As a firm, we believe it’s the right thing to do to support the communities in which we live and make our living. Our activities in this area are very wide-ranging and while many of them can be gathered under a firm-wide umbrella they are also very locally driven and supported passionately by those involved.
Our community volunteering programmes are designed to encourage everyone in the firm to get involved by participating in a community initiative during the year.
Omonijo & Omonijo work with communities in ways as varied as the talents and interests of our people. We respond to local needs – from mentoring school students to supporting social entrepreneurs, from volunteering at local orphanages or sports clubs to raising funds for a favourite charity.
Many of our community programmes involving partnering with clients, strengthening relationships and learning together about how our joint actions can make a difference to others less fortunate than ourselves.
We committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity. Our work also links policy, research, innovation, good practice and programme management in the involvement of our volunteers thereby enabling our volunteers to understand, develop and promote the social impact and skills of volunteering .
There are many reasons that people give for volunteering. For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of:
- Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
- Developing existing skills and knowledge
- Enhancing a CV
- Improving one’s employment prospects
- Gaining an accreditation
- Using one’s professional skills and knowledge to benefit others ( Pro Bono)
For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits. These include:
- Meeting new people
- Making new friends
- A chance to socialise
- Getting to know the local community
On top of this, many people volunteer for a variety of other reasons, such as:
- Giving something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person’s life, either directly or indirectly
- A desire to make a difference to the lives of others
- Good karma
- Helping the environment
- Helping others less fortunate or without a voice
- Feeling part of a team
- Feeling valued
- Having quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
- Building up trust
- Gaining confidence and self-esteem
- Finding a volunteering role that suits one’s own needs and lifestyle
With the wide variety of volunteering opportunities that are available today, there is bound to be something for everyone. Another reason for its popularity is that volunteering is open to all.
Casework assistants volunteer to provide support to either one or several caseworkers. Depending on the requirements of individual caseworkers, you may be asked to draft letters, deliver documents to Court, clerk at Court, photocopy bundles, observe client interviews, make phone calls, bill for work, conduct research and any other reasonable tasks.
Those wishing to pursue a career in the legal sector, particularly Law students/graduates. Some legal knowledge is essential for this role and previous legal work experience is desirable.
Volunteer advisers provide free legal advice to clients at our legal advice clinics, which take place at venues across Lagos. Sessions typically run between 9pm and 6pm offer advice on Housing, Employment, Crime, Consumer, Family, Litigation, Immigration and Personal Injury.
Qualified lawyers with a current practising certificate and experience in the area of law that they wish to advise on.
We require our volunteer to be able to commit to a minimum of either one full day or one evening per week on an ongoing basis.
To discuss the opportunities we currently have available, please contact at [email protected]m or 08036372617.