legal aid and its scope in asylum and housing law. I have also gained exposure to various other areas of law through triaging clients for pro bono clinics. This has given me invaluable experience in the legal sector, and it has been immensely rewarding to be part of the process of providing equal access to justice.”
Emily Arnott, Volunteer Intern: “Since starting my internship on the Immigration team at SWLLC I have been privileged to have been involved with some gripping cases. Alongside undertaking research, I have drafted legal submissions and have had multiple opportunities to go to court with clients. The team has been so generous with their mentorship and guidance, and I am in awe of their commitment to their clients and to their work. I could not have started my legal career in a more inspiring place, and will always be grateful for the invaluable experience that I have gained here.”
The cornerstone of SWLLC’s work lies in breaking down barriers and ensuring access to justice for all members of the community. The commitment of our volunteers not only enables SWLLC to handle a larger caseload but also facilitates the delivery of comprehensive and personalised legal services to those who may not have otherwise received the support they needed.
We foster a culture of work rooted in community and care. Our clients, volunteers, staff members, and funders put together the puzzle pieces of a community reimagining better access to justice in the UK legal system.