Volunteers

Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley is fortunate to have many great volunteers and we could not operate without their support. Volunteers are involved with our daily free legal drop-in and throughout our specialist advice services such as the PStudent Rights Service (SRS) and our Refugee and Immigration Legal Advice Service (RILAS).

Why volunteer with Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley?

Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley is a great place to meet people who care about justice. The mix of casework, education and law reform are great ways to achieve real justice for members of our community.

Volunteering at Community Law enables you to learn about these strategies for social change, and makes sure the community has better access to the legal system. We encourage everyone working or volunteering at Community Law to develop their skills and contribute to this end.

Is there a minimum time commitment?

We do not ask for a minimum commitment period, but if you’re only going to be available for 3 months or less please consider if we’re the right option for you. Following training and getting on to the roster you may be only just finding your feet by the time you leave.

Recognition of long service occurs at 3 years, 5 years and 10 years.

Interested in volunteering?

Our Te Awa Kairangi office in Lower Hutt is in greater need of volunteers, with volunteer lawyers and law students usually traveling from central Wellington to support us. It’s a great opportunity to gain some practical experience giving legal assistance while empowering clients and increasing their access to justice.

Our Wellington office, due to its proximity to the law school and the CBD, generally has ample volunteers. We are currently operating a volunteering wait-list for both law students and lawyers. Volunteers are trained on an “as-needs” basis so you may be on the wait-list for up to a year or more. Spaces do become available over time so if you’re interested please do not be discouraged from getting in touch.

We do, however, prioritise the hiring of Kaitūao from Māori or Pasefika backgrounds, in order to best meet the needs of our communities and honour our Treaty obligations. If that’s you then we encourage you to please get in touch.

Volunteer roles

Most of our volunteers fall into three categories:

  • Volunteer Lawyers/ Rōia Kaitūao: Find more information here
  • Assisting Volunteers/ Kaiāwhina Kaitūao: Volunteers for our general free legal advice service who have no practicing certificates including everyone from senior law students to graduates working in non-legal jobs, find more information here
  • Volunteer advocates: Volunteers for our specialist services who either provide on-going advocacy or information services for clients

If you would like more information about volunteering please contact Emma White at emma@wclc.org.nz or Naomi Taylor at naomi@wclc.org.nz.

Volunteer Sub-Committee

We aim to ensure that volunteers have a strong voice within Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley. The Volunteer Sub-Committee is a working group made up of both staff and volunteers (student and lawyers). The Volunteer Sub-Committee provides an easy, effective way for volunteers to directly improve our services and our working environment. It meets in the first week of every month, in the evening.

If you want to make contact with the Volunteer Sub-Committee, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Naomi Taylor: naomi@wclc.org.nz.

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