3 R’s Project Internships
MECOPP’s 3 R’s Project is a self-directed support (SDS) legal rights project. The project aims to help people across Scotland access social care, by bringing together legal and non-legal expertise to increase the level of scrutiny and accountability of local authority decision making.
The 3 R's Project aims to increase capacity in the third sector, and our student internships in partnership with the University of Glasgow School of Law are a vital part of this aspect of the project. We give third sector organisations which support people to access SDS the opportunity to host a 3 R’s Project intern. We provide the interns with training about social care law, and they can then use their skills and expertise to assist their host organisation with a wide range of tasks and projects.
MECOPP has also hosted law student interns as part of the 3 R's Project. Here is what some of our previous interns had to say about their experience:
Anna, MECOPP Intern (3 R's Project)
My student placement with MECOPP during which I helped to develop the 3 R’s legal support project has been an absolutely invaluable experience.
As a second year law student at the University of Glasgow, it has given me some essential practical experience of work in the field of social care law, whose impact on people in need of assistance and their carers should not go on underappreciated.
Right at the outset of my 3 month long internship with MECOPP, I had been extremely well taken care of during my induction. Everyone in the office made sure to fully involve me in the day to day business of the organisation. This gave me a confident start allowing me to swiftly get on with the many varied and exciting tasks I had been assigned.
Furthermore, as regards the actual substance of my internship, I am confident in saying that by the end of it, I had produced material with real potential to further inform carers of their legal rights and entitlements, as well as empowering them to confidently face up to the unfortunate legal obstacles some local authorities still tend to place between carers support and eligible carers.
In the course of my placement with MECOPP I got to make Freedom of Information Requests to local authorities, observe and document how the case law in the area of social care has been developing, as well as putting together various informational material for carers. This includes a carers guide and a presentation on the Carers Act 2016 which will be coming into force in April of this year. More generally, during my stay with MECOPP I got to improve core legal skills such as my research skills, communication skills, and formal writing skills. I also developed my ability to defend and effectively argue on behalf of the organisation’s interests.
Overall, thanks to this internship I am now able to fully appreciate the work that MECOPP and other similar third sector organisations do to supplement the government’s role in promoting social welfare and supporting carers. I will continue to draw on this enormously enriching professional experience with MECOPP for a long time to come.
Eliza, MECOPP Intern (3 R's Project)
I completed my legal internship with Mecopp over the summer holidays after my second year at University.
It has been a fantastic opportunity to start using the law on a practical basis to protect vulnerable people. Studying law at University has been interesting and hard work, but my placement at MECOPP has brought the law to life in a way that university and study cannot achieve.
Working with Self- Directed Support legislation was a particularly interesting project, for I was able to see that even if laws are in place it is often in its implementation that rights and liberties of citizens may be detrimentally affected. I was encouraged to find new ways of holding authorities to account; by drafting Freedom of Information Requests and by contacting other organisations in order to work together to bring about change.
I have developed useful skills in managing my own caseload, seeking constructive feedback and learning from the team around me. I was able to attend a number of training days and conferences which gave me a great insight into the workings of Health and Social Care Law. The office in Edinburgh is a brilliant place to work and I would encourage anyone seeking a legal placement to consider MECOPP. It is a fantastically run charity that I was proud to be a part of.