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Communications Officer

JOB ADVERT – Communications Officer

Re Communications Officer Post


Dear Applicant,


Re: Communications Officer Post



Thank you for your interest in SWLLC and the post of Communications Officer. Please find below a copy of the job description and person specification as well as a tender.   We are open to suggestions of a part time role as well as delivery through a contracted service.  As the role is a new one, we hope the ideal candidate would grow into the role and set their own agenda within the agreed framework.  We have initial funding for a year but want this project and work to continue beyond this initial period.


SWLLC is the largest Law Centre and provides a wide-ranging service helping thousands of people at difficult moments in their lives.  We are excited by this role to help us grow publicly. We are looking for your help to lead communicating the message of our work clearly.  We don’t currently actively promote our work and impact enough, but what we do for example on Social Media is well received.  The cuts to funding and the legal aid cuts mean that the environment we work in is really tough, but now we feel is time to start selling more positively what we do and the value of Law Centres rather than continuing to focus on the negative aspects of the cuts.


Law Centres have previously struggled to get into the news but recently this has changed, with the Guardian choosing the LCN as their chosen charity and the Labour Party actively campaigning and promising more Law Centres. Further to this, the Law Centres Network will be launching a national campaign promoting Law centres with a hope to raise money for all Law centres. We therefore feel this is an exciting time to develop our communications.


We expect this new role to significantly raise the profile of the Law centre with local and national stakeholders, potential funders and the general public so that it becomes an integral part of what the Law centre does.    


As well as our day time services, the Law centre works with many Firms and individual solicitors to deliver one of the largest pro bono clinic service in the country, providing free legal advice.  Many people have volunteered with the Law centre during part of their legal career.   We have around 500 legal volunteers per year.  We feel that we would gain by keeping in touch with all these volunteers and creating an alumni base for the organisation.


We are currently working with a range of volunteers to help deliver our communications and develop our website and newsletter, we are looking for someone to enhance and develop these with some more structured guidance.  


This is an opportunity for the right candidate to help to develop our communications strategy, build on our good reputation with stakeholders, supporters and funders as well as making an impact with the public.  You will be supported by the Senior Management Team, but you will also have autonomy to think creatively and put your own stamp on the challenge.


We have an initial budget of £25,000 available and we welcome credible ideas on how to make this work. 


If you share our commitment to address injustice, discrimination, inequality and poverty then this could be the right job for you.


The application process:


To apply, please submit your CV of no more than 3 sides, and a letter of application of no more than 3 sides of A4 paper.   Your application should address what we are looking for in our job description and person specification.  You should tell us how you would propose to deliver this role through either employment or through providing a service  


Please return this by e-mail to


The deadline for applications is 11am Friday 3rd May 2019 . Applications received after the closing date & time will not be considered.


We intend to invite the successful candidates to interview on Friday 10th May 2019


More information about the role can be found here


If you would like an informal chat about the post, you can email me at to arrange a convenient time to speak.


We look forward to receiving your application.


Yours faithfully,


Patrick Marples

Chief Executive