We provide a dedicated help and support service specifically aimed to meet the needs of trainees. Trainees can contact us to discuss any issue they might have with their traineeship on a confidential or anonymous basis with an experienced member of staff who can offer guidance, advice and assistance for individuals who need help in dealing with issues or difficulties affecting their traineeship.
The service is there to assist trainees whether they are seeking formal intervention or simply looking to be able to discuss the issue without formal action being taken.
LawCare is charity which promotes and supports good mental health and wellbeing in the legal community. Its website is a resource for advice, and it runs a free confidential helpline, which is available to Society’s members, trainees and registered paralegals.
- Website: www.lawcare.org.uk
- Tel: 0800 279 6888 (9am – 7.30pm Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm at weekends)
Stonewall is an organisation dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bi and trans people. It can provide help and advice to individuals and to organisations.
- Website: www.stonewall.org.uk
- Info line: 08000 50 20 20
The EASS runs a helpline which provides advice and assistance to individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales. The service can also accept referrals from organisations which, due to capacity or funding issues, are unable to provide face to face advice to local users of their services. The website also has template letters and advice and information for individuals, employers and organisations.
- Website: www.equalityadvisoryservice.com
- Helpline: 0808 800 0082 and Text phone 0808 800 0084 (open Monday – Friday 9am to 7pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm)
Bully OnLine is an online resource centre covering bullying in the workplace and other related issues.
- Website: www.bullyonline.org
ACAS provides guidance for employers and employees on all aspects of a working relationship, including bullying and harassment at work.
- Website: www.acas.org.uk
- Helpline: 0300 123 1100
Trade Union Congress provides information on bullying and harassment for employees, trade union representatives and links to other sites and campaigns, including details of unions specific to work sectors.
- Website: www.tuc.org.uk
- Tel: 020 7636 4030
Business Gateway is an information service for businesses in Scotland. It provides details of support around finance, premises, training, tendering and free business workshops, along with information resources, link directories, business news and events. This includes information on all aspects of managing employees, including tackling bullying and harassment.
- Website: www.bgateway.com
- Tel: 0300 013 4753
Age UK is a charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. This includes information about employment rights and discrimination.
- Website: www.ageuk.org.uk
- Tel: 0800 169 8787