Fundamental to the running of the Islington Law Centre is the invaluable help our volunteers provide. Whether it’s volunteering on reception, helping the admin team, or assisting caseworkers and solicitors, our volunteers help run our Law Centre so that we can continue to provide legal help to the Islington community.
Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds – whether they’re students, career changers or those just looking to give back to the community, each individual brings their own set of skills and personality that develops the Law Centre’s culture.
We have asked some of our volunteers to answer some questions about their experience at the Law Centre, why they decided to volunteer and what they got out of it, and thought we would share their responses here!
Our first volunteer is Nur Hisyam bin Azman who volunteered in our Housing Unit in 2014 for 6 months:
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a law graduate and am working right now while undergoing training to be qualified in Singapore.
Why did you decide to volunteer with ILC?
To gain valuable experience in the legal industry I was getting into, give back to the community as I am intending to be a commercial lawyer thus there might not be many opportunities to do so in future and boost my cv.
What has been/was your favourite part about volunteering with ILC?
My supervising solicitor was a wonderful person to work with. She was willing to teach and very patient. Having the opportunity to work on actual cases and attend court hearings with barristers was also very enlightening at that early stage of my legal career.
What have you gained from volunteering with ILC?
A deeper interest in pro bono work and knowledge of housing law.
Would you recommend volunteering at ILC to others?
Yes, because the chance to work with a solicitor on actual cases is invaluable experience to law students and graduates who are hoping to start their legal careers.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, do visit our Volunteer page to learn more!