Volunteering

Release has a proud history of offering volunteer and internship opportunities where we work with you in developing your ideas and skills. So, if you think you would like to explore the availability of volunteering or interning with us then contact the relevant person below. Remember we do not 'shoe horn' you into a role we work with you to develop yourself.

Release is committed to the fair treatment of its employees and potential employees and as such, applicants, and members of staff with either a spent, or unspent conviction will not be unfairly discriminated against. However, due to the sensitive nature of some of Release's work, those working alongside vulnerable adults and/or young people may be required to undertake a DBS check. For further details on Release's recruitment of ex-offender's and DBS policy, please download the PDF file below.

Legal volunteers: A good way to gain experience prior to entering the job market. Applicants need to have successfully completed at least the first year and criminal law module of a UK law degree (or the Graduate Diploma in Law) and have a strong interest in criminal law and human rights. Volunteers carry out a variety of activities including assisting the legal team with casework and advising on our helpline following training. Please email Kirstie Douse with your CV and a covering letter to be considered for this position.

Research Internships: We periodically advertise research internship positions on our vacancies page. Applicants typically need to have successfully completed at least the first year of their degree programme and have a strong interest in the field of social research and drug policy. 

TalkingDrugs volunteers: If you are passionate about the issues Release campaigns on, enjoy writing and have an interest in social media then you might want to consider this role. The work will involve working on Release's innovative multilingual project TalkingDrugs so foreign language skills would be a distinct advantage. In the first instance email Edward Fox with a brief email and a CV.

Drugs team volunteers: The drugs team take volunteers from a range of disciplines, if you have an interest in and some knowledge of issues related to illicit drug use, and would like to be involved in operating the Release drugs helpline then this is the role for you. Please email Gary Sutton with a CV and a covering letter.