Becoming a volunteer

To volunteer for FRU you must:

  • Attend a training day
  • Pass a test to assess your competence 
  • Observe a tribunal
  • Attend an office induction

You must take out your first case within one year of attending a training day. This is to make sure that your training is up-to-date.

Volunteering in both social security and employment

We welcome volunteers who want to volunteer in both areas. You will need to attend both training days, but only need to pass one test.

The one year deadline applies, separately, to both areas. If you attend a Social Security training day in January 2014 and an employment training day in June 2014 you must take on a Social Security case before January 2015 and a employment one before June 2015.

Waiver

If you are a qualified lawyer or have experience of representing clients in the relevant tribunal we may waive part of the normal training process. Academic study is not usually sufficient. To apply for a waiver, please contact us by e-mail detailing your experience.

Becoming a FRU volunteer

You become a FRU volunteer once you take on your first case. Until then please do not hold yourself as one of our volunteers.