We say farewell to Ella Playfair and hello to Martha de la Roche
Shelter Legal is a website containing a wide variety of resources for housing professionals. The good news is that the comprehensive and up-to-date housing law resources are now available for free.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is providing a service for advisers and those who support individuals with their problems. Do you want the chance to talk through a case involving equality or human rights issues? Experts at EHRC Adviser support are here to assist, through a telephone-based second tier advice service.
(Author: Richard Grimes, Editorial Board member, International Journal of Public Legal Education) Access to justice is not just about being able to find and afford a lawyer. Being aware of rights (and responsibilities) is an important component of the A2J debate. Legal literacy is vitally important both in terms of recognising problems and knowing what to do and where to go.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a grant scheme to help improve the quality and availability of advice across Great Britain. The are looking for applications from advice organisations that will use the funding to improve access to justice for the people they work with. Grants of £50,000 to £250,000 are available for schemes that aim to improve access to justice. The project should deliver an activity that organisations would otherwise have been unable to provide and meet one or both of the following criteria: improving the quality or quantity of discrimination or human rights advice; AND/OR improving information and knowledge sharing about discrimination and human rights in the advice sector, including information about the availability of advice and referral routes.
If you are looking for legal or non-legal volunteers or if you are looking to volunteer yourself, please visit the National Pro Bono Centre volunteer portal.
(Author: Margaret Doyle, Senior Research Fellow, UK Administrative Justice Institute) ‘What is administrative justice?’ is one of the pages on UKAJI’s website most viewed by visitors. Does this suggest that readers don’t know what it means, or is it simply difficult to define?
Hosted by LawWorks CEO, Martin Barnes and delivered by Angus King, Solicitor at Lambeth Law Centre and Ian Peacock of Arden Chambers, this webinar covers the legal issues to address when a person applies to the local authority to be housed and the criteria set out in local allocations policies, including housing options and prevention of homelessness duties. The Webinar was hosted and facilitated by Lexis Nexis.
This fast-paced session provides tips about free and low-cost tools, apps and software. The presentation is a video from NTAP, an organisation in the US which helps the non profit sector improve client services through effective and innovative use of technology.
The Advice Quality Standard - the quality mark for organisations providing advice on social welfare issues.
(Author: Lindsey Poole, Director at Advice Service Alliance) You might have heard people in the voluntary advice sector talk about the 'Advice Quality Standard' or AQS. But what is this thing and what does it tell you about the organisations who hold it?
(Author: Laura Cassidy, Fundraising and Development Manager at the Access to Justice Foundation) Find out about the sponsored legal walks happening around the country and how you can get involved. Organised by Legal Support Trusts around the country, legal walks raise funds for free legal advice charities. If you are a charity that offers free legal advice or offers support to litigants in person (e.g PSU), you can 100% fundraise for your organisation.
OpenJustice (hosted by OpenDemocracy) have recently published a series of articles focusing on the issues affecting people’s ability to seek a remedy through the courts: to stand up to bullies and protect themselves against the powerful. The series looks at why access to justice matters, the impact that the legal aid cuts have had and possible solutions to the access to justice crisis.
(Author: Mary Marvel, Head of Policy and Communications, Law for Life) Writing good legal information is hard. Finding a way of communicating what the law says so that people with limited legal knowledge can not only understand, but use it, is very tricky.
Participation in the LawWorks Clinics Network is completely free and allows access to many services such as training, resources and guidance on the practical aspects of running a legal advice clinic and the opportunity to network and exchange best practice with over 200 clinics nationally. This document outlines the support and resources available to clinics in the network.
Law for Life has worked with many organisations to provide training for intermediaries, informal advisers, or problem-noticers as to how to help the people they come into contact with deal with common legal problems.
Legal Voice has a useful list of money-saving ideas for organisations on their website. Compiled by London Legal Support Trust, the list of schemes cover items such as IT and HR.
Just a few pointers on where to get started when looking for funding, including how to write bids and possible sources of funding including open funding rounds.
Information on the ATJF's criteria and preferences regarding applications for funding. The trustees generally expect to hold two grants rounds a year with deadlines in November/December and February/March. Each round will be announced on the Foundation’s website. Please note that these distribution principles are subject to the discretion of the trustees and may be changed at any time. The current version will be published on the Foundation’s website. The trustees do not accept any duty or liability to any person seeking funding.
For anyone interested in volunteering at RCJ advice we have an “about us” brochure for information on roles available and a standard application form. RCJ Advice is a unique Citizens Advice service covering legal services in the Royal Courts of Justice and Central London Family Court and deliver Citizens Advice Islington. We are able to provide a wide range of volunteer experience.