Citizens Advice Ipswich celebrated National Student Volunteering week by thanking the University of Suffolk Law Students who use their time to help people face problems that may seem complicated or intimidating as part of its Advice Team at Tower Street.
As part of a partnership, a number of University of Suffolk Law Students spend a day a week with Citizens Advice in Ipswich training into advice roles. This gives them the chance to put their study into practice and gain experience of how the law affects people in their everyday lives.
The scheme is a WIN WIN partnership – the students gain valuable work experience and Citizens Advice get to help more clients by expanding its volunteer workforce. Over 70 clients have been helped to date by the student volunteers since October.
Nicky Willshere, Chief Officer said: “Not only do the students gain valuable experience which stands them in good stead for their careers, but our volunteers here love having them around with the passion and commitment they show and the perspective they bring to the team. Long live the partnership with University of Suffolk!”
Reilly Willis, Lecturer in Law at University of Suffolk added: ‘We are pleased to be able to offer our students this module, called Clinical Legal Practice, as part of the Law Degree at University of Suffolk. It gives them valuable client facing experience and enhances their communication skills which will be great when applying for jobs or further studies. In this module the students have been putting the law into practice in a wide range of scenarios and developing their client contact skills. They will compile a portfolio of legal issues and consider the law as it impacts on peoples’ everyday lives as part of their academic studies.’
Photo shows Citizens Advice Training Supervisor, Mark Redmond, with second year law students at University of Suffolk, Alicia Webster, Kimberley Thorpe and Jae Bodninayake