Vacancies & Volunteering


Content & Social Media Co-ordinator: We are currently looking for a creative and resourceful individual to join our organisation in this varied and highly rewarding role. As the Content & Social Media Co-ordinator you will work closely with the TalkingDrugs Editor & Communications Strategist in sourcing and developing content for Release’s online platform, TalkingDrugs. 

This will involve putting together original articles for the website on topics related to drug policy and harm reduction, as well as editing and providing feedback on the work of volunteers. On occasion, you will be handed the responsibility of running the website, thus learning and developing skills in online publishing.

Finally, you will be responsible for Release’s and TalkingDrugs’ online presence through the managing of the organisations social media channels. 

The ideal candidate will have an active interest in drug policy, and will also require strong interpersonal skills and the ability to take a practical and hands-on approach. You will not only need to  co-ordinate your own work but also that of the volunteers, so you will require excellent written and verbal communications skills ensuring that materials produced for the website are vibrant, accessible and engaging. We particularly welcome applications from people who don’t have formal qualifications, and encourage applications from those who have been affected by the drug laws. As an organisation that focuses on racial and social justice solutions to drug prohibition we are really keen to have applicants from Black and ethnic minority communities. 

To find out more about the role, and to apply, click here

Apply by 5.00pm BST on Monday 2 August 2021 



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.

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. We are not currently accepting any Legal volunteers. Please check back for updates. 

Communications 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. This will primarily involve working on Release's innovative multilingual project TalkingDrugs

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. 

Research volunteers: Release periodically takes on volunteers to assist with research tasks for our policy responses and policy papers. If you are interested in drug policy, have strong written communication skills and want to gain experience in research and policy, then this role is for you!