Volunteering Opportunities  

Thank you for taking an interest in volunteering with Equal Lives. It's thanks to people like you that we're able to achieve the great work we do!

For more information on the roles below or to apply to become a volunteer please visit our Volunteer Website - http://bttr.im/d8m9eOnce we have received your application we will be in touch with information on the next steps in your volunteering journey.

Alternatively, email us at volunteers@equallives.org.uk to find out more about volunteering at Equal Lives. 

Advocacy Support Officer 

The purpose of this role is to provide check-ins and advice for people waiting for longer-term advocacy support. This is a frontline role where you will be providing time-limited emotional and factual support to people facing disabling barriers and who are experiencing difficulties in areas such as social care, mental health, healthcare, child protection and employment.  

You will be responsible, with the support of a manager and the wider advocacy team, for regularly checking in with people on our waiting list and liaising with the advocates to provide interim advice where possible.  

NHS Complaints Support Officer 

The purpose of this role is to provide support and advocacy for disabled people going through the NHS complaints process. This is a frontline role where you will be providing factual and practical support to people who are navigating the NHS complaints process and/or the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) process. This is a great role for anyone wanting to develop their office skills and build up experience of frontline client work and/or for those who are looking to go the legal and adjacent professions to develop their advocacy skills. It would also be valuable for people who are interested in disability rights and who are passionate about challenging inequality and discrimination.

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Administrative Officer 

This is an administrative role where you will be supporting the work of our DoLS advocates. They work as representatives for people who have been deemed not to have capacity and have been deprived of their liberty e.g. someone with dementia who has been placed in a care home.

By supporting the team you will be a part of this essential work, ensuring that people have their rights upheld and respected when under a Deprivation of Liberty order.

 This is a great role for anyone wanting to develop their office skills or those who are looking to go the legal and adjacent professions. It would also be valuable for people who are interested in disability rights and who are passionate about challenging inequality and discrimination.  If you feel that you’d like to develop your skills whilst gaining an in-depth understanding of the DoLS process then we want to hear from you! 

Shopmobility Assistant 

If you love meeting new people and helping to assist people to live their best lives, then we’ve got a role for you!  Shopmobility Assistants are needed for our new shop in Chantry Place to help match people up with the right mobility aids, enabling them to get out and about around the city and gain confidence using the equipment.  This would be a great role for someone who’s interested in developing face to face, retail or disability assistance skills. 

Customer Service Representative 

Are you looking for office-based experience to get your career off the ground?  Or maybe you’d like some site-based learning to gain a better understanding of the charity sector?  If that sounds like you then we can help!  Our Customer Service Representatives form a crucial part of Equal Lives, helping signpost our members to the right services and provide office support for our busy team. 

Adviser Welfare Benefits 

If you’re interested in social reform or are keen to help disabled people confront the systems that they’re held accountable to then we need you on our team!  Advisers are good communicators and can easily empathise with a wide range of complex scenarios our clients are going through, we provide fantastic training to help you build these skills, but if this already sounds like you then you’re our kind of person!  This can be an interesting, diverse role which will allow you to learn a great deal about the legal and advice systems in the UK. 

Money Matters Assistant 

This is a crucial and life changing role for the clients of Equal Lives, so if you want to do something to make a big difference then this is right up your street!  The Money Matters Assistants will give our clients proactive advice and tools to better manage their own finances, enabling them to live a more independent life and empower them to live in happier more fulfilling ways.  If you feel like contributing to someone’s personal liberation and happiness is something you’d like to be a part of then please apply today. 

Social Media and Marketing Officer 

Do you keep an eye on the latest TikTok trends?  Are you a keen content creator who can build a community across social media platforms?  Equal Lives is looking for Social Media and Marketing Officers to join our Development Team and assist them in reaching out to new members, creating new digital content and more.  This is a great experience if you want to build and develop skills or for those looking for industry and charity sector experience. 

Advice Support Assistant 

At Equal Lives we want to make sure our members are getting the best possible service that we can provide, but to ensure this we need the help of friendly and professional volunteers to track our service users' experiences.  The Advice Support Assistants will spend their time contacting our members to record the outcome of advice given, signpost where needed and track the information on our charity database, enabling us to prove our worth to funders and improve our services.  This is a great role for anyone looking for experience in the charity, care, legal and data analysis sectors. 

Covid Support Officer 

Covid has affected our members in a big way, which is why we set up a Covid Support area within the organisation to provide a listening service for those of our members who just need to reach out to someone.  If you’re a good listener and an empathetic person then we have a role for you.  We’ll provide you with comprehensive training to make sure you feel confident in this role, and it’ll act as a great chance for anybody looking to gain skills within the charity sector or any care-based field. 

Advocacy Research Officer 

The purpose of this role is to support our team of community advocates to provide life-changing advocacy for disabled people and people who face disabling barriers. You will undertake research and draft letters around a wide variety of issues such as social care, mental health, healthcare, child protection and discrimination. This is a great role for anyone wanting to develop their office skills or those who are looking to go the legal and adjacent professions to develop their research and advocacy skills. It would also be valuable for people who are interested in disability rights and who are passionate about challenging inequality and discrimination.