Who we are
DLS was formed in 1975 and provides free legal advice and representation for disabled people in the areas of employment (including discrimination in the workplace), community care, housing and welfare benefits. Our purpose is to challenge the poverty and inequality faced by disabled people by securing equal access to legal rights and entitlements. We offer a national telephone and online service providing free advice, a dedicated advice service for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis, and free legal representation and case work including supporting people through employment tribunals, judicial reviews and community care cases.
The need for our help is great and growing. Last year DLS answered 24,824 calls seeking help for legal advice, information and other help with legal problems. Many of these callers received simple advice from our trained helpline staff, while over 3,000 cases were passed on to our expert advisors. Where we were not able to help, we signposted people to other services. We have a commitment to partnership and have built relationships with 60 disability charities
We are looking to recruit a trustee with finance experience to support the senior staff in managing the resources of the organisation to best effect. Ideally, they will have experience of budgeting and financial planning and management for organisations in the voluntary sector.
They must have a commitment to human rights and to disability rights. Previous experience of either charity governance or developing strategic plans for third sector organisations would also be an advantage.
Our trustee board currently comprises eight people of whom six are either disabled or the parent of a disabled child. Direct personal experience of disability is not a pre-requisite for this position.